Flyers-Islanders: The Stretch Begins... Now...

Flyers-Islanders: The Stretch Begins... Now...

Coming off of back-to-back shootout losses to the two teams directly behind them in the standings, the Flyers have a busy weekend with a pair of games against a dog and a contender. The Bruins are on deck for tomorrow, which makes tonight's matchup on Long Island your cliché trap game. The Isles are pulling up the rear of the division, as is their custom, but the Flyers have been vulnerable lately so anything is possible tonight.

Personally, I think the Flyers are more likely to be looking back at the last two games than they are to be looking ahead to the Bruins tomorrow, and that's a good thing. They could have and should have won both. In regulation. Hopefully that will help them find the motivation they have at times lacked lately, and we'll see them take it out on the Isles. Dave Isaac says Bob is in net for the Flyers. 

There's a tough week ahead, with six games between tonight and next Sunday. We could all use a little confidence booster to start that run. And I guess some Flaming Lips.

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to sign with Cavaliers after buyout from Sixers

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to sign with Cavaliers after buyout from Sixers

Andrew Bogut, we hardly knew ye. 

After coming over from Dallas as part of the Nerlens Noel trade, Bogut is already thinking about his next move.

With the Sixers expected to buy out Bogut's contract, the former No. 1 overall pick will look to sign with the Cavaliers, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon. 

The Sixers swapped Noel for Bogut, Justin Anderson and a top-18 protected first-round pick — which will likely turn into two second-round picks — last Thursday. 

With LeBron James begging the front office for help, the Cavaliers are also expected to sign Bogut's former Dallas teammate Deron Williams in Monday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania

La Salle suffers demoralizing loss to struggling UMass

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La Salle suffers demoralizing loss to struggling UMass

AMHERST, Mass. -- Zach Lewis scored a career-high 37 points, including six three-pointers, and Massachusetts pulled away from La Salle 84-71 on Sunday to snap a three-game losing streak.

Lewis, whose 37-point effort was the best for any player in the Atlantic 10 this season, hit nine of his 16 field goal attempts overall and was a perfect 13-for-13 at the free throw line. Dejon Jarreau added 20 points and four three-ponters for UMass (14-15, 4-12).

Pookie Powell hit five 3-pointers and scored 24 points, and B.J. Johnson added 20 points to lead La Salle (14-13, 8-8).

Both teams shot similar percentages and had similar three-point totals, but the Minutemen finished with a plus-14 advantage at the free throw line.

La Salle remained within striking distance but a 13-4 stretch for UMass midway through the second half pushed its lead to 63-51. The Minutemen kept the Explorers at arm's length the rest of the way.