It's amazing how one game can change your entire perspective on how a
team is doing. The Sixers couldn't have sunk much lower—well, actually,
they could've sunk way lower, but that would've been even worse—than
their road loss to the lowly Bucks on Monday, with Evan Turner going
1-12, Lou Williams playing a one-man game of keepaway down the stretch,
and Bucks point man Brandon Jennings scorching Jrue Holiday for 33
points and seven dimes. But, lo and behold, one game later and the team
is blowing out the dead-legged Celtics to keep their Atlantic Division
lead, with Evan Turner going off for a career-high 26 points and Nik
Vucevic posting a 14 and 12 off the bench. Forget rebuilding, do you
guys think we can win the championship this year???
Of course, it'd be foolish of us to expect a repeat performance from
the Liberty Ballers tonight—or from their most recent (and apparently
permanent) addition to the starting lineup. Evan Turner, unless his name
is secretly Jeremy Lin, will probably not equal or better his 26 points
tonight against the Jazz, and in fact, if he got even half that much
(on decent shooting with a couple boards and assists), we'd probably
have to consider it something of an accomplishment. Nonetheless, the
Sixers will have some added motivation tonight, looking to repay the
tough 102-99 loss they suffered at the hands of the Jazz at the end of
last year—and with ET always having a little something to prove while
going up against 2010's #3 overall pick, Jazz big man Derrick Favors.
7:00 tip from the Wells Fargo Center. “I'm trying to build off this
and not say 'I told you so' or anything," Turner said about his
long-delayed breakout performance on Wedensday. "It's just enjoying the
moment.” One moment is nice, Evan. Multiple would be better.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.
"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."
Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.
The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.
Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).
It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.
Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.
Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.
Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.
Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P