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I am hoping for a new streak to start. Sorry, but till Jordan is history, I want my 76ers to LOSE.

I'm interested to see if Chuck Hayes ends up guarding EB. I think he's one of those Moneyball players you mentioned.

Little off topic, but what do we think of the Andre at the 2 argument now? It might be an interesting question to address again, especially considering Thad's regression this season. I guess draft day will be a big factor as well. Just something I've been thinking about...

If Iggy is the best player on the floor, i really want see how Iggy plays in this game. Can he step up against two elite defenders in Shane Battier and Trevor Ariza, both of whom have been known to give wing players fits with their defense.

i also want to see the Elton Brand vs Luis Scola matchup. Luis is good hard nose player who welcomes a challenge ad never backdown.

Both of these guys are the highest paid players on the team and i want to see how they do offensively against two good defensive matchups.

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JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 20:09
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The cavs put up 44 on the knicks

in the 1st quarter

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Tray reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 20:42
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23 of which came from LeBron. Ah, the value of a superstar.

If we have a talent edge why is Houston such a better team than us? Not only are they a better team than us, they're a much better team than we were last year with most of the same talent, arguably better talent even (last year's Andre Miller was at least as good a player as this year's Elton Brand). My view is that Landry is a much better player than Brand, whatever Brand was once, that Brooks is a better offensive player than our leading scorer, Mr. Iguodala, that Battier's about Iguodala's defensive equal, that Scola's a much better player than Thad, that Lowry's a better player than Lou Williams, and that Budinger's a lot better than the wing players we have coming off the bench. Thus explaining why they have a slightly above-average offense and we have a substantially below-average one.

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JohnEMagee reply to Tray on Feb 6 at 20:46
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They're better coached

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Tray reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 21:23
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But Eddie's not such a bad coach of offense, and like I said, 2009-10 Houston's a better team than the pre-Eddie Sixers.

can ej just try starting jrue-carney-ai9-brand-sammy. just one game? or even jrue-ai9-thad-brand-sam. just once?

As much as we pay Iggy and Brand, they shoold be able to impose their will on Trevor, Battier, or Scola. Time to earn your money boys.

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JohnEMagee reply to Chris on Feb 6 at 20:39
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Yes because money equals talent

Just ask Tracy McGrady or Jermaine O'neal

Alright, same starting lineup.

I have the Houston broadcast on league pass. This should be fun.

Houston had 19 o-boards last night vs. Memphis, one of the best rebounding teams in the league. That has me worried.

Here's some insight from the Houston announcers: "Eddie's (Jordan) a good coach. He's coached before."

EB, 2/2.

Jrue didn't waste any time, just fed him right away.

Jrue for three.

Ariza looking to post up Ariza.

Clyde Drexler: "Green is known to be a good defender."

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JohnEMagee reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 20:47
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Ariza looking to post up Ariza.

I hope to see that in the highlights

Green, that is. Ariza looking to post up Green.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 20:47
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Alright Jrue has fired his first two with confidence. That usually means good things for his overall game.

Another three for Jrue.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 20:49
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Dag, Jrue you should have attacked on that one.

Battier didn't let him. Shouldn't have shot it, should've reset. He thought the pump would draw Battier out, but he was happy to give him the shot and cut off the drive.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 20:53
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But Battier looked to be respecting the shot since he had made those first two. Mentally, the advantage was with Jrue and he should have switched it up on Shane and dribble penetrated. (if i had to be picky)

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JohnEMagee reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 20:55
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Except that Battier is one of the smartest best defenders in the league and Jrue Holiday is a 19 year old rookie

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eddies' heady's reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 20:57
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And that has what to do with an isolated possession and sequence of possessions that led up to that?

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JohnEMagee reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 21:09
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Because if you read minds you want to take into account the experience and abilities of each player...they matter if you want to say that Jrue 'mentally' has an advantage against one of the best man defenders in the league...a guy who studies more basketball than most coaches

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eddies' heady's reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 21:18
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That's not reading minds, that's mind-set, instinctual. I guess if you played you'd understand. You're taking the use of mentally in the literal and I used it in the chess match sense.

