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And if you got yourself a smart speaker, all you got to do is ask it to play CBS Sports Radio. I don't know if this is a positive Monday, a negative Monday. I tried to open things up with the positive by taking a look at all of those. Obviously the Kansas City Chiefs. Winners. The Lions. Winners. The Ravens. Winners. And then the San Francisco 49ers.

Not too shabby as well as the Niners handled business knocking off the Packers on Saturday night. And then of course we've had to take a look and I feel like eulogize some of the the losers here. And we know the losers.

Obviously the big ones. The Buffalo Bills. They were expected to compete again for a championship and can't get past the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans. Come on. At the end of that game Lamar Jackson goes over to C.J.

Stroud and he lets him know, man, you are the future. Things are just getting started for you. With the Green Bay Packers, there are already conversations being had publicly about, hey, we have to get Jordan Love a contract.

Like we got to extend this dude. The Green Bay Packers were not supposed to be here. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

I don't care what anybody says. They weren't supposed to be here post Tom Brady with Baker Mayfield. And so when you want to talk about the teams that took some L's over the weekend, Texans, Packers, Buccaneers, it was nice that they made the dance. But the Buffalo Bills. Yeah, this is this is pain.

When you got the Kansas City Chiefs knocking you out three out of four years, it ain't all that hot. Josh Allen, he gave a very simple explanation yesterday about the loss in the L, and let's just say he was very blunt about it. Listen. Sucks. Losing sucks. Losing them, losing anybody at home sucks. Yeah, if you didn't know what he said, he said it sucks.

Yeah. Better luck next season. And thank you so much.

Last hour, we were able to have a conversation. He came through, showed us some love. Matt Perino covers the Buffalo Bills, talked about some of the potential changes. You know, what happens with someone like Von Miller, who is, I don't want to say a shell of himself. Maybe he'll be better coming off of that ACL tear, the second ACL tear. Just not looking all that good for the Buffalo Bills. It seems that they are good enough to be good, not good enough to be a championship team. I guess you can look at the Buffalo Bills and say that they're the Dallas Cowboys of the AFC without the hype, without the crazy owner, you know, without Dallas, without the star, without the giant Jerry's World.

But when it comes to winning, winning enough and then not getting over the hump, yeah, there's some similarities between the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys. 855-212-4CBS is the number. It's 855-212-4CBS. You can also get ahold of me. I am online, on social media. I am at JR Sport Brief.

You can hit me up there. And I do want to fill you in on some news that has come down the pipe, you know, over the last couple of hours. And just throughout the course of the day, especially as it relates to coaching and some of the coaching openings or coach openings or vacancies here in the NFL. First of all, it's been reported that Brian Callahan, he's going to be the former offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals because this man is currently having his contract negotiated to be the next head coach of the Tennessee Titans. Yes, the same Tennessee Titans team that decided to get rid of Mike Vrabel because the offense stunk, the defense stunk.

They didn't have weapons. And so Mike Vrabel was easy to just go ahead and fire. Brian Callahan, how much success he has with the Tennessee Titans is going to depend on who Rand Carthon decides to bring in. We have seen glimpses of Will Levis potentially being that dude, but is throwing the ball to DeAndre Hopkins as he ages.

Is that the best way to keep winning? We know that Derrick Henry is likely, very unlikely to continue his career with the Tennessee Titans. And so Brian Callahan, congratulations. You got yourself a reclamation project.

Good luck on that one. Another head coach. This guy is actually not going anywhere. We know the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicked the Eagles out of the post season. The Eagles probably kicked themselves out of the post season. We know Mr. Hertz didn't play all that well towards the end of the year, but Nick Sirianni looks like he will be sticking around. Ian Rappaport was on the NFL network and he said, Nick Sirianni, he ain't going nowhere. The Philadelphia Eagles have scheduled a press conference with Nick Sirianni and Howie Roseman to just be there.

They're just going to be there and talk. And I think the fact that Nick Sirianni is going to be there is the thing. Now he's under contract for next year. He's made the playoffs in every season. He helped turn Jalen Hertz into a franchise quarterback. Literally was in the Super Bowl last year. There was some discussion from other people about potentially moving on. I never got the sense that was real.

