Losing This Would Suuuuuuck: Sixers Play Kyrie-Less Cavs in Cleveland

Losing This Would Suuuuuuck: Sixers Play Kyrie-Less Cavs in Cleveland

Free wins are a hard thing to come by on an NBA schedule. The Sixers
probably thought they had one a week ago when they faced the 0-8 Pistons
at home, but that team had been steadily improving and was long overdue
for a breakout effort. No, rather, I'd be surprised if the Sixers had
an easier game on their schedule this year than the one they have
tonight, against a 2-8 Cavaliers team that has lost six straight and
will tonight be without their starting point guard (and primary shot
creator and distributor) Kyrie Irving. If the Sixers can't cash this one
in, that's some bad news right there.

Because things don't get
any easier from here. The Sixers' 7-4 record thusfar this season without
starting center Flancrew Twyglum has been impressive, but it's largely
the result of a soft schedule that's been heavy on home games and light
on tough opponents. The next few weeks are filled with a lot of games
against teams currently hovering around .500, about half of them on the
road, and then two-plus weeks into December, shit gets really real with a
stretch of 10 games out of 11 on the road, including eight in a row
going into next January, with the Phoenix Suns the only thing close to
an "easy" win on the trip. If the Sixers can't stockpile their wins
while they can now, it's going to be an absoulety brutal winter for the
Liberty Ballers.

Of course, the Cavs aren't likely to roll over
and die tonight, exactly. They still have an energetic, aggressive
frontcourt in Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson, which will make
life interesting for a Sixers big rotation that has gotten killed by
offensive rebounding lately. And they have Dion Waiters, the rookie
top-five shooting guard out of Syracuse that has proven capable of
lighting it up on occasion. What they don't have without Kyrie is much
of a creator—Waiters only averages two assists a game, as does backup
point guard Donald Sloan, who has been absolutely miserable this year,
along with the rest of Cleveland's crappy bench. If Jrue and Evan can
get it going tonight, and the wings can hit threes as they did last
night, that should be enough to power the Sixers to a relatively easy

7:00 tip from Quicken Loans Arena. Just...win this game, guys. OK? Just do that.

NFL to reopen investigation into Giants' Brown for domestic violence


NFL to reopen investigation into Giants' Brown for domestic violence

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The NFL is going to re-open its investigation of New York Giants placekicker Josh Brown after police released journal entries and emails in which he admitted that he verbally and physically abused his former wife.

The NFL issued a statement on Thursday saying the league's investigators made repeated verbal and written attempts to obtain any and all evidence and relevant information in the May 2015 case from the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington, but were denied.

The sheriff's office released the journals and emails late Wednesday to SportsNet New York.

The league said law enforcement's response limited its yearlong investigation of the domestic abuse incident that led to Brown's arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed against the 37-year-old player.

"We concluded our own investigation, more than a year after the initial incident, based on the facts and evidence available to us at the time and after making exhaustive attempts to obtain information in a timely fashion," the league said. "It is unfortunate that we did not have the benefit or knowledge of these materials at the time."

Brown, who was suspended by the NFL Brown for the opening game of the season for a violation of its personal conduct policy, practice on Thursday but he was not in the locker room afterward as the team prepared to leave for its game against the Los Angeles Rams in London on Sunday.

Tom Quinn, the Giants' special teams coach, said that Brown remains the Giants kicker. He said that any change in Brown's status would have to be made by someone above him.

That could be the league or the Giants, who have not issued a statement on the latest revelations.

"In light of the release of these documents yesterday, we will thoroughly review the additional information and determine next steps in the context of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy," the league said. "We will not be making any comments on potential discipline until that time."

Giants spokesman Corry Rush declined comment Thursday.

"I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man," Brown wrote in one journal entry. "I have abused my wife."

The journal was part of was part of 165 pages of documents that were turned over to authorities by Brown's former wife, Molly, after his arrest. She had accused him of more than 20 instances of domestic violence.

One of the documents dated more than two years before Brown's arrest was called a "Contract for Change" and appeared to be signed by both the kicker and his former wife.

"I have controlled her by making her feel less human than me, and manipulated her with money," said one of the eight items in the list. "I have disregarded my stepsons' feelings and they have witnessed me abusing their mother."

In a 2013 email, Brown said he caused his wife to fear him.

"From the bruise on your leg when we argued ... to the zipper that caught you last April. I am ashamed and disgraced to call myself a husband," Brown said.

Brown is one of the top placekickers in the NFL. He scored a career-high 134 points last season. He has made 11 of 12 field goal attempts this season and all eight extra points.

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

With Ben Simmons and Jerryd Bayless hurt, the Sixers are still lacking a distributor, and so it makes sense that they've been in contact with the point guard-rich Timberwolves.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Sixers and New Orleans Pelicans have shown interest in T'wolves backup point guard Tyus Jones. 

With fifth overall pick Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota is set at PG. Jones, 20, is third on the totem pole a year after being drafted 24th overall. 

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are more inclined to trade Jones than Rubio. 

Jones has a connection to the Sixers in Jahlil Okafor, a former teammate at Duke. Both were one-and-dones for the 2014-15 National Championship team. Jones averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Blue Devils. 

He played sparingly as a rookie last season with Minnesota (37 games), averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in 15.5 minutes, but stood out this summer, winning Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

T.J. McConnell has started the majority of the preseason at point guard for the Sixers. Sergio Rodriguez got the nod in the last game against the Pistons. Brett Brown is also looking at Nik Stauskas to fill the spot in a non-traditional role.