Anything but the shot after double thinking it in that situation. But you can't really blame him after making the first two. See what he does from here.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 21:01
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Yeah, that's what I was saying sort of. He gave Shane a chance to set up and get positioning with that pump/reset. As Shane was coming out to cover, that's when I thought Jrue should have blown by him

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 20:51
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Whew! Everyone's looking spry and in rhythm tonight. Sam beasting it and communicating.

willie green doesn't know how to pass does he

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JohnEMagee reply to Tyler on Feb 6 at 20:56
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He has an assist tonight :)

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 20:55
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Hope it lasts all game but them boys are balling tonight. Effort thru the roof so far.

Notice how Willie rarely passes the ball on fast breaks. Give it to him and it is his.

Jrue is completely in Brooks' jock. 1/5 now, and yet to get in the lane.

That was a block by Battier.

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JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 20:57
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Sixers shooting much better than they'll end up - houston shooting terribly - sixers sucking on the glass early

That's a bad combination

I kind of like these announcers. I want Drexler to be my grandfather.

Shit. What a fucking play by Jrue. Bet he's out of the game after this break.

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Jesse reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 21:00
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Jrue is playing sick defense. It's nice that other teams' announcers appreciate him. I guess it's too much to expect our own coach too though.

eh, is there more to Iverson sitting than just a daughter ill?

Don't think so.

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JohnEMagee reply to Jason on Feb 6 at 21:01
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Reports are that she's in the hospital

Your kids in the hospital very little else should matter unless your job is saving lives

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Jason reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 21:02
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Ah, didn't realize it was that serious.

They gave him a steal and a turnover on that play.

Jrue is getting Jordan annoyed.

i can't wait to see jrue in 2011 when we might actually have a good record and a good team

Jordan is such a fucking idiot. Jrue stays in, but he moves onto Ariza with Lou on Brooks.

Now he's out. Carney in, with Carney guarding Budinger and Iguodala on Ariza, I believe.

Carney guarding some albino dude.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 21:04
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Thad picking up from last night with two good defensive plays in a row.

Nice righty finish by Thad.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 21:05
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Liked that Thad. Passing up that three and attacking the hoop.

They'd be better off just leaving Speights on the offensive end and playing 4 on 5 on defense when he's in the game.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 21:08
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Yeah, Speights is trying his damnedest to get on the top three of my shit list. Lou wears the crown though. And never relinquishes it...

Lou leaves his feet to pass, turns it over. Willie loses Budinger on the other end, corner three.

Our bench unit cannot score with theirs, and theirs actually plays a little defense.

Lou = turnover + Opp 3pt

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JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 21:08
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Coach Rick Adelman should thank Coach Joran for making it easy to come back

A double-digit lead is down to 4 after the "No Defense" lineup bent over for Houston's subs.

26-22 after one.

if iguodala goes to the rockets they could be reallly good

Lou goes up against three defenders in transition and I think all three collectively blocked the shot. Awesome.

hahaha that was great..god i hate lou

Joey Dorsey is abusing Speights on the blocks. Dorsey couldn't score in college.

If Jrue were playing like Lou is now, he would have gotten yanked immediately.

Brooks is back in, and now he's going to take over with Lou guarding him.

And we're losing. Good work, Jordan.

niiiiice lou comes in, rockets have the lead within 4 minutes

jrue is back in!

3 on Iguodala. One of them legitimate.

Carney in the post, that's funny.

Defensive lineup in, but Iguodala's out there w/ three fouls and 8 minutes to go in the second.

Nothing but long jumpers for the Sixers. this one over, folks.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 21:33
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Hate the settling, but hang in there, long way to go.

They just need to knock down some shots, because they are getting them running offense, something we've seen them do since AI's been out. They look better at some sets too, more crisp.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:01
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Must I say - I said to hang in there :)

Good win and finally some resiliency being shown. That has been sorely missing.

Jrue getting killed on those picks.

21-2 run for Houston.

Check out the box score. Houston's bench's +/- is ridiculous. I wonder why...

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 21:27
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Carney's appears to have picked up from last night too.

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 21:28
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And frustratingly, EB has too, although his is missed open looks.

Jason Smith for Sam, that's Jordan's sub to stop the bleeding.

im really surprised he left jrue in..of course if they end up losing this could just be an excuse to not play him in the future

To be fair, he doesn't really need an excuse, he usually just doesn't play him for the hell of it.

The run seems to always start with one of our players being greedy and dumb. This one started w/ Thad 3 times playing sloppy. I most often remember Green doing dumb things (I guess that is why I really do not like him as a basketball player??).

