Sixers Facing Iverson in Denver a Must Watch

Sixers Facing Iverson in Denver a Must Watch

The Sixers have been fairing okay without Allen Iverson.  That is to say they haven't lost 11 in a row.  Tonight the Sixers will share the court with Iverson, but they no longer have to share the ball.  Philly fans surely won't be extremely concerned with whether the Sixers win against their former franchise player, but rather how Iverson and his former team treat each other.  Joe Juliano points out that Mo and Allen haven't spoken since that fateful day Cheeks sent The Answer home from practice for the final time.  So Mo, will you talk to Iverson?

"I'll see how it goes," Cheeks said yesterday. "If I see him, I'll reach out."

To say that it will be odd for Cheeks and the Sixers - not to
mention people watching on television in the Philadelphia area - to see
Iverson in another uniform is an understatement. Even Cheeks agrees.

"Very obviously, it's going to be different," the coach said.

If you see him?  I'm pretty sure you're playing the Nuggets -- you're going to see him.  It's well documented that Cheeks is a class guy and that Iverson took advantage of his nice guy demeanor.  Let's hope Mo can win the battle on the court tonight.  Cheeks goes on to say the way his relationship ended with the former star player was "unfortunate."

This is the first Sixers game in quite a while you may not want to miss.  9:00 start time on Comcast.

In other Sixers news, Kyle Korver is slightly upset about no longer getting to play with synthetic balls.

>>Tonight, 76ers face Iverson for 1st Time [Inquirer]
>>Kyle Korver regrets losing unpopular synthetic ball [Inquirer]

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

You'll love Dario Saric even more after watching him on PST's Quick 6

We love you, Dario Saric.

For you being you, and not just a significant part of the Sixers' process.

And if you don't enjoy the Croatian Sensation, you most certainly will after watching him open up during a fun game of "Quick Six" on CSN's Philly Sports Talk.

From orange juice and beer, to his gluteus and T.J. McConnell's hair, Saric discussed plenty.

The questions had him feeling all over the place. But he was terrific.

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For the full video, watch above.

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry from how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 — the last time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a gigantic one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.