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Sixers at Atlanta Hawks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game 

Sixers at Atlanta Hawks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game 

Updated: 7:03 p.m.

Monday night’s game between the 2-0 Sixers and 2-0 Atlanta Hawks features two of the five remaining unbeaten teams in the NBA.

Here are the essentials: 

When: 7:30 p.m. ET (Sixers Pregame Live begins at 7 p.m.)
Where: State Farm Arena
Broadcast: NBCSP
Live stream: NBC Sports Philadelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app 

And here are three storylines to watch: 

The dangerous Trae Young

The Hawks have won their last three games against the Sixers, and Trae Young combined for 65 points and 23 assists in the final two matchups between the teams last year. The 6-foot-1 guard has already posted 77 points and 18 assists in Atlanta’s opening two wins. 

Compared to last season, the Sixers appear better equipped to handle Young, who will presumably be guarded often by Josh Richardson.

Those threes are going to start falling … right? 

Tobias Harris, fresh off a 29-point night in Detroit, has shot 6 for 11 from three-point range in the Sixers’ first two games. 

Here are how the other Sixers who have started a game have fared so far:

Ben Simmons: 0 for 0
Embiid: 1 for 4
Matisse Thybulle: 1 for 5
Richardson: 0 for 8
Horford: 3 for 13 

That’s a combined 5 for 30 (16.7 percent). The Sixers likely won’t be a great three-point shooting team this season, but they’re surely better than this. 

A gem of a Vince Carter tale 

The Hawks’ 42-year-old Vince Carter is the oldest active player in the NBA.

Brett Brett had a couple of Carter stories to share after practice Thursday. Along with Carter “jumping over” one of his players during the Sydney Olympics 19 years ago, when Brown was an assistant coach for the Australian national team, he remembered another moment. 

Once for me in Memphis, I’m yelling at Jakarr [Sampson], I believe, and the ref thought I was yelling at the ref, and so I got a technical. And Vince came way out of his way to tell the ref that ‘he was yelling at his player.’ And he flipped the technical, and I remember telling Vince, that enables me to afford the couch that my wife wanted now that I don’t have to spend the money on the fine for the technical. 

“We both had a good laugh. He’s amazing — his durability, his longevity. All class. He must live incredibly well to be this healthy for this long. Just a tremendous story.



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2019-20 NBA power rankings: Taking stock heading into the second half of the regular season

2019-20 NBA power rankings: Taking stock heading into the second half of the regular season

With the trade deadline a little over two weeks away, every team in the NBA has played at least 41 games.

Let’s take stock as the second half of the regular season begins: 

The top 10

It took the second triple-double of Markelle Fultz’s career Wednesday to snap the Lakers’ nine-game winning streak. 

Jimmy Butler has gotten to the free throw line in every game he’s played besides one this season and is third in the NBA in free throw attempts per game (9.3).

Mike Conley returned from a hamstring injury Saturday for Utah, and the Jazz have 16 of 18.

The Rockets have lost three straight and the Mavs have won four straight, but Dallas has a difficult upcoming schedule with the Clippers and Jazz on tap this week. 

Ben Simmons has been stellar in just about every way besides fourth-quarter scoring for the Sixers in Joel Embiid’s absence and is averaging 21.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists over his last four games. 

Though Marcus Smart set a franchise record with 11 threes and scored a career-high 37 points in Saturday’s defeat to the Suns, Boston has lost three in a row. 

1. Milwaukee Bucks (38-6) 
2. Los Angeles Lakers (34-8)
3. Los Angeles Clippers (30-13)
4. Denver Nuggets (29-13) 
5. Miami Heat (29-13) 
6. Utah Jazz (29-13) 
7. Dallas Mavericks (27-15) 
8. Houston Rockets (26-15)
9. Sixers (28-16) 
10. Boston Celtics (27-14)

The middle 10

The Raptors shot over 50 percent from the floor in every game this week and could easily be higher in our rankings — it’s tightly bunched in the six through 12 range. 

Memphis has seven straight wins. Ja Morant is mesmerizing, and both he and Jaren Jackson Jr. are shooting over 40 percent on threes. 

Kyrie Irving talked Wednesday at Wells Fargo Center about the Nets requiring “one or two more pieces,” then reached out to teammates to clarify his comments.

Zion Williamson is expected to debut Wednesday vs. the Spurs, exciting news if you enjoy basketball. 

After their trade with the Kings, Portland got 34 points from Damian Lillard and a career-high 30 from flu-stricken Gary Trent Jr., and they still lost by 13 to Oklahoma City.

11. Toronto Raptors (28-14)
12. Indiana Pacers (28-15) 
13. Oklahoma City Thunder (24-19) 
14. Memphis Grizzlies (20-22)
15. Brooklyn Nets (18-23) 
16. San Antonio Spurs (18-23) 
17. Orlando Magic (20-23)
18. Phoenix Suns (18-24) 
19. New Orleans Pelicans (16-27) 
20. Portland Trail Blazers (18-26)

The bottom 10 

The Bulls’ last win over a team currently in playoff position was on Dec. 14, but Zach LaVine is putting up big numbers, including 42 points Saturday vs. Cleveland, and trying to push for a home All-Star appearance

Sekou Doumbouya, the league’s youngest player, scored 24 points on 10 of 13 shooting Wednesday night at TD Garden. 

It appears that a clear bottom four has separated from the pack. Stephen Curry is targeting a March 1 return, according to The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson. 

21. Chicago Bulls (16-28)
22. Sacramento Kings (15-27) 
23. Detroit Pistons (16-27)
24. Minnesota Timberwolves (15-27) 
25. Charlotte Hornets (15-29)
26. Washington Wizards (13-28)
27. Cleveland Cavaliers (12-31)
28. New York Knicks (11-32)
29. Golden State Warriors (10-34)
30. Atlanta Hawks (10-33) 



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Sixers Talk podcast: Is Ben Simmons an All-Star? A reunion with Robert Covington?

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Sixers Talk podcast: Is Ben Simmons an All-Star? A reunion with Robert Covington?

On the latest Sixers Talk podcast presented by Wilmington University, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss Ben Simmons' recent play since Joel Embiid went out with an injury, how alarming the Al Horford situation is becoming, and a possible reunion with Robert Covington.

• No, Simmons hasn't scored late in games, but he's been attacking the rim and causing opponents to make plenty of business decisions.

• How worried should we be about Horford's up-and-down season?

• Would a RoCo reunion make sense? What would you give up?

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