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3 hours ago
BreakingT’s newest Embiid merch: “I’m the most unstoppable player in the league”

BreakingT’s newest Embiid merch: “I’m the most unstoppable player in the league”

Our friends over at BreakingT have cooked up a brand new Joel Embiid t-shirt to honor his proclamation as “the most unstoppable player in the league,” and it is glorious: Never change, Jo. Never change. You can purchase this shirt AND support Liberty Ballers by using our Liberty Ballers link. BreakingT has an entire Philly collection, which you can view here.
6 hours ago
Is There an Optimal Way to Divide Shots?

Is There an Optimal Way to Divide Shots?

So far in the 2018-19 season, the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the NBA in field goals attempted per game at 93.6, and the Memphis Grizzlies are at the bottom, with 83.5 per game. The rather finite number of shots per game sometimes seem to be forgotten when there are claims that Player X needs to “get more involved on offense” (see the Bucks game thread for examples). I realize this is a bit of a strawman, but hey, I need some inspiration for these pieces. Aside from the numerous ways that a player can contribute on offense besides hoisting shots, this lead me to wonder what the general...
9 hours ago
Patience vs. Expectations: The Ben Simmons Debate

Patience vs. Expectations: The Ben Simmons Debate

Ben Simmons has been the subject of much debate since arriving in Philadelphia. Some fans urge patience. Others expect perfection. In his second season, the Aussie native is a star on a team with title aspirations. Yet, it is clear he still needs time to round out his game. Can patience and lofty expectations coexist? Ben Simmons exists as a polarizing figure in the NBA community, at once both mesmerizing and uniquely flawed. The Australian native-turned-basketball wunderkind has received a baptism by fire unlike any of his peers. Praised for his virtuoso playmaking and criticized for his...
12 hours ago
How Joel Embiid made a dominant statement in all areas against the Celtics

How Joel Embiid made a dominant statement in all areas against the Celtics

The big man learned from his past mistakes to lead his team to victory over Boston The Philadelphia 76ers needed to beat the Boston Celtics this week. Not for their position in the East, but to prove things have changed. To show that their new star-studded team won’t enter the playoffs suffering from the exact same flaws that have always held them beneath the Celtics. On Wednesday, Joel Embiid dominated with one of the best performances of his career to ensure that happened. Embiid’s night doesn’t just stand out because of his numbers, although they were monstrous to say the least. He...
Mar 21, 2019
Let’s all appreciate the two superstar plays in the Sixers’ win over the Celtics

Let’s all appreciate the two superstar plays in the Sixers’ win over the Celtics

Hello and welcome to the “Joel Embiid & Jimmy Butler are superstars and they are ours” appreciation post. There won’t be much to this post, because what else is there to say? The two players made two huge plays in the closing minute of last night’s victory over the Boston Celtics, and we need to thoroughly appreciate them. Jojo’s Block I mean, just a freakish play by someone who is over 7’ tall. It wasn’t as if Joel got switched onto Kyrie Irving. No, Embiid recognized the moment, that it was quite possibly the biggest play of the game, and he welcomed the opportunity to stop...
Mar 21, 2019
The Duality of JJ Redick

The Duality of JJ Redick

The sharpshooter could make or break the Sixers’ bid to make it out of the East alive Mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, JJ Redick showed the fragility of the NBA shooting specialist. In the eight games that Joel Embiid missed after the All-Star Break, Redick came out of the gate shooting blanks, connecting on just 29 percent of his 3-point attempts. Without their best player and receiving minimal contributions from their sharpshooter, the Sixers stumbled to a 4-4 record. Redick, often the forgotten man in the Sixers star-powered starting five, might ultimately prove the...
Mar 21, 2019
The 2019 Process Madness Tournament

The 2019 Process Madness Tournament

Vote for your Process Champion Every year we gear up to sit around and watch the best college basketball teams in the country fight for the right to become the national champions. March Madness is a tradition that is loved by most, to the point where brackets are made for just about anything you can think of. From sporting events, to movies, and even to food, people love to pit things against each other in tournament style play. So, for the first time in Liberty Ballers history, we give you “Process Madness”. With four different regions filled with different players and memories, they...
Mar 21, 2019
Notable Quotes from Sixers vs. Celtics

Notable Quotes from Sixers vs. Celtics

Jimmy Butler On working with the unit… I’m good, I think we’re all in a good place. We’re out there just having fun, just hooping. Obviously it’s more fun to win than to lose. I think everyone’s in a good spot. On evolving into the closer… They put the ball in my hands in the fourth and tell me to make plays and make shots. I think as of lately I‘ve been doing a good job of that, but that could be anybody to tell you the truth. With as many weapons that we have on this team, anybody can get the hot hand, anybody can put the ball in the basket. Just, the last few nights have...
Mar 21, 2019
Sixers fans, Joel Embiid, and the spite of The Process

