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|Joel Embiid grabbed a loose ball and hustled toward midcourt Donte Jackson Jersey Elite , feigning like he would dunk. Embiid’s gold sneakers and peach-colored jacket – and a red, white and blue basketball – were a giveaway that he was again in street clothes. With or without Embiid, the 76ers are streaking into the postseason as the hottest team in the NBA.
Embiid and JJ Redick watched from the bench, Ben Simmons had a scoreless first half and the Philadelphia 76ers still won their 16th consecutive game, thumping the Milwaukee Bucks 130-95 Wednesday night to clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
The 52-win Sixers will open the Eastern Conference playoffs against the sixth-seeded Miami Heat. No. 7 Milwaukee will meet No. 2 Boston.
Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick of the 2017 draft who missed 68 games with a shoulder injury, became the youngest player in NBA history (19 years, 317 days) with a triple-double with 13 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds.
”It was just a matter of going out there and enjoying myself and playing confident,” Fultz said.
His teammates doused Fultz with strawberry milk, chocolate milk and water in celebration of the record feat.
”It’s all love and appreciation,” he said.
Fultz should have hit up Embiid and borrowed something to protect his face.
Embiid wore a black mask during warmups to protect his broken bone around his left eye, then changed into his garish outfit to watch the Sixers romp to a stunning 80-44 lead at the break.
Embiid said he will likely miss at least Game 1 of the playoffs this weekend because of the injury.
The 76ers have done just fine without him.
Redick was a late scratch with lower back tightness and Simmons, who finished with four points Anthony Miller Jersey Youth , missed both shots in the first half. No problem. The Sixers hit 11 3s in the first half and could have celebrated the No. 3 seed at halftime.
The Sixers had to win to earn the three spot and they dominated a Bucks team that was fighting for seeding in the playoffs. At one point, the Sixers led 72-37 – at the same time the Flyers were down 7-0 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL playoffs.
Embiid, who entertained the crowd during timeouts, hasn’t played since March 28 when he suffered a broken bone around his left eye in a collision with Fultz. The Sixers clearly need their big man if they’re going to make a run in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Embiid leads the team with 22.9 points and 11 rebounds in 63 games, helping Philly clinch its first playoff berth since 2012.
”I want to play but right now I feel like I’m not ready yet,” Embiid said. ”It’s getting there. I’ve got to keep working every day. With the way it’s been progressing, I’m hopeful I’ll be back soon.”
He said the eye was still swollen, though he doesn’t suffer from blurred vision.
Even those with 20/20 vision needed a second look at the scoreboard to make sure the numbers were real.
The Sixers in the first half
– shot 59 percent from the floor (31 of 53).
– shot 46 percent on 3s (11 of 24).
– had 22 assists, eight steals, three blocks.
– led by 41, 70-29.
With the Sixers up 39, fans started chanting ”Trust the Process! Trust the Process!”
The much-maligned – now sure to duplicated – ”process” method that saw the Sixers strip the roster of talent to guarantee losing and stockpile draft picks has been a winner. Embiid, Simmons and Fultz all played crucial roles in leading the Sixers (52-30) to their best record since the 2001 Eastern Conference champs went 56-26.
”It’s not something that I deem to be, here we are Youth Harrison Phillips Jersey , we’ve arrived, significant-type status,” coach Brett Brown said. ”It’s not that. I want them to enjoy it. Take a deep breath. Then reload.”
Bucks: Jabari Parker scored 25 and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
”Right from the start, there were problems,” Bucks coach Joe Punty said. ”I can rant and rave right now but I don’t think that’s the important thing. It was clear we didn’t play very well.”
76ers: The NBA rule says players must wear a clear mask but Embiid and the Sixers could petition the league for a change. … Embiid said he deserved to win NBA defensive player of the year, Simmons should be rookie of the year and Brown for coach of the year. … Justin Anderson led the Sixers with 25 points and Dario Saric had 24.
The Sixers and Bucks both have two days off before the NBA playoffs open.
America has spoken: NFL over "American Idol."
For the seventh consecutive year, NBC's "Sunday Night Football" has topped the season's television ratings, as measured by Nielsen. That edges the six straight years for Fox's "American Idol" (2005-06 through 2010-11).
The football games averaged 18.2 million TV viewers in 2017, a 29 percent margin over the runner-up, "Thursday Night Football" on CBS.
Fred Gaudelli, who produces the broadcasts, credits the scheduling of headline games each Sunday night 鈥?NBC did not flex any contests from daytime to night time last season 鈥?as well as the NFL's hold on sporting America.
"One of the things that has allowed 'Sunday Night Football' to achieve this record is that when the NFL decided to take its marquee prime-time game off Monday and put it on Sunday, they would do all in their power to make sure Sunday nights would become successful," Gaudelli says. "The flex schedule Kerryon Johnson Jersey , the marquee matchups, week in and week out.
"This is now the 13th season for 'Sunday Night Football,' and the NFL has maintained that commitment, and that is a major reason why people are not tired of tuning into the prime-time game after a full day of football on Sunday.
"It's usually an outstanding attraction and there are big stars in the game ... combined with all the people who work on the show, people want to make sure they are not skipping watching the game."
They aren't. While all sports ratings are declining, NBC's remain at the top for its Sunday prime-time programming.
The network also tracks what it calls Total Audience Delivery, including digital viewers. That number, which measures average minute viewing across broadcast and digital, was 18.4 million.
Of course, as Gaudelli notes, Americans are in a transition period in their viewing habits, watching how and when they want to watch.
"A lot of viewing has gone to the computer to the tablet and to the phone, and there's still not any exact measurement of how many people truly are watching," he says. "Our ratings may have declined Rams Game Jerseys , but not nearly at the rate of the rest of prime-time TV has declined."
That being said, sports in general and the NFL in particular have a huge edge over other programming. In this day of instantaneous social media information and feedback, if you aren't watching the action live, you're behind the game.
"In the era we are now living in, live is so much of a bigger deal than it has ever been before," Gaudelli says.
"Everyone is tuned into it at the same time, and the national conversation probably is a little greater because live is kind of its own animal right now.
"And there's the tremendous drama that comes with the NFL."
When NBC got back into the NFL business, it wisely went with a news-oriented studio show. The advantage of televising a Sunday night game is obvious. The network could respond to the stories of the day, something the jockfest daytime shows don't attempt.
That approach not only has brought critical praise, but eyeballs and ears for "Football Night in America" and "Sunday Night Football." The pregame show is the highest rated of any network's.
"We try to tell compelling stories and use an innovative approach," Gaudelli says. "But we're also trying to satisfy the hunger of the football fan. I know they appreciate that."
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