With the playoffs quickly approaching, the Sixers find themselves in a unique situation. They’re pretty much a lock to make the postseason.
That means the team won’t be playing against below average squads such as Brooklyn or Atlanta, but top-half teams like Toronto or, in last night’s case, Indiana. If the playoffs began today, the Sixers would face the Pacers in the first round.
The Sixers can’t make many mistakes in the playoffs, and they did just that in a 101-98 loss to Indiana. The team committed 21 turnovers, with the Pacers outscoring the Sixers in points off turnovers 29-12.
Ben Simmonds had his seventh triple-double with 10 points, 10 assists, and 13 rebounds while Joel Embiid put up 29 points and 12 rebounds for his 34th double-double of the season. Robert Covington also notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Dario Saric cooled off a little with 18 points, but is still shooting well above his season average in his past 10 and 15 games.
The Sixers look to get back on track with a back-to-back against New York teams. They’re at MSG to take on the Knicks Thursday night before meeting Brooklyn for the second time in the past week at home on Friday.
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Today marks the beginning of the 2018 NFL season with Free Agency officially kicking in at 4 PM. Monday began the legal tampering period, but things got interesting yesterday for the Eagles.
First, Howie Roseman made some significant cap room by restructuring Lane Johnson’s salary. He’s still making the same amount of money, but his base salary is now $790,000. It looks like Michael Bennett’s contract will be restructured as well:
Source: in advance of his trade to the Eagles, DE Michael Bennett has agreed to a restructured contract. He receives a $1.725M signing bonus, with $4M in 2018 available via incentives. His cap number for 2018 rises (for now) to $7.375 from $5.65M.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 14, 2018
Trey Burton is out, and Haloti Ngata is in (or we think).
Burton was a little disappointed about not getting any contract offer by the Eagles. But he did post this message on his Instagram:
Philly, today is a bittersweet day. Thank you to my wife Yesenia and my children Ariella, Jaxon, and Kaia as well as the rest of my Philly family for their amazing support throughout these last four years. Thank you to my guys in the tight end room, Brent Celek and Zach Ertz for helping me get better as a player and a person everyday. Thank you to my brothers Carson Wentz, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos and Nick Foles. May you continue to spiritually impact the city of Philadelphia on and off the field. I pray that you’ll continue to follow God’s lead in each of your journeys and be all that He has called you to be. Thank you to James Casey and Jordan Matthews. Though our playing time was short together , James you took me under your wing and showed me how to be a professional and Jordan, I grew more in my spiritual life during that first season than ever before. Thank you to Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman for taking a chance and giving me an opportunity when nobody else did. Thank you Doug Pederson and Frank Reich for adopting me. You could have easily moved on from me, but instead you accepted me and gave me a role that helped me develop into the player I am today. Thank you Justin Peelle for the countless hours and commitment you and your family have put forth to making me a better football player and tight end. Thank you to Ted Winsley our team chaplain and pastor Kyle Horner for pouring into me and my family. Thank you for your leadership. I pray that the seeds that were sown in Philadelphia during my time will blossom into something more than we could ever imagine. Thank you to the city of Philadelphia. You’ve embraced me as an undrafted free agent. I will never forget the love and support you’ve shown me. I’ve grown more in my faith during my time here and you’ve accepted me as an athlete and even more as a follower of Jesus. The 2017 season was truly awesome and the entire Super Bowl experience was more than I could have ever dreamed of. There’s not a more deserving fan base than you and I’m so thankful to be a part of your first ever Super Bowl championship. Thank you Philly, it truly was “special” Chicago, I’ll see you soon. LET’S DO THIS!!
The Instagram messages didn’t stop. Beau Allen did the same:
It's crazy to think I got to Philadelphia 4 years ago. Thank you to the entire Eagles organization for giving me a shot. Thank you to the coaches and staff that have helped mold me into the player and person I am today. Huge shout out to the city and the fans! Thank you for embracing me and showing this dude from the Midwest what it means to be from Philly! I put a lot of sweat and blood into the game of football during my time in Philadelphia and was rewarded with a Super Bowl Championship and memories that will last a lifetime. I can't say enough about the teammates and brothers I've shared this experience with, I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world! Philadelphia will always hold a special place in my heart and I will always share a special bond with my brothers that brought the Lombardi to Philly. Excited to see what the future has for me!
Long-time Eagle Brent Celek was released after 11 seasons in Philadelphia. Zach Ertz posted this message:
He received this standing ovation at the Sixers game last night:
Brent Celek at Sixers game tonight after getting released today
Long standing 👏🏻👏🏻from fans
— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) March 13, 2018
Finally, the Eagles will sign linebacker Corey Nelson, formerly of Denver.
In Spring Training, the Phillies defeated the Rays 6-3 thanks to a 3-run walkoff home run by Jesmuel Valentin. Tom Eshelman gave up two hits in 4 2/3 innings pitched.
The Phils take on Atlanta today at 1:05 PM. Ben Lively will start.
Once atop the Metropolitan division (even if it was for a day), the Flyers are now in survival mode for a playoff spot. They play Columbus tomorrow night at 7 PM, who are two points back of the Flyers. New Jersey is one point behind the Blue Jackets.
In other sports news, there were plenty of reported free agent agreements in the NFL:
- Drew Brees re-signed with New Orleans for two years worth $50 million
- Kirk Cousins signed with Minnesota for three years worth $84 million (fully guaranteed)
- Sam Bradford signed with Arizona for one year worth $20 million with a team option for 2019 (lol)
- Jimmy Graham signed with Green Bay for three years, and Muhammad Wilkerson also signed with Green Bay for one year worth $5 million
- Allen Robinson signed with Chicago for three years worth $42 million, and Taylor Gabriel signed for four years
- Case Keenum will sign with Denver
- Malcolm Butler signed with Tennessee for five years worth $61 million, and Dion Lewis signed for four years worth $2o million
- Trumaine Johnson and Teddy Bridgewater signed with the Jets on one-year deals, and Isaiah Crowell signed a three-year deal
- Bashaud Breeland signed with Carolina for three years worth $24 million
- Carlos Hyde signed with Cleveland for three years worth more than $15 million, and Darren Fells will sign for three years worth $12 million
- Paul Richardson signed with Washington for five years worth $40 million
- Danny Amendola signed with Miami for two years worth $12 million
These should all become official today at 4 PM.
Jordy Nelson was cut by Green Bay. He already has interest:
Amid frenzy, Raiders been measured these past two days. Some action on Wednesday: former Packers WR Jordy Nelson is visiting team, source said.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 14, 2018
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 14, 2018
Ole Miss will hire Middle Tennessee’s Kermit Davis as their new basketball head coach.
In the news, a special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District for the House of Representatives is too close to call.
Clearview Regional has cancelled classes due to a threat.
Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking died at the age of 76.