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Terry Harris excited about possibility of playing with older brother Tobias Harris for first time since 8th grade

Terry Harris excited about possibility of playing with older brother Tobias Harris for first time since 8th grade

CAMDEN, N.J. — Terry Harris had to have known the question was coming, but his eyes still lit up when he heard it.

After Monday’s pre-draft workout at the Sixers' facility with five other prospects — Luguentz Dort, Naz Reid, Terence Davis, Zach Hankins and Garrison Matthews —a reporter wondered how the 6-foot-6 wing felt about the possibility of playing with his older brother, Tobias.

“We haven’t played together since we were in eighth grade, in high school,” Harris said, “so if that could ever happen again, it would be a blessing.”

Like his (slightly) more famous brother, one of Harris’ greatest strengths is his outside shooting. Though he only averaged 8.1 points per game as a redshirt senior at North Carolina A&T, he shot 41.1 percent from three-point territory. He made two long-range shots in a scrimmage during the brief portion of the workout open to the media.

“My goal is to show teams I can shoot the ball just as well from the NBA three-point line,” he said with a New York accent in a familiar, measured cadence. “Stretch the floor out and bring my shooting abilities to any team.”

Tobias was especially keen on him showing off those abilities in front of the Sixers.

“He told me a lot of great things about the Sixers,” Terry said. “He obviously wanted me to play my best today. Just go hard, give it my all and show them what I can do.”

Another Harris brother, Tyler, took part in a free-agent workout with the Sixers this weekend, according to The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.

The three brothers are represented by their father Torrel, who played college basketball at Duquesne and Murray State.

A hold-your-breath moment 

Reid had a couple frustrating moments in Monday’s workout. The big man from LSU disagreed with a foul call, got beat for a rebound and missed a jump hook in the span of a few minutes. 

But, soon after the workout transitioned to a full-court 3-on-3 scrimmage, he grabbed a rebound, broke free in the open floor and gave a glimpse of his guard-like skills. Unfortuantely, that was his last on-court action of the day.

Reid walked off the court alongside the Sixers’ training staff, and the injury didn’t appear to be serious. He could be an intriguing option for the Sixers if concerns about his conditioning cause him to slip and be available in the mid-to-late second round (see draft profile).

'A more mature game'

Sixers senior director of scouting Vince Rozman reiterated Elton Brand’s comments from May about targeting players who can contribute immediately.

“Hopefully somebody that can come in and stretch the floor, and come in with a defensive mindset,” Rozman said.

While Brand had said he was “looking for maybe older players,” Rozman noted the Sixers don’t have any type of age prerequisite. 

“Definitely a player with a more mature game than a ‘project,’ but I don’t know if that’s necessarily determined by age,” he said.

Rozman put Reid and Dort in that class, calling the pair “really skilled freshmen that can potentially come in and help right away.” 

He also named Davis, a 6-foot-4 guard from Ole Miss, as a player who impressed. Davis posted 15.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a senior. His stock is reportedly on the rise.

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

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

The Sixers (7-5) will look to get back into the win column in Cleveland when they take on the Cavaliers (4-7) this afternoon.

Here are the essentials for today’s game:

When: 3 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+ 
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch:

Time to get right

There’s no such thing as a good loss, but man, the Sixers’ losses have been particularly brutal. On Friday night, they held a nine-point lead with 7:20 to go but gave up a 12-2 run and eventually lost in overtime to the Thunder.

The Sixers have glaring issues — especially in their starting five — but Brett Brown feels like he knows what they are.

“If you're sick and you don't know why, that's a problem,” Brown said. “We are in a tough spot right now, but it's a long year. I think that it doesn't take much for me to understand where we have to get better. And it's really that simple. If you're scratching your head, sort of confused, then I think we got some problems and that's not what I'm doing. I think the guys understand the areas that matter most that can best impact changing the way things are going and get back on the winning side.”

We'll see.

Taking care of business

This Cavs team isn’t as bad as perhaps we all thought coming into this season. They start two extremely young guards in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, but they’re still flanked by veteran bigs Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson.

Cleveland also gave the Sixers all they could handle earlier this week — especially veteran guard Jordan Clarkson (20 points). The Sixers were able to sneak out of the Wells Fargo Center with a 98-97 win. Then again, when is the last time this team played a game that wasn’t close?

