The 0-11 76ers will eventually win a game. The Suns travel to Philadelphia in an attempt not to be "that team".
The Good Guys: The Phoenix Suns, 7-5 and playing their fourth game of a six-game road trip
The Time: 5PM Arizona time, 7PM local time
The Place: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia PA
The Tube: Fox Sports-AZ
The Phoenix Suns are yet to be defeated on their Eastern road swing after inching out the Pistons in an 88-86 win that was about as exhilarating as a trip to the DMV. Their tour of Leastern patsies continues tonight with Max Bialystock's favorite team, the controversial Philadelphia 76ers.
To the surprise of few, the Sixers have yet to notch a win in their 2014/15 campaign and stand at 0-11, further fueling the mind-numbingly boorish "tanking" debate that actually nearly led to a reform of the NBA draft lottery. All hand-wringing aside, the Sixers are going about rebuilding in the way that they believe will yield the best returns in the future, and in the present there are still some basketball things happening that are worth watching, even if they're so bad that Papa John's had to adjust their tie-in discount from "50% off a pie if the Sixers win!" to "erm, ok ... 50% off a pie if the Sixers score 90, win or lose!"
Not 100 points, but 90. Sounds like the saddest pizza ever, and it is very difficult to make a pizza sad.
The Suns will obviously be looking to avoid the dubious distinction of handing the Sixers their first victory, and they'll do well to remind themselves that Hinkie's boys are still an NBA team, according to the requisite definition. For a team that needed every ball to bounce their way just to edge out the Pistons, there are no foregone conclusions. They head to Indianapolis tomorrow to take on the Pacers, so obviously picking up the first win of a back-to-back would be fortuitous.
All that, plus the former "man of few words" just had to go and throw a log on the fire...
Remember that version of Eric Bledsoe during the summer that hardly said a word and drove us all crazy by going full J.D. Salinger and stowing himself away in Birmingham while in a contract stalemate with the Suns? Yeah, be careful what you wish for.
Bled went on Sirius XM NBA Radio and when asked how the Kentucky Wildcats would fare against the Sixers, he couldn't hold back his pride for his alma mater. "I'll definitely take Kentucky. I think Philly would probably get maybe one game."
Face, meet palm.
Sixers' guard Tony Wroten (whom Bledsoe will be matched up against at some point tonight) responded, "Nah, they can’t beat us. He’s crazy. Yeah, it’s insulting. He might be serious, but I know Bledsoe. I’m not going to take it personally."
Perhaps Bled wasn't aware of the schedule, or that his comments were being broadcast across the nation, but the Sixers are composed of men who play professional basketball, and men who play professional basketball are usually men of pride, and a team of prideful men that currently have lost 11 straight games surely don't need any additional motivation to notch their first win at home against a traveling team from out West that is currently (by Western standards) only average.
It's nice to see that you've found a public personality, Eric. Next up on the lesson plan: tact.
tact (plural tacts)
The Suns are currently a middling 17th in DRtg and 19th in ORtg. They are also fourth in pace, while the Sixers (as mentioned above) are second. If there was an opponent to get some mojo working against, surely it would be Philadelphia.
The Sixers are dead last in FG% (.402), points per game (88.6), 26th in 3PT% (.308), and 28th in TOV% (.168).
I could go on, but I'll stop there.
|G - Eric Bledsoe||G - Michael Carter-Williams|
|G - Goran Dragic||G - Hollis Thompson|
|F - Marcus Morris||F - Luc Mbah A Moute|
|F - Markieff Morris||F - Nerlens Noel|
|C - Miles Plumlee||C - Henry Sims|
For Philly, rookies Joel Embiid and Jerami Grant are out indefinitely, as is former Sun Jason Richardson. Suns have a clean bill of health.
Suns won 124-113 in Philly, completing the two-game season sweep. Gerald Green scored an absurd 30 points on just 12 FGA (TWELVE!!!).
Markieff Morris says a Pistons player has "no heart". Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy says Morris should stop mouthing off. Caldwell-Pope says it is what it is.
At some point, the bravado of the Morris twins was going to make national headlines. They are quiet, but extremely confident in themselves as strong individuals and with tough character.
