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Deadline Passes, Time To Get To Work

Pull up a chair, get comfortable. Barring an ultra late-breaking story, the Sixers did not make a move. The roster will remain unchanged and the Sixers will go to battle with the roster they've had all season.

Is this a disappointing turn of events? Potentially, if Andre Miller walks for nothing at the end of the season, or the Sixers overpay to keep him, we'll look back on the trade deadline as a failure. For now, though, there's nothing to be done about it. It's time to start thinking about basketball again, and that puts a smile on my face.

After the jump some perspective.

Think back to this time last season. February 22nd, to be exact. We sat on the edge of our seats then as well, waiting to see if Miller would be moved. On that day, the Sixers were 24-32 and flailing a little bit. They came out of the All Star break and lost 2 of 3 games.

Once the deadline passed, the Sixers went on a 16-4 run, including impressive wins @ Boston, @ Detroit, @ Phoenix and at home vs. San Antonio and Detroit. They played loose, they played fast, they imposed their will on other teams.

Could we be in for a similar run this season? I think so. It's foolish to think that a bunch of twenty-somethings have the composure to block out the pressure of a deadline. This team seems to be affected by off-court issues more than most, and it's understandable. They thrive when they have a clear idea of their roles and stability. Well, they're going to have that from here on out.

I'm expecting a big finish from this team, which will hopefully start on Saturday afternoon in Miami. By the way, the first game the Sixers played after the deadline last season was at Miami as well. They won that one in overtime.

The MRI on Miller's calf was negative, he's listed as day-to-day. My money is on seeing him playing in his 502nd consecutive game on Saturday night.
by Brian on Feb 19 2009
Tags: Andre Miller | Basketball | Injuries | Sixers | Trade Deadline |