Archive: October, 2010
The 76ers will be playing the Boston Celtics tonight in Manchester, N.H. It's the second game of a preseason back-to-back that began on Tuesday night with a loss to the New Jersey Nets. Tonight's game is the Celtics' preseason opener. The Sixers announced earlier today that forward Thaddeus Young, who suffered a corneal abrasion in the second quarter against the Nets, would be available for tonight's game.
Collins said on Tuesday that both Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand would rest tonight, but things could change given how many minutes the second unit played against the Nets.
Since this game isn't on TV or the radio, we'll be running another Live Tweet. If you want instant updates during the game, follow along in the window below. It's possible we dropped too many Tweets for last night's game, so we'll probably limit it to a few a quarter (plus, there's a baseball game tonight that most folks are probably interested in).
Last week on ESPN.com, John Hollinger released his predictions for all NBA teams. His take on the 76ers? Not bad at all: Hollinger predicted the Sixers would finish the 2010-11 season with a record of 43-39.
Here's a quick snippet of Hollinger's thinking:
Since tonight's game from Roanoke, VA doesn't appear to exist anywhere else on the internet, thought we should get this info up ASAP. The Sixers lost to New Jersey, 103-96, at the Roanoke Civic Center.
Here are some numbers from the Sixers: Marreese Speights 19 points on 4 for 14 shooting from field, 11 for 14 from the line, with 9 rebounds and 2 turnovers. Elton Brand had 15 points on 4 for 7 from the field and 7 for 10 from the line. Thaddeus Young left the game in the second quarter with a corneal abrasion to his left eye. It's not expected to be serious. Andre Iguodala had 4 points on 0 for 5 shooting, 4 for 4 from the line, with 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Jrue Holiday had 10 points on 4 for 9 shooting, 5 rebounds, 4 assists. Evan Turner had 12 points on 2 for 6 shooting, 10 for 12 from the line, with 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 turnover. Turner played 25 minutes. Lou Williams had 10 points, Jodie Meeks played the entire second half and had 9 points on 4 for 7 shooting. Craig Brackins played 20 minutes and had 5 points and 5 rebounds. Jason Kapono had 2 points on 1 for 4 shooting in 15 minutes.
Nets shot 50.7 percent from the floor, Sixers shot 37.5 percent; Nets shot 8 for 12 from beyond the arc, Sixers shot 2 for 18 (um, yikes, scary); Nets outrebounded the Sixers, 48-29; Sixers scored 22 fast-break points while the Nets only scored 5.
76ers are out on the court warming up here at the Roanoke Civic Center. Tonight they play the New Jersey Nets; the game tips off at 7 p.m. There is no TV broadcast of the game, but if you can follow along with updates on Twitter.
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76ers practiced today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before flying to Roanoke, VA. for the first of back-to-back preseason games against the New Jersey Nets and then, in Manchester, N.H., the Boston Celtics. Sixers play New Jersey tomorrow night at the Roanoke Civic Center. If you want to follow Deep Sixer on Twitter, click here: Deep Sixer.
Although it's not definitive, Sixers coach Doug Collins will likely start a lineup of Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand, and Spencer Hawes. Collins said rookie Evan Turner will play primarily as a backup point guard and said "that's where he's comfortable." As for today's practice, Tony Battie (right knee) did not practice, James Florence (hamstring), did not practice, Andres Nocioni (left ankle) was limited to non-contact drills, and Jrue Holiday (under the weather) was held out of contact drills/scrimmaging.
Collins said he wouldn't dress Battie or Nocioni tomorrow, although he seems hopeful that by Friday of this week Nocioni would be cleared to begin scrimmaging.
76ers’ training camp is over and it ended with a scrimmage in front of season ticket holders inside Hagan Arena at St. Joseph’s University. The team’s second practice of the day began with stretching, a shooting drill, 5-on-0, and it ended with two 12-minute quarters of scrimmaging.
The 76ers training camp at St. Joseph's is in its final day. This morning, the Sixers held their non-contact session, which was mostly running through plays, 5-on-0, shooting drills, etc. Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Sixers will practice/scrimmage in a session that is open to the media and season ticket holders. It will be our first opportunity to assess a number of topics: Is Jrue Holiday really up to the hype? What role might Evan Turner play on this team? Where is Andre Iguodala's game? And how will all the new guys fit in?
If you want live updates from tonight's scrimmage, you can follow on Twitter: Deep Sixer. I'll also post some analysis by Sunday morning, so if you have time while prepping for the Eagles/Redskins game, that'll be online. From this morning, there should be two videos in the video player below (and hopefully one embedded in this post). One is Doug Collins talking about Thaddeus Young's play, the other is Jrue Holiday talking about his ambidexterity (yeah, he can even brush his teeth left-landed).
Before tonight's on-court session, here are three topics coming from camp today:
76ers are nearing the end of this season's training camp at St. Joseph's University. Their morning session ended about 11:45 inside Hagan Arena. They'll practice tonight and then twice tomorrow before wrapping up what will be a 5-day training camp.
Here's the injury update: Tony Battie (right knee synovitis) and Andre Nocioni (ankle sprain) practiced, guard James Florence (hamstring) and Darius Songaila (lower back stiffness) did not practice. This morning's session was non-contact, so likely both Battie and Nocioni will be limited tonight when the team does more competitive drills and scrimmages. As a reminder, Saturday night's session from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is open to the media and to season-ticket holders so hopefully we'll have a long blog post after watching a full practice.
After this morning's session, a lot of the questions still centered around the progress of rookie guard Evan Turner. Sixers coach Doug Collins discussed Turner's progress and we talked to Turner himself. It's difficult at this point to really get a feel for Turner's role, but we'll let everyone read into Collins' quotes. You can also watch the video of Collins, which should be embedded at the bottom of this post.