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Sixers 2019-20 TV schedule: Here are the games you can't miss

Sixers 2019-20 TV schedule: Here are the games you can't miss

The most anticipated Sixers season in over a decade is nearly upon us.

And on Thursday, we got our first glimpse at the local TV broadcast schedule on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+. 

The team announced its full broadcast schedule for the 2019-20 season with 70 games to be featured on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBC Sports Philadelphia+. Of those matchups, 59 will be aired on NBC Sports Philadelphia with the other 11 taking place on NBC Sports Philadelphia+.

All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons welcome back midseason additionTobias Harris and a host of new teammates headlined by Josh Richardson and former Celtic Al Horford. We take a look at some of the juiciest matchups for Brett Brown’s squad. We also have the full broadcast schedule listed below.

Oct. 23 — Sixers vs. Celtics, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN

Do we really need to spell this one out for you? Opening night, at home, against a bitter rival. The historic rivalry got another layer added to it with Horford deciding to leave Boston and sign with his former teammate Elton Brand’s squad. This will also be our first look at Kemba Walker, a notorious Sixers killer, in Celtics green.

Nov. 23 — Sixers vs. Heat, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP

Another game you simply can’t miss. Jimmy Butler makes his return to the Wells Fargo Center after forcing a sign-and-trade to Miami. Will Butler be greeted with cheers for his efforts during the playoffs or boos for spurning the Sixers for the Heat? It’s also Richardson’s first chance to “kill” his former team.

Nov. 25 — Sixers at Raptors, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP

Returning to the scene of the infamous quadruple doink. Kawhi Leonard went out west, but the defending champs still have a strong roster, including Philly native Kyle Lowry. The Raptors also still have Marc Gasol, who has historically given Embiid fits throughout his career.

Jan. 3 — Sixers at Rockets, 8 p.m., NBCSP/ESPN

Speaking of Embiid, one of his biggest nemesis is now a Houston Rocket. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic of Russell Westbrook and James Harden works. It will be just as fun to see Westbrook and Embiid jaw at each other throughout the night.

April 7 — Sixers vs. Bucks, 7:30 p.m., NBCSP/TNT

It seems pretty clear that the Sixers are in a two-team race for the Eastern Conference with the Bucks. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo comes to town and the stakes could be high. With just a few games left in the regular season, this game could be what determines who will be the No. 1 seed in the East.

April 11 — Sixers at Pelicans, 7 p.m., NBCSP

JJ Redick enjoyed arguably his two best NBA seasons with the Sixers. Both parties went in a different direction this offseason. Redick will be playing with 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson, who should be good for a highlight reel dunk or two.

