You can’t win them all. And that was put on display last night inside the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers suffered their first loss in 17 games with a 113-103 defeat to the Miami Heat. Erik Spoelstra’s defensive adjustments for this game proved to be the difference maker, as the Heat came out aggressive against the Sixers offense.
Philly also struggled mightily from the three-point line, going 7-for-36 from deep. Even a four-point line wouldn’t have helped. Dario Saric made three of those deep balls, while Marco Belinelli made two 3s and Robert Covington and JJ Redick made one each. Covington continued his struggles against Miami, scoring seven points with a +/- of -12.
Ben Simmons had a near triple-double again with 24 points, eight assists, and nine rebounds, which was the only bright spot of this game.
Six Heat players scored in double digits, including Dwyane Wade, who had a game-high 28 points in under 26 minutes. It was a vintage performance from the 36-year-old.
The Sixers have a couple of days to regroup and figure out a way to come out swinging in Miami for Game 3 on Thursday. They might have Joel Embiid back, and he had some words to say on his Instagram story last night. Or maybe not:
Joel Embiid to ESPN on the frustration behind his IG post from earlier, “I promised the city the playoffs and I’m not on the court and I may not be on Thursday either. I wish more than anything that I was out there. I just want the green light to play.”
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) April 17, 2018
Prior to the game, the Sixers and the basketball community mourned the loss of Hal Greer, who passed away at the age of 81. Charles Barkley and Brett Brown remembered Greer:
"It was an honor and a privilege to get to know Mr. Greer."
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) April 17, 2018
"He was a graceful man. He was class."
Coach reflects on Hal Greer's legacy. pic.twitter.com/S65Gojcv6p
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) April 16, 2018
The Sixers will wear a black band with Greer’s #15 for the rest of the playoffs.
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The Phillies’ six-game winning streak ended at the hands of the Atlanta Braves, as they fell 2-1. The game was centered around Odubel Herrera. He batted in the Phils’ only run of the game in the first inning on his first homer of the season.
But bad Odubel also showed up. In the third inning, Herrera had a double in his hands, except he didn’t slide into second and was called out. Instead of having two runners in scoring position with one out, the Phils had one runner at third with two outs. No run was scored.
Then, an inning later, Herrera failed to communicate with Aaron Altherr on a fly ball. Altherr came all the way from right field to make the catch, but a run managed to score. That proved to be the eventual game-winner. After the game, manager Gabe Kapler talked to him and he apologized to the media:
“It’s something I have to learn from,” he said, referring to the whole night.
Well let’s hope he learns from it.
Similar to the Sixers, the Phils hope to start a new winning streak tonight against the Braves at 7:35 PM on NBC Sports Retirement. Nick Pivetta looks to continue his very good season.
After the team’s 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 3, it’s another period of time for the Flyers to make adjustments in hopes of tying the series once again. They have until tomorrow to do so. Head coach Dave Hakstol might make some line changes and swap some players from the lineup:
“We always take a close look at it and try to consider whether it’s a tweak in combinations, whether it’s potentially a change in personnel,” he said. “I think that all has to be on the table on a daily basis during the playoffs. That doesn’t mean there will be [changes], but I can tell you we are looking close at everything.”
Among his options: playing winger Jordan Weal for the first time in the series, and flip-flopping third-line winger Travis Konecny and first-line winger Michael Raffl. He could also play defenseman Robert Hagg.
Hakstol said he was looking at “how we can get a little more out of our team and be a little bit better in our five-on-five play.”
He should play Robert Hagg. It’s still befuddling to not know why he’s not on the ice after a very good rookie campaign. And he’s not in over Brandon Manning? Crazy.
One player that needs to get something going is Wayne Simmonds.
OTAs have begun:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 16, 2018
We know more about Daryl Worley and what he was charged with after getting cut by the Birds on Sunday:
Former Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley has been charged with six offenses including driving under the influence, possession of an instrument of crime and resisting arrest following an alleged incident near the team’s training facilities early Sunday morning, court records show.
The Eagles released Worley on Sunday evening after review of the information and a discussion among the key decision makers.
Records show that Worley posted a portion of his $25,000 bail and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for May 1.
One charge might be a felony. Meanwhile, Worley’s attorney is looking for a way to his client to continue his NFL career:
Daryl Worley's attorney, Fortunato Perri Jr., told Inquirer-Daily News reporter Chris Palmer that he is "still reviewing the circumstances" of Worley's arrest, and "we're hopeful that we can resolve this matter so he can resume his career in the NFL."
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) April 16, 2018
Kevin explained the difference between the Worley and Michael Bennett situations.
Taking a look at possible defensive tackles in the NFL Draft.
Jason Kelce got married over the weekend:
— Brandon Brooks (@bbrooks_79) April 14, 2018
In other sports news, a big second half gave Golden State a 116-101 win over the Spurs and a 2-0 series lead.
In the Stanley Cup playoffs, Toronto, New Jersey, and Colorado earned their first wins of their respective series in Game 3s. San Jose put up eight goals against Anaheim to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Was Dak Prescott a big reason why Dez Bryant got cut from the Cowboys?
In the news, prosecutors support a new trial for Meek Mill.
Michael Cohen’s third and unnamed client: Sean Hannity of Fox News.
The Philly Starbucks manager is no longer with the company.
Kendrick Lamar was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his album “Damn.”