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Really Bad – Observations from Wizards 123, Sixers 106

Kevin Kinkead - January 10, 2019

The Sixers couldn’t shoot or protect the basketball last night. The bench offered up pretty much nothing and the effort was maybe a 1.8 on a scale of 10.

That’s good enough for a 17-point loss to a 16-25 Wizards team, a team they clobbered by… <checks notes> …17 points on Tuesday night.

They split with a bad team in the world’s most useless home-and-home series, a series that they needed to sweep.

They needed to sweep it because this is what the schedule looks like after three more cupcake games against the Hawks, Knicks, and Wolves:

  • at Pacers
  • vs Thunder
  • vs Rockets
  • vs Spurs
  • at Nuggets
  • at Lakers
  • at Warriors
  • at Kings
  • vs Raptors
  • vs Nuggets
  • vs Lakers
  • vs Celtics

How many guaranteed wins do you see in there?

Yep.

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Joel Embiid, Sitting in the Second Row With a Kid on his Lap

Kevin Kinkead - January 9, 2019

The Sixers were beating the Wizards so badly last night that Joel Embiid decided to take a seat in the second row, just off the end of the team bench.

Problem is, a young kid was already sitting there. So Embiid did what anybody would do, and let the kid sit on his lap instead:

Joel asked the child what he wanted for Christmas, to which the kid reportedly said, “I’d like an NBA title and for PennDOT to hurry the fuck up with the I-95 construction project.”

I was not able to confirm that report, but Embiid later spoke about his interaction after the game:

“I just asked him what his name was and how old he was and if he wanted to play basketball when he’s older. He said yes.”

Joel was asked a follow-up, something about Philly fans in general:

“They show me a lot of love, and I feel like I’ve showed them a lot of love, too. A lot of times I need them to get going. Sometimes the game is kind of easy and I just relax, but I always need someone in the background to push me to play harder and keep dominating. That’s what they do to me. We have a special relationship. I would love to be here for the rest of my career, and these are the type of fans I want to play for.”

I think Philadelphia would love to have him here for the rest of his career. Trust the reciprocity.

Sports Betting Updates

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Things have picked up for NJ online sports betting. FanDuel Sportsbook launched their sports betting app in September and they, along with DraftKings, have quickly become the leaders in the space. If you want to know how the sites compare to each other, read our DraftKings Sportsbook vs. FanDuel Sportsbook post. Otherwise, keep reading to get our review of FanDuel and their current bonus offers. Bonus: First deposit matched up to $100 Minimum Deposit: $10 FanDuel

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Here’s How Much Each New Jersey Sports Betting App Made in December

Big milestone for New Jersey sports betting. The state collected more than $1.2 billion in sports wagers dating back to June, when sports betting first became legal in the Garden State. That’s according to data provided by the Division of Gaming Enforcement, which today released a seven-page report with their findings. Year to date, the total handle for both on-site and internet sports betting was $1,247,290,341. That’s billion, with a B.   Handle is the total amount

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Your Complete NFL Divisional Round Weekend Betting Guide

The Eagles-Saints showdown on Sunday afternoon is the weekend headliner, but there’s three other excellent matchups in the NFL playoffs, along with a full slate of NBA, NHL, and college basketball games. It should be a hell of a sports weekend, so now seems like a good time to get in on New Jersey’s legal sports betting action. Enjoy all of the different great games on tap across multiple sports this weekend and take advantage

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The Landry Shamet Game – Observations from Sixers 132, Wizards 115

Kevin Kinkead - January 9, 2019

A fun subplot saved us from another boring blowout last night.

Thankfully the theme of “Sixers destroy another cupcake at home” will soon come to an end, as they get set to welcome the likes of Houston, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio at the end of this month.

But Tuesday night belonged to Landry Shamet, who put up a career-high 29 points in just  24 minutes of play.

The rookie was lights out coming off the bench, hitting 8 of 14 three pointers and going 5 for 5 from the foul line.

Sixers’ PR dug up a pair of fantastic stats from the performance:

  1. The only 76ers rookie to score more points coming off the bench in franchise history was MIKE DUNLEAVY SR. (32 points against Portland on Dec. 11, 1976)
  2. His eight three-pointers are the most made ever by a 76ers rookie and are tied for the third-most made by a rookie in NBA history. The previous 76er high was set by Hall of Famer ALLEN IVERSON (three times) and HOLLIS THOMPSON (once)

Shamet’s college high was 30 points, which he earned in a 2017 game at Oklahoma State. He converted 14 of 16 free throws in that game as a guy who really played a much different style at Wichita State. Landry was more of a point guard and less of an off-ball two-guard, which makes last night’s fantastic performance, and everything he’s done this season, even more impressive.

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Sixers Sign Haywood Highsmith to Two-Way Contract

Kevin Kinkead - January 8, 2019

Worst kept secret out there.