Full local broadcast schedule

Oct. 8 — 7:00pm    NBCSP     GUANGZHOU LOONG-LIONS (preseason)            
Oct. 15 — 7:00pm    NBCSP+    DETROIT (preseason)       
Oct .18 —7:00pm    NBCSP    WASHINGTON (preseason)
Oct. 23 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    BOSTON        
Oct. 26 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Detroit            
Oct. 28 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    at Atlanta        
Oct. 30 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    MINNESOTA        
Nov. 2 — 10 p.m.    NBCSP+/NBATV    at Portland            
Nov. 4 — 9 p.m.    NBCSP    at Phoenix            
Nov. 6 — 9 p.m.    NBCSP    at Utah            
Nov. 8 — 9 p.m.    NBCSP    at Denver            
Nov. 10 — 6 p.m.    NBCSP+    CHARLOTTE            
Nov. 12  — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    CLEVELAND
Nov. 13 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    at Orlando        
Nov. 15 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP    at Oklahoma City    
Nov. 17 — 3 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Cleveland        
Nov. 20 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    NEW YORK            
Nov. 22 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    SAN ANTONIO
Nov. 23 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    MIAMI        
Nov. 25 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    at Toronto    
Nov. 27 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    SACRAMENTO        
Nov. 29 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP+    at New York
Nov. 30 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    INDIANA        
Dec. 2 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    UTAH            
Dec. 5 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Washington            
Dec. 7 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    CLEVELAND
Dec. 8 — 6 p.m.    NBCSP    TORONTO        
Dec. 10 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    DENVER
Dec. 13 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    NEW ORLEANS        
Dec. 15 — 6 p.m.    NBCSP    at Brooklyn            
Dec. 18 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    MIAMI        
Dec. 20 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    DALLAS
Dec. 21 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    WASHINGTON            
Dec. 23  — 7 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Detroit                
Dec. 27 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    at Orlando
Dec. 28 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP    at Miami            
Dec. 31 — 3 p.m.    NBCSP    at Indiana        
Jan. 3 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    at Houston        
Jan. 6 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    OKLAHOMA CITY        
Jan. 9 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/TNT    BOSTON            
Jan. 11 — 8:30 p.m.    NBCSP    at Dallas            
Jan. 13 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Indiana            
Jan. 15 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    BROOKLYN        
Jan. 17 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    CHICAGO
Jan. 18 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP+    at New York        
Jan. 20 — 3 p.m.    NBCSP    at Brooklyn    
Jan. 22 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    at Toronto        
Jan. 30 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    at Atlanta            
Feb. 3 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    at Miami
Feb. 7 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    MEMPHIS            
Feb. 9 — 6 p.m.    NBCSP    CHICAGO    
Feb. 24 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    ATLANTA        
Feb. 26 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    at Cleveland
Feb. 27 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    NEW YORK
Mar. 5 — 10 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Sacramento        
Mar. 11 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/ESPN    DETROIT        
Mar. 14 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    INDIANA    
Mar. 16 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    WASHINGTON            
Mar. 18 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    TORONTO
Mar. 19 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    at Charlotte        
Mar. 21 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    ATLANTA    
Mar. 24 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP+    at Minnesota    
Mar. 26 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP    at Chicago
Mar. 27 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    PHOENIX        
Mar. 29 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    PORTLAND        
Mar. 31 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/TNT    HOUSTON        
Apr. 3 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    at Washington            
Apr. 5 — 1 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    ORLANDO            
Apr. 7 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP/TNT    MILWAUKEE        
Apr. 10 — 8:30 p.m.    NBCSP/NBATV    at San Antonio
Apr. 11 — 7 p.m.    NBCSP    at New Orleans        
Apr. 13 — 8 p.m.    NBCSP    at Memphis            
Apr. 15 — 7:30 p.m.    NBCSP    CHARLOTTE

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Spoiler alert: Al Horford is a better teammate than film critic

Spoiler alert: Al Horford is a better teammate than film critic

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers’ most recent bonding experience was a screening of the movie Joker.

Don’t worry, no spoilers here.

Al Horford said he was “disappointed” by the critically acclaimed filmed about the DC comic book villain, but he was pleased with the experience being around his teammates.

While this might seem silly, it’s no small thing. JJ Redick mentioned on Zach Lowe’s podcast last month that he felt like the Sixers didn’t have enough team dinners. Those dinners on the road are often looked at as team bonding experiences.

Horford is easily the team’s most seasoned player at 33 years old and a veteran of 12 NBA seasons. He’s seen his fair share of changes and roster turnover now playing for his third team.

But it’s been two of the returning Sixers that have led the way when it comes to team bonding.

“I think the willingness of everyone trying to make that happen,” Horford said after practice Thursday. “Tobias [Harris] I think has been a big influence on all of us making sure that we're all getting together. Ben [Simmons] as well has taken that leadership role. So we're doing stuff — not all the time — but we're going to watch movies together, we're doing things as a team, as a group and that has been nice. I feel like those kind of things bring teams closer.”

It was Harris and Simmons who organized the Joker screening during the road trip in Charlotte and the paintball excursion a few weeks back before camp began.

And it’s not just the players that feel the chemistry growing. Their head coach has also seen the growth from the start of training camp until now.

“That they coexist well,” Brett Brown said when asked what he’s learned about his team. “That they seem to enjoy each other's company. That they have bought in in a significant way that we are a defensive-oriented team. That we are long — we can be disruptive. And there has been an unselfishness on the offensive end that hasn't been hard to extract. It's quite actually organic. The guys sort of think like that, which makes my job a lot easier.”

The idea that the Sixers will be a defensive-oriented team started with the way GM Elton Brand constructed his roster. Bringing in Horford and Josh Richardson to create a monstrous starting five is part of it. It’s also just having a bunch of players that have that mindset.

