It's safe to say the city of Philadelphia is uniting around the Sixers as they head redhot into the postseason. Winning a record 16-straight games rolling into the playoffs can certainly excite a fanbase.
If you remember back to the wild Iverson-led run of 2001, perhaps the thing that sticks out more than anything — aside from A.I. stepping over Tyronn — was the incredible support they received from the entire city.
We could see a repeat of that impressive support this season.
And by one metric the Sixers have the highest demand for home playoff tickets of any team in the playoffs. The get-in price for a Sixers game at home is currently $105, according to secondary market seller TicketIQ, higher than all of the other playoff series.
Maybe Sixers fans will want to buy a budget flight to Miami where "get-in" tickets are currently less than $50 for a Heat-Sixers game.
"Get-in" price is the lowest a fan can pay to get tickets to the game which is often a better true barometer of demand than average ticket price which can be skewed by super high-end seats.
People love to talk about how loud the building was back in 2001 during that exciting run. I'm willing to bet the Wells Fargo Center matches that intensity over the next few weeks.
Also of note, it's kind of crazy that you could get into a LeBron James playoff game in Cleveland for a cool twenty-dollar bill.
While the Phillies put up seven early runs Friday in an attempt to overcome a shaky start by Jake Arrieta out of the All-Star break, there was some drama in D.C.
Stephen Strasburg, in his return from the DL, was pulled after allowing six runs in 4⅔ innings to the Braves. As he jogged off the field and down the dugout steps, he was greeted by Nats ace Max Scherzer, who gave him a supportive pat on the back.
Seconds later, Strasburg barked at Scherzer, who snapped his head back and shrugged in exasperation.
Scherzer was clearly ticked off and shouted back at Strasburg with some emphatic gestures. Strasburg jumped up and began to walk down the steps back to the clubhouse with Scherzer following him. It appeared they wanted to finish their heated conversation in private.
It's been a frustrating season for the Nats. They're 48-49 and six games behind both the Braves and Phillies. This was Strasburg's 14th start of the season and it hasn't been Strasburg-like at all. He has a 3.90 ERA and has allowed 12 home runs in 85⅓ innings.
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Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.
The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.
As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.
Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:
I don’t like the Sixers.
I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.
I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.
One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.
Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.
Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?
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