Not a lot of people came out to the WFC on Monday night to watch the Sixers get shredded by the Brooklyn Nets in the Ballers' fourth game of the pre-season. Coach Brett Brown referred to the game as a "reality check," and though he was probably more talking about the 127-97 final score, he could have also been taking about the crowd of about 1500 fans in attendance, a number not likely to swell tremendously for some of the Sixers' home games this regular season.
Evan Turner, the Sixers' best offensive player last night (23 points on 8-16 shooting, five boards, four assists) and second longest-tenured veteran, was unfazed by the underwhelming turnout. The way he sees it, the Sixers have something to prove before they can expect much in the way of fan response. Quoth the Villain:
I kind of already expected that...You gotta give fans a reason to come out. If you build it, they will come.
Well, the 76ers turning into a winning basketball team this season would be only slightly less improbable an outcome than a corn field in Iowa turning into a baseball diamond for the ghosts of the 1919 White Sox, so I guess you can call him Evan Kinsella on this one. And like Field of Dreams, it's also a safe bet that this Sixers season is going to have the power to make grown men cry. And that James Earl Jones will be involved somehow. DON'T QUESTION IT.
In any event, if Turner keeps playing like he has in the pre-season, it probably won't be long before GM Sam Hinkie gives in to the "Ease his pain" whispers and flips ET to the Pacers for a draft pick and an expiring.
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It's still unclear whether or not the Eagles will have Ronald Darby for Monday night's game, but at least they'll have their linebackers.
Both Jordan Hicks (calf) and Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) will be OK to play against Washington on Monday night, head coach Doug Pederson said.
"Both of them will practice today," Pederson said on Saturday morning. "They're both doing well. Just to get a couple extra days of rest. And Mychal has actually practiced all week. Jordan's been the one we've kept out. Both of them will go today and we'll get a better understanding of where they're at but they'll be fine for the game."
Hicks, Kendricks and Darby were the only three Eagles who were limited in Friday's practice.
Darby (ankle) will be listed as questionable for the game, but earlier in the week Pederson said "stars have to align" for the cornerback to play this week. The 49ers game on Oct. 29 is probably more likely.
Darby, who dislocated his right ankle in Week 1, returned to practice for the first time this week.
"[Darby has] looked well. It's just day by day with him," Pederson said. "We'll get through today's practice with him. Obviously, have limited his reps during practice. He is doing well and we'll get through today and tomorrow to make a decision for [the game]."
The Eagles will practice on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. and the injury report will come out later in the afternoon.