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johnrosz on Feb 6 at 21:35
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Elton is doing all he can to become a burden to this franchise. For every 2 or 3 good games he's gonna have 4 or 5 bad ones, i think thats all he is at this point. Worst contract in Philly sports history? Looks like it.sigh...

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Jesse reply to johnrosz on Feb 6 at 21:38
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"For every 2 or 3 good games he's gonna have 4 or 5 bad ones"

Do you even watch the games?

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johnrosz reply to Jesse on Feb 6 at 21:43
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Unfortunately yes. That's fine if you want to be an apologist but guess what with the money he makes anything less than 20 and 10 on a consistent basis is unacceptable.

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Alvin reply to johnrosz on Feb 6 at 21:52
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It's not just about stats. It is clear to me how much better the team is defensively when Brand is in the game, and on offense even when he doesn't make shots he is a worry for the defense.

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Tray reply to Alvin on Feb 6 at 21:57
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Well he's not worth it just because he's a defensive upgrade on Mareese Speights and he makes defenders think even when he's not scoring. That would describe more than half of the power forwards in the league.

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johnrosz reply to Tray on Feb 6 at 22:00
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Exactly. And when he only has 4 or 5 boards on more than a few occasions, thats just unacceptable for the money...

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johnrosz reply to Jesse on Feb 6 at 22:31
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Glad to see Thad is being aggressive. Passing up the jumper and taking the ball to the rim. Also appreciate the improved effort he's given on the defensive end.

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JohnEMagee reply to johnrosz on Feb 6 at 21:39
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It's good to over react to good and or bad performances instantaneously isn't it?

Not even close to the worst contract in philly history, my guess is ed wade has the top 3

Sam's contract sucked from day one
so did kenny thomas'

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johnrosz reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 21:52
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Yes but EB was brought in with the intention of making us a contender in the East, at least a top 4 squad. We've gone backwards and the cap situation is right back where it started. Haha Ed Wade, but even good old Ed didn't give a contract to this magnitude. I think because EB is a class act, we are inclined to root for him, but we forget what he was originally brought in here to be. You are correct though, I am overreacting a bit due to his performance tonight

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JohnEMagee reply to johnrosz on Feb 6 at 23:40
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It's not his fault the signing was bad any more than It's iguodala's fault that he isn't the player the fans and franchise want them to be.

No one twisted Stefanskis arm to offer the contract...since healthy and being played like he is supposed to by the idiot fucking coach brand has been damn good.

Sixer fans need to stop expecting players to be DIFFERENT players just because they make more money...it's an asinine presumption and fucking ridiculous and WHY players keep getting run out of town...

Ivey can't miss from deep.

The Houston run started when Jrue came out of the game. Not saying it was because of Jrue not being in but that certainly helped (got Brooks going).

We must have the worst NBA coach in the history of the NBA (or atleast a top 10).

Things settled slightly, toward the end of the half. Outscored 35-21 in the second quarter. Down 10 heading into the second half.

9 offensive rebounds for Houston, only 11 minutes for Dalembert. Probably not a coincidence.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 21:50
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Damn, 11? He was ferocious early. Really like to see him more.

He was in during that drought I think? That's why I thought he pulled him for J Smith, I mean why else would he put Smith in?

Why is Willie on Brooks?

Is this a zone?

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Brand and Iggy suck on Feb 6 at 21:59
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Way to earn that money guys...

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:02
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Hey, what kind of injury was it that Sam had? He's holding his back running down court some.

Is it a foul if someone steps on your foot?

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:08
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Andre struggling with those defenders so far tonight as mentioned earlier. Here's hoping that changes.

But even when he only scores 2 points on 5 shots, he affects the game in so many ways. (Which is true, actually, but sort of a pointless argument, unless you're trying to show that in spite of his often anemic offense he's good enough to be your third best guy, in which case it's a perfectly valid point.)

Can I ask where you were the past two games? Why you only chip in when he's having a bad game?

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JohnEMagee reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:43
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It's easier to pick on a guy underservingly when he's having a bad day, it's like being a high school jock picking on the kid who dropped his tray in lunch.

Notice the 'third best' shot he had to make

Who cares about all the reports that there is demand for Iguodala, he's an over paid, useless twiat

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:10
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Willie is playing good. If they are gonna sure-fire promise AI that he's got to start, I'd rather have Willie starting. He shoots just as well sometimes and he's a better defender.

There's just no life out on the floor at all.

