Sixers fall in Phoenix; Webber injured

Sixers fall in Phoenix; Webber injured

The never ending roller coaster ride of the Sixers took a big dip last night in Phoenix.  The Suns handled the Sixers with ease and to make matters worse C-Webb hurt both his shoulder and formerly ailing knee.  ESPN has a full game recap with video included.

There seems to be conflicting reports on the seriousness of Webber's injury.  Joe Juliano gives a nice writeup in today's Inquirer:

Webber tweaked his surgically repaired left knee with 2 minutes, 9 seconds in the first half. After examining the knee at halftime, the Sixers medical staff, with the concurrence of the Suns' team doctor, advised Webber not to return.

Webber felt his knee was well enough for him to start the third quarter.

"I wanted to play, just to give it another effort," Webber said. "I think our team deserved to see everybody trying, and I just wanted to show some of the guys what type of person I was. I didn't even think it was going to be a big deal."

However, Webber bumped his left shoulder in a collision and left the game again with 2:31 left in the third quarter. The Sixers said he sprained the shoulder, and Webber said he felt it pop out of the socket.

"It was so freaky," he said. "This is my bumping shoulder for all these years. I told Allen (Iverson) when he picked me up, 'It popped out.' He's like, 'No, no' and I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah.' Hopefully, maybe it popped out a little bit and not a lot, but we'll see."

So who really knows.. I'm expecting the worst in this one.  Hopefully Webber will be able to go Sunday in Boston.  I'll be up there for the game against the Celtics and the Sixers need C-Webb to beat those guys.

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

Nerlens Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday vs. Pistons

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 coexist 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 foot 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."