Should Ray Emery or Steve Mason start Game 3 for the Flyers?

Should Ray Emery or Steve Mason start Game 3 for the Flyers?

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Did Ray Emery inadvertently start a goaltender controversy with his standout performance in the Philadelphia Flyers’ Game 2 victory over the New York Rangers? It seems he might have.

Not long after the final horn sounded on the 4-2 win, the Flyers Postgame Live panel and especially former NHL player and head coach Rick Tocchet were expounding upon the virtues of sticking with Emery in net. Emery, of course, is only playing in the first place because of the upper-body injury Steve Mason sustained in the penultimate game of the regular season.

Tocchet went so far as to suggest the guys in the dressing room could feel the same way about who should get the call. Moments later, Claude Giroux was holding court with reporters, heaping praise on Emery, admitting the Flyers couldn’t have won without him.

Difficult to argue with the captain on that one. After falling behind 2-0 in the opening nine minutes, Emery slammed the door shut on the Rangers for the final 51. He stopped 31 shots in all, including 17 in the second period alone. His anticipation was almost otherworldly.

Up until Sunday, there was absolutely zero debate over who should be between the pipes for the Flyers for the playoffs. It’s been Mason all the way. Does one game really change that?

Head coach Craig Berube ducked the question.

Perhaps it’s a moot point. Mason wasn’t ready to play in Games 1 and 2, and for all we know, might not be any closer before the next meeting on Tuesday.

Assuming Mason were healthy though, who should get the call? Sure, Emery looked great, and he wasn’t the reason the orange and black dropped the first game, either. But statistically, Mason gives Philadelphia the best shot. He’s six years younger and a better puck-handler as well.

Either decision has the potential to open a different can of worms.

If Berube does go with Mason, and he looks shell-shocked in his return, do the Flyers quickly go back to Emery in Game 4?

If Berube sticks with Emery, and he continues to play well, is he the goaltender for the remainder of the playoffs no matter what?

It's a delicate situation to say the least. How Berube decides to handle it is easily the biggest challenge of his coaching tenure to date. Flyers fans can only hope he gets it right.

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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Temple surrenders late lead in 81-74 loss to No. 20 Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI -- Kyle Washington scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half, rallying No. 20 Cincinnati to its ninth straight win, 81-74 over Temple on Wednesday night.

The Bearcats (16-2, 6-0 American Athletic) trailed by six points before Washington made two one-handed shots during a decisive 17-5 run that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati led by as many as 13 points.

The Bearcats extended their best winning streak in three seasons and completed a series sweep of the Owls (10-10, 1-6), who were sloppy with the ball.

Troy Caupain had 18 points for the Bearcats, including seven free throws in the closing minutes.

Shizz Alston, Jr., led Temple with 25 points for the second game in a row, matching his career high.

Obi Enechionyia made a 3-pointer, a dunk and a 15-foot jumper as Temple opened a six-point lead at the start of the second half, its biggest of the game. Washington then led the decisive run by scoring on two shots near the basket.

Big picture
Temple: The Owls have been prone to bad first halves, but that wasn't the case this time. They led 28-26 at the break despite having nine turnovers and no offensive rebounds.

Cincinnati: The Bearcats have won their last 19 home games, their longest such streak since taking 19 in a row from March 2, 2013 through Feb. 15, 2014. Their last home loss was 77-70 to Temple in their league opener last season.

Poll implications
A ragged win over a struggling Temple team won't much help the Bearcats. They don't play a currently ranked team until next week, when they host crosstown rival Xavier, which is ranked No. 22.

Up next
The Owls have a week off before hosting Memphis next Wednesday. They split their series last season, with each team winning at home.

The Bearcats play at Tulane on Saturday. They beat Tulane 92-56 at home on Jan. 1.

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

You can play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons in NBA Jam

He’s on fire.

Ever wonder what it would be like to play NBA Jam with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons? Well now you can.

Thanks to a roster update, spotted by Kotaku, you can now have the fun of matching up Embiid with Simmons, or Embiid with Nerlens Noel or even the more daring combination of Jahlil Okafor with Noel.

Here’s what the player ratings look like for all of the aforementioned players in this reboot of one of the more popular games in the early-90s.

In addition to current NBA rosters, the game also gives you the ability to play with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kanye West, and yes, even Harambe.

So fire up your computer and match up your favorite two Sixers, or politicians.