Get It In Chicago: Sixers Well-Heeded to Win Tonight in Game Five

Get It In Chicago: Sixers Well-Heeded to Win Tonight in Game Five

Do you want to see what happens if the Sixers lose tonight? I certainly
don't. Lose this one, and it's just a fragile Game Six in Philadelphia
keeping us from facing decision in front of a super-emotional United
Center crowd in Game Seven. (Which may be a little like Barney saying
"After this case [of beer] and the next case, there's only one case
left!," but still, it's true.) I like the closing mentality we've seen
out of team so far in this series, but if we let this one slip away
tonight, it might start a domino effect for them where the last one
falling is a Game Seven win in the Windy City that leaves everyone
scratching their heads and saying "What the hell happened?"

They need to get it tonight.

If not for this series—we could still win a Game Six at home, sure—then
for the next one. The Celtics seem pretty likely to wrap in five, and we
don't want them to have any rest advantage over us, especially in this
injury-riddled post-season where it seems like escaping 48 minutes of
game action with all of your players' bodies in tact is more of a win
than actually finishing with more points than the other team. Close it
out tonight, get some rest, and see if we can't run the C's off the
court in the next round.

And the Sixers have a very real chance of doing it. Chicago is reeling,
the fanbase bummed beyond bummed, the roster lacking the on-court
leadership to get everyone together and focused. If you believe in
intangible basketball stuff like momentum, then the Liberty Ballers
certainly have all of it right now, and the fact that they've been able
to grind-out these still-close games against a still-solid Bulls team is
very encouraging. But they need to it one more time, and that one more
time needs to be tonight. If you guys can close now, then close it for
real. Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, this is your team now. Act like it. Get
it done.

9:30 tip (for some reason) from the United Center. If the Sixers win
tonight, they won't get half the credit they deserve for beating this
Bulls team, but if they lose tonight, and then a couple more times by
the end of the week, they'll get twice the blame. Don't be that team,
guys. Finish the job, and finish it right. Do it for Tony Battie and
Craig Brackins.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.