In the end, we’re not panicking anymore. They kind of made adjustments (putting Simmons and T.J. McConnell together) and Simmons played better in Game 3.
But the team made some crucial mistakes down the stretch and lost the game in overtime.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 22 points and 19 rebounds while JJ Redick scored 18 points but committed three turnovers. Ben Simmons had 16 points, 15 more than his Game 2 total, along with eight rebounds and eight assists. He also had a team-high four turnovers.
Elsewhere, the Sixers may lose assistant coach Lloyd Pierce to the Hawks.
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We saw the best of both worlds from the Phillies this weekend. After losing 7-3 to the Nationals on Friday, Rhys Hoskins woke up from a long slumber with a two-run home run to lift the Phils to a 3-1 win on Saturday.
And then yesterday’s game. It looked like the Phillies would lose in part due to Max Scherzer’s 15 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. But he threw 111 pitches in that span and the Nats went to the bullpen, allowing the Phils to take advantage with a three-run seventh inning, adding another in the eighth, bringing a 4-1 lead to the bottom of the eighth.
But the bullpen fell apart in the bottom half of the inning before Hector Neris blew his second save of the season en route to a 5-4 crushing loss. A win could’ve given the Phillies a tie for first in the NL East. So that’s grand!
They’re back tonight at home as they host the Giants at 7:05 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. Zach Eflin will take the mound.
New tight end Dallas Goedert reminds Jimmy Kempski of Greg Olsen:
When Olsen was a rookie in 2007, tight ends with potential to make an impact in the passing game weren’t as common as they are today. As such, a player like Goedert lasted until the 49th pick, when he would have been more of a rare commodity 10-plus years ago.
This may sound lofty, but the expectation here is that Goedert will have a more productive career than Olsen when it’s all said and done. For his career, Olsen averaged a stat line of 58-687-5 per season. I believe that Goedert has the hands, athleticism, YAC ability, and route running skills to become a Greg Olsen-like receiver, with a higher ceiling.
What are some early position battles that could develop in training camp?
I’m all for Merrill Reese giving the command for NASCAR drivers to start their engines:
Merrill Reese giving the command for drivers to start their engines is everything a person could have hoped for pic.twitter.com/HgeRQ8XEnb
— Matthew Mayer (@MatthewMayerCBS) May 6, 2018
Nolan Patrick is ready for a full summer of offseason training:
“I’m just excited to be able to move,” Patrick said. “I couldn’t even run last summer. I only had about a month last summer to train, so I’m really excited to take a couple weeks off and then get after it. It’s going to be some tough work but I’m excited for it.”
Aside from moving and getting stronger, Patrick wants to focus on his shot this offseason while working with his skills coach. Last summer, so much was just about getting on the ice and being prepared enough for training camp.
Once Patrick started gaining back his mobility post surgery and following a nine-game absence because of a concussion, the big-bodied center turned it on, solidifying his role as the team’s second-line center and joining the first-unit power play.
The Flyers signed Czech forward David Kase to an entry-level contract. He’ll probably play with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms next year.
Speaking of the Phantoms, they’re tied in their playoff series with the Charlotte Checkers at one game each.
The Union were shutout by Toronto FC 3-0 Friday night. They’ll play Columbus Wednesday night.
Check out a new episode of Crossing Broad FC, including Champions League semifinal recaps.
The Villanova men and Penn women will be a part of the NCAA Division I lacrosse championships. The Wildcats were pretty excited to hear their name read during last night’s selection show as the last team in:
— Villanova Men's Lax (@NovaLacrosse) May 7, 2018
In other sports news, here’s a quick look at the NBA and Stanley Cup playoffs:
Justify won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday.
In the news, the search for a person who killed a 21-year-old Temple student is on.
The volcano eruption in Hawaii is forcing many people on the island to evacuate.
Meek Mill was the focus of last night’s episode of Dateline on NBC.