Saturday was Sixers' oft-maligned star Andre Iguodala's 28th birthday. He celebrated by putting on a demonstration in the art of the triple double in the team's big win over the Detroit Pistons. Aside from putting up the eighth triple double of his career, Dre pulled off one of the highlights of the weekend when he found himself in no man's land while driving the lane, in mid-air and nobody to dish the rock to. Dre used his basketball IQ and opted to toss the ball off the backboard and follow it up with an easy slam. Marc Zumoff and Malik Rose were giddy. [videos below]
CSN's John Finger, a true afficianado of the triple double, asked Dre about the self-alley-oop following the game.
“That play should happen more, actually,” Iguodala said. “When you’re
coming down on a three-on-two break, the defense is playing the wing –
they’re playing the pass. It’s an easy play to make, but tonight it’s a
hard play because if you mess up it looks like you’re lollygagging
around. So tonight it was the first time I did it where it wasn’t
planned. I just got stuck and had nowhere to go so once I saw I had the
opportunity, I shot it extra hard. I put it up on the top of the
backboard and said, ‘Go get it.’
“Most guys, when they get
stuck, they shoot it and go after the rebound, but it’s hard to get the
rebound. I figured just shoot it off the backboard.”
After talking with the media following the nice win on Saturday, Iguodala went to really celebrate his birthday with his family and friends.
He later posted a photo of the cake they surprised him with to his MindofAI9 Tumblr page. I'd say the geek chic glasses on the cake and bow tie got the real AI9 pretty on point. See the photo below for comparison.
So happy birthday to Dre. He earned that cake.
The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.
While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end.
Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.
Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-lowest odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-lowest odds at 3/1.
Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off.
Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets:
- Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
- Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points and 7.5 rebounds
- Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
- Robert Covington: 12.5 points
- Dario Saric: 5 rebounds
After skating to their best record in four years, the Philadelphia Flyers quelled the notion that they would show the growing pains of a rebuilding franchise in 2016. A playoff berth in Dave Hakstol’s first year as head coach brought about the emergence of a new noisemaker in the crowded Metropolitan division, one that stretched the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to six games in the Quarterfinals.
The Flyers will look to build on the success of last season by relying more on budding players Shane Gostisbehere and Ivan Provanov while veterans Claude Giroux, Mark Streit and Boyd Gordon all look to lead the team back to another postseason. And while excitement continues to build in Philadelphia, fans can find comfort in the fact that Flyers tickets on the secondary market are the least expensive they’ve been this decade.
On TicketIQ, a leading online aggregator that pools both primary and secondary market listings to give consumers the most transparent buying experience, Flyers tickets are averaging $108.32 across all 41 home games at Wells Fargo Center this season. That marks a 12.4 percent drop from the $123.64 average at the beginning of last season. It is the cheapest home average the Flyers have posted since 2010, when TicketIQ began tracking resale ticket data.
While Thursday’s home opener served as one of the NHL’s most expensive games this week, a March 15 matchup with the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will be the most expensive Flyers home game this season. That game currently owns a $183.16 average, 69 percent over the season average, and the cheapest available tickets are priced for $73 each. Other top-priced games at Wells Fargo Center this season include January 4 against the New York Rangers ($163.62 avg./$57 get-in) and October 29 against the Penguins ($156.36 avg./$90 get-in).
For those looking for tickets to the cheapest Flyers games this season, an October 27 matchup with the Arizona Coyotes is the least expensive home game to attend. Tickets are averaging just $63.50, 41 percent below season average, and the get-in price is $16. Back-to-back games against the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets on November 15 and 17 follow, with tickets starting from just $20 each at both contests.
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