Celtics Outlast Sixers in Game Seven

Celtics Outlast Sixers in Game Seven

They battled. They defended. They struggled from the field and the free throw line. Ultimately, they dropped Game 7 to the Celtics in Boston 85-75. We'll rehash what the game and series meant as it relates to the future of the franchise at a later date, but right now I think we can all agree that this team exceeded expectations.
Rajon Rondo posted a triple-double (18-10-10) and Kevin Garnett contributed 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the C's. Brandon Bass shot incredibly well once again - hitting 6-10 from the field and 4-4 from the charity stripe.
The Sixers were led by Andre Iguodala, who scored 18 points and held Paul Pierce to just 15 points on 6-14 shooting. Elton Brand played well, scoring 15 points and pulling 6 rebounds. Evan Turner struggled from the floor, shooting just 3-8 and posting a -23 on the night.
The Sixers trailed for much of the game, but somehow managed to stay within striking distance. It looked like things would go their way after Pierce was whistled for his sixth foul - a charge taken by Thad Young late in the fourth quarter. 
However, Rondo stepped up and hit a long two and then a three from a step or two beyond the arc. As ABC color analyst Jeff VanGundy pointed out, if you're the Sixers those are shots you want Rondo taking. Give him credit though for stepping up and knocking them down.
Ultimately, the Sixers could not execute enough in the half-court. If we're being honest though in Garnett, Pierce and Rondo the Celtics had the three best players in the series. The fact that the Sixers pushed Boston - albeit an aging Boston team - to seven games was an accomplishment in and of itself. 
Decisions loom on the horizon. Do you resign Spencer Hawes? Do you amnesty Elton Brand? Do you consider trading Igoudala? These are questions to be answered. Tonight the Sixers came up a bit short. They were unable to overcome their limitations. With that being said, this team and this fan base has a lot to be proud of.
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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Joel Embiid 'surprised' by amount of playing time in Sixers' opener

Joel Embiid 'surprised' by amount of playing time in Sixers' opener

WASHINGTON — In the end, Joel Embiid’s playing time was a non-issue.

After days of frustration leading up to opening night, Embiid played just three seconds shy of 27 minutes against the Wizards. That far surpassed the 16 minutes he anticipated a day earlier on Tuesday. 

“I was surprised,” Embiid said following the Sixers’ 120-115 loss (see observations). “I was expecting way less than that, but it just shows you they trust me.”

Brett Brown had maintained Embiid’s minutes were going to be more flexible than last year and he wasn’t locked into a specific number by the medical staff. Initially, Brown projected Embiid would play somewhere in the teens, but the game presented an opportunity for him to log more. 

Embiid had played 21:38 through three quarters and it seemed, based on last season, he was done for the night. The coaching staff calculated Embiid had over 20 minutes to rest between the third and the fourth quarters, so Brown put him back into the game with just over five minutes to play. He finished the game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, a block and four turnovers. 

“It’s a range,” Brown said. “It’s more of a plan that we have this year than a restriction. When you look at and you feel the flow of the game, that’s where the variables come in.”

Embiid wants open lines of communication between him and the medical staff — for him to know what its planning and for him to be honest about how he is feeling.

“It’s on me to not lie to them and tell them how my body feels when I’m tired,” Embiid said. “At some point through the game I was tired and I told them to take me out.”

Embiid is ready for a new outlook on his availability moving forward. 

“We’ve got to stop calling it 'minutes restrictions,'" Embiid said. "There’s a plan with that — it’s just go out and play. If you’re tired, get out because injuries happen more often when you’re tired.”