Mike Scott

Coronavirus' Impact on Sports
Coronavirus' Impact on Sports
Wow. It's hard to process these big businesses actually putting everything on hold. It had to be done though. We are talking about something way bigger than sports. I thought the Adam Silver and the NBA moved just a hair slow, but it also wasn't the worst reaction time. Once Rudy Gobert was positive with coronavirus, they had no other option. The NHL, MLB, MLS, and all of the other leagues had to follow in their footsteps. You can't allow players, coaches, staff members, and fans to be in that type of environment every night with the possibility of passing along the virus. The NCAA, well, that's a totally different situation. It's a disgrace that it took Duke and Kansas withdrawing themselves from the tournament before it became official. Did we expect anything else? My brain is trying to wrap my head around how historic of a moment this is. Obviously, the health of everyone is most important, but for these cooperations to actually delay everything with how much money is involved, it's unfathomable. Think about the TV deals for March Madness. Think about the tickets, concessions, parking, and more involved with each individual NBA game. The rescheduling nightmare of all these events. Some cities have two teams in the same building along with concerts scheduled. It had to be done though. This is no over reaction. With a problem like this, it's about keeping everyone safe over being "soft" about "just another flu."
Brett Brown Struggles Late in Sixers' Ugly Loss to the Warriors
Brett Brown Struggles Late in Sixers' Ugly Loss to the Warriors
I never would have expected there to be a "tough" loss in this road trip understanding the injuries, but this was absolutely hard to swallow. The Philadelphia Sixers found a way to lose to a team that had 14 wins prior to this match up. It should not matter that Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Josh Richardson were not available to play. The Golden State Warriors were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green. The box score shows that this wasn't a bad night for players offensively. The defensive intensity was the major problem as the Warriors shot 55% from the field as a team. Tobias Harris struggled early, but had an explosive second half, finishing with 24 points on the night including big buckets late. Al Horford scored 22 points, snagged 10 rebounds, and dished seven assists. Two strong games in a row for Horford. Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks, Raul Neto, and Shake Milton had moments where they made shots as all four of them finished in double digits. The big issue of the night was Brett Brown. He kept Furkan Korkmaz in the game for way too long as he wasn't providing any offense and was getting destroyed defensively. Late in the game, Brown failed to use a timeout, with two remaining, in a crucial situation. The sequence went like this: Horford missed a three. Harris recorded the rebound and he passed it to Mike Scott who was blocked at the rim. The ball went back out to the perimeter and the offense stalled. Milton was forced to shoot an obnoxiously deep three-pointer that had no shot of going in. Brown NEEDED to utilize one of his timeouts there. For the Sixers' final possession, he drew up a play for Korkmaz who was clearly not a shooting threat in this game, which resulted in him stepping out of bounds prior to getting the ball off. It was an ugly look down the stretch. The Sixers return home on Wednesday to face the Detroit Pistons. Hopefully there is good news on the return of some injured stars.

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