Sixers at All-Star break

Spencer Hawes

1. The man in the middle.
The Sixers hold a 12-2 record in games Spencer Hawes has been active for this season. They are 8-12 in all others. In other words, the big man is vital to a lengthy playoff run. Hawes has to get his Achilles and back woes under control.

2. Don’t look now.
Advancing to the second round of the tournament was the Sixers’ primary goal before the season began. A big key to achieving that will be winning the Atlantic Division, thus holding off Jeremy Lin and the hard-charging Knicks. The Sixers entered Thursday night with a three-game lead.

3. Find the bucket.
During the recent, five-game losing skid, defense hasn’t been the issue. The offense has managed just 87.5 points over the last 10 games as fears about the lack of a go-to guy late in games gain momentum.

4. Hard on Holiday.
Coach Doug Collins has been pushing starting point guard Jrue Holiday to be more aggressive offensively. Other than Lou Williams, Holiday is the only difference-maker in terms of penetration and playmaking. There’s a ton resting on the 21-year-old kid’s shoulders.

5. Let’s make a deal.    
There will be plenty of rumors as the NBA’s March 15 trading deadline approaches (hey, Monta Ellis is in town March 2). But don’t expect team president Rod Thorn to dump his young nucleus to simply acquire a quick fix.


Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.


Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.


Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…


U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…


Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.


Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…