I still can’t believe last night happened. Markelle Fultz played, YES PLAYED, last night.
And he looked pretty good doing so. Like he was the first player to record at least 10 points and eight assists in 15 minutes or less good. It was the first time that happened since…yep, Danny freaking Ainge.
.@MarkelleF records 10 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes versus Denver. #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/dn4HBAiU7Z
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 27, 2018
LOOK AT THIS JUMPER! THE HESI PULL-UP JIMBO!
HESI. PULL-UP. JIMBO. pic.twitter.com/Pz7OxNHqlw
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 27, 2018
When asked about his “shoulder injury”, Fultz stayed silent on those questions.
Fultz isn't answering a single question about his shoulder. Just silence.
— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) March 27, 2018
But he was happy about the crowd reacting to him playing. He thought they were cheering for Nick Foles.
As for the rest of the game, it wasn’t a good start. The Sixers didn’t have a lead until early in the third quarter and were down as much as 10 before gaining a ton of momentum en route to a 123-104 win. It was their seventh straight win.
Joel Embiid had 20 points and 13 rebounds, and Dario Saric also added 20 (plus a fun jump). JJ Redick added 19, Robert Covington scored 18, and Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli each had 11 points. Ben Simmons had a near triple-double with seven points, 11 assists, and 13 rebounds.
They host the Knicks tomorrow night at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
It was another night that the Process trusters, myself included, were right.
FULTZ SKOL CHANT pic.twitter.com/NcGcvejt4E
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) March 27, 2018
There’s still time to sign up to get Rob Perez’s Sixers’ apology letter.
Michael Bennett surrendered to police in Houston yesterday and posted his $10,000 bond. He learned of his warrant while in his home in Hawaii and can travel back and forth while out on bond.
Bennett’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, delivered a strong denial to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro:
“He just didn’t do it,” Bennett’s attorney Rusty Hardin said by phone to NBC Sports Philadelphia on Monday evening.
“I strongly feel that way and not just because it’s totally inconsistent with his whole history and not just because he says he didn’t. I’ve talked to other witnesses. We’ve talked to other witnesses who also didn’t see anything.”
Howie Roseman spoke about the Bennett situation yesterday at the NFL owners meeting. He also spoke about other football-related moves, including Nick Foles and his availability and wanting more draft picks.
Head coach Doug Pederson spoke with the media earlier this morning. He wants Darren Sproles back.
Carson Wentz is also ahead of schedule on his rehab.
Mack Hollins went to the Sixers game yesterday and did his backpack dance:
Undefeated…Neva Lost! pic.twitter.com/PhKuARumrN
— Mack Hollins (@mackhollins) March 27, 2018
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum in Milwaukee has created a set of 40 Super Bowl bobbleheads. And with so many orders placed, it looks like more are on the way.
In Spring Training, the Phillies defeated the Pirates 6-3. Scott Kingery hit a homer and a double in the win. They’ll play the Pirates again in their Spring Training finale in Clearwater today at 1:05 PM. Looks like Jake Arrieta will take the mound today.
Speaking of Kingery, the Phils held a press conference to discuss his new contract and promotion to the big club. He’s had a nice couple of days.
Zach Eflin was sent down to Lehigh Valley in an important bullpen move before the regular season begins. But Tommy Hunter was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring strain.
The team’s Opening Day roster appears to be set.
Thursday also begins the Phillies’ radio experiment of three different Kevins in the booth with Scott Franzke for road games:
“It’s kind of a good way to deal with the situation without Larry totally stepping away to figure out and give us options long-term,” Phillies executive vice president David Buck said. “We’re not going to keep it as three guys doing half the games forever — that’s for sure. You can say it’s an extended trial for all three of them.”
Despite the rotating cast, one constant in the booth will continue to be Franzke, who has handled the full-time play-by-play duties since 2008. Franzke has worked with all three men during spring training, and that has allowed him to build a rapport with the new color analysts, who all bring different strengths, weaknesses and opinions into the booth.
“While it will be a different voice, you’re going to have three games in a row or six games in a row with the same voice. And so you get into the feel of it. You get to know how the rhythm of the team is working out,” Buck said. “Scott’s the key to this, and it’s harder on him than anybody to work with the different analysts.”
The Flyers look to give Dallas their ninth straight loss tonight as they take on the Stars at 8 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Captain Claude Giroux is the team’s nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy.
Vegas really really loves Villanova. So does Alexa:
Jay Wright is a classy guy.
My dad is Villanova Class of ‘54 and HUGE Wildcats hoops fan.
He passed away 3 weeks ago.
We were blown away when flowers arrived at the funeral with this card.
So hard for this Temple guy NOT to root for @VUCoachJWright & @NovaMBB pic.twitter.com/NxDS0WvGZR
— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) March 25, 2018
He can also celebrate.
— Jay Wright (@VUCoachJWright) March 26, 2018
In other sports news, Ndamukong Suh is the newest member of the Los Angeles Rams. He agreed to a one-year, $14 million contract.
Odell Beckham might not be on the Giants next season.
The NFL Competition Committee explained the new catch rules.
William Strampel, Larry Nassar’s former boss, was arrested.
The Vegas Golden Knights are the first NHL expansion team since 1979-80 to clinch a playoff berth.
Virginia Tech’s women’s lacrosse team were caught using a racial slur while celebrating a win on Saturday. The team has apologized for the video.
In the news, the man who flipped a car after the Eagles won the Super Bowl won’t get jail time.
Stormy Daniels has sued Donald Trump’s lawyer for defamation.
Wendy’s dropped a hip-hop mixtape. I haven’t listened to it but I might. I have some low expectations.
I drank a ton of water yesterday. My girth is out of control today.
“It was another night that the Process trusters, myself included, were right.”
You know when you keep telling people you are right, you really are just pushing an agenda. When they win a championship, you will be right. Until then, you are just claiming victory now, in case the real victory never comes. In truth, this team could have been a middle of the road playoff team without tanking. They tanked to “win 55+ games year after year” (Hinkie quote) so they can compete for championships.
Even Hinkie isn’t claiming victory yet.
What you guys are really saying is “we have a chance to be right”, so let’s claim it now. If we say we won, we can’t lose.
RE: Lowered Expectations
You are 100% spot on, GREAT post. What is “right” about making the playoffs? And why are some so proud of “tanking “for 4 years? It didn’t take an MIT grad to figure out the more top 3 picks you get, you have a better chance to get great players. Same with the trading of assets for draft picks.
Tomorrow starts the Shander era. Cuz was fired today. Shander taking over, as it should be.
CW CW CW!!!
Anyone have a gif of that incredibly awkward Saric celebration after he scored in the 3rd? It was hysterical and as white-boy as it gets.
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