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The Sixers outclassed the Milwaukee Bucks in every imaginable way today en route to a 119-97 win. This one was over in the first quarter, and the Sixers cruised to their fourth straight win, 12th in their last 15 games.

Thad was outstanding (career high 22 points on 8/11 from the floor and 6/6 from the line), Dalembert apparently "got the fun back," with his second straight stellar game (18 points, 10 boards) and Shavlik Randolph even saw some minutes. Seven Sixers finished in double digits and if you want to know how bad it got for Milwaukee, late in the third quarter they resorted to playing hack-a-Reggie defense. How did intentionally fouling Reggie Evans work out for them? Well, he finished 7/10 from the free throw line.

One possession for the Bucks in the second quarter is a great way to illustrate how pitiful this Bucks team is. On one trip down the floor the Sixers committed 3 defensive fouls, were called for a three-second technical, got the ball and immediately turned it back over on a Rodney Carney charge, and the Bucks only came away with one point. Just a horrible, horrible team. I bet their fans are glad they tanked last season so they could wind up with Yi and another disgusting display this year.

The Sixers finished this 6 game stretch 5-1, 2 games better than was expected at the outset. Now it's time to set another goal. Here's the upcoming schedule:

  • Tomorrow - vs. Boston
  • Wednesday - @ Detroit
  • Friday - @ Chicago
  • Saturday - vs. San Antonio
  • Wednesday, March 19th - Denver
  • Friday, March 21st - @ Orlando
  • Saturday, March 22nd - vs. New Jersey
That's quite a 7-game stretch, and the schedule makers have again been extremely unkind to the Sixers. The home/road split is 4-3, which should favor them, but 3 of those home games are on the second night of back-to-backs with travel involved. This basically negates the home court advantage.

Judging by records alone, the Sixers should go 2-5 over this 7-game stretch. I'm going to say they steal at least two games from playoff teams and finish 4-3. This is it folks. They're playing teams 1A and 1B in the East over the next two, then the defending champs, AI and Melo, Dwight Howard. The Sixers couldn't be hotter right now. We're going to see how they stack up against the teams they're going to face in the playoffs. I'm excited.

Player of The Game: Thad Young
Team Record: 30-33
Playoff Race: The Sixers gained a half game on all relevant teams with this win. They're still alone in 7th, .5 games behind the Wizards, 3.5 ahead of the Hawks, 4 ahead of the Nets, 4.5 ahead of the Bulls.
by Brian on Mar 9 2008
Tags: Basketball | Bucks | Samuel Dalembert | Sixers | Thaddeus Young |