12:47 AM EST, Thu November 15, 2018
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Sixers Lose in Jimmy Butler’s Debut

Sixers Lose in Jimmy Butler’s Debut

The Magic went on a 21-0 run in the fourth. The Sixers lost 111-106. There was something new in Philadelphia on Wednesday night but there was also plenty of old things as well, including a 21-0 run by Magic in the fourth quarter that turned a sure win for the Sixers into something else: a frustrating 111-106 loss. The Sixers were outscored 35-19 in the fourth, and while they did manage to stay fairly even with the Magic after the aforementioned run, they never managed to get on a run of their own aside from a brief little spell when Wilson Chandler caught fire. He finished the game on the...
2 hours ago
Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 16

Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 16

The Sixers fall to 0-1 in the Jimmy Butler era. For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post. Bell Ringer Season Standings: Joel Embiid - 7Ben Simmons - 3JJ Redick - 2Robert Covington - 1Dario Saric - 1T.J. McConnell - 1. New star in red, white, and blue. Same old frustrating collapse on the road for the Sixers. Philadelphia blew a 16-point fourth quarter lead, and Terrence Ross’s late three sent the Sixers to the locker room as losers in Jimmy Butler’s Sixers debut. Bell Ringer candidates are as follows: Joel Embiid: 19 points, 13 rebounds, 10...
7 hours ago
Fraternizing with the enemy part II: A brief rundown on Wilson Chandler

Fraternizing with the enemy part II: A brief rundown on Wilson Chandler

A belated follow-up for this series as Wilson Chandler enters the starting lineup tonight From Part I: The Philadelphia 76ers had a relatively underwhelming offseason by some standards. Not one member of the elite small forward triumvirate of LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are preparing to play ball for the Sixers this season. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a host of new faces in Philadelphia. While rookies Zhaire Smith, Landry Shamet, Shake Milton and Jonah Bolden all hold more intrigue, veterans Mike Muscala and Wilson Chandler project to be key parts of the bench mob...
9 hours ago
How Brett Brown Should Use Jimmy Butler

How Brett Brown Should Use Jimmy Butler

Butler brings with him a skillset the Sixers have not had — this piece will detail how should they use him to broaden their offensive attack. Quick Fun Facts: Evan Turner has played more minutes in his career than Jimmy Butler Going back to 2011, Al Horford has averaged more minutes per game than Jimmy Butler Despite played only the 53rd most minutes over that span, he’s 17th in Win Shares His next contract will end with him being younger than current LeBron, CP3, or Millsap So let’s pump the breaks on the “but Thibs played him sooo much...” stuff. Much has been said about...
10 hours ago
Markelle Fultz to begin tonight’s game on bench

Markelle Fultz to begin tonight’s game on bench

According to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, JJ Redick will replace Markelle Fultz in tonight’s starting lineup: Brett Brown just confirmed this. https://t.co/TNOLuZ5YKC— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) November 14, 2018 With former Sixers starters Robert Covington and Dario Saric being traded to Minnesota as part of a deal that brought Jimmy Butler to Philly, a new starting lineup had to be constructed. Butler sliding in in place of Covington was always an obvious first move. Now we know that Dario’s spot will be filled by Wilson Chandler for at least tonight, rather than Mike Muscala who...
11 hours ago
Sixers vs Magic: Game Preview

Sixers vs Magic: Game Preview

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17 hours ago
An Ode to Robert Covington

An Ode to Robert Covington

Looking back fondly on a true embodiment of The Process. On Saturday, the Sixers, led by owner Josh Harris and general manager Elton Brand, agreed in principle with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a deal that would net them perennial all-star and controversial personality Jimmy Butler. In exchange, the Sixers sent Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless, a 2022 second round pick, and swingman Robert Covington to the T-Wolves. Minnesota has agreed to a deal to send Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia for a package that includes Robert Covington and Dario Saric, league sources tell @ZachLowe_NBA and me.—...
Nov 13, 2018
Jimmy Butler Press Conference: Live Updates

Jimmy Butler Press Conference: Live Updates

Jimmy Butler’s introductory press conference is underway, and though we’ve missed out on posting the opening statements, we will be providing live updates of Jimmy’s comments. Butler on the defensive potential of Butler, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid: I like the way they’re able to switch at any given time. They get the game on a metnal level, and when you have that the defense is going to come, it’s going to be easy. Elton Brand on long term plans: We hope he sees a fit here. We hope we see the fit there. We know what kind of talent he is, he’s a superstar player. We hope to have...
Nov 13, 2018
The Stepover Pod Episode #78: What the Butler trade means for the Sixers’ future

