Summer League: Sixers' rally falls short vs. Cavs


Summer League: Sixers' rally falls short vs. Cavs

The Sixers' run of summer league dominance came to an end with Monday night's 86-77 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Las Vegas. The Sixers had previously won five straight games between the Orlando Pro Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League.

Down by as many as 21 points, the Sixers made a run in the second half before eventually taking the loss. Their record in the Las Vegas Summer League now stands at 1-1.

Nerlens Noel was solid in his Sin City debut. After sitting out the Sixers' Vegas opener, Noel had 12 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals against the Cavs. The big man did roll his left ankle late in the fourth quarter but he was able to return to the game after a brief break.

“I’d give it a ‘C’,” Noel said via the Sixers' website when asked to grade his performance. “I just felt I wasn’t active enough, and I felt my energy was a little down.”

"He's active. He's all over the place," assistant coach Chad Iske said. "He's trying to do everything, he's trying to do too much on both ends. The hard part is do you want to settle him down or do you want him just to play with that aggressiveness? I don't want to try to give him too much and cloud him and then he's thinking instead of just playing.

"I think we just got to continue to get out there and find the happy balance between him being within our rules and him being himself." 

Jordan McRae paced the Sixers with 18 points. Brandon Davies added 10 points along with a pair of rebounds and three steals.

Matthew Dellavedova scored a game-high 19 points for the Cavs on just 6 of 9 shooting.

Last month's No. 1 overall pick in the draft, Andrew Wiggins, registered 10 points and three rebounds. Meanwhile, 2013 top selection Anthony Bennett put up 14 points and four boards.

The Sixers scored just 11 points in the first quarter but managed to hang around by holding the Cavs to 15 in the frame. The Sixers increased their output to 18 points in the second quarter. However, they allowed the Cavs to score 33 points and ended up taking a 19-point deficit into halftime that they would never fully overcome.

The Sixers return to action at 8 p.m. on Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.

Sixers players 'thrown off' by anthem ordeal, figuring out how to respond

Sixers players 'thrown off' by anthem ordeal, figuring out how to respond

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers held a team meeting on Thursday to address the situation surrounding the national anthem performance on opening night. 

Sevyn Streeter was slated to sing the anthem Wednesday. She said she was replaced that night for wearing a shirt that said "We Matter.” On Thursday, Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo brought in a representative from the organization to meet with the team for around 40 minutes. 

“I think right now everybody’s learning what’s gone on, trying to gather information,” Brett Brown, who heard of the news Thursday morning, said. “Clearly our players are concerned and we hear them. We’re with them. I’m with them. I think how it’s handled going forward, how we share an inclusive sort of decision on how we deal with this moving forward will be discussed later. But right now it has been brought to the players’ attention and my attention.”

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance.

Brown was asked by a reporter if he would like amends to be made to Streeter.

“I think all that is on the table,” Brown said. “I think how we handle it as a group is going to be thoroughly discussed. We understand the situation and we respect the social issue involved. We completely get it. As a group, we will try to find a way to deal with this.”

The team is considering numerous options, Nik Stauskas said. He recounted there was a sense of disappointment among the players that Streeter was not able to sing. 

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” he said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”

Robert Covington said many of the players were “kind of thrown off” when finding out what transpired. 

“Collectively, we talked about it, everybody expressed their emotions about it,” Covington said. “We know that we want to take steps about it. We just don’t know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things. That’s one thing that, as a team, we’re very aware of now that the whole incident’s happened. It’s not something we’re going to look over. It’s just a matter of time.”

The Sixers have not set a timeline of when they will decide on a next step. Their next game is Saturday afternoon at home against the Hawks. 

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.

Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag. 

“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”