Friday night remains the Sixers' night this season. They're 5-2 on the season at the end of the work week — the two losses coming in the home opener to the Celtics and the double-OT game against the Thunder — with a +11.2 scoring margin that includes blowout wins of the Pistons, Spurs and now the Pelicans, who the Sixers dispatched 100-82 last night at the Wells Fargo Center.
The 18-point margin, remarkably, was not even properly indicative of the game's overall thrust, as the Sixers led by 18 at the end of one and as much as 35 late in the third, thoroughly avenging their tough loss in New Orleans back in December. That time, the Pelicans had DeMarcus Cousins, who has since been lost for the season, while Philly was missing Joel Embiid, who played through ankle soreness and posted one of his most efficient stat lines of the season: 24 points (on 11 of 18) shooting with 16 boards, two steals and a block — all in just 24 minutes of game action, as JoJo was able to sit the entire fourth with the Sixers leading by 30+.
And at home, the Sixers have basically been unbeatable since the calendar turned to 2018. For the 2017 part of the season, the Sixers were just 7-10 in Philly, including five straight Ls to end the year. In January and February, though, they're a spotless 8-0 at the Wells Fargo Center, including wins over the Spurs, Raptors, Heat and Wizards. The only "home" loss the Sixers have suffered in 2018 was actually in London, with their lousy come-from-ahead loss against Boston that for some reason counts as the Sixers hosting.
The good news for Philly is that they have three more games at home now — starting tonight against the Clippers, also on the second night of a back-to-back, and then against the Knicks on Monday and Heat on Wednesday, before the Sixers take a week off for the All-Star break. It could be a chance for the Sixers to make up ground in the crowded East, or at least hopefully regain some separation from the surging Pistons, who finally lost for the first time in the Blake Griffin era against the Clippers last night. Good times for the Process Phaithful … as long as you don't watch any of the team's press conferences.
Need another reason to love Brent Celek?
Probably not — the standing ovation he got at the Sixers game in March just hours after being cut by the Eagles gives you a sense of the connection he has with Philadelphia fans.
But appearing Friday on 97.5 The Fanatic, Celek did the one thing guaranteed to get you in any Eagles fan's good graces — diss the Cowboys.
"Hell no. Do you think I would play for the Cowboys? Philly is my home," Celek said. "If they offered me 10 million, I still wouldn't go."
While Celek said back in March before being cut that he wasn't planning to retire, it sounds like his mind has shifted. He has a hard time imagining himself playing anywhere besides Philadelphia.
"I think I'm leaning more toward retirement," Celek said. "I've had a few offers, but none of them are worth leaving a city that I have been in for 11 years where I won the Super Bowl in my final year. It wouldn't feel right to put another uniform on."
Like seeing Brian Dawkins in a Broncos uniform, it would be bizarre to watch Celek suit up for another team.
If he does find a new home, we know it definitely won't be Dallas.
You can listen to the full interview with Celek here.
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When someone gets a bloop single or a broken bat hit, they’ll often say “it looks like a line drive in the box score.” Does the same apply when your first major-league hit came off Scott Kingery lobbing pitches over the plate?
Thursday, in the midst of the Mets' 20-run victory, the Phillies used position players to record the final nine outs of the game. Roman Quinn pitched first and regularly registered in the upper 70s with his offerings, but Kingery on the other hand …
In the eighth inning, Mets reliever Jerry Blevins was called on to hit for just the fourth time in his 12-year MLB career and he delivered with an RBI single off the soft-tossing rookie infielder.
After the game, Blevins took to social media to make a joke about his first hit.
Mets fans had some fun with the moment, too.
While Dodgers fans, just didn’t get it.
The Phillies went on to win the second game of the twin bill, aided by a solo home run from Kingery. The Phils also gained a half-game on the Atlanta Braves in the standings, so we can have a laugh at this one.
Congratulations, Jerry, it’s a line drive off Kershaw in the box score.
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