The Sixers are back in action tonight after suffering a miserable loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday evening.
Watching Philadelphia get dominated by Salah Mejri wasn’t much fun. The 30-year-old backup averages 2.4 points and 4.1 rebounds and he dropped 16 and 17, respectively, on the Sixers.
The good news for the Sixers is they won’t face Mejri tonight! The bad news is that they’ll have to play a team with much better players instead.
The Spurs own the NBA’s second best record at 37-11. The Sixers, meanwhile, dropped to 18-30 after losing to the Mavs.
In addition to the Spurs simply being a much better team, the Sixers have multiple factors working against them tonight. Joel Embiid and Rock Covington, two of Philadelphia’s best players, will be out once again. UPDATE: Nerlens Noel is also out. Yikes.
The Sixers are also playing on the second night of a back to back. Philadelphia is 3-8 in such games this season. They’ve been outscored by 117 points combined in SEGABABAs. Thursday marks the Sixers’ fifth game in seven days. The Spurs, meanwhile, should be well rested since they haven’t played since Tuesday.
The Sixers haven’t won in San Antonio since 13 years ago in 2004. Prior to that, they hadn’t won since 1986. The Sixers just don’t play well in San Antonio. Their chances of winning this game are probably worse than Pee-wee Herman’s chances of finding the basement of The Alamo.
So, yeah. This one could get ugly. It might be in your best interest not to watch. If you do, though, we’d love to have you join us. Feel free to discuss the game in the comments below.
- Date: February 2, 2017
- Time: 8:30 p.m. EST
- Place: AT&T Center
- TV: TCN
The bad guys: Pounding The Rock
LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol won’t suit up for the Spurs.
- San Antonio: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon
- Philadelphia: T.J. McConnell, Nik Stauskas, Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Ersan Ilyasova, Jahlil Okafor