Last year, Markieff Morris garnered a handful of technical fouls backing up his teammates. He would get into the face of an opponent after a hard foul or tough words, and we all know that the refs see the end of a fight rather than the beginning.
This year, he's starting to make headlines and not in a good way.
Ahh, here we go. Morris and KCP exchanged words earlier in the game. No one but those guys know what was said, but apparently Morris decided that KCP's involvement was less than stellar.
Of course a coach is going to defend his own player. Good on you, Stan.
This was a necessary statement by KCP not to instigate any more fires now that the scuffle is over.
Frankly, I don't like this kind of comment by Morris but in the heat of the moment - celebrating a last second win that was sealed by the failure of a guy you'd just had an altercation with - words like that come out of mouths.
Another kerfuffle this week centered around Kevin Durant having called Dwight Howard the slang word for cat. Not sure why Howard is being equated to a cat, especially when his personality aligns more with a canine than a feline if you're going to equate him to a domesticated pet.
Wait... what? Durant wasn't calling Howard a domesticated feline?
Anyway, back to Keef.
He's playing against the Sixers tonight, in his hometown. He's going to have to step up big in this game, not only to show he isn't bothered by getting the negative national attention this week but also because he wants to show his home crowd that he's a very good NBA player.
Do it, Keef.
Two weeks ago we featured a pair of Mark West game used short shorts for sale. That lead one Bright Sider to quip "Don't think I'd care to own something that once housed Mark West's fruit basket. Or any other players' for that matter." Guess he won't be bidding on this game used gear from The Matrix. Seller doesn't say anything about a COA. Buy it now is $115, offers can be submitted, and shipping will run you another $10.55.
We've featured many Christmas ornaments on Suns Swag, but this one has to be pointed out. All players represented are wearing the number "00." That's asinine! Do you think Adam Silver would allow that to happen, even for a game? NO WAY. You can scoop this up for about $15. Happy Holidays!
This is for after you've got your tree completely decked out in purple and orange. Santa looks to be delivering a basketball to some snot nosed brat snoozing away. It's a useless gift, you can tell the kid's got no game. Might look good on your mantle though. 35 bucks after shipping.
Definitely a weird item, but could be the perfect addition to tie your man cave together. If you look closely, you can also see Dwayne Wade getting schooled by The Dragon. You can pick this up for a 10 dollar bill.
From the seller: "I was told when I acquired this,that it may have been worn by the Suns mascot that season, but I have no way of knowing that for sure." With no COA, you can go ahead and assume this wasn't worn by a player or mascot at any time. Still, it's a cool item. It's got 1 bid at $69.99 and shipping is $6.
Be advised, no COA mentioned in the description. Longley spent 10 years in the NBA, most famously with Bulls for the last three of Chicago's six championships in the 90's. In January of 1999 he was traded to Phoenix where he played in 111 games across the next season and a half. In that trade Phoenix sent Mark Bryant, Bubba Wells, Martin Muursepp and a first round pick to Chicago. That pick became Ron Artest. Bidding is current at $18.50, shipping is $7.
HOLY MACKEREL. I love that this is a thing. Buy it, wear it, don't take lip off of anyone. It's $100 but the respect you will command from your peers holds no dollar amount. Bidding is taking place now. You have three days.
Including the inscription "Fear the Turtle." You've been watching this guy play right? He's the future. Before you know it this basketball will be worth $60. You can buy it now for $50, or make on offer. Pick it up for $40, then send me a thank you note at the end of the season.
This is a weird item. Seller states: "These shirts were sold in a very limited run, available only at the stadium shop in the ~ mid 2000's. There were a series of them, done with different player's numbers. Less than a 100 of each were made." This is a size large. If you're a collector of odd Suns stuff or a diehard fan of Stoudemire, you can buy this now and ship it for $56. Make an offer and pick it up for half.
Bobbleheads don't get much rarer than this. Johnson's senior year at Sacramento High School he led the state of California in scoring at better than 32 points per game and was named Northern California Player of the Year. You can grab this for $57 dollars after shipping or make an offer.