Sixers vs. Wizards: John Wall vs. Evan Turner Still Not a Thing

Sixers vs. Wizards: John Wall vs. Evan Turner Still Not a Thing

I remember a couple weeks there where I wondered if the Sixers actually
may have lucked out getting Evan Turner instead of John Wall in the 2010
draft. (OK I didn't really wonder that, but I definitely wondered if it
wasn't impossible that I might one day wonder that.) Wall regressed
some as a scorer from his first year to his second when many expected he
would take a leap forward, and his Wizards team never really improved
either. When Wall sat out injured at the beginning of the year while
Evan was having the best month of his career, it was like "Hm, maybe
this wasn't such a bad coinflip after all."

Nope, we lost big
time. John Wall has exploded as a burgeoning All-Star since returning to
the NBA in mid-January, averaging about 18 points and eight assists a
game on career-best 45% shooting, and the Wizards, who started the
season as one of the league's heavy lottery favorites, have gone 24-22
since his return, looking well on their way to respectability (while
still on track for a top ten pick in the draft to help retool for the
future). Meanwhile, Evan Turner has turned back into Evan Turner and the
Sixers have been the Sixers. Harumph.

Anyway, the two players,
forever linked as the 1-2 selections in the '10 draft, will square off
again tonight as the Sixers head to Washington for their fourth-to-last
game of the season. Even if the Liberty Ballers lose out from here,
they'll probably still end up with the 11th pick in the lottery, unless
the Raptors can somehow catch fire in their last four games, all against
playoff teams. More likely, sadly, might be the Blazers sneaking up
from in front of the Sixers, Portland having basically thrown in the
towel on the season, losing nine games in a row to drop to 33-45, with
their four remaining games all also against playoff teams (in the much
tougher Western Conference). So let's not get too cute here, Sixers.

7:00 tip from the Verizon Center. Is this the last Friday night game Doug Collins will coach for the Sixers? Bob Ford says probably, Collins' agent says probably not. Whatever.

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.