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First things first, the only way to describe Vinny Del Negro's mullet is exquisite.

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Seriously, he should be coaching in the NHL with that beauty.

On the court Andre Miller won this game for the Sixers, plain and simple. He scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth and overtime. He scored 9 of the team's 13 in overtime. Derrick Rose made him look old and slow on Sunday in Philly, tonight Miller made Rose look young and silly.

Andre Iguodala played an excellent game (if you don't count the last couple of minutes of regulation when he went into 'prove I'm the franchise' mode and nearly gave the game away). He finished with a stellar line of 25 points, 9 boards, 5 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in 47 minutes of work. He did cough the ball up 5 times though, I believe two or three of them were in that final 2 minutes of the fourth.

Elton Brand was excellent, again. Although his teammates didn't realize it. EB only attempted 3 shots in the 4th and OT combined, even though he could get whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted on the Bulls' porous interior D.

Thad had the worst shooting game of his young career (1/9), but did come away with 5 steals and a big block. Good to see him contributing in other ways when his shot isn't falling.

Now that I've got the player part of the post-game out of the way, let's talk about Mo Cheeks and his ridiculous rotations. Fun with spreadsheets after the jump.
First, the spreadsheet:
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Now, what does it all mean:
  • Iguodala played 47 minutes, a whopping 36 of those minutes at the three.
  • Dalembert saw 12 minutes of action, starting both halves, then taking a seat for the remainder.
  • Speights came in with 1:59 to go in the third, he never sat again (11 points, 8 boards in 26 minutes)
  • Willie Green played 40 minutes, shot 3/10 from the floor and turned the ball over 4 times. That's the Willie we know and love (especially Mo).
  • Cheeks didn't make a single substitution in the final 6:16 of the quarter. He left Speights, Brand, Iggy, Green and Miller in there even though they squandered a 7-point lead and gave up 18 points over that stretch.
  • For a 3:30 stretch in the second quarter Mo went with either Willie Green or Lou Williams at the small forward spot. (Green, Lou and Ivey, and Green, Miller and Lou on the court together). How is this a solid strategy?
  • After building a big lead early with a traditional lineup, Mo went small early in the second quarter and never put two bigs back in the game together for the rest of the half. A 12-point lead shrunk to 7.
  • Miller, Iguodala and Brand all played 40+ minutes, which I'm fine with. Do what you have to do to get wins. Keep this in mind tomorrow night, however, when the Sixers play the Lakers at home in the ass end of a back-to-back.
  • The biggest takeaways:
    • Mo has lost confidence in Lou, and rightly so.
    • Dalembert is either in his doghouse or on his way out of town
    • Mo is starting to lean on Willie, which is not a good strategy.
    • Thad's poor shooting should not have kept him out of the lineup down the stretch. Willie did nothing, Thad would've contributed in other areas.
    • Were the major minutes Iguodala played at the three an anomoly, an attempt to get him going on offense by making him more comfortable, or the way things are going to be from here on out? If the answer is the latter, they need a better option for the two guard.
This was a supremely ugly game against a decidedly lower-eschelon team in the Eastern conference. I'm glad they won, it was important that they pick up a win and erase Sunday's debacle from their minds as they head into a tough stretch of their schedule, but Mo's rotation are all over the place and need serious work. At no time should Willie, Lou and Ivey be on the floor together. It's a sin that Willie Green saw 40 minutes of action.

Player of The Game: Miller
Team Record: 8-10
Up Next: LAL, tomorrow night at the Wach. The Lakers lost to the Pacers tonight, so they should be plenty pissed tomorrow.
by Brian on Dec 2 2008
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