The Sixers turned their winning streak up to 11 games last night as they took care of the Brooklyn Nets 121-95. They’ve won nine games by ten or more points, completing dominating their opponents during this stretch.
The last time they won 11 straight was 1990. A lot of things have happened since:
Things that have happened since the Sixers last won 11 in a row:
Eagles have had 22 different starting quarterbacks
Philly has elected 5 mayors
11 of the Sixers' players were born
Brett Brown coached in Australia, coached in the US, went BACK to Australia & BACK to the US again https://t.co/czSM5UV93k
— shamus (@shamus_clancy) April 4, 2018
JJ Redick led the way with 19 points for the Sixers, while Marco Belinelli continues his hot streak with 17 points. Eight Sixers finished the game with double-digit point figures, including Markelle Fultz, who did play with Ben Simmons for a little bit.
They’re back in action tonight in Detroit against the Pistons at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. A win ties them with Cleveland for third in the East. Dario Saric won’t play, but he should be back for Friday’s huge home game against the Cavaliers.
The Sixers also got some help in their push for the playoffs. Even though Cleveland defeated Toronto by six, Indiana lost to the Nuggets by three out west. Their next two games are Golden State and Toronto. Miami won and Washington lost, which means the Heat are now in sixth place. Here’s an updated look at the playoff standings:
6-8 is going to be a dog fight
The Sixers are also making a huge push for Ben Simmons to be voted Rookie of the Year. Simmons, who Julius Erving raved as potentially a “once-in-a-lifetime player”, also has motivation to win it himself and for two of his teammates:
.@BenSimmons25 on what winning ROTY would mean:"It means a lot. I feel like I'd kinda be winning it for Dario, and Joel"
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) April 4, 2018
The Flyers are still making a push toward the playoffs and had the chance to possibly clinch a spot last night. They didn’t. Instead, they made it tougher to make it to the playoffs thanks to a 5-4 loss to the Islanders and the Panthers beating Nashville 2-1.
New York got a big second period to lead 4-1 after 40 minutes of play before Nolan Patrick scored two power play goals and Claude Giroux tied the game with just over seven minutes to go. But Mathew Barzal scored the game-winner 28 seconds later.
Petr Mrazek stopped 32 of 37 shots in another shaky outing for the new goaltender.
With the loss, the magic number is still three points and the team falls to the second wild card spot with New Jersey’s win over the Rangers. Florida is only four points back with three games left.
Both teams play Thursday at home. Philly hosts Carolina, while the Panthers host Boston, who’s really good.
The Phillies returned to action last night but lost to the Mets 2-0. Ben Lively pitched a strong 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits and striking out five. But the Phils’ bats only got three hits all night.
In the sixth, the Phils put a shift on Jay Bruce. J.P. Crawford moved to where Cesar Hernandez would be at second and Bruce hit the ball directly at Crawford. There would have been a chance for a double play, but nobody was standing at second. Bruce got out, but the shift resulted in the only runs of the game.
Both teams play again today at 1:10 PM on Facebook. Aaron Nola will face Noah Syndergaard.
In injury news, Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter are inching their way towards returning to the team.
Check out the latest episode of Crossed Up as well.
The Eagles signed former Lions linebacker Paul Worrilow to a one-year deal. The Delaware graduate was a beast with the Falcons before losing his starting job, and will probably play a key role on special teams.
The quarterback to watch in offseason workouts isn’t Carson Wentz or Nick Foles. It’s Nate Sudfeld:
“He just got better,” coach Doug Pederson said. “I know you didn’t get a chance to watch him in practice, but the things we saw in practice really gave us a lot of confidence as a staff to, if he needed to go in, he could go in and sustain the role. And that’s why this offseason is going to be big for him. Get him caught up in the offense. Feel real comfortable with him. Again having three guys is a blessing, especially this early in the offseason program.”
The Eagles added Sudfeld to their practice squad before Week 1 last season. They promoted him to the active roster on Nov. 1 after the Indianapolis Colts tried to sign him. Sudfeld, who is 6-foot-6 and 227 pounds, developed a close bond with Wentz and Foles. His only playing time came in Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys, when he finished 19 of 23 for 134 yards. Pederson was encouraged by the way Sudfeld played that day, and the Eagles were confident enough in Sudfeld that they didn’t add a quarterback to the roster after Wentz’s December injury.
“We’re all very excited about” Sudfeld, owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “I think you guys know, I attend practice all the time. Nate is very, very impressive.”
As much as Sudfeld learned the offense last season, most of the development for a quarterback in his situation will come during the offseason, because he’ll get more practice reps and he’ll be part of the installation of the offense. Sudfeld wasn’t with the Eagles at this time last year, so Pederson is expecting a jump in development this spring.
Coach Pederson thought the “easy” four-game stretch in the regular season at home prepared his Eagles very well for the remainder of the season:
“There was a stretch in there when we played Arizona, Chicago, San Fran, Denver,” Pederson began. “We beat ‘em pretty good. And you kept hearing comments like, ‘Oh, it’s too easy.’ What do you mean it’s too easy? Nothing’s ever easy, you know? But really, that stretch of games – we had Denver and I think we had our bye, and to score 51 points at that point, you feel like at that point, you’re rolling. You really want to keep it rolling.”
Could the Eagles draft (or sign) Texas punter Michael Dickson, also known as the “Aaron Donald of punting” according to Pro Football Focus?
There are some parallels between the Eagles and the Villanova National Championship team.
Jay Wright has been able to sustain a very successful culture on the Main Line:
“We have a chart with three years out, and then a list under the chart of all the players we’re recruiting,” the Wildcats coach said early Tuesday morning after his team defeated Michigan, 79-62, in the national championship game.
“We have a roster of our team on that chart that we all carry with us and we change it based on our guys’ play. We’ll list the guy – like Jalen (Brunson) as a senior this year so we knew that guy’s going to go (to the NBA). Even if he’s not, even if he might not, we list him where we think he’s going to recruiting for that spot.
“We’re constantly changing it, always got a date at the top. As Mikal (Bridges) starts playing really well this year, all right, he’s gone, you move him up a year. We know we’ve got to fill that spot. So we’re always doing that and evaluating our young people. The young guys, ‘OK, is this guy going to be good enough next year to be a starter?’ We call it roster structuring, talk about it every day.”
Doug Gottlieb had a tasteless tweet and reminded everyone of his legal troubles not so long ago.
In other sports news, the Rams get even stronger by acquiring wide receiver Brandin Cooks from the Patriots for a first-round pick.
Shohei Ohtani hit his first-career MLB home run in his first at-bat at home:
— Angels (@Angels) April 4, 2018
The Astros revealed their World Series rings:
Those details. 😍 pic.twitter.com/418PIXFHyZ
— Houston Astros (@astros) April 3, 2018
Take a bow, Cristiano Ronaldo! 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/x2ubbBo94Y
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) April 3, 2018
This is also insane:
— Merrimack Men's Lacrosse (@MerrimackMLAX) April 3, 2018
The Canelo Alvarez-Gennady Golovkin rematch set for May has been cancelled.
In the news, a trash truck smashed into several parked cars in South Philadelphia. Imagine waking up to that.
A woman shot three people before killing herself at YouTube’s headquarters in California.
After the U.S. put tariffs on Chinese products, China is doing the same with American goods.