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Jay Wright, Steve Lappas, John Calipari, others react to Rollie Massimino's passing

Jay Wright, Steve Lappas, John Calipari, others react to Rollie Massimino's passing

The sports world lost a legend on Wednesday when Rollie Massimino passed away at the age of 82. Rollie was the man who led the 1985 Villanova Wildcats to the biggest upset in Final Four history and brought a championship back to the Main Line after defeating the Georgetown Hoyas in Cinderella fashion.

Massimino was well respected in the sports world and many shared fond remembrances of him on social media.

Current Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright, like all in the 'Nova community, was touched by Rollie.

"The Nova Nation has lost a legend and great leader," Wright said (more from him here). "Coach's love of family, community, and teamwork were evident in every game his teams ever played. All of us, as coaches and players, idolized Coach Mass. He inspired and impacted all of our lives. He never stopped being a cherished mentor and friend."

Former Villanova coach Steve Lappas:

Kentucky coaching legend John Calipari:

Others in the sports world:

Eagles celebrate touchdown with flying V formation

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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:

#FlyEaglesFly

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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.