Sixers Can't Get Off Buzzer Beater, Fall to Hard Working Clippers 78-77

Sixers Can't Get Off Buzzer Beater, Fall to Hard Working Clippers 78-77

With 3.2 seconds remaining in the game and the Sixers trailing by one -- and despite him having a somewhat shaky game up to that point -- I wanted Lou Williams to get the final look.

Doug Collins gave me and my fellow Sixers fans who wanted to see Lou with the rock in his hands as the clock ticked down what we were hoping for. Sort of.

It's unclear what the play Doug drew up was trying to do, but it was clear that Lou Williams got the ball with at least two defenders on him 30 feet or so from the basket and failed to get off a shot.

Sixers lose.

[watch Chris Paul's game-winning fadeaway below]

Doug wouldn't say what he intended the play to be, but he did put the blame for the final seconds squarely on his own shoulders.

"At the end of the game, I'll put that on me. I've got to give my guys more help," Collins said of the final 3.2 seconds. "That's not on the players. That's on me."

"Terrible on my part."

It wasn't the only terrible performance of the night from the Sixers. They also shot a weak 15-23 from the free throw line, missing 8 freebies that could have been huge in the one point loss.

We'll all point to the final few possessions, but the Sixers didn't bring their best stuff all night long. For one of a very few games this season, the Clippers were out working the Sixers on both ends of the floor. Credit former Sixer Reggie Evans for causing all sorts of havoc. That dude is a nasty man.

Then there was the ridiculous final bucket from Chris Paul on a play Elton Brand called one of the strangest he's ever seen in all of his time around the game. Coach Collins gave Paul his props on the amazing shot.

"That was incredible. Andre Iguodala played him, couldn't play him any better. He hits a fade away jump shot. There must have been three or four times they fell on the floor with the ball and scrummed it out, and got it out, and it was a wonderful play."

Elton even said he thought Blake Griffin was going to shoot it from his knees. That didn't happen, but Paul found a way to get a bucket.

The Sixers couldn't even get off a shot.

Off to Cleveland to take on the somewhat hot Cavaliers tomorrow night.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

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 admits to aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to aggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

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.