Evan Turner on being booed by 76ers fans: ‘Jesus was hated too’

Evan Turner returned to Philadelphia last night for the third time since being traded by the 76ers to the Indiana Pacers last season. The former No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft now comes off the bench for the Boston Celtics, a team that, by virtue of the fact they are in the same
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Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers 12/15/14: Video Highlights and Recap

It was a battle of struggling Eastern Conference teams on Monday as the Boston Celtics met the Philadelphia 76ers.

The 76ers have cooled since snagging two wins in three games, losing their last three, while the Celtics have dropped their last three contests.

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Celtics’ Rajon Rondo Gets Fancy on Assist to Avery Bradley vs. 76ers

It hasn’t been the best start for the Boston Celtics this season, but Rajon Rondo continues to try and provide a spark with plays like this.

While running the fast break, Rondo showed off his ball-handling skills on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers. After going behind the back with his dribble, Rondo made a great pass to Avery Bradley for the easy basket.

The Celtics led 30-25 afte the end of the first quarter.

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Celtics Injury Update: Smart out Monday versus 76ers

The Boston Celtics head into Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers with a record of 7-14, third in the Atlantic Division. The Celtics look to rebound from a 101-85 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday. They will be shorthanded on Monday, as Marcus Smart will miss the game due to an Achilles tendon injury.  Eric Kilby via Wikimedia CommonsJay King, who covers the Celtics for MassLive.com, tweeted the following update on Smart.Marcus Smart (Achilles) not going on trip. Chance he returns Wednesday. Avery Bradley (illness) is back.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) December 14, 2014 Rotoworld.com added that although Smart could return on Wednesday, he hasn’t been an integral part of the rotation.  Expect Evan Turner to see additional playing with in Smart’s absence.Smart, in his rookie season out of Oklahoma State, is averaging 5.9 points on just 33 percent shooting from the floor, in 10 games this season. His best game this season was against the Washington Wizards on December 8 when he scored 23 points in 35

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Grizzlies rally big to beat 76ers in overtime

Memphis erased an 18-point deficit over the final seven minutes of regulation to force OT.



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Conley’s 36 lead Grizzlies past 76ers in overtime (Yahoo Sports)

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 13: Mike Conley #11 of the Memphis Grizzlies looks on against the Philadelphia 76ers on December 13, 2014 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Conley fired an errant pass straight into a women’s lap, knocking over a beer and spilling the suds onto the court.

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Hawks beat 76ers 95-79 for 8th straight win (Yahoo Sports)

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 10: Jeff Teague #0 of the Atlanta Hawks drives against Nerlens Noel #4 and Michael Carter-Williams #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers at Philips Arena on December 10, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks weren’t going to let an ugly shooting night – or the last-place Philadelphia 76ers – mess up their winning streak.

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76ers Overreacting to Kyle Korver Proves the Team Is Technically Trying to Win

There’s good and bad news for Philadelphia 76ers fans after Wednesday night’s 95-79 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The good news is we have definitive proof that the 76ers study game film—or have at least played enough NBA 2K15 to be familiar with skilled players from other teams. The bad news is that even their most careful planning backfired spectacularly.

SB Nation’s Mike Prada picked out a poignant moment from Wednesday’s 76ers-Hawks game. He noticed Philadelphia’s extreme dedication to defending Atlanta’s Kyle Korver at the three-point line—or, more specifically, how poorly the 76ers’ efforts went for them.

Prada noticed that at one point, three 76ers defenders took off after Korver as the shooting guard rounded a Paul Millsap screen. This was far too many cooks, and Philadelphia’s overreaction to Korver’s league-leading three-point shooting (55 percent) left Millsap all alone in the paint. 

Atlanta capitalized, Millsap dunked and the 76ers were again left scratching their heads. 

As for Korver, he continued to stuff the stat sheet, despite his opponent’s hypersensitivity around the perimeter. The Hawks shooting guard hit five of his seven three-point attempts (71 percent!) and finished the game with 17 points.

Give yourselves a hand, 76ers. You tried, which is half the battle.


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Andrei Kirilenko to 76ers: Latest Trade Details, Analysis and Reaction

The Nets and 76ers agreed Wednesday to a deal that will send the veteran forward Philadelphia in exchange for draft considerations and forward Brandon Davies, per Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Wojnarowski also added more detail:

Kirilenko is in the final year of a $3.3 million contract, and will be waived in Philadelphia once the deal is completed, sources said. Kirilenko would become a free agent, but it could still be several weeks – even months – before he’s ready to sign a deal to play elsewhere this season, sources said

The 76ers, who are well below the NBA‘s salary cap, can take on Kirilenko’s salary without issue. Wojnarowski noted they will likely release the veteran or come to a buyout agreement, allowing Kirilenko to hit free agency and sign with a contender.

Davies will be sent to Brooklyn in due to rules prohibiting NBA teams trading assets for nothing. Given their desire to shed salary and Davies’ non-guaranteed contract, they will very likely release him in the coming days. Davies will not be eligible to return to the 76ers this season.

More than anything, though, this deal represents the end of Kirilenko’s odd Brooklyn dalliance. Owed $10 million by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2013-14 season, Kirilenko declined his player option and hit free agency, where he curiously took a massive pay cut to join Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce with the Nets.

Expected to bring defensive tenacity and versatility as a swing forward, the Russian instead struggled mightily with injuries and never got into a rhythm. Kirilenko was limited to 45 games last season and struggled to make an impact; he averaged just 15 minutes per game in the Nets’ aborted playoff run.

With Lionel Hollins taking over as coach for Jason Kidd this season, Kirilenko’s role shrunk even further. He was yet to make a field goal in 36 minutes and was tethered to the end of the bench when he left the team prior to a road trip last month.

“It’s tough, but there’s nothing I can do,” Kirilenko told reporters at the time. “I’m not the one making decisions, and it is what it is.”

Wojnarowski cites the Cavaliers and Clippers as potential destinations. Both contenders are in desperate need of a wing defender, though they have only the veteran’s minimum to offer. The Spurs, who have long made hay with other teams’ discarded parts, may be a contender if they’re willing to offer more than the minimum.

Heading toward his 34th birthday with a lengthy injury history, it’s fair to wonder how much Kirilenko has left. But it never pays to be picky when playing the veteran buyout game. Effective players who hit the market are few and far between. Kirilenko at 70 percent of his former self is very likely the best wing defender who will come available all season.


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76ers beat Pistons 108-101 in overtime (Yahoo Sports)

AUBURN HILLS, MI - DECEMBER 6: Hollis Thompson #31 of the Philadelphia 76ers takes a shot against the Detroit Pistons on December , 2014 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit’s Greg Monroe leaped toward the basket and missed a dunk. Then moments later, Philadelphia’s Henry Sims had the ball right next to the basket and blew the layup.

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