Philadelphia: Up in the air

March 8, 2021
This week from the Sixers, Flyers, and Lions
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Philadelphia: Up in the air
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🏀Sixers: Even though we were disappointed that Simmons and Embiid missed last night’s ASG, we’re more worried about whether they’ll return to the court by the time Sixers’ regular-season play resumes on Thursday.

  • Right now their status is still uncertain, so we’ll be anxiously waiting to see what the COVID-19 tests and the NBA protocols say later this week.

🏒Flyers: Fans in Wells Fargo for the first time in nearly a year wasn’t enough to bring the Flyers a win last night: the Broadstreet Bullies lost 3–1 to the Washington Capitals (but it was enough for more perfect Gritty content). Goaltender Carter Hart saved 24 of 27 shots, and as much as that ratio seems okay, it’s well below the average save percentage for a starting goalie.

  • Hart has struggled this season, boasting a .893 save percentage in comparison to the league average of .907, and hit a low point in late February when the Boston Bruins scored six goals in two periods. Since then, Hart has been splitting time with backup Brian Elliott.
  • While Hart’s stats are markedly worse than last season’s, don’t expect a complete change at goaltender just yet. Just like Clare and Dale, Hart will most likely be given more chances to step it up.

🏐Lions: The No. 10-ranked Penn State women’s volleyball team won a hard-fought 3–1 battle against No. 11-ranked Purdue Boilermakers to get back to a .500 record on Saturday. Freshman Annie Fitzpatrick continued to shine for the Lions, racking up 16 kills and 13 digs on the way to her fourth double-double this season. Way to show ’em how it’s done in Happy Valley.