If we’re being honest, there really wasn’t much to report from Sixers practice today.
The All-Star Break is over, there really aren’t any pertinent questions to ask, and I think media and fans alike just want to get on with the Sixers’ first postseason push of the Brett Brown era.
But first – let’s start with Markelle Fultz.
He didn’t do anything differently out there today, working with Billy Lange on a far court. Fultz shot layups and short-range jumpers and didn’t look any better or any worse than anything I’ve seen in the previous three months. For that reason, there wasn’t any merit to shooting video.
JJ Redick spoke to the media and offered an unprompted follow-up to the statement he made Sunday regarding the video in which he accidentally voiced a slur:
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 21, 2018
Deliver us to the Playoffs
For Brett Brown, this is new territory. Never before in his Sixer tenure has the team been in a post-All Star break playoff race. He’s been there plenty of times as an assistant, but not as a head coach, and not with this young group of players.
The Sixers are 30 and 25 and currently in 7th place in the east. They’re two games back from fourth-place Washington, so home court is certainly attainable if they navigate a road-heavy start to the final third of the schedule.
The most interesting thing is what the Sixers do with Joel Embiid down the stretch. Do they push him in a home court bid or focus on just getting into the playoffs with a healthy 7’2″ center?
Brown says it’s more of the latter: