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Tom Ley Tom Ley Jul 23, 2019. 13 comments

Ben Simmons Hit A Three! (In A High School Gym) (During A Pick-Up Game)

Ben Simmons Hit A Three! (In A High School Gym) (During A Pick-Up Game)

Now that free agency is settled and the draft is over and summer league has come and gone, the only thing NBA fans have left to consume before the start of the season is shaky, grainy footage of their favorite players participating in offseason workouts. These clips are always circulated by some shooting coach or Instagram account who will try to convince you that a guy hitting a routine...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar Jul 01, 2019. 17 comments

The Heat Are Scrambling To Actually Complete The Jimmy Butler Trade [Update]

The Heat Are Scrambling To Actually Complete The Jimmy Butler Trade [Update]

For an organization whose supposed signifier around the league is “competently professional,” the Miami Heat sure seem to have botched their big trade for Jimmy Butler. After The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that a sign-and-trade deal featuring Butler heading to the 305 and Josh Richardson going the other way back to Philly had been completed, it was reported by Marc Stein that the...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Jul 01, 2019. 13 comments

Heat Acquire Jimmy Butler In Trade With Sixers, Who Acquired Al Horford In Free Agency

Heat Acquire Jimmy Butler In Trade With Sixers, Who Acquired Al Horford In Free Agency

The writing was on the wall for the end of Jimmy Butler’s tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers when Tobias Harris agreed to a five-year, $180 million max contract with the team just one hour into the start of free agency. Now, that end is official with Philadelphia sending Butler to the Miami Heat, and getting swingman Josh Richardson in return. Butler himself agreed to a four-year, $142...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Jun 26, 2019. 17 comments

Report: Oh God Yes, The Toxic Rockets Are Pursuing Jimmy Butler

Report: Oh God Yes, The Toxic Rockets Are Pursuing Jimmy Butler

If there’s one thing a top-heavy Western Conference contender built on the ball-dominant shot-creation of two ornery superstars locked in an “unsalvageable” personality conflict needs, it is an infusion of noted mature adult in the room and agreeable teammate Jimmy Butler. Thankfully, that is exactly what the Rockets are after this summer: Jim Butts himself.

Adrian Wojnarowski reported...

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Dan McQuade Dan McQuade Jun 14, 2019. 11 comments

If You Think About It, The 76ers Might As Well Have Won The NBA Title

If You Think About It, The 76ers Might As Well Have Won The NBA Title

Whew! What an NBA Finals that was. The Warriors and Raptors played six incredibly entertaining games, and a team winning its first NBA title by vanquishing the Warriors dynasty makes it all extra memorable. For once, Toronto’s streets are swarmed by humans celebrating a title and not hordes of raccoons.

But let’s get to the real winners of the NBA title this year: The Philadelphia 76ers. As...

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Timothy Burke Timothy Burke May 25, 2019.

The Artistry Of K.J. McDaniels

The Artistry Of K.J. McDaniels
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Dan McQuade Dan McQuade May 15, 2019. 23 comments

Physicists Explain How Kawhi Leonard’s Shot Went In, And No, It Wasn't Magnets

Physicists Explain How Kawhi Leonard’s Shot Went In, And No, It Wasn't Magnets
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Lucky-ass shot.

When the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard got the ball with 4.2 seconds left in a tied Game 7, it didn’t look like he’d get a good shot off. The Sixers had him guarded well. Ben Simmons forced him to the corner, and Joel Embiid made sure he wouldn’t get a great look. By the time Leonard released his...

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Samer Kalaf Samer Kalaf May 14, 2019.

The 76ers Might Have Also Traded Away Their Heating System [Update]

The 76ers Might Have Also Traded Away Their Heating System [Update]

The Pacers are in Philadelphia to play the 76ers tonight, and they practiced in a frigid arena, because the heat wasn't on, for some reason. Ask Sam Hinkie if he shipped it for an unprotected first-round pick in 2018.

Looks fun!

Update (3:39 p.m.): Comcast-Spectacor vice president of public relations Ike Richman wants to make it clear that the heat at Wells Fargo Center was working.

I'm seeing...

Giri Nathan Giri Nathan May 14, 2019. 6 comments

The Raptors' Defense Was Outrageous In The Clutch

The Raptors' Defense Was Outrageous In The Clutch

The Sixers hit their last field goal in the half-court—a long, and-one leaner by J.J. Redick—with 3:29 remaining in Game 7. Then the Raptors put the clamps on. Philly would only even hit the rim one more time, off a heroic Jimmy Butler transition play. As stagnant and deferential as the Raptors have looked offensively, redeemed only by their lord and savior Kawhi Leonard, they’ve maintained...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky May 13, 2019. 17 comments

Kawhi Leonard And A Story Of Four Bounces

Kawhi Leonard And A Story Of Four Bounces

Bounce.

