I'm going on record right now as saying I don't want to see Orlando in the first round anymore. Tonight's 113-95 drubbing in Orlando proved what a few comments touched on earlier this week. Orlando is not a good match-up for the Sixers.
Granted, they aren't going to shoot 60% from three, but they have too many weapons from outside and the Sixers just aren't consistently disciplined on those rotations. Apparently, they also don't have the confidence in Samuel Dalembert to go one-on-one with Dwight Howard, which I still think is the best defensive strategy to use.
I was all prepared to write about the horrible officiating in the first half (6 offensive fouls, at least 4 of which were complete B.S.) but it didn't matter. The Sixers made one run late in the first quarter to early in the second which worked the deficit down to 10 points, Rashard Lewis broke the run with a three and the Magic never looked back.
The Sixers play tomorrow night in New Jersey, and they better come with a better effort than they did tonight.Player of The Game:
Reggie Evans (he fueled the only Sixer run of the night with his defense and board work)Team Record:
34-35 (back below .500)Playoff Race:
Washington won, Toronto and New Jersey lost, Atlanta didn't play. The Sixers are 1 game behind Toronto for the #6 seed, 1.5 behind Washington for the #5 seed and have a 4.5 game lead over the Hawks.