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Crossing Broadcast: The Shot Heard Round the World

Russ Joy - May 13, 2019

Kevin and Russ break down Game 7 of Sixers/Raptors, discuss what went wrong, recap the exit interview/press conferences, and preview the off-season. The guys also answer listener questions and preview the new Crossing Broadcast soundboard. The final segment includes reactions to Season 8 Episode 5 of Game of Thrones.

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Check out the other shows on the Crossing Broad Podcast Network including: Crossed Up: A Phillies PodcastSnow the Goalie: A Flyers PodcastIt’s Always Soccer in Philadelphia, and Crossing Broad FC: A Soccer Podcast.

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Drake Mocked Joel Embiid

Russ Joy - May 7, 2019

Way back in game 3, I remember feeling like we’d reached the end of an emotional roller coaster. The Sixers were well on their way to their second straight win over Toronto. Then it happened. Joel Embiid threw down a windmill and the wind got knocked out of me. I’m not a killjoy, but I had a sinking feeling that once Toronto tied up the series, that lone highlight could be the defining moment of overconfidence the Raptors needed to rally around. Then they won game 4, a game that the Sixers flat out blew. Then tonight happened. People seemed surprised that Toronto could exert their dominance over Philly, as if the previous 14 matchups over the past seven years meant nothing. Just when you thought tonight’s 125-89 drubbing wasn’t bad enough, this happened:

Freaking Drake, man. He’s like that pimple at the end of your nose. Sometimes you notice it developing under your skin, and every once in a while it pops out. Here’s hoping the Sixers win game 6, so that upon returning to Toronto, Boban can go Gregor Clegane on Toronto’s viper.

Joel Embiid Made His Playoff Predictions and Declared “#ImOut” on Instagram

Russ Joy - April 13, 2019

Joel Embiid took to Instagram Friday night and – as has become customary this time of year – released his Eastern Conference playoff predictions and declared “#ImOut” (more on that later).

Embiid’s predictions were as follows:

Round 1: Brooklyn Nets

Of course, we know the Sixers are going to take on the Nets in the first round. His choice of victim in the photo is interesting. What did Allen Crabbe ever do to Embiid? Poor fella.

Round 2: Toronto Raptors

Another no-brainer. Orlando pushing the Raptors to a Game 5 would be impressive. Anything beyond five games would amount to divine intervention. The Sixers should meet the pictured Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors in the second round. In my estimation, Toronto – not Boston – represents the worst matchup for Embiid and the Sixers. Were Philly to advance, we’d be looking at a trip to the Finals.

Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Celtics

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Joel Embiid Will Miss Sixers’ Next Three Games

Russ Joy - March 30, 2019

The load management is real. Yesterday, word got out that Joel Embiid would miss Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves:

Now we’ve learned – per Sixers head coach Brett Brown – Joel Embiid will miss the next three games:

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The Sixers are 3.5 games ahead of the Boston Celtics for third in the Eastern Conference and 4.5 games back of the Toronto Raptors for second. The Sixers’ next three games feature teams that are far out of playoff contention: Minnesota is 9.5 games behind Oklahoma City, at 29-46 the Dallas Mavericks have the sixth-worst record in the league, and – despite smacking the Sixers in the mouth a week ago – the Atlanta Hawks are a woeful 27-49. If there’s a stretch of games to rest Embiid, it’s this one. The Sixers finish the regular season with a four-game stretch:

  • April 4th vs. Milwaukee (Home)
  • April 6th @ Chicago (Away)
  • April 9th @ Miami (Away)
  • April 10th vs. Chicago (Home)

I’d imagine Embiid plays against Milwaukee and sits for both Chicago games. Making sure the Process is well rested should be the team’s top priority. It looks like they agree.


Jackie MacMullan: Jimmy Butler is “On Thin Ice” with the Sixers

Russ Joy - January 25, 2019

Every so often, an anonymous source comes out with a bold, unsubstantiated claim about a star player. Sometimes a local writer picks up on it, runs with it, and gets himself into a weeklong mess that includes a media tour justifying the decision to go to print.

