|Kate Fagan has a somewhat somber piece today, it looks like the Sixers won't be bringing everyone's favorite shooter off the bench, Donyell Marshall, back this season.|
|I'm not quite ready to turn the page to game two prep yet, I'm still running that game one finish over and over in my mind. I left a few key points out of the recap, so here are some bullets to get your day started.|
|Charles Barkley during halftime of tonight's game: "The Sixers won't win a game in this series." Any wonder how Charles has lost millions gambling in Vegas? After the jump we'll look at the rotations and talk about the perfect defensive game plan, the Sixers' secret weapon and the epic comeback that put our Sixers in the driver's seat of this first-round series.|
|If the big question was who would step up in Thad Young's absence, the simple answer was just about everyone. In particular, Lou Williams and Donyell Marshall who led a fierce second-half comeback against the weary Bucks en route to a 105-95 win.|
|Well, it took a little over a week this time, but sure enough, it happened again. Donyell Marshall somehow found his way onto the court in a key situation, he energized the team, spread the floor, then three games later, his minutes disappeared. Now, as then, my question is why?|
Latest comment: from Ricky - Sixers4guidosBrian, it happens few times that I disagree with you so I'll gladly say it. I'm fine with DM not playing a single minute in a blowout W like the one in Sacto, it was...
|Since taking over as the head coach, Tony DiLeo has compiled a record of 25-18. Let's be honest, we've all had some questions about rotations from time to time. Three-point defense has been an issue. There have obviously been bumps, but this is the guy's first job as a head coach in the NBA. He deserves some leeway, just like rookie players are given. After the jump I'm going to shine a light on something I've noticed over the past couple of games that tells me DiLeo is more than a suit from the front office taking up space on the bench.|
Latest comment: from Brianabsolutely....
|Can one player negate a team weakness? I guess the more pertinent question is can one player, playing less than 15 minutes/game, negate a team weakness? If negate is too strong of a word, how about mitigate? Let's take a look at Donyell Marshall's effect on a key stat for the Sixers this season.|
Latest comment: from BryonIf that's the mindset, then they need to look at A.J. Abrams. He's relentless....
|Is there a moment when a player becomes a star? Is there one defining play? How about one defining quarter? If any of these arbitrary things can make a player into a star, I think we may have just witnessed a transformation.|
Latest comment: from BryonJohn-ism = I know everything and you guys know nothing. Spare us all, John, spare us all....
|With 11:16 left in the fourth quarter the Miami Heat were leading 68-61. Donyell Marshall was subbed in for Theo Ratliff. From that point on, Donyell outscored the Heat 10-9 all by himself. This win was 100% Donyell, a guy who had played 2 minutes in the past 11 games, total.|
|Part three of our first half review will feature the most hotly-debated players on the team. When Elton Brand returns, this group should see a big shakedown in minute distribution. It's anyone's guess as to how that will affect the production of these guys. After the jump, we'll take a look at the splits for the Sixers' power forwards and centers, see who's been a second-half warrior in the past and make the case for more minutes for a certain rook.|
|For the second straight game Mo Cheeks leaned on his veteran bench warmer, Donyell Marshall, in the fourth quarter. For the second straight night, Donyell delivered. He hit 5/7 from the floor all told, including 3/5 from downtown. Unfortunately, his...|
|After Ed Stefanski pulled off the coup of the Summer by signing Elton Brand, and brought Andre Iguodala back on a big money extension he put a few more pieces of the puzzle into place. He signed Royal Ivey to...|
|Phil Jasner has the scoop. It looks like Donyell Marshall will join Kareem Rush as a shooter off the bench for the Sixers.The rumor is a one-year deal for $1.26M (veteran's minimum). Marshall is a career 34.8% shooter from downtown,...|
Latest comment: from JordanI'll take it another level and say, I don't mind if I don't see him 'til the playoffs :)...
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