Instant Replay: Hawks 113, Sixers, 103

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Instant Replay: Hawks 113, Sixers, 103

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ATLANTA -- The Sixers left the confines of the Wells Fargo Center for just the third time this season when they traveled to Atlanta to face the Hawks on Friday night in the first of a three-game road trip.

The Sixers fell behind with another slow start and allowed Jeff Teague to score a career-high 33 points in a 113-103 loss to the Hawks.

The defeat put the Sixers record at an even 5-5, while the Hawks moved to 5-4 on the season.

Turning point
At the 8:40 mark of the fourth quarter, James Anderson was stripped while driving to the basket. Atlanta went the other way and Teague put in a two-handed slam to give the Hawks a seven-point lead.

That basket sparked a brief 6-0 run the Hawks used to put the game away.

Two days after scoring a career high 36 points, Anderson was limited to just one made field goal.

Follow the leader
Teague led all scorers with 33 points, shooting 10 of 16 from the field. The point guard also dished out 10 assists. Al Horford added 20 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta, while DeMarre Carroll contributed 21 points.

Evan Turner led the Sixers with 27 points and Thaddeus Young had 17. Spencer Hawes notched another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Tony Wroten followed up his first career triple-double with 22 points and six assists.

Injury update
Michael Carter-Williams a second consecutive game with a bruised arch in his left foot.

“He is day-to-day,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said prior to the game. “I am not really expecting to see him on this trip. That may happen. I could be wrong, but in my own preparation I am not expecting to see him on this road trip. If we do, we do. Otherwise, we will move along without him and use Darius (Morris) and Tony (Wroten) at that backup point guard position.”

Former Sixer Lou Williams was in uniform for the first time since he tore his right ACL 10 months ago. He scored seven points with three rebounds and two assists in 16 minutes of action.

Stat-egic
The disparity at the foul line in this game was huge until the final frame. The Sixers finished the game 18 of 23 from the charity stripe, while the Hawks were 25 of 31. However, the Sixers had attempted just nine shots from the line prior to the fourth quarter.

Take a bow
Former Sixer Kyle Korver made a three-pointer with 3:36 to play in the first quarter to extend his streak of consecutive games with a made three to 82. That is the second-longest such streak in NBA history.

Former Sixer Dana Barros holds the record with 89 straight games with a three-pointer.

Korver finished with 13 points and hit 3 of 5 shots from behind the arc.

What’s next?
The Sixers will play at New Orleans on Saturday. It will be their first time facing former Sixers All-Star Jrue Holiday, who was traded on draft night to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a future first-round draft pick.

The Pelicans are currently 3-6 on the season.

Sixers take lasting lessons from talk with Will Smith at team dinner

Sixers take lasting lessons from talk with Will Smith at team dinner

GALLOWAY, N.J. — The sprawling city skyline could have been the highlight of the Sixers' team dinner at One Liberty Place on Monday night. Instead, it was a surprise celebrity appearance that left them in awe.

Will Smith, who is part of the Sixers’ ownership, caught the players off guard when he visited with the team to offer advice and answer questions.

“Man, that’s one of my idols,” Nerlens Noel said following the first training camp session at Stockton University. “Everything he said I really took in and all the guys did too.”

Rather than entertaining the group with his acting or musical skills, Smith imparted important lessons that are applicable in sports. The 48-year-old has had decades of success across multiple platforms, and he offered pieces of wisdom that can resonate in any situation. 

“If you have bad people around you, that’s how people see you and that’s how you are,” Joel Embiid said. “He said to have good people around. That’s the main thing I got from that.”

The Sixers had differing memorable moments the morning after Smith’s visit, which demonstrated how many topics he addressed with the team. 

“He’s a good guy,” Ben Simmons said. “I definitely learned a lot from hearing him talk … You’ve got to look at things from a positive and negative with every situation.”

Jahlil Okafor was especially caught up in Smith’s appearance. Smith is Okafor’s favorite actor, most notably for his role in I Am Legend, and impressed Okafor with his character. 

“We already know about his accolades and how smart he is and obviously he’s an entertaining person,” Okafor said. “But it just seemed like he really wanted to be there to help us out. I just took away that he was a great person.”

Okafor also added, “It just helps [to hear from him] because the road to success is pretty much the same. It’s about being focused, it’s about knowing that you’re going to be knocked down, you’re going to fail. That was one of the messages that Will Smith shared, was expect failure but the main thing is to get back up.”

Noel previously had seen Smith courtside at Sixers games, and this was his first opportunity to hear directly from him. Noel listened to everything Smith had to say, from how to deal with the media to ranking his best and worst movies. 

“Never get caught up in too much of the negativity,” Noel recounted. 

While people view professional athletes as celebrities, the Sixers were on the opposite side Monday evening. 

“It’s hard to get starstruck nowadays,” Noel said. “But when you see Will Smith, it’s a whole different ballgame.”

Cold can't keep Joel Embiid away from first Sixers practice

Cold can't keep Joel Embiid away from first Sixers practice

GALLOWAY, N.J. — Joel Embiid awoke Tuesday morning and was still feeling ill from a cold and virus he has been battling since last Friday. He had been coughing, experiencing a bloody nose and even vomiting, but all those symptoms could not stop him from a day he has been eyeing for over two years: his first NBA practice.

Embiid had stayed back in Philadelphia on Monday night while the Sixers traveled to training camp at Stockton University in South Jersey. On Tuesday, he decided to leave the city and join the team on campus.

“I woke up this morning and I was like, ‘I waited too long for this time, so I’ve got to go and try to do some work in there,’” Embiid said.

Embiid had been sidelined by foot injuries since the Sixers drafted him third overall in 2014. Tuesday marked his first NBA practice, and he is eyeing his first preseason game next Tuesday against the Celtics.

Embiid was not expected to be part of training camp Tuesday because of his illness. He surprised the team when he arrived while practice was underway. The Sixers' medical staff cleared him before he took the court.

“He forced himself into practice today,” head coach Brett Brown said. “He said, ‘I feel good, I want to go.’ With the time that he has put in the last few years, he meant it. You respected that instruction.”

Embiid is following a minutes restriction during training camp, which currently is 25 minutes for the morning session and 20 minutes for the evening session. His previous physical restrictions have been lifted and the team is monitoring him for workload and time on the court.

“I step back and figure out how do I want to spend my money?” Brown said. “If we’ve got X amount of time, where do I feel like he can make the most improvement? Where do I feel like he’s going to have the best chance to get on the court and play minutes, as we expect against the Celtics?”

Tuesday morning’s session focused on the defensive end. While Embiid had trouble breathing at points and tired quickly, he made an effort to give 100 percent on the court. The only lags in Embiid’s game Brown noticed were attributed to his illness, not because of his foot.

“I don’t think he’s missed a beat from a great month of September,” Brown said.

The Sixers sensed the enthusiasm from Embiid. Regardless of his restrictions, his energy was felt among the team.

“When he did get in, he played well,” Ben Simmons said. “He’s a big inside presence. He got a lot of boards and crashed the offensive glass.”

Added Jahlil Okafor: "He’s excited to be here. Obviously, he’s had a couple tough years with his injuries that he couldn’t control. But he’s finally here and he’s taking advantage of that."

The Sixers will hold training camp through Friday at Stockton University. Embiid is looking to push past any symptoms to be on the court as much as he can.