Magic 3-Ball, Shoddy Philly Shooting Down Sixers

Magic 3-Ball, Shoddy Philly Shooting Down Sixers

another frustrating night for Sixers fans...

Wednesday night's game in Orlando was tough to watch on many fronts. The Sixers got out to an awful start, allowing the Magic to do what they seem to do best. Jameer Nelson was working the drive and kick while Dwight Howard was working the inside-out game setting up open looks.

And the Magic were hitting them. Ryan Anderson was red hot early on and finished the night with seven three-pointers. The Magic as a team finished with 15 three-balls.

While the Sixers never rolled over despite the Magic's big lead for much of the game, they could never get it closer than five or six points. After trailing by 16 at the half, the Sixers had a hot start to the second half, cutting it to single digits and eventually to as little as four... but they weren't playing the Bobcats on Wednesday night.

Orlando hit shots at opportune times and never allowed the Sixers to truly get back in the game after the opening tip.

Jrue Holiday had a particularly bad game as well.

From John Finger's recap, "The Sixers had an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers in the loss with five of
them coming from point guard Jrue Holiday. To make matters worse,
Holiday shot just 1 for 8 and scored just three points." [for full game 'cap click here]

Even new announcer extraordinaire Malik Rose was off his game, mixing up his Ryan Anderson and Dwight Howard's to call the three point shooter the name of Phillies' slugger Ryan Howard on occasion.

Ugly night all around.

Another tough opponent on Friday in the defending champ Mavs back in Philadelphia. Gonna need to show some homecourt bounce-back.

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.