Instant Replay: Sixers 105, Pacers 95

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Instant Replay: Sixers 105, Pacers 95

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Sixers finished off their disappointing regular season with a 105-95 win over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The Sixers finished the season with a 34-48 record.

The Pacers rested a number of key players in the game as the Eastern Conference’s No. 3 seed gets ready for the playoffs.

Turning point
Jrue Holiday, as much as he is coveting some offseason rest, said prior to tipoff that the Sixers really wanted to come out strong and finish the season on the right note.

The Sixers backed up that talk early, grabbing a nine-point lead in the first quarter. They increased that advantage to 22 points at halftime.

Follow the leader
The Sixers were led by Dorell Wright, who had 23 points and five assists. Evan Turner added 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Lavoy Allen added 11 points and 11 rebounds for his third career double-double.

Indiana’s Gerald Green led all scorers with 34 points. He shot 14 of 23, including 6 for 11 from behind the arc.

Stat-egic
Since losing 99-91 to the Orlando Magic on March 10, the Sixers won 11 of their final 20 games. That was their best stretch of winning basketball since they started the season 11-9.

Take a bow
Arnett Moultrie had 14 points to go along with a career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Moultrie, who appeared in 47 games this season, shot 58 percent from the floor for the year.

Moultrie’s summer regiment will go a long way in him having a more prominent role with the team next year.

What’s next?
Sixers players will convene for one final time this season on Thursday morning at their practice facility to conduct individual exit interviews with Sixers owner Josh Harris, head coach Doug Collins and team president Rod Thorn.

It would appear Thursday will also be Collins’ final day conducting head coaching duties for the organization.

The next steps for the Sixers to decide will be who is Collins’ successor, if they want to give general manager Tony DiLeo a new contract and what is the best way to move forward on the heels of the Andrew Bynum debacle.

Sixers being cautious with Jahlil Okafor early in training camp

Sixers being cautious with Jahlil Okafor early in training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. — The Sixers lost Jahlil Okafor for the final 23 games last season because of a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Now they are being cautious as he prepares for his second year.

As part of the Sixers’ prescheduled load management for Okafor, he participated in a portion of practice and then worked out individually with head strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright.

“They just told me to relax once I did what they wanted me to do today,” Okafor said. “I was off to the sidelines. I feel fine. I’ll be good tomorrow.”

Okafor learned during his first NBA season that he should speak more openly with the staff about his body.

“Communication is key,” he said. “I think last year I didn’t really communicate how I was feeling, so I wasn’t able to get the help I needed.”

The team held three practice sessions in the first two days of training camp. Okafor said he knew the Sixers would be cautious with his workload. He is poised to improve upon his rookie year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 53 games last season.

“I’m 100 percent healthy,” he said. “I’m all good.”

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."