East Loses All-Star Game But Jrue Acquits Himself Admirably, Pops a Rim-Rocker

East Loses All-Star Game But Jrue Acquits Himself Admirably, Pops a Rim-Rocker

As a 22-year-old first-timer (and third-stringer) at the All-Star Game,
all you can really hope to do is get a couple buckets, provide maybe one
memorable highlight play, and generally try not to embarrass yourself.
Our All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday did precisely that at tonight's
ASG, going 3-6 in his 15 minutes of game action, with a couple boards, a
couple steals (including an impressive takeaway on the Thunder's
Russell Westbrook), and a nice dime to Knicks center Tyson Chandler open
under the basket.

Oh, and there was also this:



We knew Jrue
to be capable of the occasional highlight stuff, though most of the
truly emphatic ones he's attempted have ended up clanging off the rim.
Not this time, though, as Jrue was able to make his Eastern Conference
teammates jump off the bench in excitement with his rim-rocker. (Not
like it's particularly hard to get those guys excited, but still.) He
might not have proven himself one of the league's burgeoning elite like
teammates Paul George and Kyrie Irving, but he didn't seem out of place
at the game, either.

The East lost 143-138, as LeBron went
weirdly silent in the fourth quarter—ahhhh, remember that sentence? Just
like in the good ol' days!—but Jrue had long since checked out by
actual Winning Time. All in all, a very solid All-Star debut for the
Damaja, and just the first of many All-Star appearances we hope to see
from Jrue while he wears a Sixers uniform.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.