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Because Mad Men Doesn't Start Till 9:00: Sixers-Spurs in San Antone

Because Mad Men Doesn't Start Till 9:00: Sixers-Spurs in San Antone

Not to get all sentimental or anything, but can you believe this is
really the last game against a Western Conference opponent that the
Philadelphia 76ers will play all season? As a result of the
lockout-shortened schedule, inter-conference games have been greatly
reduced this year, and so after the Sixers head to San Antonio tonight,
they'll be sticking in the East for the rest of the season. Crazy,
right? Feels like just yesterday we were touring the West for our
season-opening five-game swing, doesn't it?

Anyway, the Sixers' farewell to the Mountain and Pacific time zones
comes with one of the conference's toughest matchups—the San Antonio
Spurs, 19-4 at home for the season. As they were last year and just
about every year in memory before that, the Spurs are again one of the
NBA's best squads this season, weathering age and injury, quietly
retooling and winning the same way they always have—inexplicably, and
repeatedly. Sixers fans will no doubt remember that they've already met
with the Sixers once this season, beating the Ballers in Philly back in
February behind an incredible 37 points and eight assists from Tony
Parker, including a perfect 13-13 from the line.

So, do the Sixers stand a chance the second time around, this time in
the Lone Star State? Well, the Sixers do have the advantage of catching
the Spurs in the third game of a back-to-back-to-back, and coach Gregg
Popovich has never been shy about either yanking veteran starters early
or just not starting them at all in such games—and, indeed, it's been
reported that Hall-of-Fame power forward Tim Duncan might be sitting
this one out, along with injured reserves Gary Neal and Tiago Splitter.
That certainly improves our chances, though if Jrue Holiday and company
can't contain Tony Parker this time around, it won't matter all that
much.

7:00 tip from the AT&T Center. You guys know that Mad Men is over two hours tonight? We might already be into the 1970s by the time this thing is done.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
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Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Phils can make a statement tonight vs. Yu Darvish

Phillies-Dodgers thoughts: Phils can make a statement tonight vs. Yu Darvish

Phillies (59-91) vs. Dodgers (96-64)
7:05 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App

Nick Pivetta the giant-killer helped the Phillies to a series-opening victory last night in a game the Phillies had no business winning. Despite having the highest ERA in the majors (6.57) among pitchers with at least 100 innings, Pivetta has somehow led the Phillies to wins in games against Clayton Kershaw and Chris Sale, the sport's two best lefties.

The Phils get another tough test tonight in right-hander Yu Darvish, who can be just as unhittable as Kershaw when he's not missing over the middle.

• Aaron Altherr's grand slam last night was the first ever allowed by Kershaw, who has made 302 career starts including the postseason. The Phillies are now the only team against which Kershaw is two games under .500 in his career.

• Altherr this season has eight home runs in 109 plate appearances against lefties. From 2014-16, he had just one homer against lefties in 106 plate appearances.

• Altherr has also homered 12 times in 48 games at Citizens Bank Park this year. One outta four ain't bad.

• Interesting that the Phillies shifted J.P. Crawford to third base last night and brought Cesar Hernandez in to play second once they had the lead. It kind of shows that this coaching staff views Crawford as a better defender than Maikel Franco, which is meaningful moving forward. Crawford made a fantastic running barehand pickup last night to get the Phils a tough out.

• One of the things that makes Darvish so good is that his velocity ranges from about 68 mph with his slow curve to 96 mph with his fastball. He has 9.96 strikeouts per nine innings this season, 11th-most in baseball.

• Aaron Nola (11-10, 3.60) starts tonight for the Phillies, coming off a career-high 11 strikeouts vs. the Marlins. The Dodgers are a very good offensive team but this is still a decent matchup for Nola because of the swing-and-miss in the games of Cody Bellinger, Curtis Gradnerson, Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig. Look for Nola to attack Bellinger with two-seam fastballs that start inside and come back over the inside corner after Pivetta had success doing so last night.

• Since Aug. 27, the only team in the majors with a lower bullpen ERA than the Phillies is the Cleveland Indians. Luis Garcia fired another scoreless inning last night. He's allowed one run in his last 17 appearances.