The Sixers are playoff bound:
Playing against a potential playoff team in Minnesota, the Sixers came out of the gate running and dominated the Timberwolves, save for a late rally with the bench almost blowing it, for a 120-108 win. Even though the team’s magic number was one, a tiebreaker did not allow the Sixers to clinch on Saturday night. Indiana’s win over Miami last night officially clinched it but who the hell cares. Let’s just say our win did it.
Ben Simmons, who should be the Rookie of the Year, had his 10th triple-double of the season with 15 points, 13 assists, and 12 rebounds. CAN DONOVAN MITCHELL DO THIS?!
This Ben Simmons pass is Magic-like 👀 pic.twitter.com/NKvv8Mvr0Z
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 24, 2018
Ben Simmons is currently averaging 16 points, 7.9 rebounds, 8 assists per game on 53.8 percent shooting.
Players to do that in a single season in NBA history:
LeBron James (2x, including this year)
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 25, 2018
Didn’t think so.
Joel Embiid had 19, Dario Saric added 18, Marco Belinelli scored 17 off the bench, and Robert Covington netted 11.
With the playoffs already clinched, their next goal is getting the highest seed as possible. The standings with 10 games left in the season:
Everybody but Washington and Miami won yesterday. The Sixers are within striking distance of the Cavaliers, but need to continue to fend off the Pacers. Luckily, they have two games in hand on Indiana and an easier schedule.
We also got a Markelle Fultz update from head coach Brett Brown:
“When Markelle Fultz feels like he can go, he really feels good about himself and his health, the shoulder, everything, and the medical people support that…He knows he’s got a coaching staff and a team that will welcome him in when he says go.”
The Sixers host Denver tonight at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Indiana’s next game is Tuesday night out west against the Steph Curry-less Golden State Warriors.
Get hyped for the playoffs!
— x – Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 26, 2018
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For the second time in three years, Villanova is headed to the Final Four. They took down West Virginia Friday night in a Crossing Broad Editor Wars battle, followed by a win over Texas Tech yesterday in the Elite 8.
They’ll play Kansas, who defeated Duke in overtime, in the late semifinal game at 8:49ish Saturday on TBS. Would have been nice to end Grayson Allen’s career, but hey at least he’s done now!
Elsewhere in Philly college hoops, La Salle and coach Dr. John Giannini have parted ways after 14 seasons. Are Temple and Fran Dunphy next?
This is a great way to start your run as an Eagle: Michael Bennett has been issued a warrant for his arrest over an incident at Super Bowl LI in Houston last year. According to one of his attorneys, Rusty Hardin, he plans to surrender to police when he returns to the continental United States.
Houston police held a press conference, and Kevin jotted down a summary of what police said. Notably, there’s no video that exists (as of now) and another officer saw it. Except his sister has some video:
This video doesn’t show the alleged felony committed by Michael Bennett but it does show his sister, Ashley Bennett, *did* record herself and her brother running onto the field after the 2017 Super Bowl. https://t.co/UKyUTNiAZa pic.twitter.com/ZOPfYDzD03
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 24, 2018
The alleged incident is not included. It’s unknown whether she has it and just edited it or just wasn’t recording when it happened, if it even did. Still a weird situation.
Anyway, Doug Pederson said the team never got a good offer for Nick Foles. But on the Wentz front:
“He’s doing really well. He’s ahead of schedule.”
Could Mike Wallace be an upgrade over Torrey Smith?
Malcolm Jenkins had surgery on his left thumb, but he should be fine:
Eagles S Malcolm Jenkins, co-founder of the Players Coalition, on a panel regarding post-incarceration problems/solutions at Harvard Law School. He is wearing a brace on his left thumb from a procedure he said was “offseason maintenance.” Told me he would be fine for the season pic.twitter.com/s9mg8EZPsd
— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) March 23, 2018
After edging the Rangers on Thursday, the Flyers fell in overtime to the Penguins 5-4 in Pittsburgh. Travis Sanheim and Brandon Manning, two bottom pair defensemen, got things going for the Flyers. You’d think when that happens it’s going to be a good game right? No, because it’s also the Flyers.
Down one in the second, the Penguins got two goals 2:37 into the period to take a 3-2 lead and chase starter Alex Lyon. Jordan Weal tied it later, before Sidney Crosby scored 17 seconds into the third. Sean Couturier tied things late in regulation to assure the Flyers got a point, but Bryan Rust scored the game-winner to give Pittsburgh the additional point.
The Flyers continue their three game road trip out west to take on Dallas tomorrow night. The point ties them with Columbus for the third Metropolitan spot, but the Blue Jackets own a tiebreaker as of now. New Jersey is three points back, and Florida is three points behind the Devils.
Scott Kingery made the Phillies’ Opening Day roster. He also got a six-year, $24 million deal with the Phils and club options for 2024, 2025, and 2026. Let’s get that Wild Card!
The Phillies wrap up Spring Training with two games against Pittsburgh. The first one is today on the road, before the Phils host the Pirates Tuesday afternoon in Clearwater.
Odell Beckham won’t play for any team until he has a new contract.
Marshall Harris is reportedly out at NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop is entering the NBA Draft.
In the news, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum thinks kids should take CPR classes and not worry about gun control legislation.
Stormy Daniels spoke about the Donald Trump affair on 60 Minutes.
Remington has filed for bankruptcy.