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76ers Tie Record, Wolves Host Lakers, Kaminsky Rolls for Badgers

Some notes for your morning cup

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Morning everybody. Happy Friday.

  • The Philadelphia 76ers tied an NBA record with their 26 straight loss last night.  They got blown out in Houston to match the 2011 Cavaliers for uninterrupted futility.  They have a chance to break the record on Saturday night at home against Detroit, but that will be a much tougher game to lose.  Still, 26 straight shows an admirable consistency, so they have every chance.  Meanwhile, the Bucks beat the Lakers last night at home to get within one game of the Sixers in the win column in the race for the bottom.
  • Those same Lakers will be at Target Center tonight to take on our beloved Wolves. The Lakers are in a three way battle with the Jazz and Kings at the bottom of the Western Conference. Pau Gasol is out with vertigo, which pretty much sums things up for the Lakers. The started Kendall Marshall, Jodie Meeks, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman last night.  It looks like the Bucks did their best to lose, but that was too high a mountain.
  • Too much Frank Kaminsky.  The college basketball world can barely handle him.  Kaminsky led the Badgers to the elite eight with a big game against a Baylor team that didn't really compete.In other college basketball news, I tried to watch the UCLA-Florida game at vjl110's urging, but I struggle to stay focused on a college game. Kyle Anderson reminded me a lot of the college version of Evan Turner.
  • Tonight Fred Hoiberg's ISU is back in action against Connecticut while Kentucky and Louisville is probably the marquee matchup on the slate.  Hopefully Gorgui Dieng won't be too distracted by that to continue his beat down of the NBA.
Today in history

845: Paris sacked by Vikings, who were apparently desperate for a decent baguette. 
1794: Louvre opens to public
1799: New York State abolishes slavery
1854: Britain and France declare war on Russia
1917: Jews expelled from Tel Aviv by Turkish officials
1933: German Reichstag confers dictatorial powers on Hitler
1939: Madrid falls to Franco, ending Spanish Civil War

Today's musical birthday is Cheryl James, better known as "Salt" of Salt-n-Pepa.  Born in 1966.

Open wide. Say ahhh.  Enjoy your day.