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They don't want to go home yet. That was the message Wayne Simmonds sent after the Flyers big win in Game 6 on Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
They've got another must-win game this evening to keep their season alive.
One of the keys to winning Game 6 was the Flyers' aggressiveness, something Wayne has talked about them needing to focus on if they wanted to keep the series going.
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From CSNPhilly.com's Sarah Baicker:
“It’s something we definitely discussed as a team,” Simmonds said. “I think Chief [coach Craig Berube] really relayed that message to us. I think we were kind of -- I don’t know if I want to say scared, but we’re used to getting a lot of penalties. Sometimes when you’re overaggressive, the refs tend to throw their arms up and you kind of shy away from physical play.
“But as long as you’re doing it smart, you’re playing on the line and not over the line, you should be fine. I think that’s the way we did it tonight, and it worked.”
They're going to need another clean, aggressive, mistake-free game tonight in New York. You know the Rangers are going to bring a better effort in their own building.
Perhaps my favorite line from last night's presser was when Claude Giroux talked about Simmer, "I think when Wayne wants to win the battle, he wins it."
Let's hope he wants to win all the battles tonight.
There are three Game 7s in the NHL tonight. The Flyers start things off at 7:00 in NYC followed by Minnesota-Colorado at 9:30 and LA-San Jose at 10:00 pm.
CAMDEN, N.J. — Whether or not Joel Embiid suits up against the Raptors tonight remains to be seen. He is listed as questionable because of illness and did not participate in shootaround. On Tuesday, Brett Brown said Embiid was dealing with the flu.
If Embiid is unable to play, Jahlil Okafor would see more playing time. After four straight DNPs, Okafor started in Embiid’s absence on Saturday against the Wizards and had 26 points and nine rebounds in 35 minutes. The following game, he came off the bench against the Bucks (10 points, two rebounds, 20 minutes) without Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle).
Noel went through shootaround and is probable for Wednesday.
“I know I can’t control what’s going on with all the DNPs,” Okafor said after shootaround. “I just try to work as hard as I can to stay prepared for whatever happens.”
T.J. McConnell has been upgraded from doubtful to questionable after he was able to go through shootaround with a right wrist sprain. He wore a splint on Tuesday but just had his wrist wrapped to limit swelling. The Sixers' medical staff will evaluate McConnell before the game to determine his status.
“A lot better today,” McConnell said. “Optimistic about tonight. We’ll see how it responds this afternoon during warmups and make a decision there.”
Richaun Holmes remains on assignment with the Delaware 87ers. He is currently participating in the NBA D-League Showcase, which runs Jan. 18-22 in Mississauga, Ontario.
When he's not battling bridge scandals, getting kicked off trains, falling out of chairs, making trips to McDonald's for Donald Trump, or eating M&M's, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie sure seems to be fond of insulting Philadelphia Eagles fans.
The oversized personality was at it again this morning when he spoke with the Boomer and Carton show up on New York's WFAN.
Christie is a well-documented Dallas Cowboys fan and again discussed his fandom and why people seem to care about it.
And in case you needed a reminder, the Cowboys' season is currently over and they didn't even win a single playoff game. Sad!
“I understand why people are interested if you are a public figure, as to who you root for,” Christie said. “They’re interested. But the hostility, I will tell you that I take for being a Cowboys fan — and this is what I say to Giants fans all the time, and Eagles fans. Now Eagles fans I can understand it from a little more because the Eagles do suck and they’ve sucked for a long time. And their fans are generally angry, awful people.”
He then goes on to say he's not a front runner for liking the Cowboys because they've been far less successful over the last ten years than the New York Giants. Mostly true.
You can listen to the whole interview right here. Via CBS Philly