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. 

It
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.

Cat-lover Ben Simmons raises his 2 Savannah cats to support #RaiseTheCat

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Cat-lover Ben Simmons raises his 2 Savannah cats to support #RaiseTheCat

It all started with a simple tweet at 1:58 p.m.

Ben Simmons asked his Twitter following about the cat.

One hour and 19 minutes later, Simmons decided to participate himself.

With his two Savannah cats.

For those out of the loop, Sixers fan @GipperGrove started the social media movement — one we can surely affirm is one the world has never seen before — in which fans raise their cats after each Sixers win, which there have been plenty of recently.

The Sixers won their third straight game on Friday night, squeaking out a 93-92 win over the Trail Blazers and are now 8-2 in their last 10 games. Joel Embiid is legit, and this team, in Year 4 of The Process, is making basketball great again in Philly. And all of this without Simmons, the 2016 No. 1 overall pick who's still rehabing a Jones fracture in his right foot.

To celebrate Simmons' cat-raising, @GipperGrove pinned this to his Twitter page.

#RaiseTheCat lives on.