While the Cavs are maybe better than anticipated, this is a team the Sixers should be able to get well against. On Tuesday, they held Cleveland scoreless for over three minutes to close out the game. They need to bring that for 48 minutes and get right with a win over a team they’re clearly more talented than. 

Sorting out the bench

Furkan Korkmaz was scorching hot for a six-game stretch. He shot 50.9 percent from three and averaged 13.8 points in mostly bench minutes. In his last three games, he’s just 4 of 16 from distance. The issue with Korkmaz is if he’s not hitting shots, he doesn’t bring much else to the table. You saw Oklahoma City pick on him in overtime after Tobias Harris fouled out.

Korkmaz has been getting the most minutes off Brown’s bench recently. Should he be? Rookie Matisse Thybulle got off to a roaring start, but has looked overmatched offensively. With that said, he’s just so special defensively, Brown should deal with the growing pains on the other end. In games Thybulle has played at least 12 minutes, the Sixers are 6-1.

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There are positive signs, but still glaring issues with Sixers

There are positive signs, but still glaring issues with Sixers

After dropping their second straight game in overtime Friday night in Oklahoma City (see observations), the Sixers at times sounded like a team looking for answers.

More of that is likely struggling to answer questions coming off another brutal loss. They have an idea why they’ve lost five of their last seven after starting their season 5-0. A large part of it is a group with a bunch of new faces that are still figuring each other out. On Friday, fouls were an issue as they allowed the Thunder to attempt 41 free throws.

For a team that has championship aspirations and got off to such a hot start, this isn’t where they expected to be 12 games into the season.

“Obviously we're frustrated,” Tobias Harris said to reporters postgame. “7-5 is not where we want to be. It's early in the season and right now we're going to progress and get better and figure out ways that we can help each other and help our team and go from there. This game is over. Tomorrow, we'll watch film on it, we'll find out which ways that we can better ourselves and be ready for the next game. [We’re] 7-5 right now but ... we'll just go into the next game and be ready to get that win and go from there.”

There are reasons for optimism — with Harris being arguably the biggest.

After missing 23 straight threes and looking lost recently, Harris splashed his first trey of the game and looked like a totally different player. He finished with 21 points on 8 of 16 from the field and 3 of 4 from three. He was much more aggressive and decisive than he’d been in the previous two games.

Josh Richardson, returning to his native Oklahoma, has continued to show signs of improvement. He poured in 28 points, his highest total as a Sixer. More importantly, he’s looked much more comfortable in the offense as he figures out his role.

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both had their moments. Embiid had a game-high 31 points and Simmons broke out after a quiet first half to play the entire second half.

One of the team’s biggest issues is figuring out the pairing of Embiid and Al Horford. The reality is Horford has never played with a center like Embiid who demands the ball and attention offensively. It’s been an obvious adjustment for Horford, who shot just 5 of 12 Friday and has done most of his damage with Embiid off the floor.

The uncomfortable offensive fit for the entire starting five has been a big reason the Sixers have been involved in so many close games. A familiar theme emerged Friday, as the Sixers held a nine-point advantage with 7:20 to go in the game. Instead of hitting the gas and putting the Thunder away, they gave up a 12-2 run and saw their lead evaporate.

These are talented players that have won in different places. They’re still learning how to win together.

“I was just telling Al about that,” Harris said, “and really it's just I think a matter of right now we are yet to be up like eight points and push that to 15 and really push what we're doing and move forward with that, and really imposing our will and dominating. And that's something that we have to get to and that's something I think we're still learning — how we can do that and how we can make those type of runs. That's something we definitely got to get better at.”

The good news is you see the talent and recognize some of the issues.

And Brett Brown has 70 games to figure it out.

“If you're sick and you don't know why, that's a problem,” Brown said. “We are in a tough spot right now, but it's a long year. I think that it doesn't take much for me to understand where we have to get better. And it's really that simple. If you're scratching your head, sort of confused, then I think we got some problems and that's not what I'm doing. I think the guys understand the areas that matter most that can best impact changing the way things are going and get back on the winning side.”

They know the problems, now they just have to answer the questions.

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