Sixers-Knicks: Inside the box score


Sixers-Knicks: Inside the box score

The Sixers lost their 23rd game in a row Friday night to the Knicks (see story) and all that stands in front of them and the longest losing streak in NBA history are games in Chicago, San Antonio and Houston.

No biggie.

In the meantime, here are a few notes and numbers from the 93-92 loss:

• The Sixers’ losing streak is the second-longest single-season skid in NBA history. The Cavaliers lost 24 straight over two seasons and own the overall record with 26 straight losses in 2010-11.

• The Sixers shot a franchise-record 41 three-pointers in the loss to the Knicks. It breaks the old mark of 35 set in Dallas on Dec. 18, 2012 and at home against Indiana on Nov. 20, 1996. The 41 three-pointers are tied for the most attempts in the NBA this season. Houston shot 41 threes against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 13, and the Knicks fired up 41 in Milwaukee on Dec. 18. Both of those games went to overtime.

• Michael Carter-Williams came an assist away from his third triple-double of the season. The rookie finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. It was Carter-Williams’ 14th double-double this season and he is averaging 9.1 rebounds in March. In four games against the Knicks, Carter-Williams is averaging 18.8 points, 11.3 rebounds and 8.3 assists.

• Center Henry Sims had career-bests of 16 points and 13 rebounds Friday night. It also was his second double-double of the season.

• The Sixers shot 37.4 percent from the floor and were 17 for 60 on shots outside of the paint. The Sixers also have shot under 40 percent in 10 of their last 18 games and are 0-20 when not cracking a 40 percent on field goals.

• Thad Young topped 20 points for the fifth straight game. He had a seven-game 20-plus scoring streak last season, which made up most of his dozen 20-plus scoring games. 

• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Sixers and Knicks missed 53 three-pointers in the game. That’s the most combined misses in the NBA this year.

• Amar’e Stoudemire led the Knicks with 22 points and 10 rebounds. It’s the veteran's third double-double of the season and his second in March. In three games against the Sixers this season, Stoudemire averaged 22 points on 77.1 percent shooting in 26.7 minutes per game.

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.