|I guess the silver lining is that maybe this game won't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Personally, that doesn't give me much solace. The Sixers should've never been in a close game with the Kings. They should've never had to come back. They should've never let it slip away and there's plenty of blame to go around.|
|If LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are merciless in attacking the basket, like they were tonight, I'm not sure any team in this league can beat them. I've seen the Heat play way more than I've wanted to this season, and I have yet to see those guys play like they did tonight. I'm sure there are adjustments Doug Collins can make to slow one of them down, but right now none are coming to mind.|
Latest comment: from AlvinAgree, it's time to sit Iggy all the way the rest of the regular season....
|Don't bother looking at the lineups too closely for tonight's showdown in Miami. If you do, I'm sure you'll be filled with a feeling of dread. LeBron James vs. a one-legged Andre Iguodala. Dwyane Wade vs. Jodie Meeks/Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams. Chris Bosh vs. Elton Brand and Thad Young. It's not pretty, on paper. If you want something to feel optimistic about, instead look to the benches, because Doug Collins is Philly's clear advantage tonight.|
Latest comment: from BrianIt's a presale. You have to sign up on the web site....
|Andres Nocioni has re-entered the perimeter rotation as part of Doug Collins' effort to sort out the minute distribution among six players: Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks, Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, Evan Turner and Nocioni. Let's take a close look at how these guys have performed, in combinations, then I'll try to come up with my ideal rotation at the one, two and three.|
|There was nothing impressive about the first three quarters. The Sixers defense was lackluster, their offense was scattered and almost lazy, their energy was sporadic, at best. That all changed at the beginning of the fourth. The Sixers erased a double-digit deficit and took down the Hawks.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersPoint Guard is the least important position :)...
|The last time the Sixers played Atlanta, they absolutely demolished the Hawks ... in Atlanta. Last night, the Chicago Bulls gave ATL the Washington Generals treatment to the tune of a 33-point loss. You'd think that might motivate the Hawks. You'd think that might light a fire under them. Of course, being motivated by embarrassment means you're assuming a team actually has a spine. I'm not sure that's the case with the Hawks.|
|So far this season, Doug Collins has picked his spots to make changes. He likes to implement them when the team has a couple of off days, then he sort of trickles the news into the media, then the next time the team takes the floor, the change happens. Meeks into the starting lineup, Iguodala to point-forward are a couple of examples. Well, the meme over this break has been increased roles for Tony Battie and Andres Nocioni for the home stretch.|
|Another off day for the Sixers to rest their weary bones. For us, it means another day to look back and another night to watch the out-of-town scoreboard (ATL vs. CHI). The Knicks choked away another one last night, shrinking at the MSG in the second half vs. the Celts. Hopefully, Chicago can do some more dirty work for them tonight.|
|36 up, 34 down, 12 left to go. The Sixers are already four games better than where I thought they'd finish the season, and they aren't done yet. Let's take a look at the remaining schedule and put our predictions on the record to kick off the work week.|
Latest comment: from CBI think this team is going to struggle down the stretch. I have them at 41 wins....
|Throughout the week, basketball writers from the major sites have a number of chats and run rumor columns. Every once in a while, they actually talk about the Sixers. In this column, GoSixers has aggregated the relevant stuff from the chats. You'll see stuff in here that will make you scratch your head, but keep in mind, these guys are experts.|
|No Andre Iguodala. That pretty much told the story tonight. The depleted Sixers showed a lot of heart in coming back multiple times, but Portland was just too much for Philly on the last night of their 5-game road trip and the second night of a back-to-back.|
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