Take one team, with nothing at all to play for, on the second night of a back-to-back, with injury problems and questionable effort. Make them play on the road against a relatively well-rested, physical, defensive team, coached by Larry Brown fighting for playoff seeding, and well, this just simply isn't going to be pretty. Preview and game thread after the jump.
Any which way you look at it, this is shaping up to be an embarrassment of epic proportions. Heavy minutes for Brand last night. The foot injury for Iguodala. No rest between games. Eddie Jordan's pea-brained schemes vs. Larry Brown.
Under the best of circumstances, Larry Brown teams will kill you if you're willing to settle for long jumpers. How do you think a tired team running a lazy system that WANTS to shoot nothing but 20-footers all night long is going to fare?
Every time I've predicted a resounding loss this season, the Sixers have actually won. Well, I think this one is such a lock that even my reverse, reverse jinx can't affect the outcome. I doubt this one will even be fun to watch.
This is your game thread. I'll be here throughout, suffering in silence. Join me if you just realized we only have 8 more EFJ-coached games to watch.