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Dec 1
2012
12:48 PM

by Brian
Nov 30
2012
8:43 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. It's hard to fathom exactly how the Bobcats are 7-7 this season. Their offense is terrible, their defense is below average. Their shot distribution is just crazy. Tonight, the Sixers need to attack this team and make them look like the team that lost by 45 points to the Thunder.
Nov 28
2012
8:15 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. The Sixers centers have been a big, big problem on both ends of the floor so far this season. Their inability to finish, their inability to rebound, their inability to defend the post. They've been exposed. These shortcomings make a traditional pick-and-roll game impotent. Last night, the Sixers finally made an adjustment to their P&R, with decent results.
Nov 27
2012
8:28 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. The last time the Sixers "lucked" into a dominant big man, things didn't work out quite as expected. Elton Brand played hard for the Sixers and was a consummate professional, but his time in Philly will never be considered a success. Tonight, he brings his talents back to Broad Street so Josh Harris and Co. can pay him roughly $16M to play against the Sixers with the Mavs.
Nov 26
2012
8:31 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. The irony of writing a post under that headline the day after Jrue Holiday carried the Sixers with 33 points is not lost on me. This post isn't about a guy taking 20 shots in a game, though. It's about the change that began last season in the playoffs, and has carried on through the beginning of this year.
Nov 25
2012
5:26 PM

by Brian
Nov 25
2012
12:33 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Several things about tonight's overtime loss to the Thunder were pleasant surprises, if not downright shocks. First, Thad was a man. Not just the rebounding, but late in the fourth and also in overtime, he demanded the matchup with Durant. On the final play of regulation, he stifled Durant, wouldn't let him loose to get the ball. A few more positives to take from this loss to follow.
Nov 24
2012
4:42 PM

by Brian
Nov 21
2012
1:20 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. Tonight's game in Cleveland is more than a trap. This is one of those games, much like the Pistons loss, where if you lose, it's going to be the worst kind of ammunition for people who want to say the Sixers are terrible. "How do you get blown out by an 0-8 team on your home court? The Sixers suck!" I don't want to be reading, "How do you lose to the Cavs without Kyrie Irving?" tomorrow morning.
Nov 20
2012
11:16 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. With the game on the line, Doug Collins decided to go with a lineup that played to his team's strength. Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes went to the bench early in the fourth and Collins went with Jrue, one big and three shooters. Spread the floor, let Jrue penetrate and kick. 28 points in 10 minutes. 7-4 on the year.
Nov 20
2012
8:21 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Ten days ago, the Sixers used a suffocating defense, sparked by their second unit, to stifle the Toronto Raptors for their fourth win of the season. Tonight, they're going to need more of the same.
Nov 19
2012
9:16 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. I'm operating under the assumption that Andrew Bynum will suit up for the Sixers this season. I find the delay, the setbacks and the Big Lebowski reenactment all very annoying and/or troubling, but it is what it is. We're still waiting to see this team, in its entirety, on the floor. Right now, it looks like we're going to be waiting another month-and-a-half, at least. In the mean time, who they beat or how they beat them doesn't matter, just put some W's on the board.
Nov 18
2012
2:35 PM

by Brian
Nov 16
2012
8:49 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Utah's size is a problem. A big, big problem. The Jazz sport three bigs who are leaps and bounds better at playing a big man's game than anyone who has worn the Sixers uniform this season. I'm no fan of Al Jefferson's, but after watching these first eight games, I'd gladly take him as on option for the Sixers on the offensive end. And don't get me started on Derrick Favors, it's too painful.
Nov 15
2012
7:41 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. If I told you Jrue only turned the ball over one time and went to the line nine times, how much would you guess the Sixers won by? 10? 20? In allowing the Detroit Pistons to pick up their first win of the season, the Sixers demonstrated exactly how badly they need Andrew Bynum. The Sixer bigs were an embarrassment last night, and the fact their performance stood out to me when the entire team shot 29% from the floor says something.
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