HERE’S WHAT THE SUMMER SIXERS LOOK LIKE WITH JAH!

Even Iranian Arsalan Kazemi was pressed into Sixers service!

By Peter Gleason

For those in the lame-ass media like John Gonzalez, who has tripled down on his memes that Jahlil Okafor’s defense and his large-hands-that’s-why-his foul-shooting-is-so-bad, last night gave us a great example of:

What the Sixers are with Jah!

With Okafor getting a break after playing four games in the last six days, the Sixers struggled to find a rhythm offensively. The Sixers shot just 35.1% from the floor in the 85-76 loss.

The Sixers were led by point guard Scottie Wilbekin, a late addition to the team’s Las Vegas squad. The 22-year-old Florida product finished with 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc in 30 minutes off the bench. After going 0-for-13 on threes when he played for the Summer Sixers last year in Las Vegas, Wilbekin is 7-for-14 from long range through two games in Vegas.

“Man, I don’t know what was up with last year, but I’ve just been working on my shot a lot, and it’s just showing now” said Wilbekin, who played last season in Australia and Greece. “[Playing abroad], I just matured as a player, got a little more experience in the pro game, and I’m just a year older and more experienced.”

JaKarr Sampson contributed 13 points (5/12 FG, 2/4 3P) and seven rebounds after going 3-for-16 from the floor on Saturday. Arsalan Kazemi scored seven points on five shot attempts but also pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds. Charles Jackson logged just 13 minutes but finished with six points (3/6 FG) and seven rebounds, four of which came on the offensive end. La Salle product Steve Zack started in place of Okafor and finished with eight points (3/10 FG), eight rebounds, three assists, and three blocks.

The Sixers were also without Jordan McRae (foot) and Nik Stauskas (ankle). T.J. McConnell, who is the only player other than Okafor to appear in each of the Sixers’ first four Summer League games, also was given the night off to rest.

Outside of Summer Sixers Jahlil Okafor, Jordan McRae, T.J. McConnell, and Nik Stauskas, the Sixers had a handful of other players and team personnel on hand to take in Sunday’s game. Robert Covington, Tony Wroten, and Isaiah Canaan were at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to support the team, along with GM Sam Hinkie, head coach Brett Brown, and several members of the team’s ownership group, including owner Josh Harris.

The Sixers get the day off today before returning to action on Tuesday, when they’ll face Kristaps Porzingis and the New York Knicks at 5pm (EST). Okafor is expected to suit up for that game, which will be televised live on NBA TV and available on NBA.com.

 

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