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Philadelphia: Sixers Head into the Offseason After Disappointing Game 7

June 21, 2021
Source: Twitter.com/Philadelphia 76ers
Source: Twitter.com/Philadelphia 76ers

 🏀Sixers: From Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris’ double-doubles to Hawks star Trae Young’s shooting struggles, the Wells Fargo Center was crackling with confidence last night. Though the teams were neck-and-neck through the whole game, we thought that No. 1-seed swag would help pull our Sixers through and seal them a spot in the Eastern Conference finals. 

  • But sloppy play, 17 turnovers (yeesh), an unexpectedly good game from Hawks guard Kevin Huerter and a disappointingly ineffective Ben Simmons let the Hawks steal this one 103–96
  • As the Sixers head into the offseason, Simmons may feel a trade target on his back. We think president of operations Daryl Morey will do whatever it takes to keep Embiid around — and that might mean clearing some space under that salary cap. 

🔢  Box Scores: ⚽️The Union drew 2–2 with Atlanta United FC yesterday thanks to defender Jakob Glesnes’ insane goal; ⚾️The Phillies fell 11–2 to the league-leading San Francisco Giants yesterday. 

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Boston: Offseason Moves Begin for Celtics with a Trade

June 21, 2021
Source: NBC Sports
Source: NBC Sports

🏀Celtics: We knew it was coming, but we didn’t know it was coming this quickly. On Friday, former head coach and new team president Brad Stevens made his first front office move, sending Kemba Walker and two draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a 2023 draft pick, center Moses Brown and former Celtic Al Horford.

  • This will likely be the first of many offseason deals for the C’s as the team begins second round interviews with at least three head coaching candidates. Notably absent? The top women candidates. Still time to add ’em, Brad.

⚾️Red Sox: Rafael Devers’ late inning home run was a little too late, as the Sox fell 7–3 to the Kansas City Royals yesterday. Boston’s off today before heading to Tampa Bay for a key three-game series with the Rays, who are currently a half game behind the Sox in the AL East. Time to widen that gap.

And although they couldn’t get it done on the field, there was some great news off of it. Fan favorite Jerry Remy returned to the broadcast booth yesterday after leaving in the middle of a game earlier this month due to shortness of breath. Welcome back, Rem Dawg! 

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Dallas: Head Coach Change Latest Offseason Move for Mavs

June 21, 2021
Source: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports
Source: Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports

🏀Mavericks: Despite being eliminated from the playoffs, the Mavs are still shaking up the NBA. On Thursday, just one day after announcing the departure of longtime general manager Donnie Nelson, the Mavs announced the unexpected resignation of head coach Rick Carlisle, who led Dallas for 13 seasons. Damn.

  • While there’s not too much info as to who will replace Carlisle, there will be a familiar face guiding the Mavericks through the hiring process: Dirk Nowitzki, who signed on as a special adviser on Friday. In Dirk we trust.

🏀Wings: After Thursday’s loss to the Minnesota Lynx, the Wings bounced back on Saturday, snapping their two-game losing streak with a 95–77 win over Minnesota thanks to a career-high 28 points from Marina Mabrey. Girl, you have done it again. Tomorrow’s 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT tilt with the league’s second-place Connecticut Sun will be a tough test for Dallas. Bring it.

⚾️Rangers: We’re hoping you had a better weekend than the Rangers, who were swept by the Minnesota Twins after losing their sixth straight game yesterday. Yikes. Hopefully they can turn things around tonight at 8:05 p.m. ET/7:05 p.m. CT vs. the *checks notes* AL West first-place Oakland Athletics...double yikes. 

Seattle: Mariners Complete Four Game Series Sweep

June 21, 2021
Source: Stephen Brashear/AP Photo
Source: Stephen Brashear/AP Photo

⚾️Mariners: Break out the brooms! The Mariners completed an unbelievable four-game series sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays yesterday. The M’s kept us on the edge of our seats, with three wins over last year’s American League (AL) champions coming in walk-offs. Relive the magic.

  • The M’s are wowing us on the field, but the Mariners organization? Not so much. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: they’re under fire for racial discrimination...again

⚽️Sounders: The Sounders showed no rust after MLS’ international break. They picked up right where they left off, beating the LA Galaxy 2–1 on Saturday to stay undefeated through nine games. Unstoppable.

⚽️OL Reign: Unfortunately, OL Reign didn’t fare as well after their international break, falling 2–1 to the North Carolina Courage Saturday. Goalkeeper Sarah Bouhaddi and midfielder Dzsenifer Marozsán made their highly anticipated Reign debuts, but let’s just say it could have gone better.

  • The Reign have a quick turnaround and will face the Chicago Red Stars tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. 
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Los Angeles: Disappointing Result for Clippers in Game One

June 21, 2021
Source: Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo
Source: Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo

🏀Clippers: Yesterday, less than 48 hours after dispatching the Utah Jazz in an emotional Game 6, the Clippers faltered at the finish of Game 1 in the Western Conference finals. Mann of the hour Terance Mann cut the Clips’ deficit to two with 22 seconds remaining, but the Phoenix Suns rallied, taking it 120–114. 

  • With stars Kawhi Leonard (sprained knee) and Clipper-turned-Sun Chris Paul (health and safety protocols) out, it was Paul George dueling Phoenix’s Devin Booker. George scored 34 points, but Booker couldn’t be tamed with a massive 40-point triple-double.
  • The Clips look to even the series tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. Suns in four? Nah.

🏀Sparks: The Sparks couldn’t close out either, falling to the NY Liberty 76–73 in yesterday’s celebration of the WNBA’s inaugural game. LA was denied the opportunity to win not just once, but twice, by Liberty Rebecca Allen in the waning seconds. Sigh.

⚾️MLB: Angel two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani keeps showing out. He announced Friday that he will participate in the Home Run Derby on July 12th...before promptly smashing two homers that night, another on Saturday and then another yesterday to tie for the MLB home run lead with 23. Somethin’ special. 

Meanwhile, the Dodgers almost embarrassed themselves, but escaped with a series sweep, handing the Arizona Diamondbacks their 17th straight loss yesterday. Phew.