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April 2009

Apr 30
2009
10:04 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. I'd love to be able to tell you that this game six disaster was out of character for our beloved Philadelphia 76ers, but I really don't want to lie to you. If this season has taught us anything it's that this immature team will take every golden opportunity and flush it right down the drain.
Apr 30
2009
5:30 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. Don't look at this game as a golden opportunity. The Sixers come in down 3-2 in a best-of-seven series. This game is not an opportunity, it's a must-win. Odds are, the Sixers will lose this series. It's going to take nothing short of maximum effort to make sure the season doesn't end tonight. Thoughts, keys and in-game discussion after the jump.
Apr 30
2009
12:30 PM

by Brian
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Click for full story. With Dwight Howard serving a one-game suspension tonight, you'd think both the Magic and the Sixers would have to make adjustments to their game plans. After the jump we'll take a look at what the Polish Hammer means to the overall team keys.
Apr 29
2009
4:14 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. With Dwight Howard and Courtney Lee sidelined for game six tomorrow night, the gut reaction of everyone is going to be to punch the Sixers' ticket to game seven back in Orlando on Saturday. That would be a very, very big mistake.
Apr 29
2009
3:14 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. Orlando Sentinel beat writer George Diaz says Howard has been suspended for tomorrow night's game for elbowing Sam Dalembert in the head. No confirmation anywhere else, yet. UPDATE: It's confirmed.
Apr 29
2009
12:08 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. The AP is reporting Courtney Lee has a fractured sinus and will miss game 6 in Philly tomorrow night. He may be done for the series. The same story says the league office is reviewing Howard's elbow on Sam for possible suspension. It's kind of ironic that had the refs followed the rulebook and ejected Howard for he elbow Lee wouldn't have gotten hurt.
Apr 29
2009
11:56 AM

by Brian
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Click for full story. I woke up this morning not knowing what to expect on the Dwight Howard suspension front. In the Daily Dime, John Hollinger thinks the league would gladly suspend the Polish Hammer in this situation, but probably won't suspend Howard. Henry Abbott wonders why Getty Images doesn't have a nice still shot of the elbow. JE Skeets thinks a suspension is coming. After the jump, we'll look at the video, and also the video of some other plays that drew suspensions from the league.
Apr 28
2009
10:46 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. After playing their worst game of the series in a killer game 5 loss, the fate of the Sixers season will rest in the hands of the man pictured above for the next 24 hours or so. Dwight Howard should be suspended for game six. The league has a clear history on things like this. He intentionally elbowed Sam Dalembert in the face, it was not in the heat of action. It was a cheap shot and he should be sitting out game 6. We all remember what happened in the Suns/Spurs series a couple of years back, the league made it very clear that exceptions are not made in the playoffs. No we have to wait to see if they follow the same credo in this situation.
Apr 28
2009
5:01 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. "We got home court again, and we're going to have some fun at home." That's what Hedo had to say about tonight's game 5. Call me crazy, but I think Andre Iguodala has something other than "fun" in mind for Hedo. Thoughts, keys and the in-game discussion after the jump.
Apr 28
2009
12:45 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. For most of the game on Sunday, the Orlando Magic sent a hard double at Andre Iguodala whenever a screen was set for him on the perimeter. It was predictable, it was sometimes effective and it was also the reason they so easily tied the game up at 81. They drew up a perfect play to exploit the double, and I'd like to talk about some other things this particular defensive strategy could open up for the Sixers.
Apr 27
2009
9:08 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. It's really a shame that this series is being relegated to obscurity by the powers that be in the mainstream media and the league itself. Honestly, when you look around there are two first-round series completely up for grabs at this point, the Sixers/Magic and Boston/Chicago. After the jump, I want to talk about the psychological edge and who could possibly hold it after four tough games.

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