National Basketball Association
Preview
Philadelphia at Oklahoma City
When: 7:00 PM ET, Sunday, October 24, 2021
Where: Paycom Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Philadelphia 76ers will look to rebound following a disappointing defeat in their home opener when they visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

The Sixers were outscored 16-1 over the final 5:33 of the game and fell 114-109 to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. Even more concerning was Joel Embiid's sore right knee as he struggled down the stretch. Tobias Harris and Seth Curry scored 23 points each, while Embiid managed 19.

Embiid, the Sixers' cornerstone, has been besieged with injuries in his young career.

"When you get kneed in the kneecap it gets tight, it's sore, tough to bend, absolutely hurts your mobility," Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said of Embiid. "I thought I could see that throughout the game. You don't get injured by playing with it, but it just doesn't feel great playing with it."

The Sixers appeared to be cruising to a 2-0 start to the season before they got stagnant in the last part of the fourth quarter.

They played again without Ben Simmons, who will be sidelined indefinitely after telling the organization that he's not mentally ready to compete.

"At this time, we have to respect (Simmons') privacy and space and be there for him throughout what he's going through and his process," Harris said. "It's easy to look at something at the surface and come to an assumption of things, especially athletes.

"I think we have to understand he's a human first and if he's going through something. We have to respect that and be there for him."

The Thunder will hope to avoid a third consecutive loss to open the season, while playing in their home opener.

Oklahoma City has been outscored by a combined 54 points in resounding defeats to the Utah Jazz and Houston Rockets.

Not much went right in a 124-91 loss to the Rockets on Friday.

The young Thunder will look for energy from the home crowd as they regroup and get ready for a difficult matchup against the Sixers.

"It'll be great to have the energy at (home) and have to come out ready to play on Sunday," center Mike Muscala said. "It's a big game for us. We have to come out with a sense of urgency and more competitive toughness."

Muscala and budding star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 13 points apiece.

"We've got to learn the lessons from this one, look in the mirror and try to be better for the next game," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "That's all we can do."

There weren't many bright spots in the 33-point loss. But Kenrich Williams provided a spark with 12 points and a defensive presence, which included drawing two offensive fouls.

"That's who K-Rich is," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "All of the little plays, he makes and that's a skill of his for sure. That doesn't go unnoticed on our team. Every day, that's the value he brings to our team, and we expect him to do that every night."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 1-1 L1 0-1 1-0 0-0 1-1 0-1 0-1
Oklahoma City 0-2 L3 0-0 0-2 0-0 0-2 0-1 0-2
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Oklahoma City
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/26/21 OKC 90 PHI 121 121 41 54.7 90 38 44.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia J. Embiid 21 60.0 7
Oklahoma City T. Jerome 22 66.7 2
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia D. Howard 11 4 7
Oklahoma City M. Brown 8 3 5
Assists Player  
Philadelphia T. Harris 4
Oklahoma City A. Pokusevski 5
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia F. Korkmaz 84 44.8 12
Oklahoma City J. Giddey 64 47.4 5
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia A. Drummond 61 17 44
Oklahoma City J. Giddey 40 8 32
Assists Player  
Philadelphia T. Maxey 18
Oklahoma City J. Giddey 27
Quickchart Matchup
Philadelphia Philadelphia Off vs  Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Defense
Philadelphia Off vs Oklahoma City - Points For 113.0 Points For
Philadelphia Off vs Oklahoma City - Points Against 115.5 Points Against
Philadelphia - FG% 49.4 FG%
Oklahoma City - FG% 47.3 FG%
Philadelphia - Reb 41.0 Reb
Oklahoma City - Reb 53.5 Reb
Oklahoma City Oklahoma City Off vs  Philadelphia Philadelphia Defense
Oklahoma City Off vs Philadelphia - Points For 88.5 Points For
Oklahoma City Off vs Philadelphia - Points Against 105.5 Points Against
Oklahoma City - FG% 37.4 FG%
Philadelphia - FG% 44.2 FG%
Oklahoma City - Reb 44.5 Reb
Philadelphia - Reb 45.5 Reb