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Instant Replay: Heat 101, Sixers 86

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Instant Replay: Heat 101, Sixers 86

BOX SCORE

The Sixers and Heat are two teams at the opposite ends of the spectrum.

Even when the Heat are struggling they look like they can get whatever they want offensively, while the Sixers look like they have troubling just getting the ball in the net no matter how hard they are playing at times.

Both of those sides were evident Friday night when the Sixers were handed a 101-86 loss by the Heat. Miami’s victory snapped a three-game losing skid.

Turning point
Miami decided during its practice Thursday how this game would be won and it was at the defensive end of the floor.

The Heat held the Sixers to 36.9 shooting from the field and just 10.0 percent from three-point range. They also forced the Sixers into 23 turnovers, which resulted into 25 points.

Follow the leader
Chris Bosh had the hot hand for Miami right from the start. Bosh led the Heat with 25 points.

LeBron James finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists. Dwyane Wade scored eight points in 22 minutes.

Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 13 points. Spencer Hawes had his 14th double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 10 points, as well.

Stat-egic
Ray Allen came into Friday night shooting 3 for 23 over his last three games. He is now 4 of 30, including 1 of 16 from three-point range, in his last four games after going 1 for 7 against the Sixers.

That is difficult to comprehend for a guy that has shot 45.2 percent from the floor during his illustrious career and 40.0 percent from behind the arc.

Take a bow
The Sixers’ bench played hard and kept the team from being blown out in the second half. Hollis Thompson had 10 points and six rebounds. Newcomer Dewayne Dedmon scored his first-ever NBA field goal on his way to finishing with seven points and seven rebounds.

The group totaled 44 points and helped the Sixers win the final quarter, 25-22.

Health check
Lavoy Allen missed his fourth straight game Friday. However, after missing the first three with a right calf strain, the forward sat out against the Heat because of a sore left knee.

Sixers head coach Brett Brown said the injury is “not serious” and added that Allen is probable for Saturday’s game against Chicago.

What’s next?
The Sixers travel to face the Bulls on Saturday. Both teams are in back-to-back situations with the Bulls losing the Washington Wizards on Friday.

The Sixers beat the Bulls to extend their season-opening win streak to three games back on Nov. 2. Michael Carter-Williams had a double-double with 26 points and 10 assists in a 107-104 victory.

Derrick Rose had just 13 points in that matchup and committed eight turnovers. Luol Deng had 20 points and seven rebounds, but he has since been traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sixers to hold Blue-White Scrimmage at the Palestra on Oct. 1

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Sixers to hold Blue-White Scrimmage at the Palestra on Oct. 1

If you’re a die-hard Process believer who can’t wait for the Sixers' preseason opener, you’ll have a chance to see the team in action three days prior, albeit in a scrimmage.

The Sixers announced Thursday that they will be holding a Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 1 at the Palestra from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets will be free to the public.

“The building strongly represents the toughness and perseverance of the city of Philadelphia and of the 76ers organization,” coach Brett Brown said.

While Joel Embiid likely won't play in the scrimmage (see story), the event is a good opportunity to see No. 1 picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. Fultz’s summer league campaign was cut short by a sprained left ankle.

The scrimmage is also an early chance to get a sense of what Brown’s rotation may look like this year, his fifth with the Sixers and first in non-tanking mode.

The preseason will begin at Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 4, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first game of the regular season is on Oct. 18, a nationally televised contest vs. the Wizards in Washington, D.C.

Give and Go: What is the biggest challenge for Brett Brown this season?

Give and Go: What is the biggest challenge for Brett Brown this season?

With training camp starting next week, our resident basketball analysts will discuss some of the hottest topics involving the Sixers.

Running the Give and Go are CSNPhilly.com Sixers Insider Jessica Camerato and producer/reporters Matt Haughton and Paul Hudrick.

In this edition, we discuss the biggest challenge for head coach Brett Brown this season.

Camerato
For years Brett Brown has faced the challenge of piecing together a shorthanded roster to put some kind of, any kind of, rotation on the floor. This season he will have healthier players to work with, and that in itself will pose a different set of challenges.

Brown has a young roster that is eager to play. Former No. 1 pick Ben Simmons has been waiting nearly 12 months to make his NBA debut since suffering a Jones fracture on the last day of training camp. Markelle Fultz, this year’s top pick, has not played since mid-February as a student-athlete at Washington. Joel Embiid last suited up on Jan. 27 before undergoing season-ending knee surgery.

These hungry players, and it is not limited to only the three mentioned above, will want to be in the game as much as possible. Brown will be tasked with managing eagerness and anxiousness to play all while following medical guidelines and restrictions. Lineups could change from a night to night based on player availability (back-to-backs, rest, etc.). Brown will have to establish consistency and flexibility at the same time, also keeping his players on board even if they can’t be on the court as much as they would like to be.

Haughton
Brett Brown will face a whole new world as head coach of the Sixers in 2017-18. He’ll have to find a way to make a rookie backcourt work, mix contributing veterans into the fold and, for the first time in his tenure, face some semblance of pressure to win.

But Brown’s biggest obstacle next season has nothing to do with X’s and O’s or wins and losses. The coach must maintain the spirit of the process.

At first glance, you may think that has something to do with continuing to lose games for the highest possible draft pick. No, not at all. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

In Brown’s four years at the helm, the Sixers have lost a combined 253 games. Some close, some by a wide margin and far too many of the nightmarish variety.

But no matter the previous game’s score, Brown always had his players on the court for the next matchup ready to give their max effort. His ability to stay positive amid the mounting losses and still push his guys to play all out every single night is somewhat remarkable (see story). It’s what the players love about him the most.

The egos that go along with high-level talent and the pressure of playoff aspirations mean Brown is sure to encounter some new challenges. However, it may just be that process mentality that gets the Sixers fully over the process.

Hudrick
For the last four years, Brown has barely had enough healthy players to form an entire team. And even when he had healthy players, most of them were borderline D-Leaguers (now G-Leaguers, of course).

The blessing and the curse for Brown this season is having real, NBA talent up and down his roster.

Nerlens Noel is gone so the logjam at center is over, right? Nope. Embiid is your starting center and franchise cornerstone. Richaun Holmes proved last year that he is a capable backup at the pro level. Jahlil Okafor is still here and needs to prove he's healthy if the Sixers hope to move him. Oh yeah, the team also went out and signed veteran Amir Johnson away from the Celtics. The uncertainty behind Embiid's status means there will be minutes available, but how many? Bottom line: This team still has four NBA-caliber centers.

The newest challenge for Brown is an overabundance of guards/wings. With Fultz, JJ Redick and a now healthy Jerryd Bayless added to the mix, where does that leave T.J. McConnell, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Nik Stauskas, Justin Anderson and Furkan Korkmaz?

Sure, it's a nice problem to have, but figuring out the rotation on an improving roster will be the biggest challenge for Brett Brown this season.