Hey Sixers, Remember Wednesday? Play Like That Against the Jazz

Hey Sixers, Remember Wednesday? Play Like That Against the Jazz

It's amazing how one game can change your entire perspective on how a
team is doing. The Sixers couldn't have sunk much lower—well, actually,
they could've sunk way lower, but that would've been even worse—than
their road loss to the lowly Bucks on Monday, with Evan Turner going
1-12, Lou Williams playing a one-man game of keepaway down the stretch,
and Bucks point man Brandon Jennings scorching Jrue Holiday for 33
points and seven dimes. But, lo and behold, one game later and the team
is blowing out the dead-legged Celtics to keep their Atlantic Division
lead, with Evan Turner going off for a career-high 26 points and Nik
Vucevic posting a 14 and 12 off the bench. Forget rebuilding, do you
guys think we can win the championship this year???

Of course, it'd be foolish of us to expect a repeat performance from
the Liberty Ballers tonight—or from their most recent (and apparently
permanent) addition to the starting lineup. Evan Turner, unless his name
is secretly Jeremy Lin, will probably not equal or better his 26 points
tonight against the Jazz, and in fact, if he got even half that much
(on decent shooting with a couple boards and assists), we'd probably
have to consider it something of an accomplishment. Nonetheless, the
Sixers will have some added motivation tonight, looking to repay the
tough 102-99 loss they suffered at the hands of the Jazz at the end of
last year—and with ET always having a little something to prove while
going up against 2010's #3 overall pick, Jazz big man Derrick Favors.

7:00 tip from the Wells Fargo Center. “I'm trying to build off this
and not say 'I told you so' or anything," Turner said about his
long-delayed breakout performance on Wedensday. "It's just enjoying the
moment.” One moment is nice, Evan. Multiple would be better.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”