Richaun Holmes is the Sixers' best three-point shooter

Richaun Holmes is the Sixers' best three-point shooter

The loss of Robert Covington for the last ten games of the Philadelphia 76ers' season has essentially left the team's starting five without a single reliable shooter. Point guard T.J. McConnell has hit exactly five triples all of 2017. Two-guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is shooting under 30% from deep for the season, and small forward Justin Anderson is shooting 27% since coming over to the Sixers. Power forward Dario Saric has attempted 25 triples over the last five games, and hit precisely one per contest. 

The bench doesn't offer much relief either: Gerald Henderson has hit 5 of his last 20 from deep, while Nik Stauskas' three-point shooting has gone in the tank since Covington peaced out for the season, drilling just nine of his 36 attempts over that span. Unsurprisingly, the Sixers' team shooting percentage from three has plummeted in Cov's absence, down to 29% from 35% for the team's first 74 games. The one exception to all of this long-bombing misery? Sixers center Richaun Holmes. 

If you asked casual fans to guess the Sixers' current leader in three-point percentage on the season, it'd probably take most of 'em at least seven or eight tries to get at Holmes, pacing the Processors with his 37.5% with two games to go in the season. As the rest of the team has totally lost their touch from distance in the cramped spacing of the Sixers' current rotation, Richaun's has only gotten featherier -- he's shot 9-18 from three in the Sixers' six games without RoCo. 

Is it sustainable? Is it just late-season flukiness? Can you pay attention to anything going on with the Sixers right now? Will Richaun Holmes be on the Sixers next season? Does basketball matter all that much in the grand scheme of things? What is a 76er? Will Harry Styles' pretty good new single finally end Ed Sheeran's interminable reign on top of the Billboard Hot 100? None of these answers are yet clear, but it's good to know we might have a backup center who can approximate Joel Embiid's ranginess when he sits in future seasons, allowing an enviable consistency and fluency to our offense. Assuming Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers and the concept of the NBA as a professional sport are all things that still exist next October, anyway.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.