Gone are the days when a Sixers game was worth watching simply to see what number three was going to do next. That doesn't mean the Sixers aren't worth watching in my opinion. Sure there will likely be stretches of horrible play but this team should bring some excitement to the floor.
The key to that excitement, of course, is Andre Iguodala. The Sixers have until Wednesday to work out an extension with their star or otherwise have to wait until next summer. At that point, they would have the right to match any offer he receives from other teams. No rumblings about a deal almost being done have hit the Internetways. Andre will be playing his tail off this year to prove he's worth the big bucks. That could be fun to watch.
Contract or not, 'Dre seems to be up to the challenge of being the go to guy and facing the heat every night, "I've got to prove to the league that I'm a high-caliber player, and I plan on doing that." Glad to see the new A.I. brings the right attitude to the court.
D.A. over at the Inquirer points out that the best chances the Sixers have of winning doesn't necessarily rest in the hands of Iguodala, but rather the tall, skinny Haitian in the middle. As Sammy D goes, so go the Sixers.
Also of note, the Sixers exercised their extension on Rodney Carney. So far in his short career, he hasn't lived up to his draft position.
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 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.