No gift for the Sixers right now could be greater than the gift of not
having to play basketball for a little while. (Well, getting the
Funny-Looking Kid With the Big Hair back and healthy and with a newfound
lust for life would be nice too, but Christmas is still at least a
couple months away.) They'll get to enjoy that all-too-rare privilege
soon enough, as All-Star Weekend will grant all of them but Jrue Holiday
a week free of their depressing professional responsibilities, but
first they have to go through the motions of a game in Milwaukee,
against the 25-25 Bucks.
Ostensibly, with the Sixers just three
games behind the Bucks for the eighth spot in the East, this should be
an "important game" with "playoff implications" that "people will
watch." But we're not really fooling anybody here—the Bucks are probably
about as worried about the Sixers catching them with no Thad, J-Rich or
Bynum as the Sixers are interested in making a legitimate attempt to
catch them and then get slaughtered by the Heat in the first round,
which is to say, not considerably. At the very least, we'll get to see
some more of Arnett Moultrie, who has been just about the only reason to
watch this team since Thad went down, showing energy and IQ and looking
something like a real basketball player. Not sure he's worth the
first-rounder we gave up for him just yet, but it's good to know we
didn't just completely light that thing on fire.
8:00 tip from the Bradley Center. Have fun in Houston, Jrue. Don't drink the purple stuff.
ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.
Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.
Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.
The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.
Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).
Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.
Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.
The Coyotes have won four of their last six.
Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.
Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).
Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.
After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.
Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.
"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.
"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."
Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below.
Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.