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On the Anniversary of Kawhi’s Buzzer-Beater, Revisiting the Three Late Possessions That Let the Sixers Down

Kevin Kinkead - May 12, 2020

Today is the one-year anniversary of Kawhi Leonard’s quadruple-doink, which knocked the Sixers out of the playoffs with a game-seven loss in Toronto.

We don’t need to rehash the shot itself, since it brings back a lot of crummy memories for Philly sports fans who were enjoying the deepest Sixers’ playoff run since 2012, when Doug Collins’ team beat the Derrick Rose-less Bulls before pushing the Celtics to seven games in the conference semifinals.

It is, however, worth revisiting the final minutes of this game, which was microcosm of the Sixers’ biggest issue during the series:

They just didn’t execute on enough of those fourth quarter, half court possessions.

The ironic thing is that the Sixers really didn’t have any business being in this game at all. They started 0-9 from the floor, took 24 fewer shots than the Raptors, and lost in just about every significant statistical category. They were out-rebounded, lost the turnover battle, and again couldn’t do much in transition, but played ferocious defense and clawed their way back after an incredibly rocky start.

It brought them to a point where they had several chances to take the lead with less than four minutes on the clock, but came up empty on three possessions, which had a huge impact on the outcome. Perhaps they would have ended up in the Eastern Conference finals if these sequences had turned out differently:

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Peter Luukko Reveals How Ed Snider Really Felt About the Sixers

Russ Joy - May 12, 2020

It’s a tale as old as time. From 1996-2011 Ed Snider served as one of few sports owners with teams in the NBA and NHL. It’s been widely speculated that Snider never truly cared about his NBA franchise, with nearly all of his attention going to the Flyers, a team he once mortgaged his house to establish as an expansion franchise. Four years after the passing of the Comcast Spectacor chairman, one of his closest confidants went on the record with Snow The Goalie to set the record straight.

Per Peter Luukko, former President & COO of Comcast Spectacor and the Flyers, Snider cared about both teams, but there was a clear line:

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Here’s a Feel-Good Sixers Video on a Tuesday Morning

Kevin Kinkead - May 12, 2020

Here’s a Sixers video that might make you feel better, if you’re down in the COVID-19 doldrums:

Nice job by the Sixers’ video team.

We need basketball back, badly. One of the more depressing COVID sights is walking past the playground and seeing that the rims have been physically removed from the backboards. Can’t wait for those sons of bitches to be re-installed so we can get back to it.

Howard Eskin Confused Again on Twitter

Kevin Kinkead - May 8, 2020

This afternoon, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some information regarding the Orlando Magic, explaining that the franchise has been given authorization to test their players for COVID-19.

Howard Eskin, always looking for an opportunity to rip somebody, confused the Orlando Magic for Magic Johnson as he tweeted this:

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Sixers’ Stash Vasilije Micic Mentions NBA as Possibility for Next Season

Kevin Kinkead - May 8, 2020

Random Philly-related sports news from a Lithuanian journalist:

The Sixers drafted Micic in 2014 with the 52nd pick and he remained overseas, playing in Germany before going to Turkey and Lithuania. He’s now playing for Anadolu in Istanbul, where Dario Saric spent time before joining the Sixers in 2016. Furkan Korkmaz was also at Efes before coming stateside.

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94 WIP Will Settle Philly Sports Debates During “Once And For All” Week

Kevin Kinkead - May 6, 2020

How do sports talk radio stations operate without sports?

They do the same thing we’re all doing. Talk about the Eagles ad nauseam, discuss Jalen Hurts and the NFL draft, bring on guests to share stories, and provide the very latest Mount Rushmore of (insert topic here).

94 WIP, which recently rolled out the very trollish and entertaining “Andy Reid Appreciation Day,” is presenting us with another similar jawn, this one dubbed “Once and for All Week,” as described here:

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“Joel Embiid Hates Me Because I Call Him Lazy,” Says Charles Barkley

Kevin Kinkead - May 6, 2020

There’s an ESPN story titled “Charles Barkley doesn’t see longtime rift with Michael Jordan ending” that was published some time last night.

We don’t care about the Barkley/Jordan stuff, but if you keep reading, there’s a modern day Sixers mention that pops up at the very end of the article, which goes like this:

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The Last Dance Definitively Proves Michael Jordan is the Greatest of All Time at Holding Grudges

Coggin Toboggan - May 5, 2020

What has watching six hours of The Last Dance taught us about Michael Jordan that we don’t already know? We knew he was a sublime talent, probably the best to ever play the game, and had a drive that propelled him above all of his peers.

We’ve heard the stories about his prickliness, about his demanding nature as a teammate. We’ve already seen the screaming heads on the latest iterations of ESPN and Fox Sports morning programming arguing over his merits compared with today’s athletes, the hosts’ plastered-on smile and dead eyes ENDLESSLY debating if he’d be able to hold up against Draymond Green for 30 minutes a night.

These are roundly pointless endeavors and exercises in futility, just a way to fill precious TV HOURS built in to plug the never-ending void between copper knee fit brace commercials and 30 for 30 reruns.

There are no winners. There never are. Unless of course you’re arguing in favor of Michael Jordan being the absolute greatest athlete to ever live at holding a grudge. Then you’re always a winner. The Last Dance proves it beyond a doubt.

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