You can't control who the other team plays, all you can do is go out and beat the team on the floor, barely beat them in this case. Still, I'll give the Sixers this much after their 111-110 win over the Cavs. They never gave up. You absolutely cannot say that about the previous six games, and I guess this is a decent way to head into a first round matchup with the Magic.
So much for resting Miller and Iguodala:
47 minutes for Iguodala, 44 for Miller, 37 for Thad. Not quite what I was hoping for, but once Toronto jumped all over Chicago early, DiLeo really had no choice. I don't think the Bulls game really affected his decision in the least, but I'll still use it as an excuse. The Sixers had one last chance to take advantage of an opportunity, and grab it they did.
Let's ignore the two free throws Miller bricked at the end of overtime which left the door wide open, this guy absolutely wanted the game more than anyone else in the second half. Maybe he loathed the idea of having to guard Rajon Rondo. Maybe he was just sick and tired of seeing his team piss away opportunities. Whatever the reason, he took the game over and carried the Sixers to the win.
It took Thad about 20 minutes of playing time to regain his form after a two-week absence. 20 points, 9 boards, 1 assist and 3 steals. 8/14 from the floor, 4/6 from the line. Yeah, welcome back, kid.
We'll have plenty of coverage leading up to game 1. For now, enjoy your 41-41 regular season. Now we wipe the slate clean and start all over. 4 games to glory.
Player of The Game: Andre Miller
Team Record: 41-41
Up Next: @ Orlando, time TBD.