|The Sixers will head into Staples Center later tonight looking for their third-straight road win against the Clippers with wind in their sales, a spring in their step and a healthy dose of confidence. Waiting for them will be a poorly coached team with an unbelievable size advantage which will undoubtedly be exacerbated by Eddie Jordan's asinine rotations. Preview, game thread and a contest for free tickets after the jump.|
Latest comment: from BrianNice....
|I received quite a shock this morning when I checked my Sixers Google alerts and found that a two-game winning streak had ended GM Ed Stefanski's vow of silence regarding his flailing team. When I clicked through to the link, my day took a dark, dark turn. Apparently, the Sixers have found their favorite journalist, Bob Cooney. Cooney is apparently a guy who will write the story they want and won't ask a single follow-up.|
|For only the second time in six weeks, the Sixers won a game they should have. Congratulations, guys. The Kings, without their two best players, were no match for Philadelphia tonight in Sacramento, 116-106 was your final.|
|Two rookie wings showing great potential. Two young bigs contributing up front. And Beno Udrih. That's the formula for the upstart Sacramento Kings. I'm legitimately looking forward to this game.|
|Derek Bodner and I will be hosting SixersBeat tonight from 8-9pm, leading into the Sixers/Kings game at 10:00pm. Plenty has happened since our last show, if you're around, tune in here. If there's a topic you'd like us to discuss, leave a comment on this post and we'll try incorporate it into the show. Check after the jump for the call-in number if you'd like to join us live.|
|As promised, here's the flip side of the post from yesterday afternoon. After the jump we'll take a look at where opponents get their shots against the Sixers, how these numbers compare to the league and what it all means. Not for the faint of heart.|
|Another post derived directly from the data available at HoopData this afternoon. We're 30 games into the season and I wanted to take a close look at where the Sixers shots are coming from on the floor. A chart and some quick analysis after the jump.|
Latest comment: from BrianIt really should be....
|You could look at this win as temporary stay of execution for Eddie Jordan, which is undoubtedly a horrible thing for the franchise. You could look at it as 48 minutes of possible development/evaluation down the tubes (10 minutes for Jrue, 19 minutes for Thad). I'm going to choose to look at it as a glimpse of what this team is capable of, once Eddie Jordan is gone.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeThe same team that thinks Iverson/Williams is a good back court?...
|There is one reason the Sixers upset the Blazers tonight in Portland. Elton Brand's unbridled aggression on the offensive end. The only thing that kept Brand from scoring 40 points was the fact that he was limited to 30 minutes of action.|
|If you've ever wondered why I'm not as high on the Portland Trailblazers as most of the mainstream media (who fawn all over them like a female intern in Bristol), it's probably because (a) the Sixers have won four of their past five against Portland and (b) I don't exactly see a roster that's going to defend out there. That being said, they're going to kill the Sixers tonight. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
|For most of the season, I've been harping on how Eddie Jordan has failed to integrate Elton Brand in the team's half-court offense. If you've been watching, you've noticed that about 90% of Brand's touches happen at least 20 feet away from the hoop. Mostly, his shots come off dribble drives or offensive rebounds. After the jump, a few stats to back up this theory.|
|I'm operating on the assumption that the question is when will Eddie Jordan be fired, rather than will he be fired. There's simply nothing else to keep me sane as I watch this team flounder. So taking his departure as a given, a few big questions must be answered almost immediately. I'll take a shot after the jump.|