Sixers vs. Pistons: Two More and Then Doug Can Go Home

Sixers vs. Pistons: Two More and Then Doug Can Go Home

How did we let ourselves get caught by the Portland Trailblazers? Even
though they couldn't out-tank anyone in their own conference, it seemed
like a sure thing that the Sixers would at least finish behind three
lottery teams out West, but nooooooo--the stupid Blazers had to go on a
Hail Mary of an 11-game losing streak, which coupled with the Sixers
last two wins (not-super-impressive victories over the Wizards and
Cavaliers) means that Portland and Philly are now dead even at 33-49,
with the Blazers still playing two more games against good teams and the
Sixers getting a potential freebie tonight against the Pistons, which
might very well secure them the #12 pick in the draft this summer. 

might not be such a freebie after all, with the Pistons actually
winning their last three games, matching their combined total from the
21 games they played prior to that. We should get to see Andre Drummond
tonight, at least, who's kind of like an idealized version of our own
Arnett Moultrie--an offensively raw big man who jumps around a lot and
scores a bunch on putbacks and layups under the basket and such. (Like
Moultrie, Drummond was also long the victim of insufficient PT, which
considering the Pistons' miserable prospects for this season from the
jump, was arguably even more of an atrocity.) It's not much of a reason
to watch tonight, but hey, we haven't had all that much else recently.

7:30 tip from the Palace at Auburn Hills--this one and one more and then we're finally done. Hey, remember Game One of the first round in 2008? That was pretty fun.

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.