Sixers Fade Down the Stretch, Drop Game 1 to Garnett and Rondo

Sixers Fade Down the Stretch, Drop Game 1 to Garnett and Rondo

After looking so impressive in the opening quarter, it was a little disconcerting to see the Sixers up just five points, 47-42, at the half. Granted, it would have been unreasonable to assume a comfortable win over the Celtics in Boston, but there was that feeling that C's were just going to hang around and hang around and Rajon Rondo.
And that's exactly what happened, as the Sixers dropped Game 1, 92-91.
Kevin Garnett led all scorers with a game-high 29 points and really kept Boston in the game when his teammates, particularly Rondo, struggled to get going early. Had it not been for KG, they would not have kept it as close as they did for as long as they did. And although he wasn't scoring, Rondo was contributing in other ways. He recorded 17 rebounds and 12 assists and came on late to burn the Sixers with a few timely baskets down the stretch, finishing with 13 points for his eighth career postseason triple double.
After the game, he cutoff a sideline reporter before the guy could even finish his question just to assert that his team is and was in control of the game and series, stating "Look at us. We'll be just fine," as if Doug Collins' squad did not concern him in the least.
AU will be along shortly with his usual detail, but preliminary thoughts focus on the general disappointment of the Sixers losing a game they led for so long.
...stay tuned...

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

Former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn signs 2-year deal with Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Coyotes have signed former Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.

The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. Schenn and Vinny Lecavalier were traded by the Flyers to the Kings last January in exchange for Jordan Weal and a third-round draft pick in last month's entry draft.

In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs. In three-plus seasons with the Flyers, Schenn scored 12 goals and added 30 assists.

Schenn was the first-round draft pick - fifth selection overall - by the Maple Leafs in 2008.

Coyotes general manager John Chayka called Schenn "a good, young defenseman" who will be "a solid addition" to the Arizona blue line.

- CSNPhilly.com contributed to this story.

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

ap-cameron-rupp-phillies.jpg
Associated Press

Cameron Rupp leaves game vs. Pirates after getting hit in head by pitch

Updated - 5:55 p.m.

PITTSBURGH -- Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp left the game in the third inning after being struck on the left ear flap of his batting helmet by a pitch from Pirates rookie right-hander Tyler Glasnow.

Rupp walked off the field under his own power and backup catcher Carlos Ruiz pinch ran for him and stayed in the game to catch starter Aaron Nola.

The Phillies later announced Rupp was removed from the game as a precaution and that he showed no symptoms of a concussion.

Less than 24 hours before, Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco was hit in the wrist by a pitch thrown by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole in Friday's 4-0 victory at PNC Park. Franco left the game and did not start on Saturday afternoon. He's listed as day to day (see story).

In the first inning on Saturday, Rupp hit into an inning-ending ground out. He is hitting .276 with 10 home runs in 63 games.