Keith Pompey and Jason Blevins were the first ones to report and/or intimate that 6’7″ Blue Coats swingman Haywood Highsmith would take the two-way roster spot vacated by Demetrius Jackson, who was waived on Sunday in order to pursue an opportunity in China.

From the press release:

“In 22 G League games, he holds averages of 13.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.3 minutes per game, while shooting .450 from the field and .394 from three-point range. He’s posted five 20-point performances, including a career-high 23-point outing in a Dec. 10 victory over the Oklahoma City Blue. Highsmith shot 10-14 in that game and added six rebounds, three assists and career highs of four steals and two blocks. On Dec. 28 at Fort Wayne, Highsmith tallied 20 points as he shot a perfect 7-7 from the field, including 4-4 from three-point range, and 2-2 from the free-throw line, while adding six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the win.”

Highsmith spent four years at division two Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. He’s a 3 and D wing player with a lot of upside, sort of a youngish Robert Covington type with a slightly better handle, in my opinion. That’s really what the Sixers need right now – two-way wing guys who can shoot a bit, play some defense, and beef up the bench. Demetrius Jackson found himself way down on the point guard depth chart with no real opportunity to break into the Sixers rotation, so the decision to let him go and sign Highsmith to the open two-way spot makes a lot more sense.

More from the release:

“…based upon this contract signing date, Highsmith can spend a maximum 24 service days with the 76ers this regular season, not including any time spent with Philadelphia following the conclusion of Delaware’s regular season.”

He’s an intriguing guy. A couple of highlight videos after the jump:

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The Sixers Hired a Vice President to Focus on “Holistic Development”

Kevin Kinkead - January 8, 2019

We got a press release this morning describing the hiring of someone who sounds like a much more important version of a sports psychologist.

It’s not to downplay the resume and career achievements of Annelie Schmittel, PhD, who was a player engagement expert for the Oakland Raiders prior to coming to Philadelphia. But she seems more or less like the Markelle Fultz whisperer, a 2019 type of hire to oversee the mental health and personal development of young athletes who become millionaires at age 20 while being simultaneously thrust into the world’s biggest spotlights.

Per press release:

In her new role as 76ers Vice President of Player Development, Schmittel will be responsible for creating, managing and overseeing the holistic development and implementation of programs that support the professional and personal growth of 76ers players, staff and families.

With nearly a decade of experience in athlete development, Schmittel joins the team after spending the last three seasons with the Oakland Raiders. Also boasting experience working with NCAA Division I and II collegiate athletes, Schmittel is a proven leader with an unparalleled passion for maximizing players’ athletic and personal growth, on and off the court. Under Schmittel’s creative leadership and innovative mindset, the 76ers will continue to augment on-court progress with off-court development and strive to help players balance on-court priorities and personal responsibilities.

This section from her Linkedin bio stood out to me, after the jump:

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Crossing Broadcast: The Bears Game and Sixers Strife

JoyOnBroad - January 8, 2019

Kevin and Russ recap the Bears game, talk hate for the Saints, react to the Jimmy Butler/Brett Brown story, and more.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

Audio after the jump:
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Fake Brett Brown Twitter Account Suspended at 16,500 Followers

Kevin Kinkead - January 7, 2019

Impostor alert.

Some dude made a fake Brett Brown Twitter account and accumulated a ton of followers before this jawn was suspended.

Said the real Brett Brown at practice today, jokingly:

“Last night I’m watching the Philadelphia Eagles game and one of my guys calls and says something about a new Twitter account. I’ve got a new Twitter account, like I’m following everybody. I have no idea. I don’t even know how to log in to Twitter. You’ve got this fake coach Brett Brown out there that’s, it’s social media, and this is the world we live in. I’m completely surprised that’s not against the law, but what do I know? So a little while ago the league helped us take Brett Brown off Twitter.”

So no, Brett was never on Twitter.

There is, however, a parody account still out there:

Jimmy Butler Downplays ESPN Report of Film Session Confrontation

Kevin Kinkead - January 7, 2019

Jimmy Butler and Wilson Chandler practiced Monday after missing out on Saturday’s win with upper respiratory infections.

That same infection has apparently spread to Ben Simmons, who did not take part in today’s training but should be okay for tomorrow’s game, according to Brett Brown.

But the big story on Action News is Butler’s response to the ESPN story regarding the film session confrontation that took place on the recent west coast road trip, a story Brown commented on at length in his pregame comments Saturday night.

Like his head coach, Butler downplayed the idea of having a confrontational exchange:

“I don’t think anything was confrontational. I just think that whenever we talk, when it’s in the office and it’s me and him, or in front of anybody else, I’m gonna speak my mind and he speaks his. I think everybody else does a great job of doing that, too. I don’t think any part of that was confrontational. It was just a player and coach talking and it just happened to be in front of everybody. I think we (came) away from it great and we got better as a team.”

All relevant Butler quotes after the jump:

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