Jrue on All-Star Media Day: "If My Man ET Was Here, It Would Have Been a Lot More Fun"

Jrue on All-Star Media Day: "If My Man ET Was Here, It Would Have Been a Lot More Fun"

It's hard to read the on-court relationship of Jrue Holiday and Evan
Turner sometimes. For every time Jrue drives to the basket and hits Evan
at the elbow or in the corner for a wide-open three, it seems like
there's two or three times where they both try to take the ball up into
the half-court, or where Jrue ignores Evan on the weak side as he
motions for a pass with his man lingering a few steps off. The chemistry
is there, but it's imperfect, and sometimes you wonder if one isn't
happier running the team while the other one is sitting on the bench.
You wonder if, a couple years down the road, it might end up being a
problem.

But at the very least, it seems like their off-court
relationship is a pretty tight one. Neither has ever said anything even
remotely sniping about the other through the media, and when asked about each others' games recently,
they were pretty unreservedly complementary. And now with one of them a
part of All-Star Weekend for the first time in either's career, the
closeness between the two becomes ever-more apparent. During Media Day
yesterday, Jrue was asked about his first visit to All-Star weekend, and
specifically if he was gonna take a lot of pictures to remember his
first time, and apropos of virtually nothing, he shouted out the
Extraterrestrial:


I will...I'm obviously a  goofball. I'll goof around. If my man ET was here, it would have been a lot more fun...but, again, just happy to be here.


Jrue
was then asked about some comments recently made by Clippers point
guard (and starting West All-Star) Chris Paul about how much better it
is to go to All-Star Weekend with a teammate, and asked if he could
understand that. His answer was similarly touching:


Yeah,
for sure. If somebody who you can hang out with ever day, inside jokes
or whatever, and maybe...again, just hanging out with them, and
experiencing this All-Star setting together...I dunno, that's something
that obviously, y'all could carry on for the rest of the season, and the
rest of your life.


Pretty sweet. We're
certainly hoping that Evan can make the jump to All-Star in Year Four
that the Damaja made this year, because we'd love to see them
goofballing it up together in New Orleans in 2014. And as far as reasons
not to trade ET
go, his friendship with Jrue might rank pretty down-ballot, but maybe
should be considered at least a little bit. Having a young team that
likes each other and can grow together...it's a tough prospect to give
up on in pro sports.

Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Bucks 104

Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Bucks 104

BOX SCORE 

The tone was set in the opening minutes of the third quarter. 

The Sixers quickly made up a halftime deficit and rolled from there, outscoring the Bucks, 67-50, in the second half for a 113-104 victory over Milwaukee on Monday.

The Sixers have now won four of their last five games with their only loss in the stretch coming the game Joel Embiid sat out. 

Milwaukee used a 19-4 run to take a 54-44 lead, but the Sixers scored the final basket of the first half and the first eight points of the third quarter to tie the game. 

Embiid scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 22 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high tying five blocked shots.

Inside the box score
• The Sixers scored 18 of their 24 first-quarter points from the 3-point line, connecting on 6 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc. Philadelphia hit on 14 of 37 three-point attempts, while Milwaukee was just 5 for 14. 

• Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points in the first half, but battled foul trouble after the break and finished with 23 points for the game. He picked up his fourth foul with 6:04 left in the third quarter and was whistled for his fifth foul just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. 

• Eight Sixers scored in double figures, led by Embiid with 22. Dario Saric added 17, Ersan Ilyasova scored 12, Gerald Henderson and Robert Covington had 11 and Sergio Rodriguez, Jahlil Okafor and Chasson Randle each added 10. 

McConnell MRI negative
The Sixers will be without their starting point guard for the time being, as T.J. McConnell left the team to return to Philadelphia to receive treatment for a right wrist strain and did not play against the Bucks (see story).
 
An MRI taken on McConnell’s right wrist came back negative, according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.
 
“He has a strain,” Brown said. “There’s no structural damage. In relation to what that means with regards to his return to play, I don’t know that yet.”

Sergio Rodriguez started in McConnell’s place and scored 10 points with seven rebounds and six assists. 

Monster jam
Embiid threw down a thunderous dunk to give the Sixers a 77-76 lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter. He then forced a turnover on the other end and later blocked a shot attempt by Matthew Dellavedova at the third-quarter buzzer. 

Noel sits
Sixers center Nerlens Noel was a late scratch from Monday’s game due to a sprained left ankle. 

Up Next
The Sixers will host Toronto (27-13) on Wednesday and Portland (18-25) on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center before traveling to Atlanta to face the Hawks (24-17) on Saturday. 

MRI on T.J. McConnell's wrist comes back negative; Nerlens Noel has ankle sprain

MRI on T.J. McConnell's wrist comes back negative; Nerlens Noel has ankle sprain

The Sixers will be without their starting point guard for the time being, as T.J. McConnell has left the team to return to Philadelphia to receive treatment for a right wrist strain and will miss Monday's game vs. the Bucks in Milwaukee.
 
An MRI taken on McConnell’s right wrist came back negative, according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.
 
“He has a strain,” Brown said. “There’s no structural damage. In relation to what that means with regards to his return to play, I don’t know that yet.”
 
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. He has started Philadelphia’s last seven games, a stretch during which the Sixers have gone 5-2.

With McConnell out, Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard Monday against Milwaukee.

Rodriguez started 29 of the first 30 games he played this season, his first in the NBA since 2009-10. The 30-year-old is more of an offensive threat than the defensive-minded McConnell, averaging 8.8 points and 5.8 assists.  

“You immediately go to losing that defensive energy T.J. is known for,” Brown said. “Sergio is a more gifted scorer. T.J. is a more gifted defender. To have Nerlens (Noel) and Joel (Embiid) behind the scenes, we can make up some ground with Sergio.
 
“People understand Sergio’s pedigree. He’s a 30-year-old legend in Europe. He has a wealth of experience. He’s a medalist and an MVP of the Euro league. He also was our starting point guard for a while. We’re happy to give him back that responsibility.”

No Noel
In addition to McConnell, the Sixers on Monday will also be without the services of Nerlens Noel, who is dealing with a left ankle sprain. Noel came down with a season-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's loss to the Wizards.

Still restricted
Sixers center Joel Embiid will still be on a 28-minute restriction Monday against the Bucks.

Embiid sat out Saturday’s 109-93 loss to Washington after playing 28 minutes in a 102-93 win over Charlotte on Friday. He has reached 30 minutes just once in his 27 games this season.