After doing his pregame ritual of shooting drills with Brett Brown followed by a game of one-handed horse, Nerlens Noel headed back to the Sixers' locker room at the Pepsi Center.

I passed him in the hallway and asked, "How did the horse game work out for you today?"

“Is that a real question?” Noel responded, with a grin on his face and a look that said there was only one obvious outcome -- him being the winner.

Brett Brown wins either way because when Noel wins the game it means he is shooting the ball well, which is the whole purpose of the Sixers taking the time to change his shot to one that has correct form and therefore better results.