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3 Observations as Sixers Fall to Pistons, Suffer Worst Loss of Season

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers have had some brutal losses throughout this season, but the one tonight might come close to taking the cake as the team's worse loss of the season. The Sixers lost their third consecutive game, falling to the Detroit Pistons 102-94 on Thursday night at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Joel Embiid finished with 37 points on 11-of-19 shooting to go with 15 rebounds and three assists. His strong effort, however, was not enough to overcome both another collapse in the fourth quarter and the lack of bench production. The Sixers' bench was outscored 39-8.

James Harden added in 18 points on 4-of-15 shooting (2-of-9 from three-point range) to go with nine rebounds and seven assists.

The Sixers' chances at claiming the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference are now much slimmer. The loss tonight moved the Sixers to 46-30 this season. They now sit 2.5 games behind the first-place Miami Heat. Here are three observations from the loss to the Pistons:

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The Franzke-Andersen Era is Slowly Coming to an End. LA Further Reduces Broadcast Role

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Let’s not bury the lead here, the Scott Franzke-Larry Andersen era of Phillies broadcasting is slowly coming to an end. It sucks. It sucks because the pair is incredible, Harry-Whitey level of incredible. 

Andersen, 68, has reduced his radio broadcast role over the past few seasons and that trend will continue in 2022.  The Phillies announced that LA will be working 40-games with Franzke this season, that's weekends only for Franzke and LA. 

Andersen commented on the move in a statement:

“The Phillies have been very understanding and accommodating in my desire for a scaled-back schedule. This was not an easy decision for me, but I believe my new schedule is a nice middle ground that is a win-win for me, the Phillies and the fans. For the past 15 years, Scott Franzke and I have developed an incredible relationship. We kid each other a lot, but he is one of the main reasons why this decision was so difficult and why I don’t want to completely walk away at this point.”

The team previously announced Michael Bourn, Chad Durbin, Kevin Stocker, and “Turkey Bacon” Erik Kratz would split the 81 road games as replacements for the departed Kevin Frandsen.  The quartet will now split 41 more home games during their “try out” year.  

One of the four might turn out to be the “next guy” but I highly doubt any of them would be able to provide a moment such as this:

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Jimmy Rollins Rejoins the Phillies

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Jimmy Rollins is back in red pinstripes. Well, sorta back in red pinstripes. 

The former National League MVP, World Series Champion, Gold Glove winner, and guarantor of success has been named as special advisor to the president of baseball operations, the Phillies announced on Thursday afternoon.

Rollins's role will be twofold, he will assist Phillies president Dave Dombrowski with baseball operations decisions AND he will periodically work with the big league club in an on-field role.  J-Roll ™ , a four time Gold Glove winner, would certainly add a layer of coaching to a defensive unit that is devoid of defense.

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Eagles Owner Provides Updates on Franchise Future, Brings Back Kelly Green Uniforms

By Jennifer McGraw, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

After a 14-month hiatus, Philadelphia Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, spoke with the media on Tuesday to discuss important updates about the draft, Jalen Hurts and the long-awaited (sort of) return of the classic Kelly green uniforms. Lurie spoke during the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fl.

Eagles fans shared excitement for both the present and future. The team, coming off of a 9-8 season spilling into a Wild Card game, is transitioning out of its "rebuild" year and heading towards a hopeful success in the future. 

The future begins with the NFL Draft. The Eagles have three first-round picks which will aid in their rebuild. Fans and media alike had countless discussions about what the Eagles' front office will do with their picks, whether it be another quarterback or to build on the defense that struggled this past season. Lurie mentioned that he has become "less involved" in the draft.

"I really believe in who we have in the building and I’m very trusting of different departments that we have," Lurie said. "I would say if anything the last few years I’ve taken a little more of a backseat."

In terms of Lurie's trust in the front office, he addressed whether the picks in the drafts in recent years have been "hits" or "misses." He backed the contract extension of Eagles general manager, Howie Roseman. The deal runs through 2025.

"Obviously, over the last five years, we’ve been in the playoffs four of the past five years, we won a Super Bowl. He’s really good at building a roster, and re-building a roster, and he’s very, very well-regarded in the league.” Lurie said on supporting Howie Roseman.

Though Lurie took a backseat in the draft in recent years, he did talk about drafting J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

"I know some of you thought I was trying to pick J.J. or whatever, no, that was not the case," Lurie said. "There was a tie between J.J. and Parris [Campbell] in that room and they said to me flippantly, who do you want? And I said hey, these are both red star players, that means A-plus character, you’ve got my blessing whatever way you want to go, and I think they went probably based on injury risk, Parris had some soft-tissue injury risk."

