Evan Turner pulls over Rolls Royce to help stranded woman after crash

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Evan Turner pulls over Rolls Royce to help stranded woman after crash

Evan Turner hasn't yet lived up to his contract, but at least one woman is happy he's in Portland.

On Monday afternoon after Blazers practice, Turner pulled his Rolls Royce over on Interstate 5 in Portland when he noticed a nasty collision had left a woman stranded. Turner helped her out of her car and into the passenger seat of his car as they waited for medical personnel to arrive, according to The Oregonian.

Blazers courtside reporter Brooke Olzendam, who Turner referred to as "the real hero," was also at the scene after witnessing the head-on crash herself. It was Olzendam who told the woman, Dianna Black, that she was sitting in an NBA player's car.

"They are my angels," Black told The Oregonian. "They helped me. They got me out of my car and away from the airbags. It was smoking. Brooke calmed me down a lot."

Time flies. Turner is set to enter his eighth NBA season and second in Portland. He signed a four-year, $70 million contract with the Blazers during the regrettable spending spree of 2016 when teams gave role players huge contracts as the salary cap skyrocketed. 

In his first season with Portland, Turner averaged 9.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 43 percent from the field and just 26 percent from three.

Turner will make just $1.7 million less this season than Kawhi Leonard.

Eagles celebrate touchdown with flying V formation


Eagles celebrate touchdown with flying V formation

Choreographed dances are great and all but sometimes there's beauty in nature.

The Eagles took a page from their avian namesakes and did a touchdown celebration in the form of a flying 'V' formation.

It was after Brent Celek's touchdown to tie things up at 7-7 early in the first quarter in Los Angeles.

Give it a look:


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Life is so much easier with three-point shooting

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Life is so much easier with three-point shooting

Feels like a pretty long time ago that the Sixers were shooting 40 percent from three, one of the league's best marks. The team has now slumped down to 35.7 — which in past years would still at least be decent on NBA average, but in the sharpshooting days of 2017, leaves the Ballers in the league's bottom third. When things were going right beyond the arc for Philly, they had five regulars shooting over 40 percent themselves. These days, it's down to two: T.J. McConnell, who's only shot 16 triples this season, and Robert Covington.

The Sixers nearly stole their biggest upset win of the season last night in Cleveland, and Covington was one of the biggest reasons why. Aside from playing his typical lockdown D, combining with Ben Simmons to limit LeBron James to 9-23 shooting (LeBron still posted a 30-13-13 triple-double, natch) and picking up four steals in the process, he kept Philly in this one with his shooting, hitting 5 of 7 beyond the arc. But when he dove for a loose ball with the game on the line in the fourth and ended up hurting his back, he headed to the locker room and the game slipped away from Philly — 105-98 final, in favor of the Cavs. 

Philly better hope he's back soon. After a six-game slump in late November that saw him shoot just 23 percent from deep, Cov has been back on target since the calendar flipped to December, hitting 17 of 36 over the team's four games. Rock is essential to the Sixers' lineup even when he's not hitting, but when he is, he's as dangerous a weapon as anyone on the team -- and with the Sixers in the midst of a three-game slide, and a tough Western Conference mini-swing coming up on the schedule, we need all the munitions we can manage. 

RoCo seems likely out for today's game against the Pelicans, so it'll be on the Sixers' other range-lifers to help provide space Simmons (third triple-double last night against LeBron, NBD) and a returning Joel Embiid. JJ Redick had a bounce-back half in Cleveland, finishing 4 of 9 on the night from deep, but the rest of the team struggled, going just 2 of 17 from range between them. (Dario Saric, otherwise sparkling last night, went just 1-6, including a couple late clankers that could've put the game close to out of reach for the Cavs if they'd dropped.) Philly's shot just 31 percent overall from three over their last seven games, and they've lost five of those, despite Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons being mostly brilliant. This team largely goes as their shooting goes. 

So yeah, rest that back up and come back soon, Cov. We're in danger of falling back to .500 with a loss today — which still feels a funny thing to complain about for a team that hasn't even sniffed .500 this late in the season in a half-decade, but c'mon, the Sixers are good now. Let's not let our record start to reflect otherwise.