Maybe this +1 will pick things up a little.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:14
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That's what I was gonna say, they are just out-efforting and out-physicaling us. And it's against the starters. ugh

Starting lineup is +9 in the game to this point.

Sorry, they're actually +12.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:13
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Dammit, we scrambled and then Ariza hits a three late in the SC.

Lead back up to 10.

This game shows (well, not shows, illustrates) that we're not only a scorer away, we're a few good rebounders away.

Or maybe more than 11 minutes for your best rebounder away.

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Tray reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:31
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He has 24 minutes out of the 36. And we have just three offensive rebounds.

Offensive rebounds aren't the problem.

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JohnEMagee reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:44
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Well technically, they are, the opponents tend to grab too many offensive rebounds...

Come on. Get your head in the game, damnit.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:20
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Damnit Lou, where's the awareness? Pass with 2 left on the SC?

The pass wasn't as bad as just dribbling pointlessly for the final 8 seconds of the SC.

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:22
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I guess you were pouring over your obsession of which stat you wanted to get.

Nah, just wanted to see how the starters were playing. +9 in their first run, +3 in their second.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:26
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Huh? I was referencing Lou and his thoughts.

Ah, my bad. Forgot about that commercial last night, thought you were referring to my comment above.

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Frankie on Feb 6 at 22:23
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Battier is eating Iggy's lunch ala what Ron Artest did to him. The truth about Iggy is you can shut him down with an elite defender...

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JohnEMagee reply to Frankie on Feb 6 at 23:46
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How many elite defenders are there in the league?

Jesus Chris already - how many 'great' point guards have been shut down by a 19 year old rookie this year.

Dear god, trade Iguodala already, for his own sake, the so-called fans of the sixers don't deserve him

Pretty good third quarter, all things considered. Held them to 19 points.

Down 70-76 heading into the fourth. Believe it or not, this game is winnable.

But the real question is do you want them to win, Brian???

I have a hard time not rooting for wins when I'm watching. Unless Jordan just does something completely idiotic, and I'd be happy that he was exposed.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:27
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WTF was that Rodney? you were wide open and a brick?

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JohnEMagee reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 23:47
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And Thursday night Manu missed a wide open jumper.

How dare basketball players, not be perfect, especially those who make league minimum like ROdney Carney

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eddies' heady's reply to JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 23:52
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Who mentioned perfect?

Carry on with your attention grab.

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JohnEMagee reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 23:54
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Guy's miss wide open shots
guy's brick wide open shots

mediocre players do it more often than others, it's bound to happen even to the great and powerful rodney carney.

Fucking o-boards.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:28
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Come on, y'all can win this. Stop giving up the threes. Oh, and stop letting Lou touch the ball.

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:29
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and shut me up with a three will you Lou! you've got to do alot more than that though

Tie ball game. 9:27 to go.

zumoff on thad alley oop from lou: "was it a shot or a pass"?

it was lou williams, it was obviously a shot

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eddies' heady's reply to Tyler on Feb 6 at 22:31
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LOL!!!!!!!!!

Heh. No question it was a shot.

Sweet, Chinese ads overlaid over the game.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:33
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Well Carney I'm sorry. You just got your own shot with the dribble and knocked it down. Didn't know you had it in you, you rarely show it.

Nothing pisses me off more than soft and-one fouls. If you're going to foul someone, make sure they stay fouled.

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johnrosz reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:36
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Yeah, thats one of the things i do like about EB

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:34
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Get Lou out of the game so I don't have to swear him so often.

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johnrosz on Feb 6 at 22:35
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If Lou is the guy that gets traded to get us under the cap, i won't at all be upset.

ditto.

Come on. That break had to be a hoop.

Fucking o-boards.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:35
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What happened on that break? Did Thad just lose it or was he really trying to pass it to Rodney?

Attaboy Dre, go to the hole and earn them at the line. Just make them now.

I think he was passing to Smith, not sure.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:36
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Why the eff does Lou feel he has to give so much cushion?

We need rebounds. Put in Dalembert.

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eddies' heady's reply to Jesse on Feb 6 at 22:38
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His back is pretty gimpy it appears.

Alot of Lou love here! What do you expect from Lou? to play defense?

Btw, the refs have forgotten the 3 second rule.

Big shot by AI9 there.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:38
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No Dre, don't pass it back to Lou on a semi-break. You know he's jacking. Shit!

Don't you all love how Lou misses 3's all night and Houston this time decides to show him how to shoot 3's!