It wasn't fake, but it wasn't real real. He is going to be there. And the fact that he made some changes on the defensive side of the ball last night kind of reemphasized and reinforced that or the fact that he was calling defensive coordinators in the last couple of days. Yet for the life of me, why does everybody want to just dump the head coaches like right out of the gate? I understand the head coach is the easiest dude to blame. It's the easiest person to get rid of. When you think about the players and their contracts, you can't just wake up and go, oh, well, we we just gave Jalen Hertz buckets of money. It's time to move on from him.

It doesn't matter the sport. People want to get rid of the coach. But Nick Sirianni and then you think about Sean McDermott, it's I guess fans have reached the point of just bloodlust.

And I know it's a what have you done for me lately world. But these are businesses. They are people and human beings who are involved in these decisions. You can bring in a coach or fire a coach and these things can change for the entire organization. You know, even for the Tennessee Titans, I'm supposed to believe that things are supposed to improve for the better because they're bringing in Brian Callahan, who has zero head coaching experience. I mean, they're hoping Amy Adams is hoping that Brian Callahan comes in and can help elevate Will Levis. So similar to what he did with with the the Cincinnati Bengals and Burrow and Chase and like, stop it.

Like, can we can we come to reality? If the players aren't joining him, what difference does it make? It's not always easy just to just bounce a coach and think, oh, we fired the coach and and new ideas are going to help make things better. You want to know what helps the team win? Actually having winning talent on the field. That helps teams win.

Ryan, do you have any thoughts? I feel like you can go to the playoffs consecutive years and do this and that. You know, with someone like Mike McCarthy, I understand given giving him the boot. But in a lot of cases, fans are just ready to fire everybody at any time.

Absolutely right. That's that's what we do as fans for sure is you lose a game. Someone's got to pay for it every single game. The tough part is, is like when you look at rosters, like for example, the Eagles, right? You're not moving off of Jalen Hurts. The Bills obviously are not moving off of Josh Allen. So if you're not going to move off the quarterback as well, okay, then the head coach has got to go or the OC or DC has to go. Someone's got to pay and the players, especially with the contract for the for the dominant ones, you heard Matt Perino an hour ago basically say Safon Diggs can't get moved.

Von Miller might also be unmovable. So it's if the players are going to stay, coaches then got to change. Oh man, it's just, I don't believe in making moves just to make a move. It's like, oh well we got to do something. We have to do something.

It's similar to baseball. I mean, you can look at the New York Yankees who have success after success after success and fans are just itching every year. You got to fire Boone. You got to fire Cashman. And then the next question is, well, who do you want in their place? And it's like, I don't know.

I don't know. It's just like, well, figure it out. Maybe the team on the field sucks. If you want to blame the GM, then go ahead and blame him. But don't, don't kill the manager every year. We got to fire the manager and, and fire the coach. I think, I think in a general sense, we as fans can do better than just saying fire everybody.

And I get it. There's certain things, you know, time runs out. Like for instance, with Bill Belichick, obviously he had his second meeting with the Atlanta Falcons. There are now rumors that some in the front office already with the Falcons don't want Belichick because he's going to bring in his own people and bring in his own ideas. And we also know that Jim Harbaugh is scheduled to have a second interview with the Atlanta Falcons.

And how about going up to New England? Let's think about Gerard Mayo. He got his job up there now as well. He actually had his first interview with WEEI on a weekly basis now. And then he had some thoughts on how they can improve and guess what the new coach said, bringing in new players and spending money.

Listen to this. The cash spending is a big fixation of mine. 31st last year, 27th three years prior. Have you been given assurances by Robert or others that you guys will have the freedom to spend this off season to bring in talent and free agency? We're bringing in talent 1000%. So have a lot of cap space and cash. Ready to burn some cash.

Burn some cash. And he got more personality than Belichick, doesn't he? Huh? I don't think I've, I don't think I've ever heard that, that I can't even say amount of enthusiasm. I've never heard that level of enthusiasm from Bill Belichick.

Hickey, when's the most excited you've heard Belichick? Oh, when he's talking about a long snapper or the, or lacrosse or a Navy. Or, or Lawrence Taylor. Or Lawrence Taylor, you're right. Lawrence Taylor, Ed Reed, lacrosse, the Navy, and long snapper.

