The Sixers Have Become Tough to Watch

The Sixers Have Become Tough to Watch

It doesn't seem all that long ago that the Sixers were a .500 basketball team. But rattling off a stretch of games like they have -- 5-straight losses, only having won three of their last sixteen -- and all of the hope surrounding this season is getting swept away like all of that rare confetti at the Wells Fargo Center.

They're 15-22 and on the outside of the playoff picture looking at a tough climb in. Even a healthy Andrew Bynum by the middle of February could leave them out of the postseason at the rate they're going now.

When this team has gone through struggles in the past, Doug Collins would typically come out after a game and make statements like, "We played hard, I thought we played good defense, but we were just outmatched tonight by a really good Boston team. They hit their shots. We didn't."

He can no longer say those things with a straight face. Aside from the "not hitting our shots part."

After the Brooklyn game on Tuesday night, in fact, Doug didn't really have much to say at all. Asked what he told his team following the ugly loss, Collins said he had nothing to say to the boys. He just let it simmer.

I think Marc Zumoff put it best during the telecast when he said, paraphrasing, that "the Sixers are allowing the Brooklyn Nets to do anything they want on the offensive end."

This is the Brooklyn Nets we're talking about. Not exactly a perennial contender.

At least when Collins used to praise the team for its effort on a nightly basis, fans could appreciate that and point towards growth. Aside from Jrue Holiday turning into an All-Star, and I'm a bit partial towards Thad Young's nightly effort, this team is as inconsistent as can be.

Evan Turner's play kind of personifies all of that. In year's past, when ET would go through one of his funks, they had enough pieces to fight through it to an extent it as a team. But now, with ET being such an integral part, when he goes bad the whole team goes bad. And Evan's been going bad pretty damn frequently.

And that's just not fun to watch.

I tuned in last night for the contest against the Toronto Raptors. I fell asleep before the 3rd quarter was over.

Doug Collins sure doesn't seem to have the answer. I don't have any answers. Do you have any answers? Is it time to shake up the roster? Can they wait until they get Bynum back before doing that?

All I know is this isn't fun anymore.

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."

NFL Notes: Dez Bryant to return vs. Eagles; Geno Smith has torn ACL

NFL Notes: Dez Bryant to return vs. Eagles; Geno Smith has torn ACL

The Cowboys expect Dez Bryant to return Sunday night against the Eagles, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Bryant practiced Monday after the Cowboys' bye and "was doing everything," according to Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys have gone 3-0 since Bryant injured his knee. Wide receivers Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams have been productive in his absence, with Beasley scoring three TDs and Williams totaling 155 receiving yards in Dallas' last two games.

Jets: Torn ACL for Geno Smith
NEW YORK — New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is seeking a second opinion on the injury that would end his season — and likely his time with the team that drafted him.

NFL Network first reported the severity of Smith's injury on Monday.

Smith, a second-round pick in 2013, injured his knee while taking a sack from Baltimore's Matt Judon in the second quarter of the Jets' 24-16 win Sunday. Smith, who got the start in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, had an MRI on Monday.

-The Associated Press

Bears: Jay Cutler to return in Week 8
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will return from a thumb injury to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 31.

Cutler has been out since he suffered a thumb sprain in a Sept. 19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach John Fox said Monday that Cutler has been cleared to play in the game next Monday night.

His backup, Brian Hoyer, suffered a broken left arm against Green Bay in the Bears' 26-10 defeat last Thursday. Fox says Hoyer has had surgery.

Fox says it's possible the team could pick up one more quarterback behind backup Matt Barkley, who played against the Packers after Hoyer's injury.

Chicago (1-6) is at the bottom of the NFC North division.

-The Associated Press