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Closing Out 2008

I'm quite amazed that I am actually pumped up for this game.

If we really can't win this one we are really looking at the draft lottery.

I'm still getting excited for every game. When that goes away, I'll know this team is in trouble (or at least that's when I'll admit it, I guess).

It took 3 minutes but yes the first dumb play by Daly. I like how they gave him a good look on the first play.

I've been observing Young, the first possession he let Thornton pass him easily, but the next time he closed him down well which led to a shot clock violation. And he grabbed his first rebound early when he anticipated (quite rightly) that Daly would miss that 6-8 footer.

I've seen him do that so many times. If you beat him with one move, you will not be able to go back to the well. He learns from his mistakes.

Looks like Thornton got robbed on that basket interference call (On Fox Sports HD replay) but just watching him do that in slow mo was awe inspiring.

The offensive has been okay, but a lot of work needs to be done on the defensive end, especially in rebounding. I like that Theo is coming in instead of Speights because he will put some effort into defending the paint.

I rather pick up a loose ball foul here and there rather than give up easy offensive boards. The lack of rebounding is pathetic. Sixers have 7 defensive rebounds compared to LA's 8 offensive rebounds.

Iguodala's played reasonably well today, but with tonight's two misses, he drops to 22.2% from three on the season, 18.4% on the month. Odds are, I suppose, that he gets hot sooner or later.

I'm less concerned with Iggy's shooting than I am happy about the rest of his game coming around, especially cutting down on the turnovers and distributing the ball.

This was a great game for him, easily his best of the year.

By the way, do you think they set the record for back-door lobs?

Nice rotations with crisp closeouts. Love Andre getting it on the blocks. That is a good starting point a few times a quarter considering the parts we have.

It's absurd how good Ratliff is at his age. Dalembert should watch and learn.

Perfect play out of the timeout, Young with the hook. I love the Young-Thornton matchup. They have different games but are about the same size and it's gonna be great fun seeing these guys go at it through their careers.

That alleyoop from Miller to Young was breathtaking.

It was a game we had to win and we did. Way to usher in the New Year, hopefully a sign of better things to come.

Happy New Year to everyone here - Brian, John, Bryon, Tray in particular.

Thanks Alvin, happy New Year to you as well.

That pass to Thad was a laser, perfect placement, and actually a tough pass to catch and convert, nice play by Thad to throw it down. What do you think would've happened if he'd thrown the same pass to Sammy? :)

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Bryon reply to Alvin on Jan 1 at 13:26
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Appreciate the thought, Alvin. Same to you.

I'm glad I was enjoying a few spirits during the game because I had to laugh at those Clips announcers myself with all the clowning they were heaping upon my beloved Sixers. They were going too far with some stuff but I figured why let these clowns get me all riled up. Just a few were when they had no clue that Sam actually lived in Canada and made fun of how he could end up on the Canadian national team. And the color guy saying that Miller got a haircut because of what he said about his hair when the Clips came to the Wach.

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John reply to Bryon on Jan 1 at 13:29
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Well the comment about Miller getting a hair cut was a joke - you were supposed to laugh (and not take it seriously)

At least the clipper announcers are smart enough to wonder why anyone ever passes the ball to sam.

JUst read on Yahoo sports:

Three NBA executives say that the Golden State Warriors are pushing Corey Maggette hard in trade talks. Other players that executives say are available include Philadelphia 76ers center Sam Dalembert, Charlotte Bobcats guard Raymond Felton and forward Adam Morrison, Chicago Bulls forward Drew Gooden and guard Larry Hughes and Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller. …Three NBA executives say that the Golden State Warriors are pushing Corey Maggette hard in trade talks. Other players that executives say are available include Philadelphia 76ers center Sam Dalembert, Charlotte Bobcats guard Raymond Felton and forward Adam Morrison, Chicago Bulls forward Drew Gooden and guard Larry Hughes and Sacramento Kings center Brad Miller. …

would that be wonderful to see Sammy gone! And a shooting 3 pt in!

How is Morrison such a poor shooter in the pros? He's decent from three this year, 36%, but shooting under 70% from the line and 39% from the field. Ugh.

Maggette isn't much of a three-point shooter either 38% last year, but that seems like an anomaly, he's a career 32%. Only 18% so far this year, yikes. His contract is worse than Sammy's, too (at least it's longer).

If they do move him, I'm not sure anyone on this list is a good fit. Maybe Miller, if he's healthy, but I don't see Sacto being interested in Sammy.

I don't think they were saying that the other players were to be exchanged, just that the list of players available at this time.

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John reply to DeanH on Jan 1 at 12:38
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I always liked Adam Morrison - and his trade value coulnd't be less - and he couldn't be in need of a trade more than any other player in the NBA I think - and larry brown always trades for crazy folks...who knows what will happen.

We played well, but that was a very close win against a team missing its best player, on a night when their second best player shot 5-16.

Camby's their best player, at least by PER and win shares. Oh, and also by not being a gunner who's on a hot streak. Randolph is not good.

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Tray reply to Brian on Jan 1 at 15:07
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He's talented and has been playing like it the last month or so. I suppose that Camby's their best player in a more global sense, but still, hard to get excited about us eking out a win over him, Davis going 5-16, Eric Gordon, and basically nobody else.

Sams only moving if someone is willing to take him on and you aren't getting a good deal for Sam - he's not really that good and his contract is too long (i.e. lasts past the magic 2010 year) - you either have to sweeten the pot or take back another disappointing contract that goes on too long.

I always thought Baron Davis was supposed to be the clippers best player...the clippers are atrocious and this game shouldn't have been close - maybe if they had rebounded well in the first half it wouldn't have been


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