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Occam’s Razor: Four Observations from Kings 101, Sixers 95

Kevin Kinkead - December 20, 2017

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It was 9:18 in the fourth quarter and Sacramento was in the midst of a 33-13 run when the Wells Fargo Center crowd started booing.

I don’t know if they were booing the ref, the Sixers, or just booing to boo, but you felt that air of inevitability inside the building.

They’re going to find a way to lose this game.

They started booing again when it was 96-90 and Dario Saric threw the ball out of play while looking for Ben Simmons in the low post.

And they booed for a third time when Robert Covington heaved up a 25-foot airball coming out of a timeout, down 98-92.

It’s seven losses in eight games for the Sixers, who blew a 16 point third quarter lead last night. Playing a back-to-back without the services of Joel Embiid, you thought they might be able to get the job done against a subpar Kings team on home court.

Instead, they didn’t shoot the ball that well, lost JJ Redick to injury in the second half, and looked like a team lacking identity without Embiid on the floor.

They’re now 1-6 when he doesn’t play, vs. 13-10 when he’s healthy. Scoring is down to 103.9 points per game without him, vs. 110.1 on a normal day. Defensively, he’s good enough for a 4 point swing, with a 108.3 PPG allowed when he’s out there vs. 112.4 when he isn’t.

None of that should come as a surprise. Without Embiid and Markelle Fultz, the Sixers are missing 66% of what we’ve determined is their “young core.” And when the remaining member of that triad is a rookie who can’t and/or won’t shoot the ball, you simply cannot expect a crop of complementary players to consistently fill the void. Continue Reading

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We Let ‘Em Off the Hook! Five Observations From Kings 109, Sixers 108

Kevin Kinkead - November 10, 2017

You have to use a timeout there.

I know it’s not in Brett Brown’s late-game DNA. I know he likes to keep teams off-balance, push the pace, and not allow defensive substitutions. He even said post game that the Sixers had a play ready to go in case the Kings hit a shot on their final possession, which they did.

But we didn’t see that play materialize on the other end. JJ Redick hesitated with a semi-open look. Call the timeout there and don’t end the game on a Joel Embiid fade away elbow jumper.

Here’s how it went down:

There’s nothing wrong with Brown’s philosophy, but it doesn’t mean you can’t call an audible. Remember the first Rockets game, when they didn’t use their timeouts and lost on a buzzer beater?

Brown changed his approach in the very next game, calling a timeout with 36 seconds remaining to settle his team and draw up a low post look for Embiid, who hit what would ultimately be the game winning shot in Dallas. A young team was learning how to finish, and it started against the Mavericks.

So this is an annoying loss, considering the fact that they were up by six with 1:15 remaining and couldn’t get the job done. Add to the fact that the Sixers didn’t even play that well against a team that shot the ball at a higher clip than usual. It felt like this would be another one of those games where they would find a way to win despite not firing on all cylinders.

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Not Surprisingly, Bernie Parent Still Thinks Trading Richards and Carter was Right Decision

Jim Adair - June 16, 2014

Now that the Stanley Cup Playoffs are over and a champion has been crowned, Bernie Parent would like to use his My Life Is Better Than Yours column to congratulate the champs. Bernie opened his column like this:

“The Los Angeles Kings have won their second Stanley Cup in three years. That’s a hell of an achievement.

Each of the Kings’ playoff series were a huge success. Even the first series, when they were down 3-0 and came back with four consecutive wins. They fell behind a couple times after and still made it back to the top, including three overtime wins.

There’s a great message here to apply to life. How many times would people quit when they get behind and hit a low? If you don’t quit and carry on with persistence, you will persevere. And from a guy who has been in their position, I recognize that it takes a team to win: the players, coaching staff, management, the crowd, etc.”

From there, Parent did what a former goaltender — and anyone with eyes — is going to do: He talked about how great both Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick were throughout the playoffs. And yes, they both played at the level they needed to play at. But in the last three grafs is where Parent put on what Kyle would call his “Flyers glasses,” letting the orange hue perhaps skew his perception a bit:

“There’s been a big influx of comments about the three ex-Flyers – Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams – all leaving Philadelphia to go on and win the Stanley Cup elsewhere. First, there are a lot of factors that have to be taken into consideration when assessing a player’s ability to fit within a system. It’s not just the physical attributes and skill set of that player that has to work with the team, it’s the personality, the chemistry in the locker room, where they are in the development of their play, etc.

Most importantly, a team is a puzzle. You could have three great pieces in the wrong puzzle, and no matter how you try to twist and turn them, those pieces won’t fit. But when those pieces move on to the puzzle they belong to, they fit beautifully. Just because they were good somewhere else, doesn’t mean they would have won a Stanley Cup here.

If the piece doesn’t fit, you have to move on. If you have three circles but you need three squares, you’re wasting your time.”

There’s no argument that those three players didn’t win a Stanley Cup in Philadelphia, but have since won multiple in Los Angeles. That’s just a fact. But the idea that they couldn’t have won the cup here, and they only have in LA because of some magic “atmosphere” or “chemistry” is flawed. Two of the three did play in a Stanley Cup final here in 2010 and a conference final in 2008. From 2008 to 2011, Carter put in three-straight 30+ goal seasons (46, 33, 36), while Richards put in 28, 30, and 31 from 2007 to 2010. The talent was there. It can’t be guaranteed they would have won the Cup if they hadn’t been shipped off, but maybe what this shows is that they weren’t the ones who needed to go, but those who made that decision were.

