Saturday Extras: JC Romero's Porsche Stolen, King Dunlap Arrested (Separate Incidents)

Saturday Extras: JC Romero's Porsche Stolen, King Dunlap Arrested (Separate Incidents)

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JC Romero was the victim of an auto theft, which, when I say it that way, doesn't really seem to accurately convey the nature of the crime. The bandit didn't make off with my Honda. They took a $190,000 brand new Porsche Panemera. JC had it in for servicing at Bert Smith Porsche in St. Petersburg, Florida, and it was stolen from the dealership. I vote we send in Frances McDormand's character from Fargo. Good luck to JC in getting back his ride, which he drove down to spring training that time Enrico interviewed him. [Phollowing the Phillies]

Another Philly athlete found his name in a police report yesterday as well, only he wasn't the one filing it.

Last night, Eagles' offensive tackle King Dunlap was booked in Nashville after he parked his car on a plaza area at Bridgestone Arena and refused to move when directed by police. It's not uncommon for NFL players to get arrested for something involving their cars, but this is the first time I can recall one getting booked at an NCAA Women's basketball game. Hey King, it's Bridgestone Arena. Dunlaps can't just park on the sidewalk and then tell cops they're not moving, even if their intentions are good...

Dunlap said he was trying to pick up his father, who was in a wheelchair. According to The Tennessean, police told him move the SUV to a different area where he could pick up his father, and that they would help. Dunlap refused again, and was arrested for reckless driving and disorderly conduct. [Tennessean, via Pro Football Talk]

Meanwhile, Mike Vick was winning a Maxwell Award. He also explained why he canceled his Oprah appearance. Personally, and I'm as disgusted at Vick's past as the next guy, I don't get why he'd go on Oprah at all. For all I care, his reason for canceling could be, "I just didn't feel like it. It's Oprah. I'm a football player, not a guy trying to sell his fictitious memoirs." (Incidentally, that's not what he gave as his reason.) Maybe it would help him garner future endorsement deals if he bowed at the altar of Oprah, but no interview he does in 2011 will erase his past, nor improve his play on the football field, and those seem to be the only things people care about when it comes to Michael Vick. His being on Oprah would be good for one person—Oprah. [Daily News]

Getting away from the police blotter, who wants to hear a Penguin talk Sixers hoops and anonymous celebrity? I DO! Here's Zoo With Roy on Spike Eskin's podcast. The first 10 minutes of this sheds a lot of light on the life of the Penguin, then they get into the Hersey Hawkins dong stuff. [WYSP]

It sounds as though many fans are tired of the moniker "The Four Aces," but I've still always been curious—which Phillies starter would fit each suit? Bob Brookover answered that question yesterday, though I could only locate it on the Toronto Star site. 

And finally, this photo, entitled On the C Train, by Ted H. 

Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Bucks 104

Instant Replay: Sixers 113, Bucks 104

BOX SCORE 

The tone was set in the opening minutes of the third quarter. 

The Sixers quickly made up a halftime deficit and rolled from there, outscoring the Bucks, 67-50, in the second half for a 113-104 victory over Milwaukee on Monday.

The Sixers have now won four of their last five games with their only loss in the stretch coming the game Joel Embiid sat out. 

Milwaukee used a 19-4 run to take a 54-44 lead, but the Sixers scored the final basket of the first half and the first eight points of the third quarter to tie the game. 

Embiid scored 12 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 22 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high tying five blocked shots.

Inside the box score
• The Sixers scored 18 of their 24 first-quarter points from the 3-point line, connecting on 6 of 13 attempts from beyond the arc. Philadelphia hit on 14 of 37 three-point attempts, while Milwaukee was just 5 for 14. 

• Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points in the first half, but battled foul trouble after the break and finished with 23 points for the game. He picked up his fourth foul with 6:04 left in the third quarter and was whistled for his fifth foul just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. 

• Eight Sixers scored in double figures, led by Embiid with 22. Dario Saric added 17, Ersan Ilyasova scored 12, Gerald Henderson and Robert Covington had 11 and Sergio Rodriguez, Jahlil Okafor and Chasson Randle each added 10. 

McConnell MRI negative
The Sixers will be without their starting point guard for the time being, as T.J. McConnell left the team to return to Philadelphia to receive treatment for a right wrist strain and did not play against the Bucks (see story).
 
An MRI taken on McConnell’s right wrist came back negative, according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.
 
“He has a strain,” Brown said. “There’s no structural damage. In relation to what that means with regards to his return to play, I don’t know that yet.”

Sergio Rodriguez started in McConnell’s place and scored 10 points with seven rebounds and six assists. 

Monster jam
Embiid threw down a thunderous dunk to give the Sixers a 77-76 lead with 1:00 left in the third quarter. He then forced a turnover on the other end and later blocked a shot attempt by Matthew Dellavedova at the third-quarter buzzer. 

Noel sits
Sixers center Nerlens Noel was a late scratch from Monday’s game due to a sprained left ankle. 

Up Next
The Sixers will host Toronto (27-13) on Wednesday and Portland (18-25) on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center before traveling to Atlanta to face the Hawks (24-17) on Saturday. 

MRI on T.J. McConnell's wrist comes back negative; Nerlens Noel has ankle sprain

MRI on T.J. McConnell's wrist comes back negative; Nerlens Noel has ankle sprain

The Sixers will be without their starting point guard for the time being, as T.J. McConnell has left the team to return to Philadelphia to receive treatment for a right wrist strain and will miss Monday's game vs. the Bucks in Milwaukee.
 
An MRI taken on McConnell’s right wrist came back negative, according to Sixers coach Brett Brown.
 
“He has a strain,” Brown said. “There’s no structural damage. In relation to what that means with regards to his return to play, I don’t know that yet.”
 
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. He has started Philadelphia’s last seven games, a stretch during which the Sixers have gone 5-2.

With McConnell out, Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard Monday against Milwaukee.

Rodriguez started 29 of the first 30 games he played this season, his first in the NBA since 2009-10. The 30-year-old is more of an offensive threat than the defensive-minded McConnell, averaging 8.8 points and 5.8 assists.  

“You immediately go to losing that defensive energy T.J. is known for,” Brown said. “Sergio is a more gifted scorer. T.J. is a more gifted defender. To have Nerlens (Noel) and Joel (Embiid) behind the scenes, we can make up some ground with Sergio.
 
“People understand Sergio’s pedigree. He’s a 30-year-old legend in Europe. He has a wealth of experience. He’s a medalist and an MVP of the Euro league. He also was our starting point guard for a while. We’re happy to give him back that responsibility.”

No Noel
In addition to McConnell, the Sixers on Monday will also be without the services of Nerlens Noel, who is dealing with a left ankle sprain. Noel came down with a season-high 12 rebounds in Saturday's loss to the Wizards.

Still restricted
Sixers center Joel Embiid will still be on a 28-minute restriction Monday against the Bucks.

Embiid sat out Saturday’s 109-93 loss to Washington after playing 28 minutes in a 102-93 win over Charlotte on Friday. He has reached 30 minutes just once in his 27 games this season.