|Day two of Operation Dominate The Second Half, brings us to our look back and look forward on the production from the Sixers dynamic wing duo. Thad Yound and Andre Iguodala go under the microscope after the jump|
Latest comment: from Mikeyou're crazy if you want carney back. i don't think he can play in this league....
|Yes, their winning streak was snapped at seven games today when Dirk Nowitzki sank the dagger jumper at the buzzer pictured above, but that's not really the streak I care about. This winning streak began after the Sixers battled the Spurs and lost on a last-second prayer by Tony Parker, and now it's been brought to a halt by the same from Dirk Nowitzki. Both shots sting, but neither takes away from the quality basketball the Sixers are playing.|
|Will EB play today? Unknown. One thing is for sure, though. Whether you have the day off and you're watching the game, or you're stuck in the office, this is the place to be for your pregame analysis and in-game commentary. Join the discussion in the comments and check out the stats after the jump.|
Latest comment: from BrianJust to show how misleading +/- can be, Willie led the team w/ +7 in this one....
|That calm, proud feeling you've been overcome with for the past hour or so doesn't happen often, so enjoy it. A feeling like this only comes from a perfect game from your beloved team, against a powerhouse, that results in a blowout.|
Latest comment: from AllPhillysportsNice win...
|Go ahead, say it out loud. The Sixers are back. We've all been waiting, holding our breath that the turnaround wasn't fool's gold. We tried to pick apart their wins with excuses like "They haven't played anyone good," "They were missing x player." Well, these past two wins have me convinced, the Sixers we saw in the second half of last season are back. In fact, the team we're watching right now is probably better than they were heading into the playoffs last season.|
Latest comment: from tk76Good call. Shows you have the pulse of the Philly sports fan....
|In case you missed it, Andre Iguodala is back to being the player he was last season. It's no coincidence that the team is also on the rise, riding a four-game winning streak into their match-up with Portland tomorrow night. After the jump, we'll take a look at Iguodala's splits, see if there was a magic bullet that woke him up, and see if we can pick out a few subtleties in the numbers.|
|The fourth win of four straight turned out to be the most impressive of the group. On the road, in Atlanta in front of hundreds of rabid Hawks fans, the Sixers took it to a 22-13 team and never let up. The Sixers put forth maximum effort for 48 minutes and literally ran the Hawks right out of their own gym.|
|It's been about a week, so I figured we're overdue to introduce a new worksheet. What I'm striving to do here is keep track of some stats you won't find anywhere else. Stats that, I hope, will give us a glimpse into what's working and what's not working for this team. Today, we'll take a look at what I'm going to call the Favorite Targets worksheet, a full explanation and methodology after the jump.|
|How good is Andre Miller? When guarded by D-League-caliber defenders (like Luke Ridnour) he shoots with his eyes closed. He's that good.|
Latest comment: from DeanHCould you imagine our record if the coach did follow that method. ...
|The Sixers returned home in style tonight with an emphatic 104-96 win over the Houston Rockets. After outscoring the Spurs 56-42 in the second half on Saturday, the Sixers put Houston away with a 51-41 second half tonight. While Philly was able to score 104 points against the Rockets (they average 94.1 allowed/game), the offense wasn't the story in this one.|
|We've spent so much time talking about the things Andre Iguodala cannot do this season, we've overlooked exactly what he brings to this team. The argument has played out in the comments time and time again, so in this post we'll take a look at Iguodala's play-making statistics, and hold them up to his peers.|
|This game left me speechless. It's taken me about 7 hours to be able to sit down and write this. The irony is this may have been the best game the Sixers have played all season. They scored 106 points on San Antonio, in San Antonio. The erased a 22-point deficit. They outscored the Spurs 56-42 in the second half. For about 24 minutes, I thought I was watching the '07-'08 Sixers. Then, in the final 2 seconds, I was brought crashing back down to Earth. We all were.|
|Twelve poor minutes of basketball did the Sixers in tonight. It's a familiar theme. They play their brand of basketball for three quarters, then in the fourth, better teams force them into the half court and it all falls apart.|
|A win over the lowly Clippers, in and of itself, is nothing to brag about. While the individual talent on their roster isn't terrible (Kaman, Randolph, Camby and Baron are all legit players. Gordon and Thornton seem to be decent young guys), their play on the court has been dreadful. They came into the game with a record of 8-22 and without Randolph and Kaman. This game probably should've been an easier win than it was, but let's not dwell on the negative tonight.|
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