The new look Sixers look fun. And ready to win now.
They took both of their nationally televised games this weekend against Western Conference foes at the Wells Fargo Center. The first came against the Nuggets in a 117-110 win. JJ Redick had a season-high 34 points and the Sixers started to gel early, especially with two big plays late.
Then came LeBron and the Lakers on Sunday, after these comments from Magic Johnson:
Speaking pre-game in Philly, Magic Johnson reveals that Ben Simmons wants to sit down with him this summer to trade some "big guard" secrets if the Sixers, Lakers and the league office all sign off
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 10, 2019
As for the game, it was a blowout with the Sixers crushing the Lakers 143-120. Joel Embiid had a monster 37 points and 14 rebounds, Tobias Harris put up 22 points, JJ Redick had 21, and Jimmy Butler scored 15. All but Ben Simmons (eight points) scored in double-digit figures. So much for teams struggling to cover after big trades.
Up next is a Tuesday night home matchup against the Celtics, who aren’t looking so good. But Boston has always been this team’s kryptonite.
Along with Kendall Jenner talking about Ben Simmons and Michael Wilbon not knowing the timeline of The Process, the Markelle Fultz saga ended in Philly. But the stories are starting to come out. Did his mom pull him out of the Sixers? Who knows, but he’s not with us anymore.
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Speaking of players who aren’t with us anymore, add Dale Weise and Christian Folin to that list. The Flyers traded both of them to Montreal for defenseman David Schlemko and forward Byron Froese. The team also recalled defenseman Phil Myers.
And after the trade, the Flyers crushed the Ducks 6-2 to extend their point streak to 10 games. Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists, while Carter Hart stopped 30 saves and won his eighth consecutive game, tying Jocelyn Thibault for the longest winning streak by a rookie goaltender before he turns 21.
He could extend that streak to nine games as the Flyers host the Penguins tonight at 7 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia and NBCSN. How will Gritty act tonight?
Gabe Kapler says the Phillies are in “win right now mode.”
That means they better get Bryce Harper. #HarperLent.
There’s a ton of former Eagles being a part of the AAF.
Could the Eagles be going after some of these guys?
In college hoops:
- Despite climbing out of a 15-point deficit in the second half, Villanova fell to Marquette 66-65 in overtime.
- St. Joe’s crushed Saint Louis 91-61 in an emotional night for head coach Phil Martelli, whose father passed away two days prior.
- Penn’s quick start helped them to a 92-82 win over Brown, but then fell to Yale 78-65 the following day.
- Tulsa stymied Temple in a 76-58 defeat for the Owls.
- La Salle dropped a road matchup with George Mason 84-76.
- Drexel’s comeback fell short in an 86-84 loss to the College of Charleston.
In other sports news, the AAF is lit:
Shaan Washington can BRING IT. pic.twitter.com/7VqYNk3DwD
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) February 10, 2019
Magic Johnson thinks the Pelicans didn’t act in good faith in trade negotiations with Anthony Davis.
A half-court heave for the win:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 10, 2019
In the news, I am enjoying the Jeff Bezos-National Enquirer storyline.
This is Will Smith as the genie in Aladdin:
Will Smith genie is what appears in my room when I have sleep paralysis pic.twitter.com/NzMDOgvkkz
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) February 11, 2019