|The honeymoon is over for Frank Vogel as Jim O'Brien's replacement in Indy. After a 9-3 start, the Pacers have dropped 5 of their last six games and with a win tonight, the Sixers can push their lead over the #8 seed to 6 games with only 19 left to play.|
|Looking back at the game thread, the venom spewed toward Lou Williams and Doug Collins for the late-game play calling and execution was both justified and almost immaterial to the outcome of the game. If the Sixers don't play about 40 minutes of pitiful defense, they win this game without breaking a sweat.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersPettiness never helps ones argument, take it from me - I know :) See lebron travel last night and not get it called?...
|It looks like Andre Iguodala will make his return - after missing seven games - against the Indiana Pacers tonight in Philly. Not a moment too soon, either. With a win, the Sixers will pass Indy for the coveted number seven seed in the Eastern Conference. Let's take a look at the keys.|
Latest comment: from Tom MooreIguodala to play and start tonight. Nocioni also expected to play....
|The Sixers' 101-75 win over the Pacers on Wednesday night was much needed for both team and fan morale. I know I felt better about the team, and I was motivated to find out who contributed most to the good offensive and excellent defensive performance (101 points in 94 possessions on offense, 75 points allowed in 95 possessions on defense), using the Differential Production metric that I've developed.|
|It's a shame, really, that a thrashing like that only counts for one win. The Sixers dominated every facet of their resounding 101-75 win over the Pacers last night, unfortunately, Doug Collins wasn't around to see the time run off the clock as hundreds of fans celebrated.|
|For the second time in five days, the Sixers will take on the Indiana Pacers on the second night of a back-to-back. This time, the odds are stacked even more in the Indiana's favor. The Sixers are coming off a backbreaking overtime loss to the Wizards. Their only interior player of any note, Elton Brand, played 42 hard minutes last night. Meanwhile, Danny Granger put into practice a skill he perfected while playing for Team USA this summer...he sat around and did nothing.|
|Indiana is pretty much on the same level as the Sixers. Jrue + Turner + Iguodala is roughly equal to Granger, Hibbert and Collison in terms of the foundation of a team. Neither team has much beyond that. Indy has more veteran scrubs while the Sixers have a bunch of players with some sort of potential (who are mostly scrubs). This was pretty much a game of equals. It didn't look like it on the floor in the second half.|
Latest comment: from BrianShould be good to about 30 now....
|The Pacers are a bad team. They're mired in mediocrity, with an over-rated "star" as their centerpiece, a couple of young pieces with some potential and a cast of supporting characters who just don't fit. Some people would say the Sixers are in the same boat. I think the Sixers are in a better situation for the short and long term, but playing the second night of a back-to-back is probably a worse situation for Philly than Indy.|
|Eddie Jordan's new rotation scheme, which essentially boiled down to a token starting lineup for about 12 minutes/game and then 36 minutes of the same maddening rotations, was exposed tonight in its third game of existence. Believe it or not, though, my post tonight is actually going to focus mostly on smart coaching moves.|
|The formula was pretty simple on Saturday night. Set the tone with the starters, build a lead with defense, then trade baskets with the subs. If you want to get more granular, when you can't run, play through Elton Brand in the post. Question is, can they do it again?|
Latest comment: from Derek Bodnerhttp://archive.sixersbeat.com/postgame/2010-01-28-show/2010-01-25-pacers/ If you want to listen....
|Eddie Jordan's new starting lineup only played 11:07 together in tonight's game against Indiana, but in those 11+ minutes they outscored the Pacers 24-15, after the jump we'll take a look at how they dominated, with a few words about the rest of the game as well.|
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