Lurie also discussed that the draft process is incredibly intense. Each draft prospect is analyzed from every angle possible, and while being timed on making a decision, the draft can be a stressful process.

In recent months, the Eagles have been closely watched to see if the team would dive into further talks of trading for a veteran quarterback, such as Deshaun Watson. He talked about how he downplayed his role in giving the "green light" on players but did not comment on Watson when asked.

"We have a policy that we will do our due diligence on every player," Lurie said. "You've got to do your due diligence. There's so much information about every player."

Lurie also talked about the return of the Kelly green uniforms, which will be the team's alternatives starting in 2023. During the 2022 season, the team will also have black helmets to complement their black-on-black uniforms. 

Though the Eagles have a lot of work to do this offseason, it seems pretty certain that the front office is all in on doing what they can to get the Birds back to another Super Bowl.

 

 


Sixers a Few Adjustments Away From Elevating Into True Championship Contention Heading Into Playoffs

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The last two games against Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks were a proving ground for the Philadelphia 76ers as the team gears up for the playoffs. While the Sixers gave up double-digit leads in the process of losing both games, it showed the team is just a few adjustments away from being able to take the next step to go from losing these tight games against some of the NBA's top-shelf talent to being able to play a complete game and come away with wins.

Things clicked at times for the Sixers, but everything has yet to fully come together for the them as they continue to make the necessary adjustments to fine tune their play since the trade deadline acquisition of James Harden.

The adjustments begin with Harden needing to be more aggressive as a scorer and looking to pass the ball less. He scored 32 points, the most he has scored in a Sixers uniform, on 9-of-17 shooting from the field in the loss to the Bucks. He also took 10 threes, knocking down four of them, and got to the free-throw line 12 times.

"Just more aggressive tonight, more comfortable," head coach Doc Rivers said. "We had a good talk today, James and I. He’s trying to fit in and get guys going and I told him, ‘No, thank you.’ I said, ‘You’ll get going and we’ll figure it out. We just need you to be you. Don’t worry about everyone else. As long as you and Joel [Embiid] are in the right spots, we’ll figure out everyone else. But we need you to think of yourself as a scorer, not the way you played in Brooklyn where you were a point guard trying to run the team. We want him to be the James [he’s been], and tonight he was. That was a big step for us. I think that was really good.”

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3 Observations as Sixers Fall to Giannis, Bucks in Potential Playoff Series Preview

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 118-116, in front of a packed crowd at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo battled with Joel Embiid in a game that lived up to the hype coming in. Antetokounmpo finished the game with 40 points on 16-of-24 shooting to go with 14 rebounds, six assists, one steal and three blocks.

Embiid finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists. James Harden added in 32 points, his most in a Sixers uniform, along with five boards and nine assists.

The loss moved the Sixers to 46-29 and fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks, who now won the season series 2-1, will have the advantage in any seeding tiebreaker. The Sixers are 1.5 games out of the first seed with seven games to play. They next take on the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night. Here are three observations from the loss to the Bucks:

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Flyers Officially Eliminated with Loss to Wild

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

There have been multiple times this season when the Flyers playoffs hopes were long since dashed and elimination was only a mere formality. Tuesday night was not just the final game of a five-game road trip for the Flyers, nor the final game of March. It officially eliminated them from playoff contention.

The Flyers took a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild to close out the 1-4-0 road trip, also knocking them out of playoff contention for the second straight season.

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More Philadelphia Eagles Uniform News! Black Alternate Helmets to Debut in 2022

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

There's more Philadelphia Eagles uniform news coming out of the NFL Annual League Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.  The big news is the return of the beloved Kelly green uniforms in 2023, but the Birds' will also have a new look for the 2022 campaign.  

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, in a bid to make the headlines at Uni-Watch, announced the Eagles will  wear black alternate helmets during the 2022 season. 

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Philadelphia Eagles Kelly Green Uniforms Returning in 2023

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

There’s big news coming out of the NFL’s owners meetings! The beloved Kelly green uniforms will be returning in 2023, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced on Tuesday afternoon.

And it’s not just any Kelly green, it’s the 1985-1995 “Gang Green” uniform that’s returning. The Eagles are choosing to embrace the legacy of legends such as Reggie White, Randall Cunningham, Wes Hopkins, Andre Waters, Eric Allen, Jerome Brown, and countless others. 

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Flyers-Wild: Game 67 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

In the eight days since the trade deadline, the Flyers have been on the road going through a five-game trip. It finally comes complete on Tuesday night.

The Flyers face the Minnesota Wild, who come in on a six-game winning streak. The Flyers, meanwhile, have losses in three of the four games on the road trip.

Game time is 8 p.m.

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