Both Embiid and Simmons have stated their goal is to win Defensive Player of the Year. Horford and Richardson have always been praised for their two-way play. Even Harris, who has shown signs of improvement on that end, went to Brown this offseason and told him he wasn’t going to be the weak link of the team defensively.

It’s quite a change from a team that took a huge step back defensively last season. Going into opening night against Boston next week, the Sixers want to be the best defensive team in the league.

“We know we certainly have the capability, but just guys giving multiple efforts gives me the sense we can be very special,” Horford said. “But it's one of those things that we have to be consistent with that every day in order to accomplish those goals, and we've been doing a good job of that. We just have to continue to do it.”

With just one more preseason game on the docket Friday night against the Wizards, there is certainly a vibe with the team of just wanting to prepare for next Wednesday. Brown admitted that he’s already begun his prep for the Celtics.

It’s an encouraging sign that his team appears to have come together so quickly but Brown knows none of that matters if it doesn’t translate to when the games count.

“I would say yes. I feel that if you looked at just the character of the people, I'd say no,” Brown said when asked if he was surprised with the team’s bonding. “But in general — and let's call it also what it is — we really haven't played legitimate, NBA basketball yet. …

“You roll into Wells Fargo against the Celtics on opening night, the rules change in significant ways. And that's when we're all going to have more meaningful conversations about like, 'Where are we at? What have I learned? Have they come together quickly and why?' It gets far more scrutinized when it's that type of environment than it does right now.”

Hopefully Horford enjoys his team’s performance on opening night more than he did Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayal as the Crown Prince of Crime.

“Oh, a lot of the guys liked it,” Horford said. “I thought it was going to be different. I thought it was going to be more action. So it was one of those things, I was a little disappointed.”

Spoiler alert: Al Horford is a better teammate and basketball player than film critic.

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NBA GM survey: Sixers seen as a better team than last year, but Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons mostly fly under radar

NBA GM survey: Sixers seen as a better team than last year, but Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons mostly fly under radar

If you’re seeking to break outside the local bubble and understand the league’s view of your team, the NBA.com GM survey is a helpful tool.

John Schuhmann had the league’s general managers respond to 50 different questions about coaches, players, teams and more. GMs were, of course, prohibited from selecting their own team or members of their organization. 

Below are a few interesting Sixers-related takeaways.

What a difference a year makes 

On opening night last season, the Sixers started Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid. In the eyes of NBA GMs, replacing Fultz, Covington and Saric with Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Al Horford is a substantial upgrade. 

After being picked by zero GMs to win the Eastern Conference last year, 24 percent of respondents this season think the Sixers will be conference champions, with 76 percent taking the Bucks. 

Embiid is … flying under the radar? 

Embiid’s talents are widely recognized across the league, without a doubt. He finished second in the voting for best center in the NBA, behind Nikola Jokic and ahead of Anthony Davis.

That said, there were a couple of categories in which Embiid was perhaps overlooked. Embiid was not one of the six players to receive votes as best defensive player in the league, or one of the eight picked as MVP. 

More puzzlingly, no GM selected him as the league’s best international player. Giannis Antetokounmpo was the clear, uncontroversial winner with 86 percent of the vote. It’s a bit odd, though, that reigning Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic got 7 percent while the Cameroonian Embiid, an All-Star starter the past two seasons, got none. Simmons, a native of Australia, was also passed over again.

The Sixers aren’t so ‘young’ anymore  

The Sixers aged dramatically over the past year, at least judging by these survey results. 

They dropped from receiving 47 percent of votes for most promising young core to 7 percent this season, behind the Pelicans, Nuggets, Hawks and Kings. While Embiid and Simmons are indeed merely a year older, Richardson is 26 years old and Harris 27, the perception appears to be that the Sixers are no longer a youthful team on the verge of title contention — they’ve hit the next stage, or so it seems. 

No lone star  

Embiid was the Sixers player who got the most individual attention. Simmons and Harris received no votes of any sort, while Richardson showed up in the “also receiving votes” category for the question of the most underrated player acquisition this offseason. Horford received votes for the most surprising offseason acquisition and best basketball IQ. 



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