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Win, lose, win, lose, win ... and lose. This is getting tiresome. The Sixers followed up their win at GSW on Tuesday night by sleepwalking through a big loss in Phoenix last night.

Here's your rotation chart with a few thoughts to follow:

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Three quick thoughts on the rotations:

  1. Jordan called off the dogs mighty early, going with Speights, Thad, Kapono, Carney and Lou to start the fourth then never going back to Sam, Iguodala or Brand the rest of the way. Apparently, Andre Iguodala didn't get the memo that he was being pulled to start the fourth. The Sixers got whistled picked up a technical for having six men on the court. A first in my basketball viewing career.
  2. Elton Brand had nothing tonight, especially in the second half. Jordan is going to have to watch how he uses him in the second night of back-to-back games. One suggestion would be shorter runs on the floor. Brand played 8 straight minutes in the first, 9 straight in the second and 8 straight in the third. Maybe cut those rotations down to 6 minutes per, try to keep his legs fresher. By the end of his third run he literally couldn't jump at all.
  3. A 25-point deficit, the benches cleared for the entire fourth quarter, and Jrue Holiday only plays 20 minutes? Jrue did play heavy minutes Tuesday night, but when there are extra minutes to go around, give them to kid, huh?

Overall, I thought the defensive effort was pitiful, and the offense wasn't much better. Too much settling for jumpers against an extremely poor defensive team. Whenever they ran any semblance of a play, it resulted in a perfect look at the hoop, they simply weren't running many plays. It also appears that since Iverson has left the weave and heave is back in vogue. I'm not exactly excited about this development.

I understand that his franchise appears like a rudderless ship, but I'm not sure how much longer they can go on like this. To make the playoffs, they would probably need to finish 19-6 from here. To finish in the bottom five for draft placement they'd have to finish 6-19, most likely. It's time to face facts, 19-6 is not going to happen. If they can somehow play .500 ball the rest of the way, all it's going to do is keep them somewhere between the 9th and 12th picks in the draft. I'm not exactly sure what they can do to give up the ghost, but they really need to do it sooner rather than later.

Player of the Game: Iguodala. 20 points (on 12 shots), 5 boards, 6 dimes, 2 steals and 0 turnovers. Iguodala's 4th consecutive 20-point game.
Team Record: 22-35
Up Next: @ LAL on Friday night.

The next four games are @ LAL, vs. Orlando, @ Atlanta and vs. Boston. I guess we're going to get a chance to see if they still have enough left in the tank to play up to the level of better competition.
by Brian on Feb 25 2010
Tags: Another Loss | Basketball | Phoenix Suns | Sixers |