|Kate Fagan has a solid piece on Andre Iguodala and the Philly fans' love/hate relationship with him. We've seen this odd dynamic play out right here on this blog in the comments section for a couple of years now, you all know where I stand. A couple of interesting quotes from the article after the jump.|
|I'm not quite ready to turn the page to game two prep yet, I'm still running that game one finish over and over in my mind. I left a few key points out of the recap, so here are some bullets to get your day started.|
|Charles Barkley during halftime of tonight's game: "The Sixers won't win a game in this series." Any wonder how Charles has lost millions gambling in Vegas? After the jump we'll look at the rotations and talk about the perfect defensive game plan, the Sixers' secret weapon and the epic comeback that put our Sixers in the driver's seat of this first-round series.|
|Video of Andre Iguodala's game-winner against the Orlando Magic tonight.|
|I don't like to say I told you so, but Dwight Howard finished with 31 points, 16 boards and 2 blocks. The Sixers won. Play him one-on-one, limit open threes, and this team is very, very beatable, no matter what Howard does..|
|Part three of the playoff matchup series features Andre Iguodala vs. Hedo Turkoglu. Game on the line, these are the guys who will have the ball in their hands. I'll break it down for you after the jump.|
|I guess 7 really is their lucky number. The Sixers are now in prime position to not only finish with the #7 seed in the East, but also 7 consecutive losses. You'd think they'd have a decided advantage with both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen missing from Boston's lineup. Maybe they did, but they certainly didn't take advantage of it in their 100-98 loss to the Celts.|
|And the Sixers' impersonation of the New York Mets in September continues... Forget the fifth seed. The Sixers will need a minor miracle to hold onto the 6th seed at this point. Truth be told, I'd say there's a 90% chance they wind up #7, with a 40-42 record. Incidentally, the other 10% chance is that they'll finish #8, not #6. How can you look at yourself in the mirror after losing to the Raptors in this situation?|
|When you hear something repeated time after time after time, a little part of you starts to believe it just might be true. I've resisted the temptation when announcers like Jon Barry try to pound the following point home, "Andre Iguodala is not a number one," and I think it's time to take a look at whether or not this particular piece of propaganda is true.|
|I'd like everyone to think back to late April, 2008. The Sixers backed their way into the playoffs, finishing with the #7 seed and a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons. Mo Cheeks out-coached Flip Sanders in game 1, basically daring Detroit to become a one-man team by refusing to double Rasheed Wallace. Eventually, the Pistons realized that if they shut down Andre Iguodala, the team simply wouldn't be able to score enough to win. When the playoffs come around this season, that approach simply will not work.|
Latest comment: from BrianThey definitely backed into the playoffs last year. 3-7 in their last 10 games, lost their last 4. ...
|The first half was just pure punishment doled out by the Sixers on the Kings. The second half was punishment for all Sixers fans still watching. All told, they needed a win, they got the win and they didn't have to sell their souls to get it. Not a bad night.|
|Iguodala's buzzer beater video, check it out after the jump.|
|Is there a moment when a player becomes a star? Is there one defining play? How about one defining quarter? If any of these arbitrary things can make a player into a star, I think we may have just witnessed a transformation.|
Latest comment: from BryonJohn-ism = I know everything and you guys know nothing. Spare us all, John, spare us all....
|It's always fun to take a look at the stats when a player is on a hot streak. After the jump we'll break down Thad's play from the past five games.|