Instant Replay: Clippers 94, Sixers 83


Instant Replay: Clippers 94, Sixers 83


The Sixers and Clippers are two teams that like to push the pace, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by Monday’s game.

The Clippers grinded their way to a 94-83 win over the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers shot just 35.9 percent in the defeat.

The loss dropped the Sixers’ record to 7-15 on the season.

Michael Carter-Williams missed his third straight game and seventh of the season with a sore right knee from a skin infection.

Turning point
The Clippers made seven of their first eight shot attempts in the third quarter to stretch an eight-point lead to 20 in less than four minutes.

Follow the leader
Chris Paul is a natural born leader. He gets a basket when his team needs one and finds the open man with ease, too.

Paul finished with 25 points, 13 assists and three steals.

Blake Griffin scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Evan Turner led the Sixers with 25 points. He also grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists.

Thaddeus Young had 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Wroten flirted with a triple-double yet again with nine point, seven assists and 10 rebounds.

Monday’s game was one of the worst three-point shooting displays in recent memory.

The Sixers and Clippers combined to shoot 8 of 48 from three-point range.

Take a bow
DeAndre Jordan is fourth in the NBA in rebounding with12.9 boards per game. Jordan collected a season-high 21 rebounds against the Sixers, one shy of his career best. He also scored 11 points in the game.

What’s next?
The Sixers hit the road for their next two games, starting on Wednesday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Timberwolves are 9-11 this season. They are led in scoring by the two Kevins. Kevin Love averages 23.7 points per game, while Kevin Martin scores 22.9 a night.

Jahlil Okafor eager for more minutes as knee heals

Jahlil Okafor eager for more minutes as knee heals

CAMDEN, N.J. — Jahlil Okafor has been patient with his right knee. He was disciplined with restrictions and recovery during the preseason, recognizing the goal of being ready for opening night. 

At the same time, once he got back on the court he wanted more. Okafor played eight minutes Friday against the Heat, his first game since Feb. 28 before undergoing surgery to repair a right meniscus tear. 

“I don’t think I’m going to do eight again,” Okafor said Sunday. “They kind of heard me complain about that a lot. I think it’ll definitely be more than eight, but it won’t be much more.” 

Okafor has been limited since aggravating his knee during the final day of training camp. He practiced “to tolerance” on Sunday, according to the Sixers. Okafor did not participate in the team scrimmage and worked out individually with assistant coach/head of strength and conditioning Todd Wright. 

The second-year big man did not feel soreness on Saturday following the game. On Sunday, he felt “kind of stiff” during practice. Brett Brown has been watching Okafor’s movement closely. While Okafor considered it to be “good,” Brown was a tougher critic. 

“I think he looked OK,” Brown said. “He didn’t look great to me today. I’ll give him a B-minus … It’s always how do you move? East, west, north, south, how do you move?” 

Okafor scored four points and had one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover in Miami. He focused on his defense during the game. When he subbed out, he checked in with Elton Brand on the bench to receive feedback from the now-retired veteran. Okafor plans to continue to tap into him for advice throughout the season. 

With opening night three days away, Okafor still plans to be on the floor for it.

“I am optimistic about it,” he said. “I should be ready to go.” 

Robert Covington sprained his right ankle in Friday’s game and did not practice Sunday. Brown anticipates Covington, who has been starting at small forward, also will be ready to go Wednesday. 

“I do (expect him to play),” Brown said. “But we won’t know that for sure yet.” 

Sixers waive retired Elton Brand
The Sixers waived Brand on Sunday, making his retirement official. Brand announced his intentions to walk away from the game Thursday. The Sixers' request of waivers was a procedural step. The roster currently stands at 19. 

“It’s been an honor, it’s been a privilege to play this game, the game that I love, and I’m certainly going to miss it,” Brand said last week (see story). “But it’s definitely time now.” 

Brand celebrated his career with his teammates at Komodo in Miami on Thursday night ahead of their preseason finale against the Heat. 

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.