Sixers Struggle Without Embiid in Loss to Pistons

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Sixers and Pistons were back in action again on Monday after a down-to-the-wire matchup on Saturday. Without Joel Embiid the Sixers would fall to the Pistons by a final of 119-104 and split the mini-series.

With this loss, the Sixers are now 0-4 on the season in games when Embiid does not play.
Fatigue looked to play a factor for the Sixers in this one as they looked flat for most of the game. They would struggle on both sides of the floor without Embiid leading the charge.

Tobias Harris would do what he could to fill Embiid's shoes on the offensive side of things. He continues to play at an All-Star level for the Sixers. Harris would end the night as the team's leading scorer with 25 points, while also grabbing seven rebounds and dishing two assists.

Ben Simmons is another player who the team would look to lean on without Embiid, but foul trouble would limit his time on the floor. He would see just 21 minutes of action in the finale against Detroit. In that time he would score 11 points, grab four rebounds, and rack up four assists.

Tony Bradley would get an opportunity to play tonight with minutes opening up at center, and he would make the most of his minutes. He would end the night with 12 points and nine rebounds while shooting an efficient 5/7 from the floor. Bradley would be one of the few bright spots for the Sixers in this matchup.

Free-throw disparity has been something that the Sixers have had an advantage in this season, but that would not be the case tonight. The Pistons would almost double the attempts at the line compared to the Sixers, attempting 38 free-throws to the Sixers 20.

After a rough outing in the first meeting on Saturday, former Sixer Jerami Grant would bounce back nicely in game two. He would go on to score 25 points in the game with 10 of those points coming from the foul line.

Doc Rivers would say after the game that the team's record without Embiid is not a major point of concern this early in the season.

Looking ahead, the Sixers have arguably their biggest matchup of the season coming up on Wednesday. They will travel back home and host LeBron James and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.


Prospect Corner: 3 Called Up to Phantoms, Prospects Excel in NCAA

By Siobhan Nolan, Contributing Writer

It was quite the disappointing week for Flyers fans, taking just one point in back-to-back games against the Boston Bruins. However, it was anything but disappointing for the Flyers prospects this week. Let’s recap.

Three more prospects were called up to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Forward David Kase (128th overall in 2015), right winger Maxim Sushko (107th overall in 2017), and defenseman Linus Hogberg (139th overall in 2016) will join the Phantoms as they prepare for the AHL season opener on Feb. 6.

Over in Europe, center German Rubtsov picked up a shot on goal for HC Sochi in a 2-1 loss against Vityaz in the KHL. He also notched a shot on goal in a 3-2 loss against Dinamo Minsk on Jan. 19.

Flyers prospects really shined in NCAA competition this week. Here’s the roundup:

Cam York (LHD)—University of Michigan

  • Jan. 16 - 1 assist, 1 shot on goal, 1 blocked shot in a 5-0 win over Ohio State.
  • Jan. 21 - 1 goal in a 5-1 win over Notre Dame.

Bobby Brink (RW)—University of Denver

  • Jan. 17 - 1 assist, 2 shots on goal in a 4-1 win over the University of North Dakota.

Ronnie Attard (RHD)—Western Michigan University

  • Jan. 16 - 2 blocked shots in a 3-1 win over St. Cloud State University.
  • Jan. 23 - 3 blocked shots in a 5-1 loss against the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Jack St. Ivany (RHD)—Boston College

  • Jan. 17—1 assist, 3 shots on goal, 1 blocked shot in a 5-3 win over Merrimack College.
  • Jan. 23—1 goal (first for BC) in a 4-2 win against the University of Connecticut.

Jay O’Brien (C)—Boston University

  • Jan. 17 - 1 shot on goal, 2 blocked shots in a 4-3 OT win over the University of Massachusetts.
  • Jan. 18 - 1 assist in a 4-3 win against the University of Massachusetts.
  • Jan. 23 - 1 goal, 1 assist in a 5-1 win over the University of Maine.

YWT: The Philadelphia Flyers Podcast - YWT #104 - What's Wrong with the Flyers?


The YWT Podcast is back for another week and it was a rough one for the Flyers. A pair of 6-1 losses sandwiched a shutout win and a shootout loss that resulted after a blown third-period lead.

This week, the guys ask what is wrong with the Flyers? They look at their struggles to adjust to injuries, their struggles playing tough hockey, and what help, if any, can be provided.

Join Kyle Collington and Kevin Durso as look back on a difficult week and ahead to a meetings with New Jersey and the New York Islanders.

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As always, we want you to follow the podcast on Twitter @YWTpodcast, follow Kevin Durso on Twitter @Kevin_Durso, and follow producer Mike Giletto Jr. on Twitter @Mike_Giletto.

Birds Lose Major Talent Evaluator To Lions

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

While the Eagles busy themselves adding coaches to their staff for the 2021 season, the team has lost a major part of their front office.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports that former GM John Dorsey will join the Lions new front office.

Dorsey had joined the Eagles earlier this season as a consultant/talent evaluator. While they may have been able to pick him mind regarding this upcoming free agency and draft, he will not be around for the start of either event.

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Eagles Officially Announce New Head Coach, Begin Building Rest Of Staff

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Sunday has been an eventful day for the Eagles, even if they are not playing in the playoffs.

After days of negotiations, the Eagles have officially agreed to a deal with Nick Sirianni and announced the move.

The move also opened the flood gates for information about what would happen to his assistant coaches.

Eagles Retain Key Offensive Coach

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