Sixers fans, Joel Embiid, and the spite of The Process

Joel Embiid is the fuel to Sixers fans’ fire, as Philly is determined to let all bad Process takes burn. Being a fan of the Sixers over the last six years has been a truly unique experience. We’ve stuck by the team through terrible seasons, incessant roster instability, knee injuries, foot injuries, mysterious injuries, the decision to draft Jahlil Okafor, and the realization that out of all the people who love to argue on Twitter, our general manager was five of them. We knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel, and we’re finally seeing it. But our Sixers fandom is different...
Mar 20, 2019
Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 72 - At Last, Philadelphia’s Lonely Days of Losing to Boston are Over

Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 72 - At Last, Philadelphia’s Lonely Days of Losing to Boston are Over

More like Marcus Not-So-Smart For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post. Bell Ringer Season Standings: Joel Embiid - 23Ben Simmons - 19Jimmy Butler - 10JJ Redick - 8Tobias Harris - 3Robert Covington - 1Dario Saric - 1T.J. McConnell - 1Furkan Korkmaz - 1Landry Shamet - 1Corey Brewer - 1Boban Marjanovic - 1Mike Scott - 1 For the first time in four attempts this season, the Sixers defeated the rival Boston Celtics and kept Philadelphia fans from staring into the void while spiraling into a dark abyss of self-doubt. Instead, jubilation! The basketball...
Mar 20, 2019
Sixers Finally get a Much Needed win against Celtics

Sixers Finally get a Much Needed win against Celtics

#CThemFall? It happened. Finally! Finally, it’s happened to me right in front of my face, and I just can’t hide it. I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it. Pick your song lyric. Elation. Joy. Jubilation. Pick your emotion. Damn, it feels good to beat this damn team. It didn’t feel that way to begin because here’s the funny thing. It’s not easy to beat a team when you allow them to shoot 56% from the field to start the game. When you’re struggling against a team as the Sixers do against the Celtics, you have to take away some of their mental advantage. That didn’t...
Mar 20, 2019
Sixers vs. Celtics: 1st Half Game Thread

Sixers vs. Celtics: 1st Half Game Thread

Game Info Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Boston Celtics When: 7:00 pm EST Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA Watch: ESPN, NBC Sports Phila Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic Follow: @Liberty_Ballers Vegas: Sixers -3 (10:54 am) Projected Starters & Injury
Mar 20, 2019
With or without you: examining some early data splits on the Sixers starting 5

With or without you: examining some early data splits on the Sixers starting 5

Since the Sixers’ GM Elton Brand made some big swings before the trade deadline the new additions (like Tobias Harris and Mike Scott ) have not had a ton of time to gel with the incumbent stars (Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler, and Ben Simmons). But the early returns have been special. In 7 games of action with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick in the lineup the team is 6 and 1. They’re 12-5 with any four of those 5 players in the starting unit since the trade back on February 7th. Across their 116 minutes on the floor together they’re a +52. That +- number...
Mar 20, 2019
Can the Sixers Finally get a Win against the Celtics

Can the Sixers Finally get a Win against the Celtics

Please! One time. We want to #CThemFall “This is not a rivalry. I don’t know our record against them, but it’s pretty bad. They always kick our ass.” – Joel Embiid Allow me to paint the brutal reality of the Philadelphia 76ers facing the Boston Celtics, tonight, Joel. Tonight, the Sixers resume this budding rivalry that isn’t much of a rivalry as Embiid himself has said after the 105-87 loss in October. The Sixers lost to the Celtics again 121-114 in overtime on Christmas Day then again on February 12th, 112-109. Add those two losses to the grand total over the last five years,...
Mar 20, 2019
A Boston Celtics Q&A with Max Carlin of CelticsBlog

A Boston Celtics Q&A with Max Carlin of CelticsBlog

Here we go again... The day after playing in Charlotte, the Sixers now return home to play host to the Boston Celtics, hoping to avoid a four-game season sweep at the hands of the team that eliminated them from last season’s playoffs. To get up to speed on all things Celtics, I talked with Max Carlin, who writes about the Celtics for CelticsBlog. In addition to his Celtics work, Max does great writing on the entire NBA for The Step Back. Question #1: According to many reports, the Celtics are as eager as possible to try landing Anthony Davis from New Orleans in a trade this summer....