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I regret to inform you there will be no SixersBeat episode tonight. Instead, I'll be packing my wife and two kids into a car and forcing them all to drive up to Boston with me so I can attend the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with the likes of Darryl Morey and Bill Simmons. Sounds like a fun family vacation, right?

The conference takes place all day Friday and then into mid-day on Saturday. There are a number of panels I'm really looking forward to. Hopefully, it'll help expand the way I look at the game and I'll be able to share some insights gleaned here.

I'll make sure to get a game thread up for tomorrow night's game against the Timberwolves. In the mean time, a couple of questions to keep you (mildly) entertained while I'm trying to wrap my mind around the work of men far smarter than I:

  • Kapono and Songaila were not bought out by the Sixers. Why?
  • Collins has done something subtle two different times this season. First, the Sixers started 3-13, and were flailing. Then they won two straight games over NJ and POR, easily their best stretch of the short season. Riding that high, Collins announced he was going to move Jodie Meeks into the starting lineup. Meeks hadn't played particularly well in the previous couple games, so it seemed like odd timing. Second, the Sixers won 4 out of 5 games, including a home win over the Nuggets. After the Nuggets win, Collins made his announcement about having Iguodala play more point-forward. Those are really the two biggest adjustments Collins has made this season, at least the biggest adjustments he's made that most fans would notice, and in both cases, he made them while the team was playing well. This just strikes me as really savvy. Making moves like those in the midst of a losing streak would be characterized as panic moves. When the team is winning, they're simply adjustments. Not really a question, just an observation.
  • Jrue's defense has been up and down, to be kind. At the same time, it's been a while since he got into early foul trouble in a game. Do you think Collins told him to be more passive early in games, because they need him on the floor? Have you noticed an uptick in his defense in the second half of games?
  • 4 years, $38M for Kendrick Perkins. Would you pay that to extend Thad Young this summer? Would you pay more?

That's all I've got, folks. Keep it civil. I may check in and/or send a few updates on Twitter from the conference.
by Brian on Mar 3 2011
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