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.

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel undergoes surgery on sore left knee

Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.

Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica. 

The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.

The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks. 

This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it. 

Sixers still deciding who will start opener, how long Jahlil Okafor will play

Sixers still deciding who will start opener, how long Jahlil Okafor will play

CAMDEN, N.J. — Brett Brown doesn’t have many options at his disposal for opening night against the Thunder, but a day before the Sixers' regular-season tip-off, he still is considering how to utilize his shorthanded roster.

What Brown is sure of is Joel Embiid will be capped at 20 minutes in five four-minute segments. Embiid, coming off two years of foot injuries, began the preseason playing 12.

The Sixers have not locked in a minutes restriction on Jahlil Okafor. The second-year big man aggravated his right knee during training camp and played eight minutes in his first preseason game last Friday.

“You’ll intermittently sub that and Richaun Holmes will make up the rest,” Brown said after practice Tuesday. “The five-spot is locked in with those three, and I feel like tomorrow we’ll be able to better figure out how many four-minute sections does Jahlil actually get.”

Brown started Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Embiid in the final two preseason games. On Tuesday he did not announce a starting five, specifically a point guard. That role is between Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell because of the injury to Jerryd Bayless (wrist). 

“Still considering a lot,” Brown said of the one-spot. “Not prepared right now to say one thing or another.”

Rodriguez, who has been practicing with the white squad, anticipates he will be given the nod. It will be his first regular-season game in the NBA since 2010.

“Yes, I expect, but for me that doesn’t matter,” Rodriguez said. “It’s going to be a big game for everybody. Everybody needs to be ready. We will need all we have to beat them.”

The Sixers' inactive list includes Bayless, Ben Simmons (foot) and Nerlens Noel (knee), all of whom could be starters if healthy. With so many injuries to major contributors and the implementation of segmented minutes, Brown will have to look down his bench over the course of four quarters.

“We’re going to have to go 10-deep. I bet we could even go 11-deep,” he said. “We’re in a very unusual circumstance that players can’t play multiple minutes. ... That, coupled with I think you can’t expect to have the energy and effort that we want on the floor without giving people six-minute chunks.” 

The Sixers and Thunder face off at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.