41 is the new 14, in terms of wins. This feels wonderful.
A day after the Sixers crushed the Grizzlies at home, they did the same to the Magic, but in Orlando, with a 118-98 result. And like the previous night, it got so bad, the starters only played three quarters, as the Sixers led by as much as 35 points in the third quarter. And the guys had fun with Molly again:
I love this team pic.twitter.com/Bd9J0BV83b
— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) March 23, 2018
Ersan Ilyasova led the team with 18 points, while Joel Embiid added 17. He definitely was not tired from playing the first night of a back-to-back. Robert Covington and Marco Belinelli each had 15 points for the second straight night. Ben Simmons had 10 assists and 11 rebounds with six points.
“The Process” also has a new nickname – Embiid Curry:
Embiid just went Steph Curry and ran off the tv screen before the ball got to the rim lol pic.twitter.com/tEERmciAka
— Ballbonic Plague™ (@World_Wide_Wob) March 23, 2018
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) March 23, 2018
He’s referencing Rob Perez’s bet that the Sixers wouldn’t win 43 games. They’re two games away and I can’t wait.
If the 76ers win 43 games I will eat my bet ticket on air and mail a 500-word apology to every Sixers fan who asks for one https://t.co/9vK00iYLB3
— Ballbonic Plague™ (@World_Wide_Wob) August 29, 2017
Speaking of bets, Colin Cowherd paid up yesterday by wearing a Joel Embiid jersey:
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 22, 2018
But the biggest takeaway from the game is obviously the return of the second Furkan, Furkan Korkmaz. The rookie from Turkey played the entire fourth quarter and scored three points and added one assist in his first game since suffering a Lisfranc injury back in December.
The Sixers can assume two things with a win on Saturday at home against the Timberwolves. Michael Rubin will probably be at the game. They can assure themselves of an above .500 record for the first time since 2004-05. They can also clinch the playoffs, thanks to the Pistons losing to the Rockets in overtime. And if the Sixers don’t win, a Detroit loss clinches a playoff berth as well.
Tonight, Indiana hosts the Clippers and the Wizards host the Nuggets. The Pacers will also host the Heat on Sunday, while the Wizards host the Knicks that same night.
The Flyers are also making a push for the playoffs, and they got a big win at home last night after beating the Rangers 4-3.
Travis Konecny had two goals to lead the team, while Jake Voracek added a tally of his own. Oskar Lindblom’s goal eight seconds into the third period proved to be the game-winner:
NOLAN PATRICK ➡️OSKAR LINDBLOM ➡️ 4-2 FLYERS pic.twitter.com/RvAXX9gnXs
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) March 23, 2018
Alex Lyon got the start in net and stopped 33 of 36 shots. It was a much-needed performance from any goalie, whether it was him or Petr Mrazek.
With the win, the Flyers have a six point advantage on the Devils for the first wild card spot. They’re also one point behind both Columbus and Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan standings.
Speaking of Pennsylvania’s second-best city, they play the Penguins in Pittsburgh Sunday at 12:30 PM on NBC.
The Penguins and Devils play each other tonight. Saturday, the Devils host Tampa Bay and the Blue Jackets host the Blues.
The Eagles got a veteran wide receiver to replace Torrey Smith and help ease Mack Hollins into a starting role in former Raven Mike Wallace. He signed a one-year deal with $2.5 million. Smith is getting paid $5 million. Howie Roseman’s a freaking genius. He’s going to be another deep ball threat.
It appears Chris Long will stay with the Eagles, per the big J journos of Pardon My Take. He was a guest on the Friday episode of the podcast, but didn’t really say anything on the decision to return to the Eagles. Instead, Big Cat, PFT, and producer Henry Lockwood reminded him multiple times of 16 seed UMBC upsetting top overall seed Virginia, where Long went to college. At least UVA has a better lacrosse team than UMBC!
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks had surgery on his ankle in Green Bay yesterday. According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, it’s described as a clean-up and it shouldn’t impact his trade value at all.
The third Eagles-only mock draft from PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski.
In Spring Training, the Phillies lost to the Tigers 6-2. You probably won’t care about the outcome of the game because Jake Arrieta made his debut for the Phils. It produced mixed results, as expected, but he went two innings and gave up two runs on three hits while striking out two batters.
“I don’t think it’s completely out of the question,” Arrieta said about the first week. “It might not be very likely. But it could happen. [Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] and [manager Gabe Kapler] have just continued to reiterate that longevity is obviously most important vs. trying to jump out there a little premature.
“Do I think I could handle going out there? Of course. But, again, is it the smartest thing to do? Maybe not. I’m on board with what these guys intend to do. I know they have my health and the team’s success over the long haul in mind. That’s the most important thing moving forward. We’ll probably have a better understanding of where we’re going to go in three or four days.”
We learned three of the Phillies’ April games won’t be on TV. One will be on NBC Sports Philadelphia’s website due to the Flyers and Sixers playing on the same night, while two others will be streamed exclusively on Facebook.
Today, Aaron Nola will take the mound to face the Pirates at 1:05 PM. The Phils also play the Tigers and Orioles in the final weekend of Spring Training baseball.
Villanova gets set to take on West Virginia tonight at 7:27 PM in Boston on TBS. A win would send them to the Elite 8 to play the winner of the Texas Tech-Purdue game.
There’s some interesting facts to read before watching tonight’s game.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2018
They’ll take on Kansas State, who upset Kentucky 61-58:
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2018
One night after Dwight Howard had a 30-30 game against the Nets, Kemba Walker put up 46 points, 35 of them coming in the first half:
— NBA (@NBA) March 23, 2018
Also in that same game, a day after getting dominated by the Sixers, the Grizzlies got pummeled some more by the Hornets, losing by 61 points. Maybe they shouldn’t have fired David Fizdale?
Terrelle Pryor signed a deal with the New York Jets. Remember when he was kind of good?
Jason Pierre-Paul got traded to the Buccaneers. This is also hilarious to believe:
Convince me the #Bucs don’t currently own the best pass rush in the NFL. Vinny Curry, JPP on the edge. Gerald McCoy up the middle. 17.5 sacks between them, 8.5 belonging to Pierre-Paul. Until Suh signs with the #LARams…..
— Courtney Fallon (@CourtneyFallon_) March 22, 2018
It’s going to suck to be a Minor League baseball player.
Eddie Olczyk is officially cancer free!
Another amazing thing happened tonight in Chicago sports. @NHLBlackhawks, @WGNTV, and NHL Analyst Eddie Olczyk announced on the broadcast tonight that he is cancer free. What wonderful news for the beloved broadcaster. @WGNNews pic.twitter.com/oI7FUpgFG0
— Larry Hawley (@HawleySports) March 23, 2018
Frankie Edgar has been added to UFC’s Atlantic City fight card next month. He’ll take on Cub Swanson.
In the news, no foul play was found in the death of a St. Joe’s student in Bermuda.
H.R. McMaster is out as national security adviser. John Bolton is in.