KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Happy Hump Day!
For the 76ers, this represents the second consecutive day with a game. They’ll face the Toronto Raptors at 6:30 p.m. at Walt Disney World’s HP Field House. This comes after the Sixers lost, 130-117, to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday at the VISA Athletic Center.
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Kyle O’Quinn was in no celebratory mood after nearly recording a triple-double, considering the Sixers lost by 13 points Tuesday night. However, one gets the sense that his teammates wished the seldom-used center had achieved that milestone.
“KO,” as they call him, is one of the team leaders who constantly provides encouragement. But against the Suns, O’Quinn made his second start and just his 28th appearance of the season while the Sixers rested their core players. In 32 minutes, 23 seconds of action, O’Quinn had nine points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, one point shy of a triple-double.
O’Quinn grabbed a defensive rebound with 44.7 seconds left, giving him his 10th rebound to go with nine points and 11 assists. But on the ensuing possession, Furkan Korkmaz, who wasn’t aware O’Quinn was so close to the triple-double, dribbled into a three-pointer instead of making a pass to a wide-open O’Quinn in the post.
“I don’t think that Furk knew,” O’Quinn said. “I knew, but I didn’t want to look like I was trying to get it. I didn’t want to look like one of those guys running in to miss a layup just to get a rebound and put it back.
“Furk was playing the game, and I’d much rather us play in the flow.”
The Phoenix Suns starters were as elated as they were surprised. Family members provided personalized introductions before the start of Tuesday’s “road” victory over the Sixers.
The video had been used before other “home” games here at the NBA restart.
“It’s unbelievable,” Booker said. “I think the first time it caught us off guard. All the sacrifices we make in our lives, we do it for those people.”
On this day, all of the Suns players watched the introductions and even crowded around each player during his time to be introduced.
Today: Toronto Raptors vs. Sixers at HP Field House 6:30 p.m., ESPN, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Friday: Sixers vs. Houston Rockets at 9 p.m., ESPN, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Both events at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
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Question: Korkmaz and Raul Neto won’t play in the playoffs unless there’s an emergency, correct? — @DanWelde1 on Twitter