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Did Kings' organist troll Philadelphia during Flyers game by playing Sixers' victory song?

Did Kings' organist troll Philadelphia during Flyers game by playing Sixers' victory song?

Wait, we've heard that song before.

The organist at the STAPLES Center may have sneakily trolled Philadelphia during the first period of the Flyers-Kings game on New Year's Eve.

With the Kings leading the Flyers, 3-0, in the opening frame, it sure sounded like the organist played a catchy tune that Philly holds near and dear to its heart.

Yes, the Sixers' victory song. We'll allow you to be the judge.

So, was that Los Angeles poking fun at Philly fans by counting the number of goals the Flyers had allowed during a rough first period? And taking a shot at the Sixers?

Who knows for certain. Maybe the organist is a Sixers fan and enjoys the jingle. Apparently the organist and Franklin (the Sixers' mascot) go back.

If that's the case, Philly will let it slide. Just no playing it when the Sixers visit Los Angeles.

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What Matisse Thybulle's knee injury means for Sixers

What Matisse Thybulle's knee injury means for Sixers

Updated: 8:13 p.m.

It appears the Sixers will be without impressive rookie Matisse Thybulle for at least the next couple weeks.

The 2019 first-round pick was diagnosed with a right knee sprain and bruise after he was evaluated Sunday morning, per a team spokesperson. The injury occurred as the result of a hyperextension injury suffered in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win after contact with the Wizards’ Troy Brown Jr.

Thybulle is out indefinitely and will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks.

While he's out, expect Furkan Korkmaz's minutes to increase. Perhaps second-year guard Shake Milton, who's played well down in Delaware and will join the team in Detroit Monday, will get another look. We could also see Trey Burke play more as a small two alongside Ben Simmons.

Thybulle is first among rookies in steals and is fourth in blocks. Touted as a 3-and-D prospect when GM Elton Brand traded up for him, the 22-year-old also leads all first-year players and is seventh in the NBA in three-point shooting at 46.3 percent (minimum 50 attempts).

While Thybulle will be missed in general, the game against the Bucks on Christmas Day will hurt an awful lot. The Sixers allow the fewest threes made and attempted per game in the league and Thybulle is a big part of that. Milwaukee’s roster is constructed where it has surrounded reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo with a bunch of shooters. The Bucks are third in the NBA in threes made and attempted per game.

Thybulle himself was looking forward to the challenge and honor to play during the league’s showcase on Christmas day.

“It's special,” Thybulle said during the team’s event with the Boys and Girls Club of Chester before Friday’s game. “I mean, I grew up watching these games. I've watched them every year since I was a little kid. So to think I get to be a part of it this year and be a part of something that I grew up loving is a pretty cool experience.”

It’s disappointing that the rookie won’t get to participate, but at least the injury occurred early in the season and Thybulle will have a chance to be healthy for the stretch run.

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What happened on Sixers' final possession vs. Heat?

What happened on Sixers' final possession vs. Heat?

While the Sixers’ loss Wednesday night had more to do with their inability to thwart Miami’s zone, they still had a chance in the end.

After a Tobias Harris three from the corner pulled the Sixers within two with 12 seconds left, rookie Kendrick Nunn missed a pair of free throws. With Brett Brown losing his final timeout on a challenge of a Joel Embiid foul, Ben Simmons took the ball off the rim and ran.

As Simmons looked to drive, the other four players spaced things out to clear the lane and provide Simmons outlets. It looked like initially Josh Richardson was open in the opposite corner but was quickly covered up.

It appeared that maybe Embiid could’ve run faster and made a better effort to get on the block and get early post position on Bam Adebayo. Instead, Embiid resorted to the trail position where he takes the bulk of his threes.

This was another example of where Simmons’ unwillingness to shoot hurts the Sixers. When you watch the replay, Simmons doesn’t even look at the rim. He turns his back to Nunn and immediately looks for an outlet. In this situation, Simmons could’ve either posted the 6-foot-2 Nunn or simply shot over him from roughly 10 feet.

Simmons didn’t speak postgame, but his likely response would’ve been that he was looking for a better shot. There is some fairness to that. Simmons’ jumper from 10 feet likely isn’t the best shot for the Sixers’ offense, but the fact that he doesn’t appear to be even looking to score is a problem.

Ultimately, the Sixers didn’t get a terrible look. Al Horford missed a three that would’ve put them in front and likely won them the game. After a torrid run, Horford has been struggling from three recently, hitting just 2 of his last 19 including that miss.

Again, if it doesn’t take the Sixers over two quarters to figure out the zone, they’re never in this mess, but it does give a glimpse into some of their bigger issues.

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