Great, Another Basketball Game: Sixers Visit Toronto for Ugghhhhhhh

Great, Another Basketball Game: Sixers Visit Toronto for Ugghhhhhhh

Last night was a bummer of an NBA basketball game, for sure. The Sixers
and Nets played about level for two quarters, then the Nets decided to
play a little bit better and the Sixers said "eh, you guys have fun with
that." Unlike other bad losses the Sixers have suffered recently to the
likes of the Spurs and Thunder, where the team fought hard and were
simply outplayed by better teams, this one really seemed like the Sixers
got down, got dispirited, and just kinda gave up. I've been upset and
disappointed at various points of this Sixers season, but that third
quarter was the first one that made me downright depressed.


They get to make up for it tonight in Toronto, but let's face
it—there's no such thing as an easy or likely win for the Sixers at this
point. They're six games under .500, they were lower than the Kings and
Pistons in Marc Stein's latest Power Rankings (and not unjustly so),
and they haven't won two games in a row since November (!!). This isn't a
good basketball team, surely, though as Michael Levin of Liberty
Ballers puts it, losing tonight will mean that they're not just mediocre, but an "Eddie Jordan-level of bad." And that ain't good.

Again,
maybe it's all for the best. No good or even average team also means no
panic trades at the deadline, no hope or expectation for the
post-season, no getting beat in the first round by the Heat or the
Celtics, and no real pressure on Andrew Bynum when/if he returns to play
for the Sixers. Meanwhile, it also might mean a half-decent draft pick
come June—in a historically weak draft, sure, but that's still better
than no pick at all, which is what they'll have if they make the
playoffs. Maybe this is all as our lord Malik Rose intended.

7:00
tip from the Air Canada Centre. Oh, just in case this post was too
sunny for you as is, it's worth pointing out that if they lose this
game, the Sixers will only be one game up on the Raps—who have won 8 of
their last 11 after starting their season 4-19. ONE TWO THREE FOUR
FIVE....

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

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 admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

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.