|Let's say the karmic basketball gods gave the Sixers this one in return for the Devin Harris game and move on. If not for the monster run the team put together late in the fourth quarter, this game would've been a loss, a tragic, back-breaking loss. I'm still trying to figure out how the Sixers allowed Memphis to shoot 56.4% from the floor. I'm trying to figure out how Marc Gasol and Mike Conley both went off for career highs. I watched every second, and I really can't answer either question. After the jump we'll take a quick look at this close win.|
|John Hollinger's PER Diem column today features Roy, and Hollinger makes the argument that Roy is the 7th-best player in the league (behind LeBron, Wade, Paul, Kobe, Dwight Howard and Tim Duncan). Take a look at the article, we'll discuss after the jump.|
Latest comment: from JohnI never did then again i also said trade him as soon as the rat jumped ship...
|The Sixers used a monstrous first quarter and an excellent final two minutes to hold off the Knicks for a rare four-game sweep. The second, third and most of the fourth wasn't pretty to watch, but the W is all that matters at this point. After the jump we'll take a look at how the Sixers did at what I pointed out as a key to the game earlier today.|
|Last night's soul-crushing loss was probably harder on Andre Iguodala than anyone else. The guy faced ferocious double teams the entire quarter, and I mean they doubled him the second he caught the ball, no matter where on the floor he was. He never panicked, he never turned the ball over, and he never gave up. He patiently avoided the double and ran the offense. He scored 8 of his 21 in the quarter, but not only did he score, he did everything this team needed him to do for the win.|
Latest comment: from BrianSorry, the season ticket prize expired as soon as the refs said the FG was good. :(...
|He may have only converted one shot from the field against the Nuggets last night, but at least it was a pretty shot. Check out the video of Iguodala's 360 after the jump.|
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|If you need to get pumped up for the Slam Dunk contest, I suggest you watch video evidence of the biggest robbery in the history of All Star weekend after the jump. I still haven't seen an assisted dunk that tops Iguodala's behind-the-backboard slam.|
|In the final 2:14, Andre Iguodala put the Sixers on his back. He scored 9 points and absolutely locked down O.J. Mayo on the most-important defensive possession of the game. This was a legitimate superstar finish to the game for number nine.|
|A couple of quotes from the Sixer wings have me feeling good about the leadership in that locker room.|
|I've noticed something over the last handful of games, and it's kind of counter-intuitive. The most-effective way for the Sixers to start a fast break is not off a steal, or a block, or even a long pass to a leaker. It's for Andre Iguodala to grab a defensive rebound and dribble the ball up court.|
Latest comment: from tk76More like the guy I quoted says his source... I have no sources, although my dad knows Mad Dog :)...
|The Sixers played an inferior team at the Wach tonight under tough circumstances. They lost Elton Brand for the season earlier in the day, they were coming off a buzzer-beater loss to the Celtics and an epic offensive collapse to the Nets. To say they needed a win would be a gross understatement. Their starters showed up ready to dominate. Their bench did not. Ultimately, Tony DiLeo put the guys who really wanted it on the court when it mattered most and they brought it home.|
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|It shouldn't have taken a strong final four minutes to put away the Washington Wizards, but it's good to know they're capable, and it's great to see Andre Iguodala leading the charge.|
|In the first half, the Sixers turned the ball over 14 times. They allowed Houston to grab 9 offensive rebounds, a rate of 33%. Thad Young grabbed two rebounds the entire half. The Sixers were held to 18 points in the second quarter. It was almost an unwatchable half of basketball. The only highlights came from Elton Brand, who blocked 6 shots. How, you may ask, did a start like that turn into the biggest win of the season (thus far)? Check after the jump for the answer.|
|Once again, a post stems from the comments section (which is exactly how this whole blog thing is supposed to work, so great job guys.) Chris pointed us to a shocking stat for Andre Iguodala earlier today. As I was updating our own +/- worksheet tonight, I started to take a closer look at the data and I think when you see the raw numbers after the jump, you'll be blown away.|
|If you're going to pick one area of the game to be horrible at against the Knicks, three-point defense is probably the only one that could kill you. The Sixers played with fire tonight and nearly lost a home game they absolutely couldn't afford to lose.|
|There was some discussion among Iggy, Coach DiLeo and the press this afternoon that maybe Andre was deserving of a spot on the All Star Team. Check out my take, vote in the poll and leave your thoughts after the jump.|