Other times, a highly-respected national reporter sits down with another of high qualifications and drops a bombshell. The latter happened earlier this week when Jackie MacMullan joined Zach Lowe on his podcast The Lowe Post.

MacMullan has previously written longform pieces on Joel Embiid’s first All-Star season and the influence that Luc Mbah a Moute has had on Cameroonian players. She’s earned the respect of the most important player in the Sixers franchise and on Lowe’s podcast, she called into question the relationship between the team and star Jimmy Butler:

“I think he’s on thin ice, Zach. I think he’s on thin ice. And I think he’s a very talented player and no one has ever called him soft, either. He’s a very tough player. And on paper, he would be exactly what you would want on a team: he’s not a selfish player; I would never say that about him. He defends… boy does he defend. He gets at it, he makes good decisions on the offensive end of the floor. But… I don’t know him well enough to know, is it real or is it bravado – this whole idea that ‘I’m going to take everyone on. You gonna bully me? You gonna call me a bully? I’m gonna bully you back!’ I can tell you that – having spent a couple of days in Philadelphia – they don’t love it. “And I think if you read the story, there was one Philadelphia person in the organization that said, ‘if you want to get paid, be quiet. You might try that.’

MacMullan and Lowe then went on to question whether Jimmy Butler is going to get offered a max contract extension this off-season.

That and more after the jump:

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Joel Embiid Named All-Star Starter, Ben Simmons Could Make Reserves

Russ Joy - January 24, 2019

For the second consecutive year, Joel “The Process” Embiid has been named an All-Star starter. Embiid finished third among Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the fan vote with 2,783,833 tallies behind only Giannis Antetokounmpo (4,375,747) and Kawhi Leonard (3,580,531). Embiid, along with Giannis and Kawhi, earned 99 media votes (someone inexplicably voted for Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakam, and Nikola Vucevic). Wrapping up the voting, Embiid’s 186 player votes solidified a third-place finish behind Giannis (269) and Kawhi (189).

Ben Simmons finished in a tie for third place among guards with Dwyane Wade, the latter of whom technically finished ahead of Simmons due to the fan vote tiebreaker. Simmons garnered the fourth-most votes for an Eastern Conference guard (1,184,221) behind Kyrie Irving (3,881,766), Wade (2,208,598), and Kemba Walker (1,395,330). Simmons finished with the third-most media votes (25) behind Irving (100) and Walker (48). The player vote went very differently for Simmons, and could have played a role in his finishing behind Wade. Ben only received 43 player votes (fifth among guards) behind Victor Oladipo (58), Bradley Beal (62), Kemba Walker (98), and Kyrie Irving (190).

Kudos to Embiid for his second-straight All-Star start. It would appear, barring some unforeseen circumstances, that Ben Simmons will make his first All-Star Game appearance. With the news that Oladipo has a ruptured quadriceps tendon, Simmons’ chances are even better. Jimmy Butler’s status remains up in the air. All-Star reserves will be announced next week.

Decent Value on Claude Giroux and Joel Embiid

Kevin Kinkead - August 15, 2018

Bovada came out today with odds on the NBA MVP and the NHL’s Hart Trophy winner.

Claude Giroux and Joel Embiid at both listed, Giroux at 25/1 and Embiid given 16/1 odds.

The lists:

15/1 for last year’s winner, Taylor Hall. McDavid, the favorite, won it the year before as an NHL sophomore.

Giroux wound up 4th last season despite finishing second in the league with 102 points. McDavid finished 5th.

This was the rest of the top ten:

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Joel Embiid Memorial Day Posterizations

Kevin Kinkead - May 29, 2018

Kyle wanted more of Joel Embiid dunking on random blokes, so here ya go, two more videos from Memorial Day weekend:

I know Joel is seven feet tall and 275 pounds, but you gotta be better defensively. Take a charge or flop or commit an intentional foul. You cannot get the ball thrown off your face. You cannot get posterized on the playground. Have some self-worth.