|Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone. Hope your love life is treating you better than your Sixers fan life these days. Fresh off their first loss in which they carried a lead into the fourth quarter, the Sixers (minus Jrue) won't play for a week. Let's take a realistic at what this team's options are going forward.|
|Yes, this is about as big as the final game prior to the All Star break can get for a team who has clearly played over its head through the first 50 games of the season (and playing over its head led to a 22-28 record). Beat Milwaukee, in Milwaukee tonight and the Sixers will go into the break only two games out of the playoffs. Lose, and the deficit grows to four games.|
Latest comment: from BrianUnfortunately, the 4/12 for 11 points he put up the following game is more the norm for him....
|The suddenly-healthy Clippers are legit. Legit as in they could possibly come out of the West if Del Negro can push the right buttons. Typically, with the talent they have on their roster I wouldn't pin the post season hopes so much on a coach, but LA is so deep, with so many different options, he's going to have to pull the right strings to get through several seven-game series. Tonight, against the Sixers, he probably won't have to pull too many to grab the road win.|
|On the heels of losing Thad Young for three weeks, the Sixers suffered through a terrible loss at the hands of the Pacers last night and found out they'll be without the services of Jason Richardson for the remainder of the season. Richardson has been pretty pedestrian this year, and they've made due without him for the past three weeks, but he's an able body. Something this team is lacking more and more each day.|
Latest comment: from TrayHawes vs. Kemba? At least Kemba vs. Jrue makes some sense. Kemba's had a few good games recently....
|The Indiana Pacers bring a 4-game win streak into the WFC tonight to face the Sixers, including a win yesterday and a win Monday. Tonight, the Sixers have to push the pace. Make Indy expend a ton of energy early and often. See if you can steal a win against what has to be a tired squad.|
|Standing on the weak side, with his man a few feet away, waving his arms wildly in the air as if he's open. Holding his hands out at his sides, begging for a foul while the other team is busy converting his turnover into a transition hoop. Shoving someone out of the way after they've dunked on him so he can retrieve the ball and pass it inbounds. Pointing fingers when he's in the wrong spot on the defensive end and his man gets an easy look. Raise your hand if these things seem like Evan Turner's signature moves.|
|After somehow overcoming John Wall's "improved" jumper and DeMarcus Cousins' "dominant" offensive game for their first pair of back-to-back wins this year, the Sixers will turn their attention the Nikola Vucevic-led Orlando Magic tonight in search of three straight. Another game they should win, and another game they really need if their goal is to remain in touch with playoff contention until Andrew Bynum can get back on the court.|
|There's no shame in splitting a pair of games against the Knicks and Grizzlies. There is, however, shame in the defensive effort the Sixers put forth last night, and blowing a 17-point lead. Anyway, they need to shake it off and focus, because the schedule is smiling on them over the next seven days, and they need to take advantage.|
|The Sixers look to make it two in a row tonight in Philly against a disadvantaged Memphis squad. The Griz lost at home to the Hornets/Pelicans last night, and they also lost their starting point guard, Mike Conley, to a sprained ankle.|
|Yes, the bottom-feeding scourge of the sports blogging world, fake trades. With the team spiraling out of control, Bynum's return hopefully looming, but not before a handful more losses pile up and a weird three-day rest period, why not?|
|Watching this team can be maddening, at times. Over the past two games, they've played basically 48 minutes of quality, hard-nosed defensive basketball (entire second half + overtime against Toronto, entire second half minus a five-minute stretch vs. San Antonio). Against the bad team, one half was enough. Against the good team, it wasn't. Against Milwaukee tonight, they aren't going to have the legs to make a big comeback.|