Two Ninth Place Teams Face Off In a Battle of a Game That Will Be Played

Two Ninth Place Teams Face Off In a Battle of a Game That Will Be Played

The Philadelphia 76ers (27-42) are currently sitting at 9th place in the Eastern Conference while their opponent tonight, the Utah Jazz (34-36), are 9th in the Western Conference. The Jazz actually share the ninth spot and are just two games behind the Lakers for the final playoff berth in the West. That said, they haven't been playing real well as of late, having lost four in a row at the hands of the Knicks, Rockets, Spurs, and Mavs.

The Sixers on the other hand have been surprising over their last few contests. From AU's post this am:

The reasons for the Sixers' surprisingly improved proved play of
late—four wins in their last seven games, including victories over the
playoff-bound Nets and Pacers and extremely close losses to the
NBA-hottest Heat and Nuggets—are many. The team's frontcourt has been
playing dramatically better: Spencer Hawes has averaged a 16/10 on 56%
shooting over the stretch, and Thaddeus Young, finally healthy again
after missing a couple weeks with a hamstring strain, has matched with a
17/7 on 55% shooting. Dorell Wright has also rediscovered his Golden
State shooting stroke, averaging 12 a game and shooting 19 of 38 from
deep, and with the exception of a dismal two-point performance in Los
Angeles, Jrue Holiday has been Jrue Holiday, averaging about 17 points
and nine assists, shooting 48% from deep and even keeping his turnover
average to under three a game.

Read more about Damien Wilkins' surprising play over the past month here.

9:00 PM tip from the EnergySolutions Arena. I'm not promising I'll be awake when this one ends.

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

Mike Trout joins push in trying to lure LeBron James to Sixers

LeBron James to the Sixers. It would take a miracle, right?

Sure, but one MVP is in on the push for the four-time MVP landing in Philly.

Enter Mike Trout.

The Angels' star outfielder, a two-time AL MVP and native of Millville, New Jersey, took to Twitter on Thursday to make a quick pitch for the King. Trout, a well-known fan of Philadelphia sports teams, responded to a 94WIP tweet about reporter Howard Eskin shooting down the LeBron James chatter.

First, it was Ben Simmons tweeting James. That's really how all the buzz started and now the idea is taking on a mind of its own. Clearly, it's being talked about. And what Sixers fan wouldn't want a player like James putting "The Process" into hyperdrive?

And hey, once James comes to Philly, he can then return the favor: bringing Trout to the Phillies.

We can dream, right?