Sixers Go Shooting Down the Walls of Heartache in Golden State

Sixers Go Shooting Down the Walls of Heartache in Golden State

Hey, we beat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday! None of our good
players played well and a couple of their good players played really
well, but sports are weird and things happen and every Dorell Wright
must have his day and we won the game somehow. Coming not all that long
after a big win against Atlanta (with a forgivable loss to the Nets in
between), this could resemble something like "forward momentum" for a
team that dropped five winnable games in a row fairly recently. We'll take it.

The
Sixers get to keep those feelings of goodness alive in Oakland tonight,
where they play a late game against the surging Warriors. The talent
level on the Warriors is far from overwhelming, but they've combined
good outside shooting (nearly a combined six threes a game from starting
backcourt Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) with solid post play (David
Lee averaging about 20 and 11 on 54% shooting) and above-average team
defense (holding their opponents to under 100 points a game, something
once-unthinkable for the offense-first Warriors) to scrape their way to
an impressive 19-10 record, winning nine of their last twelve.

To
beat the Warriors, the Sixers will need to get a little more out of
their own starting backcourt, as Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday combined
for a miserable 14 points (13 of them Jrue's) to go with 11 (!!)
turnovers in the win against Memphis, in a combination of box score and
final score you are not likely to see happen again anytime soon. For
what it's worth, the Sixers handled the Warriors pretty easily in their
two meetups last year, winning both games by a combined 50 points, but
it probably ain't worth much, considering how different the personnel
are on both teams this time around, and considering that neither Evan or
Jrue played a large part in either Sixer victory last year.

10:30 tip from Oracle Arena. Always a fun one against the Warriors, anyway.

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: