Jrue Holiday is doing his best to remind coaches that he deserves a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team this season.
Holiday finished with a career-high tying 33 points, to go along with 14 assists while scoring all 12 of his team’s overtime points to lead the Sixers to a 108-101 win over the Raptors on Friday.
Philadelphia wouldn’t have had the chance to win if not for this play from Holiday near the end of regulation.
With the Sixers down two and 5.5 seconds remaining, Holiday inbounded to Spencer Hawes, then got it back on the hand-off. From there, Holiday did the rest, and went hard to the basket for the game-tying score, while absorbing the contact from the defender in the process.
The only thing holding Holiday back from an All-Star spot is his team’s record, which currently has them out of the playoff picture. Holiday said afterward though that he’d like the honor, and that he’ll continue to put up performances like these if that’s what it takes.
“I really don’t know,” Holiday said about whether he deserves to play in the All-Star Game. “Obviously, that’s a goal I’d like to have under my belt. If I have to do this every game for us for our team to win, so be it.”
For a couple grand, Warriors fans can have Larry O’Brien Trophy visit their suite
There’s so much money floating around the Bay Area right now thanks to another tech boom, this price almost seems low.
If you have a suite for the Golden State Warriors home games this season — and those are pretty much sold out, the Warriors draw big from the Silicon Valley crowd — you can have the NBA championship Larry O’Brien Trophy visit your suite. All for just a couple grand. From Gilbert Lee, via ESPN’s Darren Rovell.
Now, they have announced a new “Spirit of 76” promotion, with seven tribute nights this season honoring the history of the franchise and of the Philadelphia area (and there is plenty of history to honor).
The best part — the “Spirit of 76” court with the bell logo.
While we don’t have details on the surgery, often recovery time for this is just a few weeks, and Morris could well be ready for the start of the season.
Morris averaged 14 points and 6.5 rebounds a game last season, and the Wizards offense was 5.7 points per 100 possessions better when he was on the court last season. With him out, coach Scott Brooks can lean on Jason Smith or Mike Scott for traditional lineups, but don’t be shocked if he tries a little small ball with Otto Porter and/or Kelly Oubre at the three or four.
This is the season the 76ers make the leap from team with potential to playoff team fast on the rise.
That’s the plan in Philly, but there are a lot of questions for this team to answer. While a couple of these issues are answered already — Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz are cleared to play and practice with teammates — a couple big ones still hang around. At the top of the list is “how healthy is Joel Embiid?” Coach Brett Brown doesn’t even have that answer yet, reports Derek Bodner of The Athletic.
Brett Brown says he's not able to say what they'll be able to get out of Joel Embiid next week. He has not played 5-on-5 yet. #sixers.
It’s this simple: The Sixers outscored opponents by 3.3 points per 100 possessions when Embiid was on the court last season, he was a dominant force defensively who scored 20.2 points a game. When he was off the court the Sixers were 11.5 points per 100 possessions worse. They need him to play and play consistently if the Sixers have playoff dreams. It’s unclear when Embiid will return, but know that the Sixers will be cautious with his minutes again when he does get cleared (he has played just 31 games in three seasons).
Does that mean more Jahlil Okafor? Maybe not, the Sixers are still willing to trade him.
Brown said Sixers will check with the rest of the league to see what's out there for Jahlil Okafor
The Sixers have shopped Okafor for most of a year and found no deal they like. Okafor battled knee issues last season and, after a summer working to get healthy, other teams will want to see him play a little before talking trade. If he comes to camp slimmed down and his knee looks right, it could revive trade talks. Using a back-to-the-basket game, he averaged 11.8 points a night shooting 51 percent last season, he’s efficient, and some teams could use what he does (off the bench).
It’s going to be an interesting season in Philly. Are they playoff bound?