They're going to review AI9's three, we're probably down 1 after this timeout.

Nope. Still tied.

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johnrosz on Feb 6 at 22:39
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Didn't lou go to a shooting coach? He almost never shoots a balanced jumper, he was leaning so badly to the left there. That was a huge shot too, ugh

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eddies' heady's reply to johnrosz on Feb 6 at 22:41
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Leaning Lou. Forwards, left, backwards, right. He's just always Leaning Lou.

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johnrosz reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:43
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haha i like that,good one

Very true

this is one of the few sixers games this year i am thouroughly enjoying

Iguodala is a man on the glass.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:43
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Nice foul EB. Preventing the Ariza dunk.

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:43
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and it paid off, he missed the second free throw

Good foul by Brand. Sixers shooting strangely well from the line tonight.

Attaboy Thad. Don't settle. No one settle.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:44
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Just finish guys. Oh, and don't give the ball to Lou!

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:45
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and shove it in my face again Lou.

Come on. Fucking Lou getting dusted. God damnit.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:46
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Yep, he gave the jumper he hit right back. And now he fouls cheapishly b/c he can't play D. And doesn't appear to try much at doing it.

He fell down previously on that possession. Brooks just missed the wide-open three.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:48
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Naw, he didn't fall down. His ass got shook!

haha damn brooks is quick

2:09 to go, up by three. If I'm Houston, I'm giving the ball to Brooks in an isolation every time down the floor the rest of the way.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:49
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He put Jrue in on Brooks.

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johnrosz on Feb 6 at 22:49
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holy shit jrue is in the game? what the hell is going on here?

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:50
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Yeah, Dre with the three.

and EB with the big block

My eyes must be deceiving me.

By the way, all the Iguodala haters. He just won this game.

Agree. This is the best coached game by Jordan all year, IMO. And that is a shock for me to say. Far from perfect but I can live with this type of game. As one said earlier, the most enjoyable game to watch all year.

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 22:50
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Hell Yeah guys! Just make these freebies and put this one away!

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johnrosz on Feb 6 at 22:51
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maybe this team doesn't suck if they don't have a brain dead coach? we'll never know...

Holy shit... a defensive substitution

Who would have thought.

I wonder if Houston fans are all saying Brooks sucks because he missed a couple threes in the last couple minutes. If the roles were reversed, Iguodala would be getting killed.

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Tray reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:56
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Even if Iguodala had scored 30 points before he missed those threes? Even if he were shooting 38% on the season? I mean, you can't compare the two at all. The one guy should never be taking them, the other's a good shooter; the one guy hasn't gone for 30 since December 7th, the other's done so 5 times since that date including tonight.

And one guy won the game tonight, even though he only took 8 shots. The other scored 30 and lost.

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Tray reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:05
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They wouldn't even have been in the game if not for Brooks. Just like we wouldn't be in most of the games we've lost if not for Iguodala. Of course Iguodala's a better player than Brooks, but he's not as good of a scorer and any sane fan would boo the guy when he shoots one of his patented airballs from three, since he is, after all, one of the worst shooters from distance in the league and really shouldn't be trying them. Just like Lakers fans, though they appreciate Artest's defense, may sometimes boo, and rightly so, some of his more ill-advised forays on the offensive end.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:56
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I highly doubt that, Brooks has already thrown up 30.

Yes, and even with the misses he's 6-11 from three. Other than that, this is a most unfortunate win. The way things are going we may not even pick 8th. Why Stefanski had to make Jordan start Brand is beyond me. I hope that he's not trying to save his job at the expense of our draft position.

He's obviously making decisions to save his job. So is Jordan. If Jordan coaches like he did tonight, we may even win enough games to get into the playoffs, depending on how many minutes Iverson sees when he gets back.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:06
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Ahh, isn't it going to be fun watching him come back and just barge in on all this newfound chemisry?

Tues should be very interesting.

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Tray reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:14
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Then it's incumbent on ownership to fire him now and replace him with a GM committed to tanking. Develop the young guys, play Jrue and Speights 40 minutes each, fine, but stop running the team as if it has anything to play for.

Not a chance. There's no way either of these guys is going to get fired for winning. Counterproductive as it may be, we're stuck with them if the wins keep coming. Luckily, every team isn't as bereft of talent as the last four we've played.

Agree.

