That's our Sixers: Andre Iguodala and the Warriors get Philly back on the losing track

That's our Sixers: Andre Iguodala and the Warriors get Philly back on the losing track

Boos. 4th quarter minutes for Hollis Thompson and Brandon Davies. Furious Brett Brown timeouts. Chants of "AN-DREW WIG-GINS." Now that's the kind of basketball we expected at the Wells Fargo Center this season. None of this miracle win crap. Just losing and humiliation and one very, very sad Malik Rose.

The Sixers lost by a lot of points tonight--20, though really it was twice that when the two teams shook hands and agreed to let the farmhands close things out. No more crazy comebacks. No more Wells Fargo Center roof raising. No more Eastern Conference Player of the Week Michael Carter-Williams. The L was the Sixers' for the taking tonight, and finally, they took.

If you wanted to take positives from the evening, I guess there were two:

1. Evan Turner was impressive in the second quarter, overcoming a slow start (and stifling Andre Iguodala defense) to finish with 18 points on 7-12 shooting, with seven rebounds and one assist (though five turnovers) in just 25 minutes of gametime--a fine effort for both the 76ers and my fantasy basketball team, the Hola Oladipos.

2. My fantasy league doesn't count turnovers.

That's about it. MCW had by far his worst game as a pro, going 4-17 from the floor with six turnovers. (All of that good stuff he was doing? Not so much tonight.) Spencer Hawes had by far his Spencer Hawesiest game of the season, missing a bunch of shots from close range, committing a couple really silly turnovers, losing out on a whole bunch of rebounds (including to his own teammates), and falling down a couple times for no real reason. Thaddeus Young was basically invisible. Of the ten Sixers who played 12 or more minutes tonight, all but two had multiple turnovers--and one of those two was TO machine Tony Wroten, somehow.

Bad as the offense was tonight, it had nothing on the defense, which let up way too many layups in transition and wayyyyyyyy too many open looks from behind the arc. Many of those looks were to our old friend Andre Iguodala, who ended up with 32 points (two off a career high, and more than he's had in any game since he was on the '09-'10 Sixers) on a career-best seven three-pointers. 'Dre also had some highlight plays that are worth watching even for Sixer fans, but Enrico already took care of those and they're a little too embarrassing to the home team to post on this website twice. (Stephen Curry also had a triple-double for the Dubs, if you're into that sort of thing.)

Thanks to the Golden State Warriors, I suppose, for being the obnoxious alarm clock blaring in the ear of the Sixers' dream start to the season. It was fun while it lasted, but now it's over--like, really over--and the true work of the Sixers' season can begin.

Where does this team go from here? Do they stay competitive in their slate of upcoming games--none of which are particularly easy, by the way--or do they let one momentum-sapping L drag their season down to the abyss, where everyone predicted this season to start and to stay? Does the Wiggins-led pull of tanking just take over? Will we see the Sixers of the first three games again? Is it too late to trade Spencer Hawes already?

All questions worth sticking around to find out the answers to, starting Wednesday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers. For tonight, though, we say goodbye to both the undefeated Sixers, and the suddenly much-coveted NBA Championship Belt that now belongs to the Golden State Warriors. Until we meet again, old friend.

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS -- Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to co-exist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right Jones fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.