Collins Will Give the Ball to Dre in the Clutch (Repeat As Needed)

Collins Will Give the Ball to Dre in the Clutch (Repeat As Needed)

“Ball’s going to be in his hands,” 76ers coach Doug Collins stated flatly Sunday,
after the Sixers’ overtime loss to the Kings. “He’s going to drive the
basket, and he’s going to make a play for us or he’s going to get
fouled or he’s going to score.”

Funny he doesn't mention Dre's going to "miss a flailing layup," "not
pass to an open shooter," or "miss a tough, contested jumper."

Collins is certainly consistent in giving the ball to Dre with the
game winding down, but it seems to be costing the team more wins than
it's earning them. At what point does Collins mix it up?

It's one of the few things that Collins does with this team that fans
don't seem to support at all. It's also a bit puzzling in that there's
no reason he could go with Jrue one day and back to Dre the next. Why
the hard and fast rule to always go with Dre in these situations?

Reuben Frank takes a look at Iguodala's last second attempts this season and his coach's unwavering insistence to give him the ball in those situations.

You all know the results, but it's almost more annoying to see them listed out.

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.