Instant Replay: Clippers 107, Sixers 90

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Instant Replay: Clippers 107, Sixers 90

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The Los Angeles Clippers lead the Pacific Division and two All-Stars in Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. They also have proved that they are a complete team by winning 18 consecutive games earlier this season.

The Sixers may have an All-Star of their own, but they are far from being a well-rounded team. They were dominated from start to finish in a 107-90 loss to the Clippers on Monday to close out their eight-game homestand.

The Sixers allowed the Clippers to shoot 59 percent from the floor, including 8 of 19 from three-point range as their record dropped to 22-28.

Turning point
The Clippers were been dubbed “Lob City” Clippers with high-fliers Griffin and DeAndre Jordon on the roster. The highlight dunks from those two may get all the attention, but the Clippers actually do get after opponents defensively as they hold teams to the fourth-fewest points per game (93.6).

Los Angeles led 30-22 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the Clippers limited the Sixers to 11 points on 5-for-22 shooing. The Clippers took a comfortable 23-point lead into the locker room at the half and never looked back.

Follow the leader
Griffin and Paul put on a show Monday night. Paul scored 21 points and handed out 11 assists in 25 minutes. Griffin totaled 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out five assists. Jordan pulled down 10 boards and scored eight points.

Nick Young snapped out of his shooting slump to lead the Sixers with 29 points. Evan Turner, Jeremy Pargo and Jrue Holiday were the only other Sixers in double figures with 10 points each.

Stat-egic
Lavoy Allen grabbed a career-high 22 rebounds on Saturday against Charlotte. Against the Clippers, Allen played 29 minutes and did not have a rebound until there was 2:30 left to play in the third quarter.

Allen pulled down just one more board before his night ended.

Take a bow
Jamal Crawford is a good bet to win Sixth Man of the Year. He came off the Clippers’ bench to score 20 points on an efficient 8-for-10 shooting.

What’s next?
The Sixers play their final game before the All-Star break in Milwaukee Wednesday night.

The Bucks beat the Sixers for a second time this season on Jan. 22 at the Bradley Center, 110-102. Milwaukee has since slipped to eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.

In that meeting the Bucks’ guards dominated the Sixers’ backcourt. Brandon Jennings scored 25 points, while Monta Ellis dropped in 18. The duo combined to shoot 15 for 27 from the floor.

Meanwhile, Holiday and Royal Ivey were 6 of 15 together for 17 points.

Ersan Ilyasova led all scorers with 27 points and was high man in rebounding with 16.

NBA draft profile: F Brandon Ingram

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NBA draft profile: F Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram

Position: Forward

Height: 6-9

Weight: 196

School: Duke

For months, Ben Simmons seemed to be a lock for the No. 1 pick. There was little competition for the LSU forward, who had been highly touted for years. Then came Brandon Ingram. The long, lanky forward emerged during his freshman (and only) season at Duke to make the top selection a legitimate two-player debate.

Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 34.6 minutes per game. He scored 20 points or more in each of the fourth-ranked Blue Devils’ tournament games before they were eliminated in the Sweet 16.

Here’s the biggest intrigue with Ingram: He’s only 18 years old. After coming on this strong as a freshman, his potential is one of his largest draws.

The Sixers met with Ingram at the draft combine and have attended a private workout held by his agency.

Strengths
Ingram set himself apart with his ability to shoot. He made 41.0 percent from three (80 of 195), an impressive mark for a player his size. Ingram also shot 44.2 percent from the field. He doesn’t rely on his outside game, attacking the basket as well to create a versatile offensive package.

Ingram’s length allows him to get his hands on the ball all over the court. With a 7-foot-3 wingspan, Ingram can fight over opponents for rebounds and loose balls. On the defensive end, his size creates mismatches, including on the perimeter. As bigs expand their shots away from the basket, Ingram can chase his opponents out to the wing. 

His 2.0 assists per game don’t tell the whole story of his passing abilities. Ingram has a high basketball IQ and sees the floor to create for his teammates.

Weaknesses
Ingram has to develop an NBA body. Playing his position at less than 200 pounds, he will get bounced around by other bigs. By putting on muscle, he will be able to play tougher defense at the basket.

Ingram can improve his all-around defensive skillset. He has shown he can rebound, but his overall consistency and intensity stands to be amped up in the pros.

Ingram can also improve his free throws after shooting 68.2 percent from the line at Duke.

How he'd fit with the Sixers
The Sixers don’t have a consistent go-to scoring option. Ingram could fulfill that role as the top offensive weapon. Being only 18, he would be part of the Sixers’ young foundation they could develop over time. His athleticism would help facilitate an uptempo system that maximizes their youth to get up and down the court. Brett Brown emphasizes his desire for two-way players and Ingram could contribute on both ends.

NBA comparison
Ingram has been compared to Kevin Durant. Think long and lanky for the position with the offensive skills to be a scoring threat. Ingram also has been likened to Tayshaun Prince, who had a decent NBA career but wasn't an MVP candidate like Durant.

Draft projection
Ingram is in the mix for being the No. 1 pick. If the Sixers go with Simmons at the top spot, expect the Lakers to take Ingram at two.

Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

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Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.  

D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record. 

While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns (where he worked with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and special advisor Jerry Colangelo) and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni. 

D’Antoni is 455-426 as a head coach. He won the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Suns. He also was an assistant coach for gold-winning Team USA men’s national teams.

Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff withdrew himself from consideration for the job earlier this month, and D’Antoni has been considered a top candidate for the position. The Rockets have had four coaches in the past 10 seasons, including Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman, Kevin McHale and Bickerstaff.

The Rockets finished eighth in the Western Conference this season with a 41-41 record. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors, 4-1. 

Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place. 

Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder. 

CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro contributed to this story.

Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

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Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.

Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own recognizance.

A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is ongoing.

Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons.