|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.|
|If this script was so enjoyable, it might become tiresome. The Sixers, again, built a meager lead through the first half, then absolutely ran another team out of the gym in the second half. Last night, the victim was the Toronto Raptors who were ready to jump on the bus and get out of Philly halfway through the third quarter. The final was 97-62 and if Collins hadn't called off the dogs early in the fourth, they might've won by 50. (game capsule)|
|If the game is in question, Doug Collins trusts eight players on his roster. Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Jodie Meeks, Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young. That's his group. Those are his guys, and he's going to win or lose with them on the floor. Whether relying so heavily on eight players is sustainable over the course of this abbreviated season remains to be seen, but for now, that's his plan and he's sticking to it. Let's see how he's mixed and matched those players so far.|
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|The Sixers let the Pistons hang with them through three quarters in their home opener last before taking off the kid gloves and blowing Detroit out of the water with a 32-point fourth quarter, en route to a 96-73 win. (game capsule)|
|If you can manage to avoid distraction by the new mascot, the Broadway-inspired lighting, the Sixers of yore in attendance, the dollar dogs, the discounted tickets, the new national anthem singer and free rally towels, Adam Aron and Co. will have something else to wow you later tonight, an actual basketball game. Yes, the Sixers are finally home. (Tune in after the game for a special episode of SixersBeat)|
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|The Sixers weathered a terrible first half, an up-and-down third quarter, then absolutely blew the Hornets' doors off in the fourth to pick up their third win of the season, 101-93 (game capsule). This game showed us a lot about this young team, how far they've come in the past 14 months, and what still needs to be done for them to take the next step.|