13) 76ers 125, Knicks 109:
— Joel Embiid was 23-27 from the foul line. Just him. 23 for 27.
— Philly was 39-44 on foul line, Knicks 22-35.
— James Harden had 29 points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds
12) In Harden’s first two games with the 76ers, he is 8-14 on 3-pointers; in 275 games with the 76ers, Ben Simmons was 5-34 on the arc. Embiid has to be happier than hell with this trade.
11) Random NBA stat; San Antonio Spurs are 8-3 ATS if they played the night before.
10) There is a kid that plays basketball for Long Beach State named Aboubacar Traore; on January 27, he had 23 rebounds in a game against Cal-Riverside. Big deal you say, but I say,
Aboubacar Traore is only 6-foot-5; you know how hard it is for anyone to get 23 rebounds in a D-I game, much less a guy who is 6-5?
Outstanding effort can make an ordinary player good, a good player great; rebounding is a lot about positioning and effort, but mostly effort.
Long Beach won 12 of its last 14 games, will be a tough out in the Big West tourney.
9) Illinois 93, Michigan 85:
— Illinois shot 10-17 on arc, only 15-25 on foul line.
— Michigan is 15-12, very much a bubble team, probably the wrong side of it.
8) Memphis 81, Wichita State 57:
— Wichita State is 4-9 in AAC this year after they ended last season with consecutive one-point losses in AAC and NCAA tourneys.
— Shockers went 157-41 in conference games in Gregg Marshall’s last 11 years as their coach, but he got fired for non-basketball reasons. You wonder how many people in Wichita are regretting that decision now.
7) Princeton 74, Harvard 73:
— Tigers lead the Ivy League by a game over Yale.
— Harvard will miss the 4-team Ivy tournament for the first time.
6) Iona 67, Rider 61:
— Rick Pitino’s Gaels lead MAAC by four games, but they’re still going to have to win the MAAC tournament to get into March Madness.
— Iona starts four seniors, has #31 eFG% defense, and a Hall of Fame coach.
5) Pelicans 123, Lakers 95:
— Lakers are 27-33; they gave up 44 points in 3rd quarter of this game.
— This would be the Lakers’ 7th losing season in nine years, even with an NBA title two years ago. The fans aren’t happy.
4) Toronto Maple Leafs won a hockey game 10-7 Saturday night; this was first time in 11 years that there were 17+ goals scored in an NHL game. Leafs led 7-2 at one point, then it was 7-6, but Toronto pulled away in the third period.
3) QB Paxton Lynch was Denver’s first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft; he started four games over two seasons for Denver, was released and has bounced around pro football since. Last year, he was the 3rd string QB for Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL.
In April, Lynch will be playing for the Michigan Panthers in the USFL; will be interesting to see if he can revive a once-promising career by playing spring football.
2) Tampa Bay Bucs’ guard Ali Marpet retired this weekend at age 28, after seven years in the NFL. This is a guy who played D-III college ball at Hobart, then made himself into a Pro Bowl lineman. Buccaneers are going to miss him.
1) If you have HBO Max, I’ll recommend an old TV show to watch; Without a Trace was a show about a FBI Missing Persons Squad that found missing people by applying using psychological profiling to get clues. Show was on for seven years; Anthony LaPaglia was great as Jack Malone, the star of the show. If you’re looking for a program to binge-watch, this is a good one.