It wasn’t going in. A basketball, at least in the scheme of sports, is relatively predictable. Not like a baseball, which has seams that, in a pitcher’s hand or when deflecting off some imperfection on the infield dirt, can do some pretty wild stuff; not like a football, which is designed to be aerodynamic but when on the ground will bounce maddeningly at random; certainly not like a...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley May 13, 2019. 24 comments

Kawhi Leonard Wins Game 7 With Insane Buzzer-Beater, Sends Joel Embiid Home Sobbing

Kawhi Leonard Wins Game 7 With Insane Buzzer-Beater, Sends Joel Embiid Home Sobbing
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The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers just got done with a ragged and at times infuriating Game 7 to end the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Raptors won the game, 92-90, thanks to this buzzer-beater from Kawhi Leonard. Hooooooooly shit, wait until you see this shot:

Goddamn! Did you see that thing? Look what...

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Luis Paez-Pumar Luis Paez-Pumar May 10, 2019. 14 comments

Ben Simmons Finally Showed Up

Ben Simmons Finally Showed Up

After four straight games of curious anonymity, Ben Simmons finally arrived—and just in time, as the Sixers desperately needed their Aussie weirdo to make like Joel Embiid’s ass and stop spewing diarrhea everywhere. Thanks to Simmons’s 21 points and bevy of rebounds and assists, Philadelphia lived to fight another day by knotting up their series against Toronto at three games apiece with a...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 10, 2019. 4 comments

Joel Embiid Emerges From Fog Of Illness, Leads 76ers To Game 6 Win

Joel Embiid Emerges From Fog Of Illness, Leads 76ers To Game 6 Win

Joel Embiid didn’t put up the hugest numbers in Thursday night’s Game 6, but if anything his pedestrian production underscores just how dominant Embiid can be when he’s not pooping out and coughing up various vital internal organs. Thursday night he was feeling good, and as a consequence the 76ers beat the living hell out of the visiting Raptors, by the misleading score of 112–101, to extend...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 08, 2019. 11 comments

An Ailing Joel Embiid Isn't All That Ails The 76ers

An Ailing Joel Embiid Isn't All That Ails The 76ers

The 76ers were blown out in Game 5 Tuesday night, 125–89, by Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors. Nothing much worked for Philadelphia—the closest they came to a functional offense was Jimmy Butler willing his way to the line for 11 free throws. By the midpoint of the fourth quarter, the game had become a laugher, with Amir Johnson and T.J. McConnell in for mop-up duty.

A huge and...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 08, 2019. 14 comments

Kawhi Leonard Just Dunks The Absolute Hell Out Of The 76ers

Kawhi Leonard Just Dunks The Absolute Hell Out Of The 76ers
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Kawhi Leonard is doing it again . He put up a 13-and-10 double-double before halftime of Game 5 of the 76ers-Raptors conference semifinal series, with three assists and a pair of steals. It’s not clear tonight that the Raptors even require all these damn heroics—they’re up 21 at the half and the Sixers look extremely...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan May 08, 2019. 14 comments

Joel Embiid Has Diarrhea

Joel Embiid Has Diarrhea

In the spring of 2019, writer Giri Nathan asked an editor if he could write a blog about Joel Embiid in the style of writer Gay Talese’s “Frank Sinatra Has A Cold.” The Sixers player was irritable and dealing with various ailments as his team fought a tight playoff series against the Raptors. “Why the hell would anyone read or understand that?” Nathan’s editor asked. The result, “Joel Embiid...

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko May 06, 2019. 23 comments

Kawhi Leonard Is Just Very Frickin' Good

Kawhi Leonard Is Just Very Frickin' Good

Look, man. I think the Toronto Raptors are still outright failing at lots of fairly basic manufacturing-a-series-win-type shit. They still have no plan, for example, for creating a steady diet of reasonably high-percentage shots. Or for attacking J.J. Redick, Philadelphia’s best shooter and most vulnerable defender as well as Joel Embiid’s most effective on-court pairing. Or for consistently...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez May 06, 2019. 9 comments

Boban Marjanovic Uses His Large Frame To Obscure Kyle Lowry's Line Of Sight

Boban Marjanovic Uses His Large Frame To Obscure Kyle Lowry's Line Of Sight
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Boban Marjanovic provided excellent towering defense against Kyle Lowry as the Raptor tried to inbound the ball for the final possession of the half that Toronto got as a result of Lowry selling a foul well.

It all started late in the second quarter with exactly one second remaining. Lowry got an inbounds pass from the...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson May 04, 2019.

Philly's Once Ambitious General Manager Search Finally Lands On, Of All People, Elton Brand

Philly's Once Ambitious General Manager Search Finally Lands On, Of All People, Elton Brand

Not too long ago the 76ers were courting Daryl Morey to replace disgraced former general manager Bryan Colangelo , in a sign of the organization’s lofty ambitions for the next chapter of Sixers basketball. By that same token, not too long ago the Sixers were hoping to court LeBron James and Paul George, and wound up with Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. In a continuation of that theme, the...

Albert Burneko Albert Burneko May 03, 2019. 19 comments

The Raptors Are Doing Whatever The Hell This Is Again

The Raptors Are Doing Whatever The Hell This Is Again

Well, shit.

Did you believe? Last spring, 364 days ago, the morning after the Toronto Raptors meekly dropped Game 2 at home to go into a hopeless 0-2 hole in their eventual second-round sweep at the hands of the lower-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, I wrote a blog on this very website literally titled “Never Get Fooled By The Raptors Again .” A few weeks before that, when they wobbled at the end...

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