Another Day in Paradise: Sixers Take on Magic in Orlando

Another Day in Paradise: Sixers Take on Magic in Orlando

As nice as it was for us to get that big home win over Orlando at the
beginning of the seven-game death march, a lot of it didn't scream
"repeatable success." Shutting down (relatively speaking, anyway) Dwight
Howard with a combination of Tony Battie, Elton Brand and Lavoy Allen
is all well and good, but how many times out of 10 would you bet that
such a strategy would be effective? The answer's not ten, I'll tell you
that much.

We'll find out if the answer is at least "two"
tonight, however, as the Sixers visit the Magic in Orlando. The game
will be something of a preview for a couple of our guys for two weekends
from now, when the NBA world will converge in O-Town for All-Star
Weekend, with Andre Iguodala participating in the game proper and Evan
Turner playing in the Rising Stars challenge. Word on whether or not
Jodie Meeks will be in the three-point contest has yet to come down, but
c'mon—the guy is in the perfect Daequan Cook/James Jones/Quentin
Richardson mold to take this thing. He'll make it. (Correction: Jodie Meeks did not make the Three-Point Contest. Needed room for Joe Johnson. Haters.)

7:00 tip from the Amway Center. The Magic have been kind of good lately,
by the way, beating the Heat, Wolves and Bucks, while the Sixers have
been kinda not good, just barely squeaking by against the Bobcats. It
won't be the easy set-up it was last time, but I still feel like we have
the better team here, so long as Dwight doesn't eat the
Lavoy/Battie/Brand menu alive early on. Time will tell.

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders, DFA Severino Gonzalez

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders, DFA Severino Gonzalez

The Phillies on Thursday officially announced the signing of outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018. 

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Saunders will make $9 million this season with the Phillies and the club option for 2018 will be worth $11 million with escalators potentially pushing it to $14 million.

Saunders, 30, is the left-handed hitting outfield bat the Phils were seeking. He hit 24 home runs for the Blue Jays last season in his walk year, making the AL All-Star team before slumping in the second half.

Saunders hit .298/.372/.551 with 16 homers in 82 games for the Blue Jays before the All-Star break, then hit .178/.282/.357 with eight homers in 58 games after.

He had a good year against same-handed pitching, hitting .275 with a .927 OPS and eight homers against lefties. 

He'll likely start in right field for the Phillies, with Odubel Herrera in center and Howie Kendrick in left (see Phils' projected lineup).

Saunders, who will wear No. 5, can also play first base, which could allow the Phillies to sit Tommy Joseph against a tough right-hander and fill in the outfield.

It was important to Phillies GM Matt Klentak that the player he signed to fill the spot in the outfield was not going to block young outfielders like Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and others.

On a one-year deal, Saunders came relatively cheap to the Phils, lingering in free agency as other hitters found contracts. In the middle of last summer, Saunders seemed poised for a multi-year contract like the four-year, $52 million deal Josh Reddick signed with the Astros. His second half cost him some money.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Saunders, the Phillies designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment.

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

He’s done it again.
 
Eleven days ago, Sixers social media went wild over a video that showed Joel Embiid walking out to the ring as a WWE character in WWE 2K17. Well, YouTube user Hillman811 is back with an even better version of the video complete with Sam Hinkie and fans chanting.
 
The first video sparked questions to Embiid about his favorite WWE wrestler, and he even did his own Triple H introduction at the Wells Fargo Center after The Game threw him an All-Star vote (see story).
 
Watch the video below and let your mind run wild with what this would look like if it actually happened.