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Tray reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:44
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Houston's not bereft of talent. It may be unconventional talent, but it's talent. If they can beat these guys, they can beat Toronto, Miami, a defenseless Suns team, the Bucks, the Bobcats...

I guarantee if Iguodala scores 30 and misses two threes with the game on the line in the final 2 minutes, all we'd be hearing about is how unclutch he is. Guaranfuckingtee it.

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johnrosz reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 22:58
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Will this mini-run deter the team from selling at the deadline?

Hope so.

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eddies' heady's reply to johnrosz on Feb 6 at 23:04
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I've never felt they would move anyone anyway. At least not the bigger contracts. Now, if they could dump Lou or exchange some bottom guys then that can't be but so bad.

Amazing, the refs can count to 5 but not to 3.

J.R.U.E.

Brand w/ a huge block, Jrue with a steal to seal it. Iguodala owning the defensive glass. This is how this team should be playing, and winning all the time.

Dalembert going to fall one board short of extending the streak.

Hopefully, the rockets will foul one more time. Good, he's got a chance.

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Jesse reply to Jesse on Feb 6 at 23:00
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Nice!

nope, got 10

Sammy got it!!!!!

welp there's that Igoudala missing a shot at the end again, how un-clutch is he? ;)

Did anyone watching league pass just see the cameraman zoom in on two random women in the stands for no reason? Ha.

well now that the game is over, who ya got tomorrow? im going with the colts

More and more I am convinced that while this isn't a great team, there is no reason except for the coach why they aren't closer to .500 right now.

Instead they sit at 19-31 even with this 4-game winning streak and are only sniffing the playoffs because the bottom of the Eastern Conference is so bad.

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eddies' heady's reply to MG77 on Feb 6 at 23:19
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I don't know. Effort and buying in and execution have a hell of a whole lot to do with it too.

They don't play like this every night. They really never have even in years past.

Like I said last night, a light bulb appears to have went off and they have put whatever BS aside and are just simply starting to believe. And they are playing as if they have each other's backs now, which is believing in each other.

Disagree about the years past. I will say that if Jordan had coached like this, meaning simply making defensive subs at the end of tight games, the Sixers would probably have a handful more wins.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Feb 6 at 23:27
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Really? You disagree about the years past?

They have always played up or down to their competition w/ Cheeks and DiLeo and Miller. They've never been a bring-it-every-night type of team. And they have always played more spirited on the road too.

I see what you're saying now. Not that they didn't play like they did tonight in years past, but that they didn't play like this on a nightly basis in years past. Agree with that.

I didn't say I expected the Sixers to play like this every night but agree with Brian's point about the crazy, hair-brained rotations.

It also hasn't helped that I don't feel that Jordan has a clue when it comes to drawing up a play at the end of the game.

I think it would be fair to assume this team should be aboue 23-27 or 24-26 right now. Not a quality team by any measure but certainly right about the mid-tier or slightly below in the NBA. Maybe 18th or 20th best team in the league.

Feels like...

Last year... and the year before that... and the year before that.

2 of the last 3 late runs put them in the playoffs. Maybe again this year. For better or worse, might as well try and enjoy the ride.

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eddies' heady's reply to tk76 on Feb 6 at 23:28
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"For better or worse, might as well try and enjoy the ride."

I was in tank mode (and may revert back there), but I'm already on for the ride.

I've seen this movie before. I'm bored with it.

(and I have season tickets, so I'm paying for this mess, and this still doesn't excite me).

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eddies' heady's reply to Derek Bodner on Feb 7 at 0:10
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Can't argue with the boredness. But i just have to get some enjoyment out of my league pass dollar.

As I said, try. It aint easy, but at least tonight the minutes were distributed evenly, if sometimes incoherently (like Smith/Young and C/PF.)

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eddies' heady's on Feb 6 at 23:40
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With Sam's back bothering him, I'm glad he only played Speights 6 minutes tonight and gave 13 to Jason Smith.

One reason why I think this was a really good win amongst other things - we only had 8 fast break points.

Now, the 24 threes attempted....that can certainly go down.

27 points for the Clippers' new coach in the first half. Usually you see a new coach bounce.

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JohnEMagee on Feb 6 at 23:59
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Real minutes for Holiday as opposed to the token nonsense
Brand being fed
Iguodala doing what Iguodala does
and no iverson

and another win

Shame that Iverson will just be inserted back into that starting line up when he returns.

The CLippers are terrible and it will only be a matter of games til they leap us in the lottery ratings...


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