|It's time to take a look at my player-by-player predictions from the preseason and compare the numbers with what actually happened on the floor. We'll break down the entire roster to see how far off I was (or wasn't). Up first is Evan Turner|
Latest comment: from Derek BodnerOf course I've compared his freshman year to his sophomore year. And yeah, I expect it to carry over. ...
|Maybe this is what all that heartache set them up for. Maybe failing to close game after game after game in the regular season gave them the fortitude to never say die when the death would've been literal. Maybe it was running without a timeout, letting the players make their own luck on the floor. Whatever did it, this was easily the sweetest win of the year. A tremendous comeback topped with clutch play from the team's youngest players.|
Latest comment: from tk76Will post on the new thread....
|Wow. Well, I'm not sure exactly how you break down an utter humiliation like we saw tonight in Miami. Nothing the Sixers tried to do on the offensive end had even a slight level of success. The defense wasn't bad early, but it abandoned them as the game wore on and the deficit continually grew. If something doesn't change, this is series is a sweep.|
|The good news is that Evan Turner stepped up in his new role and looked the part of the number two pick in the draft. The bad news is that the Sixers did their best imitation of the Butler Bulldogs in the second half and kind of embarrassed themselves against a team they may face in the first round of the playoffs.|
Latest comment: from emtmessThats funny you are saying that Geen, Noc, and Kapono are better than Turner right now. Thanks I needed that. :)...
|Lou's MRI confirmed a strain of his right hamstring on Sunday. There is no definitive return date, it looks like they're going to reevaluate the injury frequently before committing to a timetable. At this point, there's no rush. Get him 100% fully healthy by the time the playoffs start, that's got to be the only priority. In the mean time, the team has five games left and they need to figure out how to fill Lou's spot.|
|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.|
|Keeping track of who was initiating the offense tonight was an eye-opener for me. My only regret is that I don't have a before to compare to this after. Doug Collins set the tone by declaring Andre Iguodala would shoulder more of the playmaking load as a point forward, let's see what happened in the road win vs. New Jersey.|
Latest comment: from TrayYou could do it for me....
|In forty-five games, spread over three months, Evan Turner has gone from a possible savior, to a complete bust, to a slow starter, to a lost cause and finally a possible prospect in the (broken) hearts and (tortured) minds of the Philly faithful. Let's take a look at his progression to this point.|
|We're still at least three days away from Andre Iguodala's return from achilles tendinitis, but something Bob Cooney said in a video yesterday got me thinking. What's going to happen when Iguodala gets back on the floor?|
|If you don't believe in moral victories, well, then I guess you didn't just see an unbelievable effort from an undermanned Sixers squad. It sounds corny, but I just feel proud of the guys after that game. They were one shot away from taking down the Lakers, in LA, and they really had five or six chances to hit it. Anyway, my wrap will be up tomorrow, in the meantime I've got a couple of food-for-thought questions to hold you over.|
|Andre Iguodala missed his second consecutive game but his replacements more than picked up the slack against a defensively disinterested Phoenix Suns squad. About halfway through the game, I realized Vince Carter will be a perfect fit for the Suns. He's only 50% more disinterested than the entire franchise. This game may just have been Evan Turner's coming out party, and it was definitely fun to watch.|
|Well, another chapter of the Jrue Holiday (+9) vs. Ty Lawson (-13) debate has been written, this time with Jrue pushing the Sixers past the undermanned Nuggets on the road. Holiday took full advantage of Lawson's porous defense and blanketed the diminutive backup on the other end to fuel a huge fourth quarter for the Sixers. They finally won a close one.|
This isn't quite a mid term. Atlanta is a solid playoff team, but their missing their |
|Following up on the post from earlier today, what do you guys think Doug Collins should do with Turner, in the short term? Vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments. Collins apparently hasn't made up his mind yet, but it looks like Nocioni would replace Turner with the first unit if Turner goes back to the bench.|
|The excuses are starting to get to me. Evan Turner has been playing horribly passive basketball for the past six games. It's been glaring since Andre Iguodala returned from his achilles injury, but the problem didn't start there.|