Yeah. Those are the things that get Bill Belichick going late at night. Jerrod Mayo showing more enthusiasm in his, his pinky than Belichick has showed over the past 20 years. And if you listen to Bill Simmons, by the way, I know I just told you about Bill Belichick, the possibility that he comes to the Falcons. Bill Simmons had his own idea about Bill Belichick and where he could or where he should go. And it is to a formal AFC, former AFC East rival.

Let's listen to Bill Simmons. I'm on a morning power walk in honor of the great Bill Belichick. Where does he go next?

He's got to break the Shuler record. He's got to inherit a Super Bowl roster. Atlanta doesn't have a QB. Washington would have a rookie QB. Carolina has a young QB and no first round pick, and they're a mess. The Chargers have Herbert, but they're in salary and Capel.

People were talking about Philadelphia today. I think Nick Sirianni is a good coach. I know they went 10-1. I know they've been in a swing. Let's say they lose to Tampa Bay. They lose to Baker Mayfield. That's a terrible scenario.

I don't, I still don't think they fired Nick Sirianni. What if it's Buffalo? What if Buffalo loses as 10 point favorites in round one to Pittsburgh?

What if they get killed in round two? They've blamed and fired everybody else. There's Belichick. Knows the AFC East. Knows how to beat the Pats. Just coached him forever. Loves nothing more than beating the Jets. Cold weather.

Loves it. Josh Allen. Possible Super Bowl QB. Buffalo's never won a Super Bowl. What are the best jobs in football to have to win a Super Bowl?

Buffalo, Cleveland, Minnesota, Detroit. That's it. You win there, you're immortal. Belichick's already immortal. Belichick to Buffalo if the Sean McDermott thing does not work out. Let's see what happens.

Yeah, it's just things that people come up with on their morning walks, man. Find something better to do. How about tell the Buffalo Bills to import some talent to help out Josh Allen? Tell them to add some defensive players who can actually stay healthy for once. Like, bring in Bill Belichick.

There's pie in the sky. Hey, let's forget Belichick. Let's find the other Bill. Let's see if Bill Parcells wants to, you know, hop off on his couch and help the Buffalo Bills win a championship.

Let's come to earth. I'd be shocked if Sean McDermott is let go from his job. I would be shocked if he is gone. I think he's going to stick around. It's the JR Sportbreeze Show here with you on CBS Sports Radio 855-212 for CBS.

That's 855-212 for CBS. I'm going to stick around for a little while longer. Oh yeah, by the way, when we come back from break, let's talk about another team that actually did some winning over the weekend. Let's talk about the 49ers. And then as I sit here in the studio, it appears to me that Joel Embiid now has a new franchise.

Excuse me. He has a career high 60 points. Let's see if it goes to 61. He has a career high 61 points. Victor Wambenyama has like 32 points. And Joel Embiid is balling out of his mind. I'll give you an update on that.

We're going to talk some 49ers. I'll take a look at the phone calls. It's the JR Sportbreeze Show here on CBS Sports Radio. is the online destination to easily design a customized engagement ring and save up to 50% compared to traditional stores. You pick a diamond, whether it's lab created or earth created, James Allen has over 200,000 conflict free stones.

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Carl Anthony Towns has completely lost his mind and this is all in a positive way. But before I fill you in on that, before I get to the phone lines, I need to let you know that you can stream the NFL on Westwood One for free, sponsored by AutoZone. All season long, you can listen to every Westwood One broadcast of the NFL live on the NFL app by asking Alexa to open Westwood One Sports or on the Odyssey app. Get in the zone AutoZone. AutoZone's free battery testing and charging is available for free at your local AutoZone.

Get in the zone AutoZone restrictions, they do apply. Let me fill you in on this game right now. Philadelphia 76ers, they're at home, they're hosting the San Antonio Spurs. There's about three and a half minutes left in the game. The Sixers lead 126 to 113. This is pretty much in the bag for Philadelphia. And Joel Embiid has a career high 65 points.

Let me say that again. Joel Embiid has 65 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. He is 18 of 19 from the free throw line and he has been dropping his shoulder into Victor Wabenyama.

