|It's our habit around here to break the season down into easily-digested slices. This year, we're going with six 11-game portions. Over the first 11, the Sixers finished 8-3 (which was actually the most popular prediction in the poll), now let's take a look at games 12-22.|
It appears as though Doug Collins is as tired of slow starts as we are. Tonight, he decided to nip the problem in the bud. After only 1:44 of sloppy basketball, Collins lifted Jrue Holiday (who had already turned the ball over twice) for Lou Williams. The Sixers went on to lead the game by 10 after the first quarter and put the catastrophic Washington |
|Stating the obvious, but the Sixers need to bounce back quickly from their tough road loss to the Knicks. They never gave up in New York, even though they had every reason to do so, now they need to get those excuses out of their minds. They need to collect themselves, take a breath, and get right back to blowing teams away when they face the Wizards tonight.|
Latest comment: from PhilPer 36 Minutes, G and G/F. 1. Lowry 2. Turner 3. Dre link...
|It's hard to believe, but had Spencer Hawes played last night, the Sixers very well may have come away with a win. I'm not even talking about the super-human Spencer Hawes who hit two thirds of his shots over the first six games and grabbed a ton of defensive boards. I mean if they even just had last season's version of their big man, they might've pulled this one out.|
Latest comment: from BrianWow, Sixers -13 tonight....
|It was a very, very ugly game with a ton of bad shots, virtually none of the ball movement we've seen all year from this team, tired legs and a metric ton of heart, but it wasn't meant to be. The Sixers win streak was halted at six by the mostly inept New York Knicks. (game capsule).|
|The only thing standing between the Sixers and a seven-game win streak is the New York Knicks. This will be the Sixers fifth game in six nights, while the Knicks had yesterday off, but there are no excuses this season. It's tough for everyone. Tie our sneakers extra tight and get ready to battle.|
Latest comment: from FreeMattCordI think it's stupid to call a person an idea. ...
|With a 10-point win over the Pacers the previous night, and a tilt with the Knicks on deck for tomorrow, the Sixers needed to put the Sacramento Kings to sleep early tonight and grab some rest. They did just that with a 27-point trouncing that wasn't even nearly that close. (game capsule).|
|This is not a trap game. There is no such thing as a trap game when you're still in the process of proving yourself, proving you really deserve the national accolades you're just now starting to get. This is just a game against a bad team. A game you have to win, no matter what the situation may be.|
|In front of a pitifully small crowd (8,612) the first-place Sixers put another team to sleep. The Pacers were without Danny Granger and George Hill, but they put up a much better fight than the first two teams to enter the WFC. Ultimately, their fate was the same, though a double-digit win for the home team. (game capsule)|
|Before we enter the Sixers' back-to-back-to-back (should be fun!), here is a brief statistical interlude. In the NFL, organizations like footballoutsiders.com have revolutionized statistics by treating different game situations differently. For example, an 11-yard completion on 3rd-and-9 in the red zone with 2 minutes left in a one-score game is much more difficult (and valuable) than a 15-yard completion on 1st-and-20 in the 1st quarter. That has gotten me to thinking: what if we were to try that in the NBA? Not all points in an NBA game are equal. A basket when your team is down 2 with under a minute left is "worth" much more than a basket in garbage time. So to turn this idea into a workable system, we need to develop some weights based on game situations (the hard part) and then determine weighted statistics (it turns out that these follow naturally).|
|Every stat will tell you the Sixers have been one of the best teams in the league to this point, if not the single best. They've been murdering teams, dominating with their defense and pummeling with their offense. Their detractors will ask, "Who have they played?" Well, tonight they have a chance to take down a playoff team from last season in the Pacers. A team that's 6-2 and sports some impressive defensive stats of their own.|