Sixers Notes: Road Woes, Embiid, Clarkson

The Sixers traveled to Washington on Thursday and got ambushed by the Wizards’ high-powered offense. The loss brings the team’s record to 5-7 on the road (Philadelphia is 10-0 at home) and coach Brett Brown was asked about the team’s difference in play home vs. away.

“I have no idea,” Brett Brown told Hoops Rumors and other media in attendance at the Capital One Arena on Wednesday night. Brown added that the team was too careless both in its turnovers and in allowing Davis Bertans (7-of-13 from behind the arc) to get space early in the contest.

“Some of it you shake your head and you give Bertans a lot of credit,” Brown said after the game. “Some of the shots that he was making you give him some credit. When you go back and you do coach stuff, and you look at it, I think the separation that he received was too careless. That’s what the game was telling you, you got it going. I didn’t think that we responded from a sense of urgency standpoint like we needed to.”

Here’s more from Philadelphia:

  • Tobias Harris, who re-signed with Philly on a five-year deal this offseason, pinpointed the Sixers’ defense as an area that let them down on Thursday night. “We should not be losing,” Harris told Hoops Rumors and other media members in attendance. “There is a high expectations for our group, for our team. There are expectations to win on the road, at home. Just come out every night and play to win and to win a game. Tonight, [there is] big frustration just on how we defended, because it was like they were just picking and choosing whatever they wanted, so that is the big frustration.”
  • The game in Washington was a physical one in the paint with Moritz Wagner, Bertans, and Ian Mahinmi making Joel Embiid work for everything he got in the paint. After the contest, Embiid was experiencing hip soreness and he’s been ruled out of Saturday’s game vs. the Cavs with a left hip contusion, as Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (Twitter link).
  • Sam Amico of hears that the Sixers are among the teams interested in Jordan Clarkson. There’s no indication on whether Cleveland is interested in dealing the combo guard.
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8 thoughts on “Sixers Notes: Road Woes, Embiid, Clarkson

  1. phillyballers

    Could sign Jamal Crawford for nothing. Get the same production. Clarkson will only play 15 mpg maybe 18.

    • I give no fox

      Championship? I wouldn’t say that. I think a reasonable expectation would be the ECF. If they get bounced in the first round, there may be some chatter, but I don’t think his seat is hot

  2. x%sure

    Clatkson would probably work in Philly, since they don’t seem to run plays anyway.
    Philly does have 4 r2s, including #32 & #33. But, they lack good matches for Clarkson, $13.4MM. Ennis could turn it down, and Cavs already have a 6-7 Turkish 3 like Korkmaz!

  3. I think Brown needs to go.
    Elton Brand has been bold, and as much as that signing of Horford was fortuitous in that he becomes a quality Embiid-reliever, starting him just makes the Sixers three power forwards, a centre and a two-guard which leads to Clog City.
    I’ve said all along Simmons should be power forward, defensively, whilst running the offense. Him, Joel and three dead-eye guards would yield better results.

  4. Give the Sixers this year to see what can happen after Brand has done a good job bringing in talent. This team is full of good defenders and has good mix of guys that can defender and attack and are experience and are young.

    I expect them to be in the ECF against the Bucks and that’ll be a good series again. If they can’t do that then I expect changes to be made. I’m unsure on Brown as a coach I don’t like him but I don’t dislike him, I think you have to way up your options of who would replace him then…

    I think success for the Sixers is really limited with Simmons and Embid together. Their play styles just clash and I can see it ending well. Like I’ve said before I think Simmons stays and I think the best destinations for Embid is New York.

    A Package of RJ Barrett, Mitch Robinson, Marcus Morris (sign and trade, 3y/33m) and 2 first rounders would be a very good return. Gives Simmons the floor to run with other playmaking coming from J Rich and Barrett. Robinson would be really good for impact from the bench and Morris would be a awesome 6th man. He’s great on both ends and would be that bad boy mogrel type player that inspires them. And Imagine Embid plus Randle in NY that’s a cool combo to look to bring in Free Agents.
    Otherwise maybe a three team deal

    Devin Booker and a first to Philly, Barrett and Randle and a first to the Suns and Embid and Z. Smith to NY

    Philly gets its go to scorer in Booker who would also thrive with other really good players around him. The Suns get Barrett to replace Book, but also get Julius Randle as its PF and a first and then lastly NY gets its star and young Zhaire Smith too

  5. aircarter777

    Embiid is extremely overrated. He’s not a championship player though he’ll get paid like it. Thats good for every other team out there!!

    • phillyballers

      Well almost every team has 1 or 2 max contract players so that really isn’t a valid argument. GSW Cleveland Miami Spurs and Raptors have won since 2011.

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