Spencer Hawes Did What in the Where Now?

Spencer Hawes Did What in the Where Now?

Nate Thurmond. Alvin Robertson. Hakeem Olajuwon. David Robinson. We
almost nearly had to add a fifth name to that list last night, as
Spencer Hawes came just two assists and three blocks short of
registering a quadruple-double last night at the Wells Fargo Center,
ending with what must be the best stat line of his career—18 points, 16
rebounds, eight assists, seven blocks, and zero game-blowing layup
misses, in a game that the Sixers won—won, as in the opposite of
lost—against the Indiana Pacers. The blocks and rebounds were both
career highs for Spence, and the assists was one shy—which all in all is
a pretty remarkable night to have in your 403rd career NBA game.

Aside
from Spence's dominant performance, Jrue Holiday had himself a ballgame
last night as well, scoring 20 in the first half and ending strong with
a couple huge buckets late in the fourth to seal the game, posting an
impressive 27/12/6 for the night. All five starters ended in double
figures (yes, even you Damien Wilkins) and the defense was strong across
the board, as the Sixers notched a combined 14 blocked shots, and the
Pacers' three perimeter starters combined to go 12-38. (Center Roy
Hibbert ended with 25 and ten against Spencer Hawes and company, but
needed 26 shots to do so.)

A weird game that ended in a Sixers
victory against the (possible) second-best team in the Eastern
Conference, and a team that had thumped the Sixers in two previous
meetings this year. The third straight strong performance from the
Liberty Ballers against high-level East competition at the WFC
officially makes this the best stretch of ball the Sixers have played
this season, at what must be the weirdest point in the season for the
team to suddenly decide to start playing well. Winning is fun and all,
but are we gonna get back to Tankfest '13 at any point? Hope you know
what you're doing, Damien Wilkins.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."