I think Wabenyama has a permanent mark on his damn chest. And by the way, Wabenyama, no slouch tonight as well himself, 33 points, seven rebounds for Victor Wabenyama. Joel Embiid just took a technical free throw. He now has 66 points. Getting ready to move it to 67, he's such a damn good free throw shooter. Let's see if I jinxed him.

Is he gonna miss or make it? I jinxed him. Hey Ron, I'm a jinx.

What a guy I am, right? Announcer jinx remains undefeated. Yeah, how about that? You can go ahead and put me in that as Joel Embiid is getting a standing ovation for missing his free throw, but still having 66 damn points.

Pretty, pretty amazing. And now let me tell you about this other guy. This other man, Karl Anthony Towns, 44 points at halftime. Minnesota and Charlotte just came out at halftime. It's 69.

Now it's 71-64. Karl Anthony Towns now has 46 points. He's eight of nine from three. He's 15 of 18 from the field.

Anthony Edwards, zero points. He took one shot. He's like, Karl Anthony Towns is hot.

I don't even need to shoot the rock. That's crazy. Is he going to finish, you know, and double up? I see Kobe Bryant is trending for 81. I don't know if Karl Anthony Towns is going that far. I don't want to put him past 70. You think he's going over under 70, Ryan? What say you?

I'm going to go over. Sixers record 69. You know, that number means a lot to Embiid. He gets it.

And I think we get a big time crotch chop as well as he gets the record. Oh, I'm talking about Towns. Oh, sorry. 44 points at half. He now has 46 points. Do you see Karl Anthony Towns going over 70?

I will go under. Yeah, I think so. I mean, you can't.

This sounds crazy to say. I can't imagine a big man like to keep that up, especially shooting. If he was down low and I don't know, it's tricky. He's eight of nine from downtown. He is on another level feeling it right now. 855-212-4CBS. It's 855-212-4CBS. As Joel Embiid is, as Hickey said, two points away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for the most points in a game in Sixers history. If I'm a betting man, I think Joel Embiid, I think he's going to get in there force feeding him the ball.

Maybe you won't. Let's talk to Lee. Lee is calling from Cincinnati. You're on the JR Sportbree show. What's up, Lee?

Not much, JR. Thanks for taking my call. Hopefully I didn't come too late to the party because you were talking about the Bills earlier and about Sean McDermott.

I just got to say, man, there's no way that anything's going to happen to him. In fact, once again, I'm going to run this back. We hear this every year, but I think next year is going to be the Bills year and I'll tell you why. Look at how bad they were at the beginning.

Just listen, hold on. I got reasons. I got reasons because they had guys injured during the year on defense, all right? Look at the guys who stepped up and took their place and they still had a great defense. That experience is going to be so well for next year, but also especially on offense. Look at how they did after Joe Brady came in as the offensive coordinator.

They weren't stagnant. That's when they started winning all those games. That's when they ran off that long string of games to be able to win the division and make it into the playoffs. All they need is, in my opinion, just one receiver and that's it.

Lee, sure, but that's a whole lot to say. The day after an elimination, we got to go through an entire off season. We got to go through an entire draft and you're telling me the Buffalo Bills are going to do what next?

What did you say? They're going to win the championship next year? They're going to win. They're going to win the Super Bowl next year.

Yeah, but I'm a life golfing fan and I say the Bills are going to do that. Yes, sir. All right.

Well, I appreciate it, Lee. There's absolutely zero basis on that, but we'll see what happens, okay? Okay. But when I'm right, remember you heard it here first.

It holds no bearing. I'm sorry. I can sit here and say, if I sat here and say, oh yeah, next year's Super Bowl, the Lions will win. It's just like, what am I basing that on? This is a team.

You're telling me about a team that just lost that has to go through an entire off season cycle and you're like, oh yeah, they lost it, but you don't even know what they're going to do with the team, man. We got to see. Well, thank you, Lee, for calling up from Cincinnati. Joel Embiid got the record, folks. I think he's up to now 70 points, about 90 seconds left in the game. Joel Embiid now has the franchise record in a game, passing Wilk who had 68 points.

Let's see for the final score here. What does Joel Embiid have? Fans are celebrating as history has been made.

Yep, Joel Embiid, 70 points, the highest scoring game in 76ers franchise history, beating Wilk Chamberlain, who had 68 points in 1967. Joel Embiid walks off the court, gives a big old hug to Nick Nurse. His night is over. Fans are buzzing. They're standing there clapping.

