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.

Sixers-Warriors 5 things: At home, can Sixers hang with NBA's best again?

Sixers-Warriors 5 things: At home, can Sixers hang with NBA's best again?

The Sixers (22-36) host the NBA-best Golden State Warriors (49-9) at the Wells Fargo Center (7 p.m./CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports app).

Let's take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Bummer at the buzzer
Apparently one good last-second shot deserves another.

The Sixers stormed back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks on Saturday. Jahlil Okafor capped off his monster night with what appeared to be the game-winner at the time when he scored in the lane with nine seconds remaining.

That was until Carmelo Anthony drained a clutch jumper over Robert Covington with 0.3 ticks left on the clock to give the Knicks a 110-109 victory. Call it payback for T.J. McConnell's buzzer-beater against New York last month.

While the Sixers didn't get the win, they had to be pleased with some of the efforts they received on the second night of a back-to-back set. 

Okafor finished with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Covington had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Dario Saric added 19 points and 15 boards.

2. So much splashing
The Sixers will need those type of performances and then some if they hope to keep up with this potent Warriors team.

In case you've been lost at sea since the summer, former league MVP Kevin Durant bolted Oklahoma City for Golden State in free agency to turn the "Splash Brothers" of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson into an entire splash family.

Already dominant offensively, the Warriors have been even better this season with Durant. They rank No. 1 in a slew of offensive categories, including points per game (118.2), field goal percentage (50.0), assists per game (31.0), fastbreak points per game (23.5), offensive rating (114.1) and true shooting percentage (60.4).

If that weren't enough, Durant's length has also impacted the Warriors' defense too. They are first in the league in steals (9.6), blocks (6.7) and points off turnovers (19.2) per game.

Simply put, the Warriors are scary good. 

3. The wild card
Every family has that one person that you're just not sure about at times. They can make gatherings the best night ever or a downright miserable experience.

Enter Draymond Green. 

Green has been on the miserable side of the Warriors' gatherings lately. He shot 1 of 10 for five points and was benched for long stretches in Golden State's win over Brooklyn on Saturday. In the game prior to that against the L.A. Clippers, he picked up a technical foul, trash talked Paul Pierce and went to his preferred kick move on Blake Griffin.

Overall, Green has been his usual solid self on the court. He's averaging 10.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists a night while providing lockdown defense.

The Sixers are fully aware of Green's versatility. The veteran forward averaged a triple-double against them in the two meetings last season with 11.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 10.0 assists.

It will be interesting to see Green lock horns all game with the surging Saric.

4. Injuries
Joel Embiid (knee), Tiago Splitter (calf), Ben Simmons (foot) Jerryd Bayless (wrist) are out for the Sixers.

The Warriors have no players listed on the injury report.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost six straight games to the Warriors.

• With their 112-95 win over the Nets on Saturday, the Warriors became the first team to clinch a playoff berth. It marked the earliest a team has clinched a postseason spot since the 1985-86 Boston Celtics.

• Covington is averaging 17.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game in February.

• Thompson averaged 36.0 points on 54.7 percent shooting from the field and 45.8 percent from three-point range against the Sixers last season.

Brandon Manning suspended 2 games for hit on Penguins' Jake Guentzel

Brandon Manning suspended 2 games for hit on Penguins' Jake Guentzel

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning was suspended two games for his illegal hit to Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel during Saturday's 4-2 loss in the Stadium Series game at Heinz Field.
 
Manning's shoulder made contact with Guentzel's head.
 
Manning wasn't surprised and even admitted to reporters that he fully expected "one or two" games because he hit a player who didn't have control of the puck yet.
 
Strangely, there was no penalty on the play for interference, yet the NHL's explanation on Monday afternoon specifically cited "interference" as the reason for the suspension.
 
This is Manning's first NHL suspension.
 
The hearing was conducted on the phone Monday with Stephane Quintal, senior vice-president of NHL Player Safety. Manning will forfeit $10,833.34 in salary.
 
"It was late," Manning said of the hit. "He didn't touch the puck after it hit his skate. Which I thought he was going to do. They do their whole breakdown by time frame."
 
Manning said he caught Guentzel's shoulder first, then his head "on the follow through" because Guentzel is shorter than him.  The 6-foot-1 Manning has two inches on Guentzel.
 
Guentzel, who had two assists in the game, was not injured.
 
"Looking at it, [the hit] is a little late," Manning admitted. "I thought he was going to touch the puck. Usually, when a puck hits your skate, you pick it up, and he kinda left it ... The hard part is, there was no penalty called on it."
 
Manning said he had to make a hit or face an odd-man rush.
 
"There were two players there and if I don't play my guy there, it’s a 3-on-1 the other way," he said. "You're giving up scoring chances. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt. He finished the game and that's always the good thing."
 
Mark Streit, sitting on the bench at the time, said he saw the hit and was shocked at the suspension.
 
"It was a great hit," Streit said. "You look at the replay and everything looks different. You can slow down every hit and talk about it. I guess it was a little late …"
 
Manning's suspension likely means Michael Del Zotto will play against Colorado on Tuesday.
 
Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said Manning has been a "solid piece" for the club this season.
 
"He brings that physical edge, he's been reliable, and he's been a staple for our lineup," Hakstol said. "That's a hole we'll have to fill over next couple of games here."
 
Manning will also miss Thursday's game against Florida.