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Mike Scott makes late-game mistake, but shows his value to playoff-bound Sixers

Mike Scott makes late-game mistake, but shows his value to playoff-bound Sixers

Mike Scott’s foul on Kevin Durant with 35 seconds left was inexplicable.

Scott knows it. The Sixers had time to play defense while down just three, but instead, the Sixers had a couple late-game issues and lost to the Warriors, 120-117, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center (see observations).

“Shouldn’t have happened,” Brett Brown said postgame on Scott’s foul. “Whether you need a three on a sideline, whether you’re trying to miss a free throw and position people around, whether you want a foul or don’t-you-foul type stuff, even though these guys are great players, have been around the league a long time, every coaching staff is sort of different. 

“Some of it isn’t their fault and it’s nobody’s fault. It’s just the fact that we’ve been with each other for a minute and at times like that it rears its head and you feel that pain.”

Scott, not one to mince words, had no explanation and put the blame on himself.

"I'm going to get mad all over again. It's just bad,” Scott said. “I have no excuse. I'm not one for excuses. I don't know, just gotta be better. Easier said than done. We lost — doesn't mean s---. But yeah, not good."

The shame of it is, the Sixers aren’t in the game without Scott. The seven-year veteran, acquired from the Clippers along with Tobias Harris and Boban Marjanovic, showed on Saturday exactly why he was included in the deal.

On a night where Harris, Jimmy Butler and JJ Redick all struggled from the floor, Scott was scorching hot — especially in the second half. He hit all six of his threes — three in the third, three in the fourth — after halftime and went 6 of 9 behind the arc overall. He posted a season-high 22 points.

But that wasn’t all. You can tell Scott is starting to get more comfortable with his new team. Against the Warriors and the Thunder, Scott was improved defensively. It looks like he’s starting to understand the team’s defensive concepts better and meshing better with his new teammates.

He’s also shown his versatility, playing small-ball five off the bench with Joel Embiid out. It was a complete mismatch when he was asked to defend DeMarcus Cousins on the low block, but he did make Cousins pay on the other end for not coming to contest his shot quickly enough.

"I feel like my role doesn't change,” Scott said when asked of his adjustment with the Sixers. “More minutes, of course. Spacing the floor, just trying to be active on the other end. Not really much of a change, just more minutes. I like that."

There was also a moment late in the second quarter that was a prime example of the type of player Scott is. As Jordan Bell was driving to the lane for an uncontested shot, Scott committed a good, hard foul —  it didn’t look dirty and it wasn’t called a flagrant.

Bell took exception to it anyway. Scott is not the type to back down and went forehead to forehead with Bell as the two players jawed and received double technicals. A similar thing happened against Portland where Enes Kanter went after Ben Simmons. Instead, he caught the wrath of Scott.

As it gets later in the season and there’s more at stake, Scott is the kind of player you want on your team. Experienced, versatile, can make a three and tough. That’s basically how Brown describes his perfect player.

While Brown and Simmons focused on a lot of the positives postgame, Scott wasn’t having it.

"We fought back … Nah, I can't lie,” Scott said. “We just gotta be better with execution. It comes down to the end of the game on both ends. I feel s----y. It's good for coach to say that, but I don't feel like that. I can't lie."

Hating to lose is just another quality Scott brings to the table.

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Which era of Sixers basketball would make the best documentary?

Which era of Sixers basketball would make the best documentary?

The Sixers are a franchise rich in history and, let’s face it, rich in drama.

With ESPN moving up the release of The Last Dance, a documentary about the dominance of Michael Jordan and the Bulls in their last Finals run, it sparked an interesting debate on the Sixers Talk podcast.

Which era of Sixers basketball would you most like to see a documentary on?

Co-hosts Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick both made the case for Dr. J, Moses Malone and the teams of 1980’s … but for very different reasons.

Don’t get me wrong,” Hudrick said, “some of The Process stuff would be great to get some behind-the-scenes nuggets of what was going on there with some of the decisions that were made and getting some answers to the questions that we’ve all had. …

“[In a documentary on the 1980’s team] we can all go back and watch and see, ‘Oh, Dr. J, he won a championship.’ But to get that context of there were people who were doubting him and then he proved them all wrong. It’s little stuff like that you don’t know about until you go and watch [a documentary] like that.

Pommells agreed with wanting to see something on that era, but wasn’t nearly as interested in reliving The Process years.

To hell with The Process. I ain’t trying to watch nothing on that. I lived through it, I experienced all these little idiosyncrasies. I think once the Bryan Colangelo thing happened, that completely let me know that I was over it, past it, finished with it, ready to move on — because I’m just exasperated at this point. …

“It would be a black eye on the Philadelphia sports landscape.

Do you agree with Pommells? Would you rather see something on the Allen Iverson-led teams? Or way back in the Wilt Chamberlain-Hal Greer days?

For more on the debate, check out the full Sixers Talk podcast below.

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Sixers Home School: Should Andre Iguodala have won 2006 Slam Dunk Contest?

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Sixers Home School: Should Andre Iguodala have won 2006 Slam Dunk Contest?

There's a lot of home schooling going on right now, so why not use some of this time to learn more about the history of your favorite teams? In this edition of Sixers Home School, we look back at the 2006 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

No Sixers player has ever won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but you can make a very good case that Andre Iguodala should have won back in 2006. In his second season, Iguodala squared off against Atlanta's Josh Smith, Memphis' Hakim Warrick and 5-foot-9 Nate Robinson of the Knicks. 

At the 11:00 mark of the video, you'll see Iguodala bring out Allen Iverson to assist him on one of the most incredible dunks you'll ever see. It took a couple tries to get it right, but Iverson throws the ball off the back of the backboard, and Iguodala comes running in from beyond the photographers to catch it and then soar through the air to dunk it on the other side of the rim. It earned Iguodala a 50 and it's fun to hear Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson going nuts. It's one of the most amazing dunks in the history of the contest.

After another impressive dunk at the 22:27 mark of the video, when Iguodala threw the ball up in the air, caught it on the bounce and went behind his back to dunk it, Kevin Harlan says "it's over."

But it wasn't over. At the 23:45 mark, Robinson calls out the original miniature dunker, Spud Webb, from the crowd. Robinson then jumped over Webb and threw down a fantastic dunk, getting the crowd on his side. Then at 27:15, Iguodala, needing a 45 to win, completed a between-the-legs lefty dunk that left the judges scrambling to decide what to do.

Kenny Smith and Clyde Drexler both gave the dunk an "8," and when the scores were added up, Iguodala received a 45, leading to a dunk-off with Robinson.

Ah, the dunk-off. From 29:00 to 33:30 in the video, you'll see Robinson try to complete a between-the-legs jump pass from midcourt, catch the ball of the backboard and dunk. He tries and fails 15 times before finally completing it. You'll get tired just watching him try and try again. Even though Robinson had to move closer to the three-point line to finally get the timing right, the completed dunk earned a 47 from the judges, meaning that Iguodala needed 48 for the win. 

At 34:55, you'll see Iguodala do a version of Isaiah Rider's "East Bay Funk Dunk" that won the 1994 dunk contest. But four of the five judges only gave Iguodala a 9, and his 46-point dunk gave Robinson the title by one point. At the 35:25 mark, you'll see Iverson say "We got robbed." Barkley agreed. Was Iguodala robbed? You can judge for yourself.

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