What a night for JoJo.
The big-man posted one of the best games of his career with 41 points, 24 of them coming in the first half, along with 13 rebounds to help the Sixers beat the Clippers 122-113.
The Sixers were dominating the Clippers early on, leading by as much as 22 in the second quarter. But they saw that lead evaporate as the Clippers fought back in the third quarter to take a four-point lead.
Enter Markelle Fultz.
Fultz finished the night with 12 points, nine rebounds, and five assists but changed momentum when he subbed in late in the third quarter. It’s exactly what the team needs if they want to move forward as a legit contender in the Eastern Conference. They also might need Ben Simmons to take some more jumpers, which he did last night:
Brett Brown said he wished Simmons would use jump shot more, but is not discouraged. Said will wait till he’s comfortable using it in a game.
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) November 1, 2018
Also a good note, Wilson Chandler might be coming back soon. That’ll help the bench.
The Sixers have another back-to-back this weekend. They’ll host Detroit on Saturday afternoon at 1 PM, followed by a quick trip to Brooklyn to take on the Nets Sunday night at 6 PM.
Meanwhile, Kevin has more on the Sixers not picking up Furkan Korkmaz’s rookie option and what that means for the Bryan Colangelo drafts.
The Flyers are going streaking! They continued their winning ways out west with a 5-2 win over the LA Kings last night.
Oskar Lindblom scored the eventual game-winner in the second period in the middle of the second period. Ivan Provorov, Wayne Simmonds, Claude Giroux, and Robert Hagg all scored in the win. Brian Elliott stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced.
Their west coast trip continues Saturday night when they take on the San Jose Sharks at 10:30 PM.
Meanwhile, could the Flyers land Maple Leafs forward William Nylander? There’s a chance, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The interesting thing about this is they haven’t been a team that’s been mentioned a lot with Nylander, but they could do it. They have pieces that I think Toronto could like. We’ve mentioned Los Angeles, we’ve mentioned Minnesota, Carolina definitely — they’re all over the place there — but I really do believe that a stealth team that has what Toronto would want would be the Flyers.
That’d be a nice addition to the forwards group.
Guess who Hue Jackson wanted when he was coaching the Browns? Yep, Carson Wentz.
Did you want Carson Wentz at No. 2 in 2016?
“Oh my gosh, yes. Did I like Carson Wentz? Hell yes. He did something that no other quarterback did. I give them three minutes to memorize the book and put on the (white) board. He put it all on the board in two minutes and 48 seconds. I’ve never had a guy do that ever in my coaching career.
“But the plan was never to take a quarterback that year. It was all about trading back to get picks. If you’re doing that you’ve got to pick the right players.”
Meanwhile, the Super Bowl baby boom has hit.
Phillies GM Matt Klentak talked about the team’s free agency plans on the WIP Midday Show.
Temple put up a great fight against UCF last night, but fell to the Golden Knights 52-40.
Here’s everything you need to know about sports betting coming to Pennsylvania.
After the Union’s exit from the MLS Cup, it’s time for them to act like they’re a major market soccer team, which they’ve never done.
Marc Farzetta has been named PA announcer for the Philadelphia Wings. Most of you know their home opener is December 15, but a lot of you don’t know that there’s a pending lockout with the National Lacrosse League and their players due to CBA negotiations:
— PLPA (@PLPAlax) October 29, 2018
The players remain united in their quest for a fair CBA.
Dialogue in proposal exchanges are continuing. The players have pledged to not attend training camps until they are satisfied a fair memorandum of understanding is reached and ratified by the players. #PLPA #WeMakeTheGame
— PLPA (@PLPAlax) November 1, 2018
The season starts December 1.
In other sports news, Nick Mullens and the 49ers crushed the Raiders.
Dumb Red Sox fans hit the World Series trophy with beer cans and damaged it.
Bryson DeChambeau is going to leave the flagstick in when putting next year.
In the news, someone tried to steal a construction vehicle in Center City.
The US economy added 250,000 jobs in October.