Sixers vs. Warriors: The Battle for Wilt

Sixers vs. Warriors: The Battle for Wilt

What? An 8:00 tip for a Sixers game? Good lord, that must mean we're on
national television! Indeed, Sixers fans could be forgiven for showing
up an hour early for the game tonight out of habit—I may or may not have
done so myself—but it's indeed a late tip for the Sixers tonight, as
NBA analyst and Golden State Hall of Famer Chris Mullin is in the
building to call tonight's Sixers-Warriors game for ESPN.

Of course, this isn't just your average Sixers-Warriors game—as Enrico
already detailed, today is the 50th anniversary of Wilt's historic
100-point game in Hershey, PA in 1962, a single-game scoring record
likely to never be matched and unlikely to ever even be neared again.
(Kobe came the closest wtih his 81 six years ago, in a perfect storm of
otherworldly (and unrepentant) gunner, crappy teammates and
under-skilled defenders that may not happen for at least another 20
years.) As Wilt's performance came while on the Philadelphia Warriors,
the Sixers and Warriors have about equal claim to celebrating Wilt's
achievement as part of their history (either by franchise or geography),
so you could call tonight The Battle for Wilt—and in fact, I will, and
already have.

In less historic, more modern-day terms, tonight is simply a chance for
the Sixers to erase memories of a tough loss last Wednesday against the
Thunder. With the Warriors coming in at 14-18 and missing golden-boy
shooter Stephen Curry (defense-only two guard Dominic McGuire is
starting in his stead), it's entirely possible that clutch
fourth-quarter scoring might be a moot point for the Sixers—and indeed,
the Sixers thumped GSW 107-79 on New Year's Eve in the teams' first
meeting of the season—so Sunday's game against Chicago might be a better
chance for a makeup late-game performance. Still, the Warriors are
always dangerous—they've beaten the Bulls, Heat, Nuggets and Clippers
already this season—so let's not chalk up the W on this one just yet.

Again, 8:00 tip from the WFC. "I think it's a trend late in games that
we struggle," Andre Iguodala said after Wedensday's game in the
understatement of the season. "We've got to get out of that." Solid play
for the first three quarters and we should be able to put off worrying
too much about the fourth quarter for another two days. It's what Wilt would have wanted.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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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."

Source: Sixers to waive Brandon Paul as roster deadline nears

Source: Sixers to waive Brandon Paul as roster deadline nears

The Sixers, who have an afternoon of cuts to make in order to get the regular season roster down to 15 before 5 p.m. on Monday, will waive guard Brandon Paul, according to a source.

Jake Fischer first reported the news. Paul has received interest from other NBA teams, per the source, and has not yet had talks about the D-League. 

Paul, 25, appeared in four preseason games for the Sixers. He averaged 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three.

Paul recently shared with his challenges to pursue an NBA career.

The Sixers' roster stood at 20 after they signed Temple alum Dionte Christmas.

Cat Barber, Shawn Long and James Webb III also are expected to be waived and spend time in the Development League. Elton Brand announced his retirement and was waived last week.