Instant Replay: Nets 127, Sixers 97


Instant Replay: Nets 127, Sixers 97


The Sixers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center and the crowd quickly learned what rebuilding looks like in a 127-97 defeat.

The Sixers allowed the Nets to score 65 points in the first half, despite the Nets playing without Deron Williams, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko.

Brooklyn converted 61 percent of its shots in the first half. The Nets shot 54 percent from the floor for the game and 52 percent from behind the three-point arc.

The Nets also scored 27 points off the Sixers’ 18 turnovers.

Turning point
It was clear from the start that the Sixers were overmatched. They gave up 38 first-quarter points, trailed by 16 points at the half and the Nets pushed that lead to 20 points early in the third quarter.

Follow the leader
Evan Turner led all scorers with 23 points. He added five rebounds and four assists for the game, while connecting on 6 of 7 free throw attempts.

Mirza Teletovic and Chris Johnson paced the Nets with 21 points apiece off the bench. Joe Johnson scored 18 points and shot 4 for 8 from the three-point line.

Rebounding and bench play will be weaknesses for the Sixers on most nights this season. The Sixers were outrebounded 54-31 in the game and their bench was outscored 67-33.

Take a bow
Shaun Livingston has never averaged double-figure points in his eight-year career. Livingston was amazing for the Nets on Monday night. He made all seven of his field goal attempts for 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and handed out eight assists.

Sixers first-round pick Michael Carter-Williams has been compared to the player Livingston was prior to suffering a gruesome knee injury five years ago. Carter-Williams finished with 12 points, four assists and two rebounds.

What’s next?
The Sixers play in Charlotte on Thursday with a rare 11 a.m. tipoff.

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.