The Sixers came into tonight's game with the lesser L.A. team riding high on a two-game winning streak. They hadn't strung together three wins in a row since the first three games of the season, and sadly, they couldn't do it tonight either. The Clippers came away with a 90-89 win.
The Sixers played well, well enough to win actually. Elton Brand hit three tough, tough shots in the closing minutes to propel the Clippers. That's what superstars do, you can't get down about it. Mo Cheeks coached a good game, Iguodala was what we've come to expect him to be, excellent. Dalembert came up big, again. The Clippers just made the big shots down the stretch when it mattered, it's as simple as that.
Does anyone else think Sam Cassell's game is completely weak? OK, maybe not his game, but his attitude and his antics? I mean come on, the guy is like 60 years-old, and he's out there crying about every call. He should've been T'd up a couple of times tonight, but for some reason the refs swallowed their whistles. Cassell had the flu and wasn't expected to play, but wound up being the Clippers only consistent offensive threat, finishing with 22 points. Elton Brand had a miserable game, finishing with 12 points and 8 boards. He only had 6 points with about 2 minutes to go before he hit those three big shots.
The player of the game for the Sixers is Samuel Dalembert. He finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds (6 offensive). We're going to get a chance to see exactly how much this Sixers team has grown over the past couple of weeks on Sunday when Dirk and the Mavs come into Philly. Iguodala vs. Howard should be a great match up, and it'll be interesting to see how the Sixers new twin-towers lineup can handle a team that throws 2 seven-footers out there against them.