January 22, 2015 |
Larry Drew II called his time with the 76ers a great learning experience. If so, he hasn't had much of a learning curve. Before Wednesday, the point guard had recorded 16 assists in his first three games after signing a 10-day contract Friday. Drew is one of 17 NBA players to record at least 16 assists in his first three games, dating to 2001. "I feel like my game is predicated on my teammates," Drew said. "I rely heavily on my teammates to be successful. . . . I feel like the more that I play with these guys, the better it's going to be for all of us. " The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder recorded nine assists Sautrday in a 107-89 road loss to the Detroit Pistons.
January 8, 2015 |
After being away from the Wells Fargo Center for 19 days, the Flyers returned home Tuesday night and ended their five-game losing streak in dramatic fashion. Wayne Simmonds scored the game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout as the Flyers outlasted Ottawa, 2-1, at the Wells Fargo Center. Goalie Steve Mason was brilliant in the shootout (four stops on five shots) and the 65 minutes as the Flyers snapped a 10-game, two-year losing streak in shootouts. They had been 0-5 in shootouts this season, and are now 28-56 since the breakaway competition started in 2005-06.
January 7, 2015 |
OF COURSE, there are caveats. The Cleveland Cavaliers came to South Philadelphia last night without injured All-Stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Just before tipoff, guard Dion Waiters, center Alex Kirk and forward Lou Amundson were scratched, giving credence to reports that they were part of a three-team trade involving Cleveland, the Oklahoma City Thunder and New York Knicks. Considering that center Anderson Varejao was already out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles' tendon, the Cavaliers played the Sixers without four of their five leading scorers.
January 5, 2015 |
IN THE WINTER of our discontent, Philadelphia sports fans desperately search for the slightest bit of good news. I'm sad to report there wasn't much in 2014, and our prospects for 2015 look only slightly better. But ever the optimist, I decided to cheer us all up by naming the 10 best sports moments in Philadelphia during 2014. There is probably no better example of how low we've sunk than the fact that I can come up with only eight (two of which are only "good" in a gallows humor sort of way)
December 30, 2014
A Weekend preview of Frozen at the Wells Fargo Center gave the wrong running dates. The production runs through Sunday. A story Saturday about Philadelphia's program for recycling Christmas trees wrongly gave the dates when trees may be dropped off at any of the city's four listed sanitation convenience centers. They may be taken there Monday through Saturday from Jan. 5 to 17. The incorrect information was provided by the city.
December 27, 2014 |
Enter a winter wonderland as Disney on Ice's Frozen continues to skate through Wells Fargo Center until Jan. 4. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, the skating spectacular is based on the hugely popular Academy Award-winning film that celebrates the power of sisterhood, friendship and love. Popular songs will be performed, including "Let it Go," with audience members invited to join in. A slew of beloved Disney characters will be featured, among them Rapunzel and Snow White, as well as characters from Toy Story , The Lion King and Finding Nemo . The production combines special effects and music and is guaranteed to keep the family mesmerized.
December 24, 2014 |
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Fifty-five weeks ago, the Flyers arrived in the Twin Cities to prep for the Minnesota Wild and a game that ultimately took a back seat to news on the trip. On the morning of that Dec. 2 game, the Flyers issued a press release announcing the abrupt resignation of team president and Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko. Luukko's sudden cash-out sent shockwaves through the organization, a seismic event that reshaped the foundation of the front office.
December 21, 2014 |
WHEN MICHAEL Carter-Williams flushed home a transition dunk with just over 10 seconds to play, the home crowd roared. It wasn't because the late-game two-handed slam had any significance in the result, rather it was the deal the fans will get on a Papa John's pizza thanks to the Sixers scoring more than 90 points. Outside of that moment, the Sixers gave the home crowd little else to cheer about last night. With games against two fellow Eastern Conference bottom feeders this weekend, the game served as an opportunity for the Sixers to pick up their third win of the season.
December 21, 2014 |
MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO was finishing a routine, three-on-three battle drill below the circles in practice yesterday with partner Carlo Colaiacovo. He fired a shot on Steve Mason and turned around to skate out of the zone so the next group could enter the drill. It never resumed. Everyone on the ice was gasping. Mason, the Flyers' backbone, was face-down on his stomach and unable to move with an apparently serious injury. Some players described it as "urgent. " Neither Del Zotto, nor Colaiacovo, or any other player on the ice bumped Mason.
December 14, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It's always something, especially when you are the 76ers. They finally appeared to fix their three-point offense and foul shooting, but something else popped up - an inability to defend the post. Sound familiar? It's when the Sixers defenders stand around, seemingly unaware of what's going on. And their three-point shooting? On occasion, they are red-hot from long-range in the first half only to go ice cold after intermission. All those things happened Friday night in the Brooklyn Nets' 88-70 victory at Barclays Center.