They have seen history tonight. Joel Embiid, a franchise record, 70 points in one game as this one is just about over. And Joel Embiid, I don't know if he's going to play in enough games to qualify for MVP, but damn it, he's playing like one, continuing to play like MVP. Fan is waving the MVP sign in his face.

I know that kid is hoping that he signs it. What a great night for him. 855-2124 CBS Thomas here from Baltimore. You're on the JR Sportbreeze show. What's up, Tom? Hey, JR. Thanks for taking my phone call.

Kudos to you, your new time slot, and Embiid. Wow. I mean, that's right up the road from me. So, the call is about continuity and structure. And I'm hitting on the old football point you were talking about here before break about people being impatient, wanting to fire coaches.

And you know what? Bottom line, organizations, I don't care if it's football, basketball, business, are made with structure and continuity. You have to have the right people in the right places. And the NFL, if you don't have a quarterback, you're not going to win. And whatever's going on down in Tennessee, I'm sorry, I haven't seen enough from Will Levis. And get rid of Vrabel. Vrabel's going to go somewhere. He's going to win. Coaches know.

Players win. Yeah. I'm in the same boat. Thank you so much, Tom, for calling from Baltimore. I agree with everything that Tom just said. I think there's going to be some lean times. And if Callahan can have success, good on him. I just don't know if it's, there's not a damn thing guaranteed. It's tough enough being a head coach.

Most head coaches who start off as rookie head coaches and end up on bad teams, a lot of times they get fired unless they have that franchise QB. And we're going to find out soon enough whether or not Will Levis is that dude. We got a final score as Joel Embiid scores a franchise high 70 points. Wow.

Final score 133 to 123. Embiid 70 points, 18 rebounds, five assists. That's 70 points, a 76ers franchise single game record.

Wow. Joel Embiid is a nut. It's the JR Sportbree show here with you on CBS Sports Radio. Karl Anthony Towns losing his mind as well. A 50 points here in the third quarter of Minnesota leading them, leading Charlotte 80 to 71. I got Coco Gauff here in front of me on another screen playing in the Australian Open. I can't keep up with everything going on, but I know somebody who can. It's the JR Sportbree show here on CBS Sports Radio.

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It's kind of nuts to think about it. Today is the anniversary of Kobe Bryant dropping those 81 points against the Toronto Raptors on January 22nd, 2006. It is so bananas to think that that was almost, almost 20 years ago. And on this anniversary, when Kobe dropped 81 points in 2006, tonight we've seen some amazing performances from Joel Embiid. I told you tonight he had a franchise record 70 points for the Philadelphia 76ers. Joel Embiid had 70 points, 18 rebounds, and five assists as Philadelphia beat San Antonio 133 to 123. Victor Wambanyama had a damn good game himself. 33 points, seven rebounds, but it's all about Joel Embiid as he passed Wilt Chamberlain for most points in a single game in Sixers history.

A matter of fact, let's listen to the record breaking score. This is courtesy of the Sixers radio network. Embiid and David Robinson with games like that. Embiid with the ball after a steal. Joel drives it down the lane, left hand layup, it's up and good. 70 points for Embiid. 133 to 118, court lane drive, left hand layup, a 70 point game for the Sixers star Joel Embiid.

Amazing performance. I mean, that's what Embiid does. I mean, at this point, people just want to know what you do in the post season. He is checking all the boxes. Joel Embiid, when it's all said and done, he's going to be in the hall of fame. We know all of that. Now it's just a matter of, can you, will you win a championship?

That's it. We see the comparisons all the time between Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic. Well, I don't think Joel Embiid needs another MVP. He needs a championship. And right now he's going to be 30 years old come March. And I've always looked at Joel Embiid and said, man, this dude is a ticking time bomb. Whenever his decline comes, is it going to be swift?

I have no idea. His body is holding up for now. Let's see what he can do. Another freakish performance tonight in the NBA. This is a game that is still going on right now. This minute, this moment, the Minnesota Timberwolves are playing the Charlotte Hornets. Minnesota leads 93 to 85. Karl-Anthony Towns has 53 points.

