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Sixers-Knicks: 3 storylines to watch and how to live stream the game

Sixers-Knicks: 3 storylines to watch and how to live stream the game

After dropping two straight against sub .500 teams, the Sixers (27-16) will look to bounce back against the Knicks (10-32) on Sunday afternoon.

Joel Embiid is currently listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.

• When: 1 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m.
• Where: Madison Square Garden
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Here are three storylines to watch:

Scoring isn't the problem

Scoring hasn't been the issue for the Sixers. As a matter of fact, they've had a field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in three of their past five games and are averaging 119.4 points per game through their last five. And if you look at the Sixers' scoring over the entire season, their 114.7 points per game is sixth best in the NBA.

Defense

That leads us to the problem. Over the past three games, the Sixers have given up an average of 120.3 points and opponents are shooting 53.2 percent — 46.4 percent from three. This is against sub .500 teams, before the Sixers' schedule actually gets tough toward the end of the month. From Brett Brown to the players, everyone has voiced their disappointment with the defense. But it's about the mentality they show on the court Sunday that matters.

Keep it up, Benny

Despite their latest struggles, Ben Simmons has been stringing together some pretty good games — and keeping those jump shots coming! In the Sixers' most recent loss, Simmons had his seventh triple-double of the season with 23 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 15 assists. He's currently second in the league in triple-doubles behind Russell Westbrook. Keep it going.

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Watch Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade share vulnerable All-Star moment over Kobe

Watch Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade share vulnerable All-Star moment over Kobe

A huge portion of the weekend's NBA All-Star Game was dedicated to remembering Lakers legend and Philly-area native Kobe Bryant, from the touching pre-game tribute to the players' jersey numbers.

There were plenty of Bryant jerseys among the weekend's attendees, too, including Sixers legend Allen Iverson, who sported a No. 8 yellow Bryant jersey during Sunday's All-Star Game.

Iverson was interacting with some fans at the United Center in Chicago when he bumped into Dwyane Wade, and the two shared a beautifully unscripted, vulnerable moment. Incredibly, one fan captured the scene, and video of the two legends' interaction surfaced Tuesday afternoon:

That's something special.

Wade and Iverson's NBA careers overlapped for seven years, including six shared All-Star Games. Bryant entered the league the same year as Iverson, and Wade made his final All-Star Game the year Bryant retired.

The three spent so much shared time in the league, creating their own stories and navigating their own paths, and it's an absolute tragedy that Bryant wasn't in Chicago this past weekend to enjoy yet another show from the league's stars.

Moments like this one help remind fans that, while players like Bryant, Wade, and Iverson often seem superhuman, they're ultimately people like us, and they process grief just like we do.

Good on Wade and Iverson for being there for each other.

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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