Instant Replay: Clippers 94, Sixers 83

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Instant Replay: Clippers 94, Sixers 83

BOX SCORE

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.

Stat-egic
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.

Sixers Injury Update: Simmons rolls ankle, taken for precautionary imaging

Sixers Injury Update: Simmons rolls ankle, taken for precautionary imaging

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle during a team scrimmage on the final day of training camp. He was taken for precautionary imaging. The results have not yet been completed.

Jerryd Bayless did not scrimmage because of a sore left wrist, which the team continues to monitor. He sat out of Thursday's scrimmage for the same reason.

Jahlil Okafor participated in Friday's scrimmage in accordance to his load management. The Sixers are being cautious with players as they return from injury. Okafor underwent right knee surgery last season. 

Sergio Rodriguez ready for 'opportunity' of 2nd NBA stint

Sergio Rodriguez ready for 'opportunity' of 2nd NBA stint

GALLOWAY, N.J. — It’s Round 2 for Sergio Rodriguez.

Ten years after beginning his first stint in the NBA, he is back as a veteran point guard on the Sixers. The green 20-year-old is now 30, with European and Olympic experience behind him. Rodriguez is looking to build upon his previous four NBA seasons, which culminated in 2010, in a leadership role in Philadelphia.

“It feels great,” Rodriguez said Thursday after the training camp morning session at Stockton University. “It’s a second opportunity for me.”

Rodriguez played three seasons for the Trail Blazers from 2009-10 and split his fourth year with the Kings and Knicks. He averaged a quiet 4.3 points, 2.9 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 13.2 minutes per game. Rodriguez returned to his native Spain and found a higher level of success, including winning the EuroLeague title with Real Madrid, being named EuroLeague MVP, and competing in the Olympics. Last season Rodriguez averaged 10.9 points (40.9 percent from three), 6.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 24 minutes for Real Madrid. 

Head coach Brett Brown considers Rodriguez one of the top point guards that had played in Europe. 

“He just has a real gift for understanding, especially offensive tempo,” Brown said. “I think that his ability to run a pick-and-roll and figure out how teams are playing it and where they’re rotating from about a pass sooner, one dribble sooner so he can pick off rotations. He’s very gifted in that environment. I think he’s got a bounce to his game and a pace to his game that he will be absorbed in how I want to play well.”

Both Brown and Rodriguez anticipate challenges on the defensive end as Rodriguez re-acclimates himself in the NBA. He will be tasked with guarding some of the league’s toughest point guards, and will also be involved in numerous pick-and-rolls each game. 

After years of playing in Spain, Rodriguez has to get to know a new group of players. He considers the responsibility of a point guard to be getting his entire team involved, particularly with all the youth on the SIxers.

“I will try to feel comfortable for my teammates. For a point guard, you need to have the confidence that everybody is happy playing with you,” Rodriguez said, also noting, “Always the point guard has to run the show. Especially for this team, we have so many young players that need to develop and need to know how to win.” 

So far that is working.

“Sergio’s great,” Nerlens Noel said. “He’s a real vocal leader, even with that little accent he’s got. He makes it work. I think as the season goes along, we’ll continue to get on the same page and really start to mesh a little better.” 

Rodriguez left the NBA as a young guard and is now ready to make a comeback with years of experience. 

"I’m very excited to have this upcoming season and to be successful for my team, my teammates, the organization," he said.