|I have to be honest, I didn't believe the Sixers had a loss in them tonight. Not against the Knicks, at home. I mean, this team has been bi-polar to some degree for the past three seasons, so I fully expected them to snap out of this disgusting streak and take care of the Knicks in a laugher. It started out that way, then Edward Jordan took over.|
|I'm unbelievably tired of talking about losing. If I'm going to make it through the next 31 days in one piece, I need some kind of respite from what this season has been reduced to - counting losses. In order to try to maintain my sanity, I'm going to try to come up with something to root for as often as I can. First on the list: Jrue Holiday's three-point stroke.|
|While the win yesterday isn't technically good news (#9 pick here we come), the play of Jrue Holiday, to a lesser extent Thad Young and finally a report from Howard Eskin should definitely brighten your Monday morning.|
Latest comment: from Charlie AceIf the Sixers hire Van Gundy, Jeff, say goodbye to the running game. ...
|The Sixers somehow succeeded in making an embarrassing home loss into a non-story tonight. Their diversions: Cutting ties with a legend, a coach meltdown and a possible serious injury to their $80M power forward. Yep, that'll do the trick.|
|It's been 15 games since the Sixers changed their starting lineup, moving Brand back to PF and inserting Jrue as the starting point guard. The team is 9-6 over those 15 games, and for the most part, the starting group has done a great job. We'll take a closer look after the jump.|
|I have no idea if the glow will last. I have no idea if the Sixers will come out flat tomorrow night against the Bulls. I'm not sure if there's a way to recreate it, but for about 18 minutes of game time tonight, the Sixers actually resembled a team. The catalyst? Sam Dalembert, and he couldn't even watch the results in person.|
|The Sixers extended their season-high winning streak to four games against Houston last night with an astounding team effort in the second half. It was quite a game. One they should've won handily, should've lost and everything in between.|
Latest comment: from TrayThey did? They gave 130 up to Indiana very recently....
|Allen Iverson will miss tonight's game against the Bulls due to an illness in his family. Lou and Jrue will probably start at the guards, what happens from there is anyone's guess.|
|As a fan, I feel a little bit numb after 44 games. I feel like I've been beaten into submission, beaten to the point where I've come to not only expect the worst, but settle for things that simply are not acceptable. After the jump, I'll give you a glaring example of what I'm talking about.|
|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.|
|The Sixers made it 6 wins in 10 games last night against the Sacramento Kings, and the formula wasn't all that complicated. After the jump, we'll take a look at the rotations, the contributions, the trends and the quotes of a destructive head coach.|
|After watching 27 games of Eddie Jordan basketball in Philly, I can actually tell why the Wizards over-achieved under him. The Wizards are a jumper-happy crew with very little care for the defensive side of the ball, either because Jordan made them that way, or because that's how he demanded the roster be structured. Now Flip Saunders has inherited this flawed roster and he's trying to get them to play sane basketball. Tonight, old and new will collide in Washington. Preview & game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from Court_visioNsmall ball vs. the utah jazz. wonderful....
|I cannot possibly overstate exactly how good Jrue Holiday was tonight on the defensive side of the ball. It's impossible. The kid was simply flawless, and Cleveland continually tested him. Again and again and again they isolated either Delonte West or Mo Williams on Holiday, and he turned them away every single time. It was like a perimeter defense clinic on the court tonight. Then Eddie Jordan made a typical Eddie Jordan substitution and the game was essentially over.|
Latest comment: from rswknightAt least Mo's dribble handoff crap generally led to a drive......
|I'm looking forward to seeing Iguodala match up with LeBron. I'm looking forward to significant minutes for Jrue. I'm looking forward to seeing Thad Young go to work on JJ Hickson. I'm always excited to see LeBron play, the guy is a special, special player. The one thing I just can't stand is all the douchery that goes along with watching the Cleveland Cavaliers play.|
|Fresh off his fourth start of the season, Jrue Holiday was a hot topic at Sixers practice today. Dei Lynam has a piece including quotes from Eddie Jordan praising Jrue's offensive game, how he pushes the pace, makes the right pass and shoots decently. He also mentions Jrue's defense in passing, which isn't really shocking. Lynam reads between the lines a bit and guesses we'll be seeing Jrue in the starting lineup again tonight when the Sixers take on the Cavs. Good idea?|
Latest comment: from BrianOh yeah, these stats were through game 23, same as the stats I used in the People vs. EJ post....