6 observations from Sixers-Bucks


6 observations from Sixers-Bucks

Spencer Hawes was on the verge of losing his three-pointer streak until his finally got a clean look with 1:21 left in regulation. He got another one 54 seconds later to help the Sixers climb to within one point.

Hawes saved his most theatrical and heroic shot for last, though.

With 1.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Hawes hit an off-balance three-pointer while jumping off the wrong foot. With that, Hawes put his six-shooters into his invisible holsters and got ready for overtime.

Here are a handful of the theatrics from the Sixers’ entertaining 115-107 overtime victory (see Instant Replay) over the Bucks on Friday night:

1. Hawes gets another double-double
Mark it as nine double-doubles for big man Hawes this season. Only Chris Paul, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin have more double-doubles than Hawes this season.

Hawes scored 25 points with 12 rebounds and hit a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter to extend his streak to 14 straight games with at least one three-pointer. The three-pointer moved Hawes into sole possession of third place for threes made by seven-footers.

Hawes had a couple of dunks, including one on the business end of an alley-oop from Evan Turner, who led the Sixers with 27 points.

2. Another close call for MCW
The Sixers nearly were the first team in the NBA with two triple-doubles this season. Michael Carter-Williams came close to another triple-double in his second game back from a foot injury.

MCW had 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. He also had five steals.

The most impressive part of Carter-Williams’ near triple-double? He only took eight shots.

Tony Wroten got his first career triple-double in the overtime victory over Houston last week.

3. The second unit
With 2:57 remaining in the first quarter, Sixers head coach Brett Brown went with a lineup of Wroten, Elliot Williams, Hollis Thompson, Brandon Davies and Lavoy Allen. By the time Brown took that group out with 7:34 to go in the half, the Sixers had a 12-point lead that got as high as 15.

Thompson scored 10 of his career-high 16 points during that stretch with Allen pouring in six. Wroten dished out six assists.

Over the final 7:34 of the first half, the Sixers’ 12-point lead shrunk to just two points by halftime even though they shot 60 percent in the half.

4. Costly turnovers
Though the Sixers shot 60 percent from the field during the first half and hammered the Bucks on the boards by a two-to-one margin, the game remained close throughout the second half. How so? The Sixers committed 15 turnovers in the first half and a season-worst 26 for the game.

The team’s starting five had 21 turnovers, which is likely the reason the second unit was so effective when closing the first quarter -- the reserves didn’t turn it over.

The Bucks didn’t need to worry about the rebounding margin or the Sixers’ shooting percentage when the ball was handed over to them.

5. Traffic jam
The Sixers’ perimeter players had little difficulty in driving to the basket against the Bucks. In fact, Turner and Carter-Williams got the ball into the paint whenever they wanted.

The problem was finishing.

As soon as the Sixers dribbled or passed the ball into the paint, Milwaukee’s defense swooped in for a block or a hard foul. It didn’t dissuade the Sixers, though. The team had 52 points in the paint and 18 at the foul line.

6. If they’re free …
Thanks to the drives to the hoop, the Sixers got 29 free throws against the Bucks. They shot just 62 percent.

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

Report: Nerlens Noel expected out 3-5 weeks after left knee surgery

It appears the Sixers' frontcourt logjam may not be an issue early on.

Nerlens Noel, who is having surgery Monday for an inflamed plica in his left knee, will miss the first three to five weeks of the season, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Noel suffered a left groin injury in the first preseason game against the Celtics and missed the rest of the preseason. While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

It's been an odd start to the season for Noel. The big man was outspoken about his displeasure with the Sixers' frontcourt situation early in camp. With the deadline for Noel's rookie contract extension approaching on Oct. 31, the team has not had conversations about it, according to a report.

The Sixers are already without No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons as he recovers from surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his right foot. The team will also be without their starting point guard Jerryd Bayless who is dealing with a ligament issue in his left wrist. Bayless won't require surgery and will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

Anthem singer at Sixers-Heat game kneels during performance

MIAMI — A woman performing the national anthem before an NBA preseason game in Miami on Friday night did so while kneeling at midcourt, and opening her jacket to show a shirt with the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

The singer was identified by the Heat as Denasia Lawrence. It was unclear if she remained in the arena after the performance, and messages left for her were not immediately returned.

Heat players and coaches stood side-by-side for the anthem, all with their arms linked as has been their custom during the preseason. Many had their heads down as Lawrence sang, and the team released a statement saying it had no advance knowledge that she planned to kneel.

"We felt as a basketball team that we would do something united, so that was our focus," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Throughout all of this, I think the most important thing that has come out is the very poignant, thoughtful dialogue. We've had great dialogue within our walls here and hopefully this will lead to action."

The anthem issue has been a major topic in the sports world in recent months, starting with the decision by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to not stand for its playing. Kaepernick cited racial injustice and police brutality among the reasons for his protest, and athletes from many sports -- and many levels, from youth all the way to professional -- have followed his lead in various ways.

"All I can say is what we've seen in multiple preseason games so far is our players standing for the national anthem," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in New York earlier Friday, at a news conference following the league's board of governors meetings. "It would be my hope that they would continue to stand for the national anthem. I think that is the appropriate thing to do."

The NBA has a rule calling for players and coaches to stand during the anthem.

Heat guard Wayne Ellington often speaks about the need to curb gun violence, after his father was shot and killed two years ago. He had his eyes closed for most of the anthem Friday, as per his own custom, though was aware of Lawrence's actions.

"At the end of the day, to each his own," Ellington said. "If she feels like that's the way she wants to stand for it, then more power to her."

Making a statement in the manner that Lawrence did Friday is rare, but not unheard of in recent weeks.

When the Sacramento Kings played their first home preseason game earlier this month, anthem singer Leah Tysse dropped to one knee as she finished singing the song.

Tysse is white. Lawrence is black.

"I love and honor my country as deeply as anyone yet it is my responsibility as an American to speak up against injustice as it affects my fellow Americans," Tysse wrote on Facebook. "I have sung the anthem before but this time taking a knee felt like the most patriotic thing I could do. I cannot idly stand by as black people are unlawfully profiled, harassed and killed by our law enforcement over and over and without a drop of accountability."