|End of the day, the Sixers are headed back to the Wach with home court advantage in their back pocket. This game was a missed opportunity. This game left me extremely, extremely angry, but I'm trying to keep things in some kind of perspective. After the jump we'll take a look at what I consider some serious, serious flaws in Coach DiLeo's rotations.|
|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.|
|Well, here we are again. The Sixers backed their way into the playoffs, needing overtime to beat a decimated Cleveland team to secure the number six seed. Their prize, a first-round matchup with the Orlando Magic. It's time to break this one down, we'll start with the point guards and get to the rest of the positions between now and the first game.|
Latest comment: from Joe9 people-ish were pretty active. That isn't bad. I expected worse....
|You can't control who the other team plays, all you can do is go out and beat the team on the floor, barely beat them in this case. Still, I'll give the Sixers this much after their 111-110 win over the Cavs. They never gave up. You absolutely cannot say that about the previous six games, and I guess this is a decent way to head into a first round matchup with the Magic.|
Latest comment: from TrayThey would score some, but UNC would score a ton on them. Maryland isn't quite as good, I admit....
|Kate Fagan is reporting that Andre Miller is having an x-ray taken of the middle finger on his right hand. Miller hurt the finger in last night's game, but he continued to play.|
|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. ...
|After watching the fourth quarter of tonight's game, I was at a loss for words. Mike sent me his first-person report, I gave it a quick read, and I was somewhat comforted that I wasn't alone in being disgusted by this loss. After the jump we'll check out my game notes, place some blame and maybe try to move on.|
|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.|
|You aren't going to win many games shooting under 40% as a team. It just isn't going to happen. The fact that the Sixers had a three-point lead with 2:40 left to go means this is a game they should've won, but from that point on the Sixers would hit only 1 of 6 shots while the Heat would score on every possession but one. After the jump we'll talk about the shooting, substitution patterns and defense, or lack thereof.|
|Miller is listed as questionable for the game, I still think he's going to play, but if he can't go Lou has not earned the starter's spot at PG. Truthfully, he's earned less responsibility. Put Speights into the starting lineup and let Iggy run the show, that's your best chance.|
|Pull up a chair, get comfortable. Barring an ultra late-breaking story, the Sixers did not make a move. The roster will remain unchanged and the Sixers will go to battle with the roster they've had all season.|
|Though the third quarter saw the Nuggets run all over the Sixers, it was the first that left me steaming. Yes, the first quarter which saw the Sixers outscore Denver 25-13. If not for 5 blown easy opportunities, Philly would've been up 20 early. If not for ice cold shooting, they could've put this game away early. The third was about a run, an injury, foul trouble and Chauncey. Those things happen, you live with them, you overcome them. The mistakes we saw in the first, though. They linger. They turn into losses.|
|The line I've heard more often than not is that the Sixers need to build to become champions. Strictly speaking, that's absolutely true. You don't put teams together with the goal of simply making the playoffs, you're always looking to build for more. So, here's my question to you, how do you build a champion?|
|The rumors have been swirling, and we've been holding the discussion in the comments sections of multiple posts, so I thought now would be a good time to centralize the Andre Miller discussion, and for me to put my two cents in.|
|The Orlando Magic were dealt a huge blow tonight when Jameer Nelson went down with a dislocated shoulder. I'd say best-case scenario is a time line similar to Elton Brand's for return, but he may opt for surgery depending on how severe the dislocation is.|
Latest comment: from JoeYeah I would think they have to do something....