The Stepover Pod Episode #78: What the Butler trade means for the Sixers’ future

The Stepover Pod had already published an emergency reaction pod to the Jimmy Butler trade. But Max and Jim are back to revisit their evaluation of the trade and take a long-term look at what it all means: After yesterday's emergency pod, @MaxOnTwitter and @jimadair3 slept on it for a night and came back today with some less emotional takes on the trade : https://t.co/q6sGNdU4A8 pic.twitter.com/AK5O5GK4qj— The Stepover + (@The_Stepover) November 11, 2018 You can subscribe to the podcast here to get the show automatically downloaded into your feed as soon as an episode launches...
Nov 13, 2018
Around College Basketball: Edition 1

Around College Basketball: Edition 1

As the college basketball season gets underway, we take a look at some prospects and where the Sixers will pick College basketball is back! While the Sixers are now a team that doesn’t have to rely on picking at the top of the NBA Draft, it is still important to the team’s success. For the entirety of the college basketball season, Liberty Ballers will be publishing a biweekly article following some of the draft’s top prospects that are possible fits for the Sixers based on where their pick is projected to land throughout the year. Pick Projection: 23rd overall Kings Watch: With a...
Nov 12, 2018
Sixers defeat the Heat, 124-114

Sixers defeat the Heat, 124-114

And with that, the Big 3 era is upon us. The Sixers beat the Miami Heat, 124-114, tonight in South Beach for their second road win of the year. The Sixers could have won by 8,000 points, however, and all anyone would be talking about is the free throw. You know the one. With 6:09 left in the 2nd quarter, Markelle Fultz stepped to the line after being fouled by Justise Winslow. Fultz made the first free throw, and then this happened: This is worse than we have ever seen Fultz's free throw form look. pic.twitter.com/FhCYpNpd5b— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) November 13, 2018 Fultz...
Nov 12, 2018
Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 15

Sixers Bell Ringer: Game 15

At least the Heat can take solace in their sweet jerseys. For a refresher on what constitutes a Bell Ringer, please reference the initial post. Bell Ringer Season Standings: Joel Embiid - 6; Ben Simmons - 3; JJ Redick - 2; Robert Covington - 1; Dario Saric - 1; T.J. McConnell - 1. There was the free throw that shocked the world. You’ll hear a lot about it elsewhere. There was also a basketball game, which the Sixers won, 124-114. Here are your Bell Ringer candidates from said game: Joel Embiid: 35 points, 18 rebounds, 3 assists When Joel Embiid plays the Miami Heat, expect a parade to the...
Nov 12, 2018
The Markelle Fultz situation just got weirder

The Markelle Fultz situation just got weirder

Fultz and shooting coach Drew Hanlen “are no longer working together or on speaking terms.” Just when you’ve normalized the bizarre occurrences that so frequently engulf the Philadelphia 76ers, the unheard of happens yet again. In the middle of tonight’s Sixers game vs. the Miami Heat, right before our very eyes, Markelle Fultz appeared to fully regress to 2017 Markelle Fultz form: This is worse than we have ever seen Fultz's free throw form look. pic.twitter.com/FhCYpNpd5b— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) November 13, 2018 Just about 15 minutes after Markelle Fultz’ above free...
Nov 12, 2018
Sixers vs. Heat: Game Thread

Sixers vs. Heat: Game Thread

Let’s talk about the last game before Philly gets their own ‘Big Three’ Game Time: 7:30 pm EST Watch: NBCSports Philadelphia Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic Projected Starters: Philadelphia 76ers F JJ Redick F Wilson Chandler C Joel Embiid G Markelle Fultz G Ben Simmons Miami Heat F Rodney McGruder F Justise Winslow C Hassan Whiteside G Goran Dragic G Josh Richardson Injury Report: Sixers: We’re healthy! Heat: James Johnson (hernia), Dion Waters (ankle), Dwyane Wade (personal) Referees: Josh Tiven, Ben Taylor, Jacyn Goble
Nov 12, 2018
Markelle Fultz showing early signs of defensive improvement

Markelle Fultz showing early signs of defensive improvement

"He can be an All-Defensive player”. That was the kind of promise the Philadelphia 76ers attached to Markelle Fultz's potential as a defensive menace before this season. Besides replacing JJ Redick in the starting lineup to give the inexperienced 20-year-old some much needed confidence and chemistry with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, an extra dose of athletic defense was the motivation for Brett Brown to make the change. To start the season, though, that wasn’t on display whatsoever. It’s never fair to expect rookies to be positive defenders, especially off the ball when they need to...