There's about three and a half minutes left here in the third quarter. At halftime, at halftime, Karl-Anthony Towns had 44 points. Right now he has 53 as he has been lighting it up from downtown. 9 of 11 from deep. Karl-Anthony Towns has been one of the best shooters in the NBA, one of the best big man shooters in NBA history.

I'd go as far to say that. And he's certainly lighting it up. Is he going to break Kobe's record tonight?

I doubt it. I'd be a little surprised if he gets past 70 points, but what a night for the big men in the NBA right now, lighting it up. Joe Linby, franchise record 70 points.

Karl-Anthony Towns, 53 points, with about 15 minutes to go left in this game. 855-212-4CBS. This 855-212-4CBS. Let's go ahead and get to a call. We got JR from Houston, Texas, on the JR sport pre-show CBS Sports Radio. What's up, JR? Hey, what's going on, JR? First time caller.

First of all, I want to say I love the show. But if you want better ratings, stop talking about the NBA, because it's so boring to just watch offensive basketball all day, every day. And you just blew my mind with those stats. You got big men scoring 40, 50 points before halftime because there's no one playing defense. The paint is wide open, JR. And it all started with who? It started with Stephen Curry. He started making threes. Everyone starts getting, oh, we need a three-point shooter. We need a three-point shooter. Everyone starts guarding the perimeter.

Guess what? The lanes are wide open. And now this time in basketball is, I would say, the weakest time to watch the NBA. There's no defense.

The paint is wide open. And that's why you see all these big men scoring all these points. It's about football and baseball and hockey in American now. The NBA is dead. Well, hold on. Hold on, JR. Hold on a second. I got to tell you, man, what you're saying about the NBA is not a revelation, not by any stretch when it comes down to offense.

Ryan and I had this conversation during the commercial break about the offensive explosion. So there's no real revelation here as it relates to how the game is played. That's fine. It's nothing new. That's fine.

But where you have now completely gone off the rails, I must tell you, JR, is to talk about how it's all about in America the NFL and the NHL and Major League Baseball and baseball. You say that in jest, right? Well, no, no, no, no, no. Hold on. Hold on. Wait.

You were joking, right? I was joking, but I'm saying the NBA is falling off because it's all... No, no, no, JR. No, no. There's... JR, hold on a second. JR, stop.

Let me tell you something. I don't know where you're getting your... I don't know who you're talking to.

I don't know how you're drawing this conclusion. The NBA has not fallen off. I can give you some actual stats and numbers here, okay? If you want to talk about the second most popular sport in the United States of America, it is basketball. If you want to look at the professional leagues, if you want to look at the professional leagues and you want to look at the revenue and generate, the NBA is right there behind the NFL. If you want to look at the popularity and growth of any game or any sport internationally, it's basketball. And so to look at a sport with the NBA where the average viewer is closer probably to 40 years old and you want to compare it to baseball, which is plus 50, that's pretty tough there, JR, okay? All right, look.

JR, look, they pay you the big bucks for a reason. I was joking when I said that the NBA is false. I get it. I'm just saying whenever the final score is 157 to 147, it's boring to watch. It's boring.

Well, let me tell you something. There are a lot of people who are watching it. I personally don't mind a throwback to the 90s. I don't mind sitting down watching a game with a final score of 90 to, I don't know, 87, but that's me. You know, I go to enough games. I go to every single Hawks game that I can make now being in a new time slot. I see every game. I've seen every player and it is vastly different. But to say that the game or the NBA has fallen off, there's a reason why there's growth here. It's because there's a crap ton of people all over the world and a lot of them young who are sitting down watching the games and spending money.

Okay. And it's also because they think, oh, hey, all I need to do is practice my shot. My three point shot 600 times a day and I might be the sixth man. Well, JR, here's the point.

There are people who there are a lot of people who don't appreciate the way the game is, but there's a crap ton of people who do. Well, thank you. Well, thank you, JR, for expressing that. Damn. I feel like, Ryan, I feel like I have to go through a whole vent, like, oh, there's no defense in it.

Tell me something I don't know already. Sheesh. I felt like I attended a therapy session right there. You were calm, control, kind of talking JR, your other namesake off the ledge, it felt like.

