It's been a rough couple of weeks for the Sixers and they had a weekend to match. After getting beat up on by the Miami Heat on Saturday night in Philadelphia, the Sixers had their hands full with the New York Knicks on Sunday night at the Garden. They got off to an ugly start but eventually fought back just enough to make the score look respectable.
Spencer Hawes was at the center of the action yet again, but this time he seemingly didn't really do anything to warrant the attention. On what looked like a routine box-out on Carmelo Anthony under the basket, Melo reacted with a pretty egregious slap to Hawes' head. Maybe he saw Jerry Springer sitting court-side at the Garden. He would later say he caught a 'bow from Hawes which he was simply reacting to. I didn't really see said elbow.
Melo was initially just called for a personal foul but it was later upgraded to a Flagrant 1. I wouldn't be surprised if the League reviews it further and gives him a Flagrant 2 and a game suspension. Then again, he's a superstar, so that's probably unlikely.
After the game Spencer said the commotion got him going.
“That kind of [expletive] gets me going,” Hawes said. “That’s what I like and it gets like that sometimes.”
It didn't get him going quite enough, as the Sixers lost yet again.
Philadelphia 76ers sharp shooter Nik Stauskas is back on his "Sauce and Co." podcast with a couple of very special guests: his Momma Ruta and Pappa Paul.
After being overly Canadian in their take on Friday night's brutal loss -- "less than stellar" -- to the Orlando Magic, Mr. Stauskas brings the heat with a fantastic "fun fact."
"Speaking of Joel, I have a fun fact for your audience here," Paul Stauskas says. "I have to give him a new moniker."
He doesn't exactly have a new one yet but...
"'The Process' has already been taken. In 2013 there was a documentary made about Nik called 'Nik Stauskas: The Process.' So if Embiid wants to continue using that, I'm affraid he's going to have to pay a royalty."
If you're searching for some good news following the Eagles' dismal 32-14 loss to the Bengals on Sunday afternoon, here it is.
Jordan Matthews (ankle) and Ryan Mathews (knee) are going to return to practice this week, head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday.
Ryan Mathews, who suffered an MCL sprain against Seattle, has missed the last two weeks. The Eagles averaged just 77 yards rushing in those two losses, going with Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner.
Jordan Matthews, who has been the Eagles' best and most consistent receiver this season, suffered an ankle sprain against the Packers and was inactive on Sunday against the Bengals. It was the first game he ever missed in college or in the NFL.
Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham, who injured his midsection and got X-rays during the game, has an oblique contusion, according to Pederson. Green-Beckham is sore and will be held from practice on Wednesday, but Pederson expects him to be "OK" for the Washington game on Sunday.
Pederson said right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai is "coming along," but isn't yet ready to return.
"He's going to do a little more this week, not from a practice standpoint but from a rehab standpoint, and he's doing good," Pederson said. "But we'll see where he is again later in the week."
In Vaitai's absence, left guard Allen Barbre has shifted from left guard to right tackle and Stefen Wisniewski has replaced him at left guard.