In all fairness to the Sixers, I'm recovering from the flu, so their lackluster play may not have been the only factor in my unplanned nap late in the fourth quarter of tonight's 96-75 loss to the Pistons in Detroit. The loss doesn't bother me that much, and the game was actually closer than the final score would lead you to believe. The thing that concerns me is that early in the first quarter, Andre Iguodala came down from a jump shot grimacing and clutching his back.
Iguodala didn't come out of the game immediately, but he spent long stretches on the bench for the rest of the game, and finished with only 32 minutes. Something was wrong with him, physically. No word on ESPN about an injury, and nothing in the post game notes, but I'm holding my breath. The Sixers are nothing without Iguodala. His 232 games-started streak could be in jeopardy.
Back to tonight's game. If you ever wanted to know what happens when Willie Green plays 35 minutes, a good portion of that at the point, here's your answer: The Sixers finish the game with 10 assists total. That's embarrassing. Tayshaun Prince, who I'm now convinced is a complete punk, lit the Sixers up for 30, and complained to the refs after every single play. C-Web did nothing, but he didn't need to.
The good news for Sixers' fans is that the team came out with vim and vigor. They hung with the class of the East for three quarters. The fourth quarter was a different story, but they did not come out flat, and they didn't look like a team that's cashed in the season.
Philly has a couple of days to heal up, the Bobcats come to town on Friday night for the first game of a back-to-back. The Sixers will finish off the back-to-back in Miami on Saturday. The Heat also play a back-to-back, and their average age is about 65 so the Sixers' young legs should have an advantage in that one. Believe it or not, dropping 4 of their last 5 hasn't completely ruined the Sixers chances at the playoffs. New Jersey and New York both lost tonight, and Indiana is currently trailing the Rockets. The Sixers need to beat Charlotte and take one of their next two (at Miami or at Washington), a tall order to be sure.