Marcus Hayes is a sports columnist for the Inquirer. Hired more than 20 years ago as a features writer, he has since covered the Eagles, Phillies, and Sixers beats as well as Big Five basketball, college football, golf, and the Olympics.

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The Flyers got a little more gritty at the trade deadline | Marcus Hayes

The strange, orange mascot is going to love the guys the Flyers acquired Monday: Derek Grant and Nate Thompson.

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Blame Brett Brown for 76ers’ road woes | Marcus Hayes

Spotty defense and horrid long-range shooting have broken down the Sixers. Somehow, the coach holds no road map for change.

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Is Sixers’ Joel Embiid really the best player in the world? In the East? In Philadelphia? | Marcus Hayes

Against the Bucks, Embiid was just pretty good. He scored 17 points and pulled 11 rebounds in 29 minutes in the 119-98 loss, and his playing time was curtailed by foul trouble.

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Donte DiVincenzo could be helping the Sixers as a Philadelphia darling, as Jay Wright knew | Marcus Hayes

The Sixers drafted Zhaire Smith over DiVincenzo, who is a critical two-way player for the Milwaukee Bucks, the best team in the NBA.

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Sixers should treat Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons like children | Marcus Hayes

They act like kids, so for the moment, it’s best to let them be kids.

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Eagles missed DeSean Jackson less than Malik Jackson | Marcus Hayes

“If I had been healthy, I think me and Fletcher (Cox) both would be All Pros and Pro Bowlers right now. I’d like to say I’d put one or two more win up for us, too."

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Brown has done a good job so far with Sixers | Marcus Hayes

In his seventh season of an absurd, delayed experiment called The Process, the coach has won 34 of 55 games with a flawed roster, a poor bench, and injury issues to two starters.

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Joel Embiid hints on Instagram that he might join Jimmy Butler after shushing 76ers fans | Marcus Hayes

Butler invited Embiid to come to Miami in an Instagram reply: “I know a place where villains are welcome.” Embiid responded, “Damn right my brother.”

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Why the Flyers could go all the way (or at least come close) | Marcus Hayes

“We have a good team. We have some depth. We can play with any team in the league,” Sean Couturier said. “It’s just a matter of doing it night after night.”

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Flyers rebound, pound Capitals, Claude Giroux finally scores, and other quick observations | Marcus Hayes

Dr. Jekyll reappears against a top team (again) after a Mr. Hyde performance against the awful Devils two days earlier.