I don't know, doppelganger. I mean, it was, I get it. I let him get it out at the beginning. He's, oh, you, you, you want to, you want better ratings and don't, man, we've sat here for four hours. I would say 95% of today's show has been about the NFL until a guy scored a franchise career high and another guy almost had 50 points at halftime. So what am I supposed to do? Just kind of just gloss it over. Am I supposed to go into, you know, how, how many points he didn't, I could do that every day. The NBA is what it is. I can do the same thing for the NFL. You know, I've talked about this on the air.

It's all scoring in the NFL. There's no resistance. Come on now.

Let's come to planet earth. Yes. We all know there is not defense played in the NBA. They are up.

They are down. They are doing everything, but trying to stop the other team from scoring. We know that anyway, the guy who did score 70 points tonight, he was just on NBA TV. And this is Joel Embiid talking about his career high, the Sixers franchise high.

Listen to the big man. He's just around amazing people. Carl Anthony towns, 58 points. His numbers obnoxious tonight.

Oh my God. So Minnesota is leading one Oh seven to 92 against Charlotte. Carl Anthony towns, 58 points, seven rebounds, two assists. He is 19 of 25 from the field. Carl Anthony towns is 10 of 12 from three. He is 10 of 14 from the free throw line. Now you have to imagine that someone has tapped him on the shoulder and said, you know, Joel Embiid got, got 70 points tonight, right? Somebody has to have, has to have told him that if you want to do something, you want to stand out tonight.

You got to get us another 12 Hickey. I think now Embiid hit 70. I think Carl might, I think he might go over now. Just, just because Embiid, I think that's it. I mean, you would think, but he's slow. You think at halftime you're getting an update, right? And so he had 44 and a half. He got 50. So he had 14 points here in this quarter. Yeah.

He was bound to slow down, but you don't think he can get another 12, 13. Let's see going to the fourth. Yeah. I mean, you're, you are right. You know, the game is in hand up by 15. You got to keep them in.

Yeah. Unless he completely like craps the bed in a fourth and loses it. I got to imagine that he's gonna, he's, he's going to get 70.

Now you take them out after 71 or you see how far he can go. Well, is this, would you, I mean, the way they score in the league, what is this a 15 point? There's a 15 point difference right now. That's tricky. Like if Minnesota Charlotte stinks. Okay. But yeah, anybody can go on a run.

Oh, this already might be a little out of hand, right? Like you can't leave him out there just to Jack up shots or can you, I mean, the Sixers basically did it. They, they let, it was a competitive game, but they didn't need Joel and beat out there.

You know, he was moving. The game was still kind of close and they, they let them keep rolling. So why not?

Maybe. So if you're the timbrels defense, maybe let a few in, but keep it close to keep cat on the floor. What do you want them to throw the game now? That's throwing the game, but you got to keep it close enough where you can't give the coach any sort of incentive to yank him. Cause you're up by 25 with five minutes ago. I don't know.

That sounds, that sounds a little crooked to me. I mean, you're 23 away from tying Kobe. I mean, if he makes, you know, a few threes start the fourth quarter. No, we're thinking you, you I'm thinking about tonight passing, uh, Joel and beads high of 70.

And you're thinking about Kobe's 81. When you get 44 at halftime, I think you got to go for it. You know, how often is this going to happen? I would think that if it was a guard, but the way this guy's shooting the ball tonight, I guess he, he might as well, uh, be a guard out there. I can't recall. I'm sure by the time we're back on air tomorrow, on air tomorrow, I have more time to think about it.

And then also look it up. I can't recall two big men lighten it up like this on the same night. I mean, maybe there was a night where David Robinson had, I don't know, 60 and Shaq had 50, but this is a completely different animal. Joel Embiid 70 points, Carl Anthony towns.

Just what does he got 58 right now? This is, this is nutty. Welcome to the NBA.

Yeah, no, no defense. There's going to be a lot of conversations had about that. Like our last caller, but Hey, listen, you can't tell me it's not entertaining unless there's a blowout. These blowouts.

They, they stink. You've been listening to the JR sport brief show here with you on CBS sports radio. I will be back with you tomorrow, 6 PM Eastern three Pacific. You can find me everywhere at JR sport brief. Thank you, Ryan. And thank you to everybody for listening. The JR sport brief show here on CBS sports radio. It's a wrap.

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