LA Kings Twitter Account Suddenly isn’t Funny Anymore

Kyle Scott - August 4, 2012

The LA Kings’ Twitter account, whose witticisms we enjoyed this spring during the Kings’ Stanley Cup run, took aim at Philadelphia yesterday. And it wasn’t pleasant. 

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– slumps shoulders –

Your Afternoon Carts: I Went to an Epic Eyes Wide Shut Party in Vegas While Richie May or May Not Have Grab-Assed Stacie Hall from “The Hills” Edition!

Kyle Scott - June 19, 2012

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Here we the find the Carts in the most dichotomous of situations– at Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas, sipping champagne (expected) and hoisting the Stanley Cup (completely and utterly unexpected). 

Meanwhile, his scavenging buddy, Mike Richards, may or may not have grab-assed this buxom, valley-titted clubgoer as he shuffled through a crowd loosely resembling the partiers in Eyes Wide Shut (presumably sans pubic hair).

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UPDATE: That's not just any clubgoer– per a reader in the comments, that's Stacie Hall from The Hills that Richie is grab-assing.

Photos of Carts, Richie and Simon, which come courtesy of the Hyde Bellagio’s Facebook page (via Puck Daddy and Vegas News), are best viewed while listening to Rihanna’s We Found Love.

Give it a little jump.

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Your Morning Carts: Richie and I Were Torn Apart by a Trade But Later Reconvened on the Left Coast Where I Scored the Stanley Cup Winning Goal Edition!

Kyle Scott - June 12, 2012

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Fuck you, Dry Island

Yahoo! Sports:

Carter choked up at one point. "Dean showed a lot of faith in me," he said. "A lot of people doubted us. A lot of people doubted me. Proved them wrong." At another point, Richards skated by wearing a gray championship T-shirt and holding a blue bottle of Bud Light.

"It was a frustrating year," Richards said. "It was ups and downs. It was highs and lows. But this is one of the best groups I've ever been a part of … the resiliency, the camaraderie that we had. It was awesome." 

Richards and Carter, the much-maligned friends from Philly, shared some words, though Carter wouldn't share them with reporters. "I can't tell you," he said. "You guys would have too much fun with them."

 

GAHHHHH!!! 

Here we find the Carts in a familiar scenario– with Richie, in the winner’s circle, this time hoisting sports’ greatest trophy, Lord Stanley’s Cup. And to be frank, we haven’t seen Jeff this happy since that time he and his cowboy hat proudly brought three cases of Miller Light into La Costa. Or when he and his buddies had that red fist. They loved that red fist.

Traded Shot last summer by an overreactive Paul Holmgren and Ed Snider, Carts was wounded, at times not leaving his Sea Isle house for days. He finally came around, not so willingly, when front office members from the Blue Jackets, his new team, flew to New Jersey to assuage his feelings.  

They were of no help.

Carts’ buddy and the alpha male in their relationship, Mike Richards, was in a better place. He had been shipped off to LA, where the sights were beautiful, the women scantily clad, and the hockey not so bad

It was tough times for both men, though. The separation took its toll and there was much commiserating, by phone, during those long summer nights.

But they had shared adversity before: There was the time they went to Chester to see Becks but Becks wasn’t there:

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Where's Becks? 

I. Don't. Know, Michael.

And then there was the…

… actually, that was it. There was never any adversity. Just partying… and that one time David Beckham didn't show for the Union-Galaxy match.

Jeff wasn’t quite sure how to deal with his newfound struggle. He took a private jet to visit Richie in Canada. Later in the year, when the Blue Jackets came to Philadelphia, he was injured. So he rented a luxury box and had a sad:

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But then things started looking up. The trade winds swirled and, eventually, Carts was shipped off to LA to join his former captain, his first mate, Mike Richards. 

Happy days were here (there, I suppose) again. Carts and Richie were together, and it felt like home. Flyers West, if you will. Simon Gagne and Justin Williams were there. John Stevens was behind the bench. And Ron Hextall, upstairs.

Now they're all Stanley Cup champions. The Cup, standing guard as Richie and Carts railroad struggling actresses from The Valley.

All their friends? Excited.

Joffrey Lupul:

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SoCal swagger DeSean Jackson, who reps the Stanley Cup Camps:

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Dan Carcillo:

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Actor Kevin Connolly

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Hunter Pence’s Sister

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Al Michaels and his flip phone

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Paul Holmgren? Not so much

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Pic via (@DomHadik) 

Join us now, if you will, in viewing a pictorial of Jeff Carter and Mike Richards winning the Stanley Cup.

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A Photo: Mike Richards and Jeff Carter Hold The Stanley Cup

Kyle Scott - June 12, 2012

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Excuse me, I'm going to go lie in the fetal position until the morning, when we'll have more coverage. I expect the comments on these posts to be completely rational.

Your Morning Carts: I Won Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals in Overtime Last Night

Kyle Scott - June 3, 2012

He hit the net! He hit the net! Twice!!

I'm not sure what hurts more: my back from moving a house-full of furniture yesterday, or my soul from seeing Jeff Carter score a clutch goal to bring his team within two games of the Stanley Cup.

Think I'll go with my soul. Somewhere, Paul Holmgren hops on his bike– this time, looking for potholes.

CB back in full tomorrow morning.