Closing Time: Game 66 for the Sixers in Detroit

Closing Time: Game 66 for the Sixers in Detroit

Well, both the Sixers and Knicks won last night, meaning that the
seventh and eighth seeds are still uncertain going into play tonight.
Presumably both teams would prefer falling to eight and playing the more
manageable Chicago Bulls—Clyde Frazier said on the MSG broadcast last
night that the Knicks would have an easier time against the Miami Heat,
but I doubt anyone actually believes that—but both teams will have their
work cut out for them if they plan on losing tonight. Even with resting
arguably their top five guys tonight—Jrue Holiday should be joining Lou
Williams, Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala on the
bench—the Sixers still have a shot against the 24-41 Pistons, though Detroit
does somehow have a 17-15 record at the predominantly empty Palace at
Auburn Hills this year.

The result of Philly's game won't matter, though, assuming New York can
manage to take care of business against the worst team in NBA history.
Normally, you'd expect that the surging Knicks would have no problem
sweeping up the 7-58 Bobcats, but with no real incentive to win (Orlando
clinched the #6 seed by beating Charlotte last night), you can expect
that New York will be sitting at least a handful of regulars. Of course,
the Knicks' second-stringers are probably still superior to the
Bobcats' A Squad, but Charlotte will be looking to avoid history—by
winning one more game, they can avoid ending the season with the worst
winning percentage in NBA history, a mark still held by our proud
'72-'73 Sixer squad. Could be a toss-up, though you'd like to believe
that the team that's lost 22 games in a row will find a way to squeak
out just one more L before season's end, and allow us to slink
comfortably back to the 8th seed.

Tonight's Sixers matchup will be interesting beyond the playoff
implications, if only for the added freedom for Evan Turner. Last night,
Turner quickly emerged as the team's go-to scoring option with all
their, uh, more traditional scorers on the bench, and he did a fairly
decent job at it, posting 29 points (though he needed 29 shots to do
it), 13 rebounds and six assists, carrying the team to victory against a
somehow-even-more-undermanned Milwaukee Bucks team. If the team trades
Iguodala and lets Lou walk in the off-season—which they really, really
well should—this is the kind of role we're going to be seeing Evan in a
lot more, and if he can build on games like last night's, that's a good
way to get the post-Lou/Dre era started. (NO JINX NO JINX NO JINX NO
JINX)

8:00 tip from the Palace. No matter who they play in the first round,
the Sixers will play their Game One on Saturday. Evan Turner hopes it's the Bulls. Needless to say, you should too.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.