|Admittedly, it's going to be very difficult for anyone with a sporting pulse to pay any kind of attention to tonight's clash of the titans in Cincinnati. The Sixers (1-5) will tip it off against the Cavaliers (fresh off a loss to CSKA Moscow). Some of us may be tempted to watch baseball, fourteen of us will be taking part in the Depressed Fan fantasy basketball draft, but they'll still play the game. Thoughts after the jump.|
Latest comment: from mchezoWKRP guess i'm old too. does doug talk too much?...
|I cannot possibly overstate exactly how good Jrue Holiday was tonight on the defensive side of the ball. It's impossible. The kid was simply flawless, and Cleveland continually tested him. Again and again and again they isolated either Delonte West or Mo Williams on Holiday, and he turned them away every single time. It was like a perimeter defense clinic on the court tonight. Then Eddie Jordan made a typical Eddie Jordan substitution and the game was essentially over.|
Latest comment: from rswknightAt least Mo's dribble handoff crap generally led to a drive......
|I'm looking forward to seeing Iguodala match up with LeBron. I'm looking forward to significant minutes for Jrue. I'm looking forward to seeing Thad Young go to work on JJ Hickson. I'm always excited to see LeBron play, the guy is a special, special player. The one thing I just can't stand is all the douchery that goes along with watching the Cleveland Cavaliers play.|
|Finally, optimism isn't laughable. Make no mistake, if the Sixers can bottle the basketball they played from minute 12 through minute 36 of tonight's game, they're going to be in the playoffs. They took it right to the Cavs on both ends of the floor, against the subs first, and then against the starters. It was impressive, it was uplifting and I'm hoping it's a sign of things to come. Unfortunately, we also need to talk about the other 24 minutes.|
|LBJ dropped 40 on the Pacers last night with a bum wrist. If the Sixers go into this game thinking Thad Young is going to check LeBron, tonight's game is not going to be pretty.|
|You can't control who the other team plays, all you can do is go out and beat the team on the floor, barely beat them in this case. Still, I'll give the Sixers this much after their 111-110 win over the Cavs. They never gave up. You absolutely cannot say that about the previous six games, and I guess this is a decent way to head into a first round matchup with the Magic.|
Latest comment: from TrayThey would score some, but UNC would score a ton on them. Maryland isn't quite as good, I admit....
|This time last year I was desperately hoping the Sixers would pull out all the stops to finish at .500. I thought an even record would mean something, what I don't know, but something. This year, I'm going in exactly the opposite direction. Thoughts, keys, stats, in-game discussion after the jump.|
|Mike was in attendance at the Wach tonight with his notebook in one hand and his "I (heart) LeBron" poster in the other. Check after the jump for his first-person report. (kidding about the LeBron man crush, btw).|
|And by that, I mean not very deep. The Sixers lost 102-92 to the Cavs tonight, which was to be expected. They didn't quit, they didn't roll over, they actually played Cleveland pretty tough, so yay! Everything is right in the world, except it isn't. After the jump we'll talk about depth, and look at some very, very questionable rotations by Coach DiLeo.|
Latest comment: from PeeWeeShe is certainly one of the smartes stars in my opinion, i am a major fan....
|Typically, I'd be pretty excited for tonight's game. We've talked ad nauseum about how the Sixers ugly/risky style of play can work in their favor against clearly superior teams. Usually, Andre Iguodala gets up for tough matchups, like facing LeBron James. And in the LBJ era, the Sixers actually haven't done that bad of a job against Cleveland. Unfortunately, after what I've seen in the past three games, none of that really matters. Stats, keys and in-game discussion after the jump.|
Latest comment: from Mikeugh seems that way...
|I consider it a special treat to have had the chance to watch LeBron James play in a home-and-home because usually I don't get to see so much of his game. I occasionally catch a game here and there, but I almost never watch wire to wire. Over the past three days, I got to do that twice. I came away with no question in my mind that he's not only the best player in the game, but he's also the best passer. My only regret is that his greatness happened at the Sixers expense.|
|Game two of the Sixers' back-to-back with the flying LeBrons will happen tonight, in Cleveland. Filed under, "Coaching to lose," comes the revelation that Mo Cheeks will use the same starting lineup as he did on Wednesday. Now, I hate having Willie Green in the starting lineup. Absolutely hate it. But the mere fact that he's in there doesn't bother me nearly as much as the reason Mo has given for inserting him. (late news: Ilgauskus will miss tonight's game for Cleveland.)|
|Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala seemed to find their games tonight. Elton Brand may have come back too soon. Mo presses a panic button, but it's absolutely the wrong one to push. At the end of the night, LeBron was just too much for this befuddled Sixers team.|
|and he's bringing a 9-game win streak with him.The Sixers will face a red hot Cavaliers team tonight at 8 p.m. in Philly. The late start is because the game will be aired nationally on ESPN. The Cavs come into...|
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