|A struggling, deeply flawed team limped into the Wach last night to play another struggling, deeply flawed team. Eddie Jordan looked at the matchups and made two decisions. The first was to start Jrue Holiday and put him on Monta Ellis. A smart move that played a huge part in the quick start and eventual blowout win. The second was to bench and further alienate Elton Brand. We'll see how that one plays out.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeEddy Curry and Jared Jeffries are pretty unmovable ...
|As the Sixers season spirals down the tubes, the team is doing everything it can to keep the focus off the court. Today's example, a profile written by Phil Jasner about the Sixers new VP of Marketing.|
|Will Allen Iverson hinder the development of the young players on the Sixers roster? Maybe. I think he will, but there's a chance he'll inspire them to play harder and maybe even help develop a killer instinct. What's not debatable is how our head coach is not-so-subtly using the media and playing time to shift the priorities of his young players away from defense and strictly toward offense. As far as I'm concerned, this is the opposite of developing a roster into a champion.|
|Believe it or not, there's one positive thing about the horrible basketball we're witnessing on a nightly basis from our beloved Philadelphia 76ers. These posts basically write themselves. I find myself with more to say about the sad state of this once proud franchise than I have the time to type. Tonight's stupendous loss, their eighth in a row, was no different.|
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|Bad news for Lou Williams broke earlier today. He had surgery on his fractured jaw and will miss eight weeks, his jaw is currently wired shut. Horrible news for Lou in his first season as a start, but a silver lining for the team, in my eyes.|
|My only option for catching the game was the 2 a.m. replay on NESN, so I'm not getting to this recap until 4:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning. Needless to say, it's not going to be long. Don't let the lack of girth to this post lead you to believe I didn't thoroughly enjoy this game, though. The Sixers showed amazing heart in a game they really had no business keeping closer than 20 points.|
|The Sixers will be forced to change their starting lineup for the first time this season tonight. Earlier today, we learned Lou Williams fractured his jaw last night and he's a definite no go. According to Kate Fagan, Jrue Holiday will make his first NBA start when the Sixers face off against the Celtics. A brief preview and the game thread after the jump.|
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|38 minutes and 20 seconds of putrid basketball had me in a foul mood. With 9:40 to go in the fourth quarter, the Sixers found themselves down by 11 with little hope of snapping their two-game slide, high hopes of becoming the second-biggest laughing stock in the Eastern Conference. When the final buzzer sounded, I was feeling a little better, but not much.|
Latest comment: from JohnMageedeepsixer3 Look for rookie Jrue Holiday to start tonight in place of Sweet Lou. The future is now....
|And no one is there to see it, is it still horrible defense?|
|The first half was heartening on the defensive end. The second half was a soul-crushing reminder that this team has a long, long way to go on both sides of the ball. The Celts beat the Sixers by 31 and it felt much worse than that.|
|Jrue Holiday has played a grand total of 7 minutes, 44 seconds in the past two preseason games. Against the Nets he saw one brief run in the first half, against the Knicks he never got off the bench. Dei Lynam spoke to the rookie for her latest piece, after the jump we'll take a look at how the kid is handling his role.|
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|The Sixers used and abused the shorthanded Raptors in the first half tonight, then held on for their first meaningless win under Eddie Jordan. The final was 107-98. A few notes and stats after the jump.|
|Here's a quick quote from Eddie Jordan to hopefully get your weekend started off on the right foot.|
|Today's edition of the Predicting 2010 Series will feature less comparative analysis and a whole lot more guesswork. Jrue Holiday is mostly an unknown heading into this season. There's no way to tell how good of player he'll be at only 19 years-old, and there's really no way to know how the Sixers plan to bring him along. After the jump, I'll try to piece together some projections.|
Latest comment: from BrianNope, Utah was 41-41 that season, didn't make the playoffs....
|A couple of articles got caught by my filter over the past couple days about Lou Williams' confidence in stepping into the role of starting point guard, and e-mailed to me by loyal readers (thanks Dean). One blurb in particular caught my eye. Basically, Lou said he's going to be playing 30-35 minutes per night. I'm sure I realized that would be the case, but I hadn't really thought about it. Nor had I thought about how the minutes will be doled out at the guard positions. After the jump, I'm going to try to make an educated guess and see how Jrue fits in.|
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