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The Sixers confirmed my suspicions that their 12-day, 7-game road trip was going to seem much longer than that tonight when they forgot to show up for their game in Sacramento. The Kings ran all over the Sixers and didn't stop scoring until the clock read zero, literally. The final score should've been 98-76, but it was 101-76 because class-less Jason Hart threw up a three-pointer as the clock expired.

The Sixers were horrible in just about every phase of the game tonight, but there was one particularly alarming trend that Mo Cheeks needs to address if he ever wants this team to win another game. Andre Miller and Rodney Carney were a combined 10-34 from the field for 26 points, and finished with 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 turnovers between them. Meanwhile, Andre Iguodala, the team's best offensive option, was 5-6 from the field for 15 points. This makes no sense. On this roster, Iguodala should not be limited to 6 shot attempts in 37 minutes, and I don't care what the roster looks like, Miller should not be taking 19 shots, nor Carney 15. Either Mo Cheeks has no idea what he's doing with this offense, or he has no control over what his players do on the court. I'm leaning toward both, but whatever is going on in that locker room, Iguodala needs to demand the ball. I'm not saying he should be forcing shots, but he needs to take control. He'll average 20+ points per game if he gets 12-15 shots every night.

I guess tonight's player of the game is Chris Webber for four reasons. One: He limited himself to 9 horrible shots from the field, he could've taken many more. Two: He did have 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 1 block and zero turnovers. Three: No one else did anything even remotely positive. Four: I'm betting this will be the only time this season that I could possibly give it to him. So congrats Chris, you didn't not deserve it less than the rest of your teammates.

Quick "Project Lottery" update: The Sixers are still tied with Charlotte for the second-worst record in the league, 7-21. Memphis is a dismal 6-24, 2 1/2 games ahead of the Sixers for the most ping pong balls in the upcoming draft lottery.

The Sixers continue their road trip against the Jailblazers in Portland on Friday night at 10:00 p.m.


Andre Miller fell in love with his shot tonight, and the results weren't pretty. (AP Photo/Thearon Henderson)

by Brian on Dec 28 2006
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