Sixers Play Bunch of Dudes Wearing Basketball Uniforms Tonight in Cleveland

Sixers Play Bunch of Dudes Wearing Basketball Uniforms Tonight in Cleveland

For a team boasting a rotation that includes two, maybe three players
who'd be getting minutes on an actually good team, the Cleveland
Cavaliers have done pretty well for themselves lately. Sure, they've
only won two of their last eight games, but those two wins were against
respectable opponents in Utah and Washington, and their losses against
the Heat, Spurs and Celtics came in games that weren't decided until the
final minutes—the final seconds, in
Boston's case
. They've done what all young, rebuilding
teams—especially those whose best players have been stricken with
injury—should do: They've played hard, they've maximized their
potential, and they've lost a whole lot of basketball games, currently
boasting the league's fourth-worst record, in line for a top five draft
pick come June.


The Sixers, for better or worse, have not done this. Even with their
recent 1-3 road trip, including blowout losses in Los Angeles and Utah,
they've gone 5-4 in their last nine games, pushing themselves two games
ahead of the woeful Raptors for ninth in the East, and very possibly
locking themselves out of the top ten come draft time. Still hard to say
if anything's gained by doing this, though at least they're doing most
of their winning at home, giving the few remaining fans that still go to
games at the WFC something vaguely resembling their money's
worth—something to be said for that, surely. Tonight will be a road game
for the Sixers, however, where they've still only won once since New
Years'. Even a crappy team like Cleveland will likely present a
challenge.


7:30 tip from Quicken Loans Arena. If you actually watch this game,
you'll be one of maybe about 137 people nationwide to do so, so maybe
you can write in and win a prize or something. WE SEE YOU, MO SPEEZY!!

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

BOX SCORE

SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.