|Jackassery aside, the Sixers positively gave their first game against the Wizards away. Actually, to be fair, even though they played horrible defense and sent Washington to the line 43 times, they still should've won. A Cartier Martin prayer three at the buzzer sent it into overtime, after all. Will the Sixers be able to exact some revenge tonight, back in Washington?|
Latest comment: from Tom MoorePregame video: Lou Williams on making shots, owing the Wizards one http://ow.ly/3eAiH ...
|With all this losing going on, the Sixers are stuck between a rock and a hard place. Their young players need to be developed, but can you trust their production when they're asked to do more than they're capable of to make up for the shoddy construction of the roster as a whole? TK76 asks the questions, foremost among them: What happens if they've become the Clippers East?|
Latest comment: from BrianHmmn, who on the Knicks was guarding him, prior to the double, I mean....
|Outgunned and down their best player, the Sixers went into Oklahoma City tonight prohibitive underdogs. They limped out with their sixth loss in eight games, but the guys who suited up deserve to board their charter flight to Dallas with their heads held high.|
|How many times have you heard Sixers fans long for our team to be like Oklahoma City? If only we had a guy like Durant. If only we could stockpile high lottery picks, make shrewd cap moves and set ourselves up for the future like they have. If only. Well, year three in OKC's upward progression is off to a slower start than most expected and the Sixers have a chance to make that start even slower tonight.|
|That was an enjoyable game. Was it good basketball? For stretches. Was it solid fundamental basketball? Not entirely. But when you're talking about a team with the fundamental flaws this Sixers team has, playing without their best player, that was nearly as close as we're going to get. Most importantly, they bounced back after every bad stretch and they put the Knicks away with defense in the fourth quarter.|
|Two winless teams will enter, only one will emerge fully scathed. The Sixers have the rare opportunity of handing two subpar teams a win in their home openers, in consecutive games. Let's take a closer look at this Sixers/Wizards matchup which may feature the glorious return of Gilbert Arenas to the Wizards lineup.|
Latest comment: from deepsixersuedeGuys, Iggy for Josh Smith, would ya? Brian, figure I would give ya another reason to trade Iggy. :)...
|Did the Sixers do a decent job of getting into the lane on the offensive end and keeping Indiana out on defense? How was Andre Iguodala's shot selection? What about Evan Turner's off-the-ball performance? This is where we keep tabs on some key trends using the advanced data now available to us.|
|A 10-point loss typically isn't considered a good start to a season, but under the circumstances, the Sixers equated themselves quite well against Dwyane Wade and his sidekicks. The 97-87 final was better than we could've hoped for, definitely not indicative of the talent gap between the two teams, but perhaps a testament to the skill of the Sixers' new coach.|
|All told, the summer months were a mixed bag. As fans, we had highs (Eddie Jordan's ouster, the draft lottery, Doug Collins and Rod Thorn), and insufferable lows (the Dalembert trade, the preseason). After today, we can put the big picture thinking in the closet for a little while at least and start concentrating on actual basketball. We'll have game threads, stats to devour, x's and o'x to dissect. On the eve of opening night, though, it's time for one last in-depth look at this team.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersFor the most part of that game Lebron was the best cavs player on the floor :)...
|The image atop this post makes me feel exactly like tonight's double-overtime loss to the Raptors did: Completely amused, when I know I should be alarmed. Seriously, take a closer look at that photo. Toronto's backup center has the goofiest, fish-in-a-barrel grin on his face. Freebie rebounds don't come against every team, after all. And then look at Elton Brand, "Hmmn, it's either try for the rebound or try to scare him into dropping it." Obviously, Brand chose the latter. More coherent thoughts to follow.|
|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.|
|Thankfully, I was unable to watch the Sixers' third preseason loss. I'm not sure exactly how a team can cough up a 7-point lead in 15 seconds, but I'd venture a guess Andres Nocioni's epic toughness (pictured above as he fights his teammate for a rebound), grizzled veteran-ness and non-existent defense played a large part. Wins and losses in the preseason don't mean much to me, though, so I'd like to talk about how the game started, rather than how it was blown.|
Latest comment: from TrayI thought Howard looked fairly smooth himself in that clip....
|The Sixers 93-65 loss to the Celtics last night was quite possibly the worst game of basketball I've ever seen. Granted, it was a preseason game, with a new coach, new players and the Sixers were without Iguodala and Brand. Still, every Sixer who took the court should be ashamed. As a fan, I don't see how you can't be worried.|
Latest comment: from Charlie HI know I do....
|Let's clear up some misconceptions about Evan Turner, selected with the #2 overall pick by the Sixers this past summer. The sky is not falling. He is not a bust or even a mistake. He is the same player he was three months ago, a talented, "NBA" ready 22-year-old stud wing who dominated last year and almost single-handedly led Ohio State to a 29-8 record and 2nd seed in the NCAA Tournament.|
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