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May 6
2012
3:47 AM

by Brian
May 5
2012
5:32 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. The Sixers spent the first three quarters scuffling for points any way they could find them and stifling the Bulls on the other end of the floor. Unfortunately, the Bulls defense was better and the Sixers couldn't hit the jumpers the Bulls were giving them. In the fourth quarter, that all changed. They scored 28 points on 19 possessions, led by Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, who wouldn't be denied. (game capsule)
May 4
2012
5:30 PM

by Brian
May 4
2012
3:15 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. How did the Sixers completely change the script from game one to game two (beyond the absence of Derrick Rose)? Well, it's pretty simple. They somehow lured the Bulls into going away from their massive strength on the interior. The Bulls shot 10/29 inside of 9 feet. They attempted more long twos (26) than shots at the rim (18). I don't know how they did it, but this is the formula they've used to play the Bulls tight over the past two seasons, and they need to keep it up.
Latest comment: from Rich
Lucas is eating Lou's lunch. Christ....
May 3
2012
12:03 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Mike Prada from SB Nation put together the animated .GIF above of what is probably the best thing I've seen happen on the sidelines of a Sixers game in the past six years or so. All season long we've seen glimpses of or heard rumors about Doug Collins' short leash with Evan Turner. Well, there was nothing hidden about this glorious moment in which Collins finally reached the point with Spencer Hawes any sane individual would've reached about five games into his Philly career. Click through to enjoy a larger version on a continuous loop.
May 2
2012
2:05 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. The first half of tonight's game played out like many others over the last half of the season, minus Jrue Holiday's offensive explosion. The Sixers scored enough points to stay in the game, but their defense was extremely porous and not being able to get stops led to an eight-point halftime deficit. The second half, though, was reminiscent of the ball these guys played during their 20-9 start. Add it up, and you get a blowout win on the road in the playoffs. (game capsule).
Latest comment: from mymanjrue
lol...
May 1
2012
6:00 PM

by Brian
May 1
2012
1:39 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls lose that go-to guy who can penetrate at will, hit crazy shots no matter what defense you throw at him, get a whistle to stop a scoring drought and carry the offense to a win when nothing else is working. Superstars can win games by themselves in the playoffs, and the Bulls are decidedly without one now. C.J. Watson isn't that type of player, not at all. What he is, however, is another cog with a specific purpose on the offensive end, and he fills his role very, very well.
Apr 29
2012
1:38 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Philadelphia's poor performance in the opener of their first-round series against the Bulls stopped being the story with 1:10 left in the game when Derrick Rose tore his ACL on a crazy jump-stop in the lane. Rose's absence is certainly an advantage for the Sixers in the remaining games of the series, but he didn't beat them today. The Sixers have a lot of work to do, schematically, on the defensive end prior to game two. (game capsule)
Apr 28
2012
11:15 AM

by Brian
Apr 27
2012
12:31 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. When the Sixers were sitting at 20-9, talk about winning a round in the playoffs was legitimate. When they were atop the Atlantic Division with an eye on home-court advantage and a lesser foe in the first round, it seemed like almost a certainty. Since then, the sky has fallen, any faith in the team has dissolved and we were pinning our hopes on a bit of luck for the honor of playing the team with the best record in the league in the first round instead of the Miami Heat. The Sixers are nothing if not frustrating, but here we are. The games count now. The question: Can the Sixers beat the Bulls?
Apr 26
2012
10:21 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. Well, the Sixers who suited up got their behinds kicked in the most meaningful, meaningless game of the season. The Sixers locked up the #8 seed and will head to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. (game capsule)
Apr 26
2012
4:27 PM

by Brian
Apr 26
2012
1:50 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. In a game which they had to lose, if facing the Bulls instead of the Heat in the first round is preferable (Evan Turner thinks it is), the Sixers just couldn't help but win. You can't expect the players to tank, and I suppose leaving three of his best players behind in Pennsylvania and a fourth in street clothes was as far as Doug Collins was willing to go in the tanking direction. Luckily, the Knicks pulled out a win over the Clippers, so it's no harm no foul. (game capsule)
Apr 25
2012
6:00 PM

by Brian
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