Is there anything to discuss about a team that beat a pretty bad one by 17 last night? Not really.
The Sixers took care of the Wizards at home 132-115 thanks in large part to a huge night for Landry Shamet. With no JJ Redick, Shamet came off the bench and drained a rookie franchise-record eight 3-pointers for a career-high 29 points in the win.
Jimmy Butler returned to the lineup and scored 20 points. Joel Embiid had another double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons scored 17 and Redick’s replacement, Furkan Korkmaz, put up 16 points.
The other storyline, if you want to call it that, were the two two-way guys playing for the Blue Coats and the 76ers in the same day. Shake Milton and Haywood “Don’t call me Steve” Highsmith, who the Sixers just signed to replace Demetrius Jackson, got plenty of time to play basketball inside the Wells Fargo Center and got two wins.
Off the court, the team hired Annelie Schmittel as their VP of Player Development. She could be the Markelle Fultz whisperer.
The Sixers play the Wizards again tonight, this time in D.C. Tip-off is at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Meanwhile in D.C., the Flyers continued to suck. Using their seventh different goalie this season in Mike McKenna, the team extended their losing streak to eight games with a 5-3 loss to the Capitals. They are a dumpster fire of a squad. The goalie mark tied the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques for most starting goalies in a season. Yay.
Are players thinking about other things outside the game?
Before Tuesday’s game in Washington, interim head coach Scott Gordon indicated some players appeared to be thinking about issues not related to the game itself or the job in hand.
“There’s a lot of things going on in a lot of heads,” Gordon said. “Sometimes it’s their own personal successes and failures. Sometimes it can be contracts, sometimes it can be who you are playing on any given night.”
Afterward, Sean Couturier was asked about Gordon’s quote and while Couturier didn’t agree with the coach’s assessment, he didn’t dismiss the idea either.
“I don’t know. I can’t really talk for other guys,” Couturier said. “I don’t know if it is, or if it’s not. It seems every night we have some guys off or we don’t have everyone going at the same time. We need to start looking at ourselves in the mirror. Maybe some guys are thinking about it. I don’t know.”
Their next game is Thursday at home against the Stars.
The Eagles continue to get ready for Sunday afternoon’s NFC Divisional Round matchup in New Orleans against the Saints.
If the Eagles want to keep up their success, they need to have another solid game defending third down.
Skip Bayless thinks the Eagles should trade Carson Wentz.
The Birds also signed CFL LB Alex Singleton to a reserve/future contract. He’s a former Defensive Player of the Year.
In college hoops, Villanova took down 24th ranked St. John’s 76-71 inside the Finneran Pavilion. Nova used a 14-4 run to get the win, with Phil Booth scoring 15 of his 23 points in the second half.
In other sports news, Kliff Kingsbury will be the next head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Bruce Arians will be the new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with Todd Bowles as his defensive coordinator. Also inside the NFC South, Dirk Koetter will be Atlanta’s new offensive coordinator.
Nerlens Noel took a hard fall in Oklahoma City and was stretchered off the court.
The College Football Playoff National Championship halftime show was trash.
In the news, President Trump delivered a prime time address to argue for his border wall. The Democrats later responded. All I saw from last night were memes of it.
Rod Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department as soon as next month.