|This win had it all. By that, I mean it was both meaningless and hollow. A preseason game against a glorified Summer League roster which featured a 26-point swing en route to an eventual 11-point win. Doug Collins lost his cool on the bench, Marreese Speights and Nate Robinson swapped techs, Jrue Holiday fouled out, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala disappeared and the starting bigs played the smallest game you could ever imagine. Your Philadelphia 76ers, folks.|
|Extreme athleticism can beat elite size in the NBA. It's happened many times before, it's even happened in the playoffs. Typically, however, the smaller, quicker team uses their athletic advantage to spread the floor, create creases and then hit open threes. The Sixers simply don't have the shooters to make a system like that work against the Celtics tonight. Odds are, they're going to lose, and they're going to lose badly...again. But it's the preseason and as we've been reminded on a daily basis, wins and losses don't matter. What does matter is the process of this Sixers team figuring out how to use their strengths to attack superior teams, and force adjustments on their part.|
|The highlight of writing my recaps after every game is picking the best photographic evidence of horrible defense. Tonight, you'll notice Lou standing roughly ten feet away from his man as he scores at the hoop. An unexpected take on last night's game after the jump.|
|I suppose if you combine Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, add in Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo you can still find a "big three" in there somehwere, but this Celtics team clearly is not what they were when they brought home a championship a couple seasons ago. How far have they fallen? Far enough to lose to the lowly NJ Nets, but probably not far enough for the Sixers to steal one from them tonight. Preview, game thread etc. after the jump.|
|There's nothing to do but tip your cap to the Philadelphia 76ers after they game they just played in Boston. Down 15 points, undermanned, facing a red-hot team on the road and they refused to quit. Refused to let up. Refused to lose. Easily their best game of the season. Finally, the Sixers can say they've beaten a good team.|
|On paper, the Sixers have absolutely no shot to win this game tonight. But on the hardwood...yeah, pretty much the same thing. It'll be a miracle if the Celts don't win by 20+ points. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
|My only option for catching the game was the 2 a.m. replay on NESN, so I'm not getting to this recap until 4:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Needless to say, it's not going to be long. Don't let the lack of girth to this post lead you to believe I didn't thoroughly enjoy this game, though. The Sixers showed amazing heart in a game they really had no business keeping closer than 20 points.|
|The Sixers will be forced to change their starting lineup for the first time this season tonight. Earlier today, we learned Lou Williams fractured his jaw last night and he's a definite no go. According to Kate Fagan, Jrue Holiday will make his first NBA start when the Sixers face off against the Celtics. A brief preview and the game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from rchap13yea pierce was still moving...
|I'm happy to welcome Mike back for his second season as a contributor to Depressed Fan. You never get the full picture watching at home, that's where the First-Person Report comes from. If you were wondering exactly how annoying the traveling band of loser Celtics fans were, he's got your answer. Enjoy after the jump, and also thanks to frequent reader Rob for the photo above.|
|The first half was heartening on the defensive end. The second half was a soul-crushing reminder that this team has a long, long way to go on both sides of the ball. The Celts beat the Sixers by 31 and it felt much worse than that.|
|The Boston Celtics are rolling through their schedule right now, and it's not surprising. They're talented and you'd expect them to torture opponents when they're at full strength. The question from now until the Big Three retire is always going to be, however, how long until one or more of them gets hurt. For our purposes, though, it's a mixed blessing that they'll be at full strength tonight at the Wach. I'll explain after the jump.|
Latest comment: from tk76True. And we needed to see more Jrue....
|The good ship momentum has sailed. Even a win over the Cavs tonight isn't going to erase the memory of the past 6 games, so here's my question to you. Is it worth risking injury to over-extend yourself for an infinitesimal shot at the number 6 seed? How about this one, do we even want the number 6 seed? It's a valid question we'll tackle after the jump.|