A nice milestone for Embiid

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A nice milestone for Embiid

Hey, the Philadelphia 76ers are a good basketball team. If they weren't, they probably would've lost last night, when on the second game of a back-to-back, they fell into a 14-point hole against the Charlotte Hornets (winners of 5 of their last 6) late in the third quarter. But thanks to some clutch shooting, stringent late-game D and the welcome bench presence of returned Processor Ersan Ilyasova (18-4-3 on 7-11 shooting), they fought back, and were able to capture the edge late in the fourth, eventually winning 110-99. 

As big a win as it was for the Sixers' playoff position — leaving them a secure sixth in the East, with just two games separating them from Cleveland in third — it's probably bigger for the nice round number that gets to sit in the "G" section of Joel Embiid's Basketball-Reference page for this season. Embiid has now played 50 games in his sophomore season, a number that many of us thought he might never reach over the course of a full 82, and that even more of us figured we'd be blessed if he managed to hit at all this season — let alone with 21 games still to go. 

Last night certainly wasn't Embiid's best performance as a Sixer — he shot just 8-19 from the field and 6-11 from the line (a rare shooting mini-slump from The Process), turned the ball over four times, and was plagued by foul trouble for much of the first three quarters. But he also kept Philly alive with a dominant 15-point third quarter, and made half of the play of the game, when he dished to Ilyasova on a give-and-go with under three to go to put the Sixers up five. Frankly, the fact that Embiid could have a 24-15-4 line (with three blocks, and total dominance of opposing center Dwight Howard) and have it count as something of a down game for him just shows how much we're already starting to take his brilliance as a given. 

Through Embiid's 50 games this season, the Sixers are 31-19 — the winning percentage of a 51-win team overall — and he's on pace to play a remarkable 67 games total. That's not to say he definitely will, as you still never know what little injuries will pop up to derail his current consistency. But again, just to be this deep in the season, and to have JoJo playing both ends of a back-to-back with neither his health or his minutes a major source of discussion afterwards, is already more than most of us dared to dream. The fact that the Sixers are winning through it as well just feels like extra syrup on the sundae. 

Kevin Hart uses curious recruiting tactic to get LeBron to Philly


Kevin Hart uses curious recruiting tactic to get LeBron to Philly

Kevin Hart is one of the most well-known Philadelphia sports fans in the world.

He made a scene at the Super Bowl while showing support for the Eagles.

So it's no surprise when TMZ asked him about LeBron James and his 76ers, Hart lit up a bit, even going so far as to say he has already attempted to recruit him to Philly.

"I sent him $40. He didn't accept it," Hart said. "I really did try. I sent him 40 dollars and I said come to Philly."

"He said, 'kiss my ass!'"

"I don't think he's going anywhere," Hart added.

Probably not if $40 is the best we as a city have to offer.

Loser Colin Cowherd pays off bet, wears Sixers jersey


Loser Colin Cowherd pays off bet, wears Sixers jersey

The Philadelphia 76ers as a team, and Joel Embiid specifically, reminded the world last night that FS1's Colin Cowherd is quite often full of it when they won their 40th game of the season.

We wrote about this last night when Jojo poked fun at Cowherd for his preseason assertion that Sixers wouldn't sniff 40 wins. But today Cowherd held up his end of the preseason bet by rocking a No. 21 Sixers jersey during his The Herd show.

Cowherd's co-host Kristine Leahy posted video of the frequently wrong analyst admitting he'd lost and saying he'd own up to it, eventually.

"I'd love to have [Embiid] on this show anytime he wants," Cowherd said today. "I made a bet. I lost. I'm not going to welch."

But then he spoke about not being able to find a jersey that fit while Leahy was wearing one that would clearly fit him. They eventually found one and he put it on.

"They deserve love," Cowherd said.

Winning sure feels good. All kinds of winning.