Happy Presidents' Day: Flyers in Long Island for Rare Weekday Matinee

Happy Presidents' Day: Flyers in Long Island for Rare Weekday Matinee

We wanted to talk a little today about the increasingly dire
situation the Flyers find themselves at the season’s one-third mark, coming off
of a deflating collapse in New Jersey followed by a no-show effort in Montreal
over the weekend. As it turns out though, the Orange & Black are right back
in action this afternoon, and we’re not very good planners.

So we’ll put the sky-is-falling talk on hold for the time
being, and focus on the Philadelphia’s task at hand, the New York Islanders –
who by the way are already showing their hospitality by sharing the Atlantic
Division basement. That’s right: if the Flyers lose today, they will be all
alone again in last place, with the bottom of the entire Eastern Conference not
far behind.

This is the first meeting of the season between the two. The
Flyers posted a 4-1-1 record over the Islanders in 2011-’12, and are a
hilarious 28-3-1 dating back to ’07-’08.

The Isles are a dangerous team nonetheless, one loaded with
scoring potential. New York is ranked seventh with 3.14 goals per game, their
explosive offense keyed by budding superstar John Tavares. The first-overall
pick of the draft in ’09 is currently tied for second in the NHL with 11 goals,
and tied for sixth with 20 points.

On the flip side, the Islanders are one of the league’s shakiest
defensively. They are 26th in goals against per game, surrendering 3.36 on

Of course the match-up numbers haven’t often dictated much
for the Flyers this season, who have been prone to uneven performances since
the first pick dropped back in January. The key number today is probably this:
2-8. That’s their record on the road this season, compared to 4-1-1 at home.

The good news on that front is the Flyers will be back in
front of a Wells Fargo Center crowd on Thursday, finally bringing an end to
their six-game road trip. They can still salvage the trip somewhat however by
earning two points today, with Pittsburgh looming on Wednesday. And even though they’ve routinely had the Islanders’
number the last few years, the Flyers should be treating every opponent like
they’re the damn Eastern Conference All-Star right now – as opposed to just
making their opponents look like it.

Anyway, feel free to join us for the game in our esteemed comment section if you would like.

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Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”