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Are the Sixers finally done winning for the year?

Are the Sixers finally done winning for the year?

The Philadelphia 76ers got blasted last night in Cleveland, losing 122-105. Shawn Long was hilariously good again, scoring 16 points on 7-10 shooting in just 21 minutes, but it was a very weird game where our centers shot 5-6 from three -- including Tiago Splitter's first-ever career three-pointer, always history with this guy -- and the rest of the team went 6-27 from deep, while our 17 turnovers led to a whole bunch of Cleveland run-outs. We were beaten soundly by an obviously better team. No big headline there. 

The problem is that we're running out of players to stay competitive with. Robert Covington was ruled out for the rest of the season with another meniscus tear -- must just be a seasonal thing for the Sixers -- and Jahlil Okafor was officially ruled out for the rest of the season with knee soreness, though how detrimental that part actually is to the Sixers' winning potential is arguable. But the Sixers only have nine active players at this point, three of them are rookies, and one of them is Splitter. Not like the Sixers resembled an All-Star team at any point this season, but this is definitely us at our most Summer League right now. 

Is this finally the end of the winning, then? Do we just kinda play out the string from here and let the L's (maybe) carry us to lottery glory? Maybe, though the Sixers have home games still left against the Knicks, Bulls and Nets, and it's gonna be tough for them to lose all three of those. 30 wins is definitely still in sight. At least while the Sixers got creamed last night, the Kings lost by even more to New Orleans and their old budy DeMarcus Cousins, and the Knicks actually won in Miami without Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose. The tank, as always, soldiers on.

JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

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JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

Early Sunday, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to put Sixers’ guard JJ Redick in an extremely poor light. Redick has since responded to clear up the situation.

Here’s what happened:

At about 8 a.m., a post appeared on Reddit showing a screenshot and caption alleging that Redick said a racial slur during a video from NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. The video caused a huge uproar on social media. If you wish to see the video, it is located here, at the top.

On the surface, without a response, it looked odd from the start. Redick, who we have come to know as a well-spoken individual who is typically very appreciative of basketball fans, isn’t someone you’d expect this from, let alone with a camera pointing directly at his face with an NBA microphone in front of his lips.

He offered this response on his official Twitter account, saying he was tongue-tied and had no intentions of saying what he did on the video.

Fans reacted on both sides of the issue, some still asking for an apology and others taking Redick for his word. 

On Sunday night, Redick followed up with a longer statement on his Twitter and Instagram, where he further explained himself and indeed issued an apology.

Please read. Thank you.

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Early Monday, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin tweeted a statement saying that he spoke with Redick and believes the Sixers' guard didn't say a racial slur.

With the All-Star Break going on, Redick won’t be available for a few more days for the media to ask him about this. There’s a chance this story will continue into next week.

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will.