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Sixers vs. Guangzhou Loong-Lions preseason: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Guangzhou Loong-Lions preseason: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

For the first time since May, the Sixers will play Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

Here are the essentials for their preseason opener against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions, a Chinese Basketball Association team:

• When: 7 p.m. ET 
• Where: Wells Fargo Center 
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch: 

A lot of faces, new and old 

Though Brett Brown has said he expects he'll begin the regular season with a rotation of 10 or 11 players, the Sixers currently have 20 players on their roster. All 20 are healthy, and it sounds possible that every one will play Monday.

"I'm going to rotate the team and there's not a ton of method to madness, except to get people some minutes," Brown said after practice Monday. "I'll pull out of some stuff, probably halfway through the third period, and look at some bench guys. But on the weekend, it'll go back to like, let's start to get some stuff right and how we sub and play this."

Al Horford, Josh Richardson, veteran big man Kyle O'Quinn, point guards Raul Neto and Trey Burke and rookie wing Matisse Thybulle are expected to be the notable new names on display.

Competitions

The competition between Neto and Burke for the backup point guard job has already been compelling to follow, and there's no obvious leader at the moment. Shake Milton, who starred for the Delaware Blue Coats last season and earned a full NBA contract in the summer, is also part of that discussion.  

Thybulle couldn't have been much better defensively at Saturday's Blue x White Scrimmage, and he's impressed his teammates with his ball-hawk skills at practice (see story). Zhaire Smith and Furkan Korkmaz are the two other main contenders for wing minutes off the bench.

How's this going to work?

The Sixers aren't constructed like the typical NBA team in 2019. They're huge, defensively imposing and determined to play a physical style.

Training camp and Saturday's scrimmage have given us the odd hint, but the questions of whether the Sixers will have sufficient outside shooting, who will take over Jimmy Butler's role as the commander of the offense late in games and how Brown will stagger his stars' minutes are all open.

And, of course, there's Ben Simmons' jump shot. He said at media day that he will take three-pointers this season if he's open

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

Sixers forward Tobias Harris was among those protesting in Philadelphia on Saturday after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

Floyd, a 46-year old black man, was killed Monday while in police custody. Video showed Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck, for more than 8 minutes. His death has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the country. Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers on the scene, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, were fired but have not been charged.

Harris showed himself on social media with the crowd protesting around City Hall and the Museum of Art. Teammate Mike Scott was “there in spirit.”

Scott on Friday had voiced his disagreement with an Associated Press tweet on Chauvin’s arrest that didn’t directly characterize Chauvin’s actions as murder. 

Other prominent figures within the Sixers and NBA have also spoken out in recent days. In a series of tweets Friday night, Ben Simmons advocated for “calling out the uncomfortable subject of blatant racism that exists heavily within our society.” 

Josh Richardson on Friday had responded to tweets by President Donald Trump in which Trump referred to protestors as “thugs,” raised the possibility of bringing the National Guard into Minnesota to “get the job done right” and threatened “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss many reported scenarios for a return to play for the NBA and remember the 1982-83 Sixers. 

(0:27) — Introducing the newest member of the Sixers Talk podcast, Ben Berry.
(2:45) — We are close to having NBA basketball returning.
(19:34) — Remembering Game 1 of the 1983 NBA Finals and how the league has changed since.

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