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Sixers have variety of reactions to boos from home fans

Sixers have variety of reactions to boos from home fans

The Sixers don't lose very often at home. They’re 23-2 at Wells Fargo Center after Friday night’s 117-109 win over the Grizzlies.

Sixers fans also watch the road games, though, and many haven’t been thrilled with the results. There were noticeable boos when Brett Brown was introduced as the team’s head coach before the game. 

Al Horford heard some boos during the game, too, and twice made a shushing gesture after knocking down three-point shots, which he later said might become his new “celebration” (see story).

“It’s really the first I’ve heard of it, and no, it doesn’t surprise me,” Brown said of the boos. “It’s part of the passion of this city that makes it unique and you move on. And I mean that with all my heart.” 

Brown has been with the Sixers for six-plus seasons, and he understands that Philly fans tend to demand effort and results. His team has a dramatic home/road disparity, with a 9-19 away record.

“It sure seems to help,” Brown said. “We do love playing at home. You’ve always got great memories coming back here — you’re used to winning at home. We love playing in front of our crowd. You feel a responsibility to perform in front of them.”

Joel Embiid reacted to the boos in his own way.

Embiid liked a tweet from The Painted Lines’ Jason Blevins, who thought that Embiid had been booed before the game.

It is what it is, ultimately — a liked tweet. 

The Sixers’ All-Star center left the game after the first half because of neck tightness and did not return. He was effective in his 16 minutes, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

For what it’s worth, Embiid commented at length about Sixers fans’ booing following the team’s Game 1 loss last season in the first round of the playoffs vs. the Nets. A frustrated Ben Simmons had said, “If you’re going to boo, then stay on that side.”

"It’s tough. … I love the fans and I never say anything about them,” Embiid said at the time. “They show us love. It’s understandable. They come in, they pay a lot of money, they want the game to be entertaining. They want to watch us win, so I understand why they boo.

"But the fact that it’s after every single miss, when shots aren’t going to fall. … For some guys it’s annoying. It can be annoying. It’s like every missed shot you get booed, so you get the next one and it’s kind of like, ‘Should I shoot it or should I not, because I’m about to get booed?’ I don’t know. Some guys are like that. It’s hard. I think we all got to do a better job. Us, the fans —  but I don’t blame them. We've got to bring the fun and got to play sharp."

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Sixers smother Wizards in rare road win in NBA2K simulation

Sixers smother Wizards in rare road win in NBA2K simulation

If only the real Sixers were as good on the road as the NBA2K version.

The Sixers smothered the Wizards in a 64-50 win during an NBA 2K20 simulation Friday night.

A 17-0 run to start the fourth quarter pushed the Sixers’ lead from five to 22 and essentially sealed the victory.

Perhaps Washington’s mascot — who basically looks like Gonzo from the Muppets with a gut and a wizard hat on — rollerblading on the court at halftime affected the hardwood.

Here are observations from the win:

Bully ball defense

Bradley Beal got off to a scorching start, scoring all 11 of the Wizards’ first-quarter points. After that, it was tough sledding for Beal and the Wizards.

The star guard had just one point in the second and two in the third. By the time Beal hit a three with under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Sixers had already gone on a 17-0 run and put the game away.

Embiid quiet again

For some reason, the Sixers don’t get the ball to their best player in this video game. It makes zero sense. Embiid did appear to be playing banged up. He kept flexing his shoulder and had a little medical symbol pop up next to him. Embiid scored one basket with 16.9 seconds left in the first half. That’s it. He did challenge a ton of shots at the rim.

On the other hand, Ian Mahinmi was the Wizards’ best player and played really well … which is something. Mahinmi, who has one of the worst contracts in the NBA, would not normally be the type of big who takes it to Embiid, but in this simulation, it was Mahinmi’s night.

Sixers would take this Harris and Horford in real life

Yet again, Horford was strong in this simulation. He was great on both ends, punishing rookie Rui Hachimura in the post offensively and defensively. Though the mighty Mahinmi did take it to Horford on a couple possessions. 

Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson were also big in this one. Harris, who was the 2K Player of the Game, posted a double-double while Richardson put the clamps down on Beal. Both players played a big part in the fourth-quarter run.


A night to forget for Neto

In a surprise move, virtual Brett Brown decided to go with seldom-used Raul Neto as his backup point guard. It did not go well. Neto missed his first four shots, which all seemed of the forced variety. Brown had seen enough and went to Richardson as his backup one.

Brown gave Neto a second chance in the second half and the veteran point guard rewarded him. Neto came up with a steal on former Sixer Ish Smith and finished on the other end in the third.

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Sixers Talk podcast: Story time with the great Coach Jim Lynam

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Sixers Talk podcast: Story time with the great Coach Jim Lynam

On this edition of Sixers Talk, we're joined by the great Coach Jim Lynam who talked about his regrets with the Charles Barkley trade, his days with the "Jail Blazers" and told stories about Dr. J, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks.

(1:29) • Brand being considered a candidate for the Knicks GM job?

(10:31) • COVID-19 pandemic causing an unprecedented work stoppage.

(21:12) • Joel Embiid and Josh Harris starting a campaign with Penn Medicine.

(26:30) • His relationship with Charles Barkley and the trade.

(35:40) • A story about the greatness of Moses Malone.

(39:54) • Coaching an upset over No. 1 DePaul in the NCAA Tournament.

(48:59) • Adam Silver's leadership in suspending the NBA season.

(52:29) • Coaching Rasheed Wallace and the "Jail Blazers."

(59:57) • How his close bond with Mo Cheeks formed.

(68:19) • A classic Dr. J story.

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