|Two ways to look at tonight's win over the Nets: (1) They didn't play their best ball, by any means, but they were still able to scratch out a win on the road. (2) This was not quality basketball by any means, and an effort like that is going to result in a loss against about 27 teams in the league. Pick your poison. Charts are updated.|
|Two years ago, when the Sixers were battling for playoff seeding, the Nets swept the Sixers 4-0 in gut-wrenching fashion. Last year, when losses were eventually the goal, the Nets couldn't get out of their own way. The Sixers took the season series four-love. This year, the desired direction of the team is a topic for much debate, so the outcome of this game becomes a glass-half-full kind of situation. Either way, this one-game road trip is the first tune up for the Ice Capades road trip.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersDear Doug Cole Hamels didn't win 20 games in a season, and evaluating a pitcher by his wins is silly....
|We're now three games into the Jodie Meeks era and the early returns certainly look positive. In two of three games, Meeks has caught fire from distance in the first quarter, setting the tone for the game. But, as Derek Bodner noted on Twitter and GoSixers mentioned in the comments here, he isn't really contributing in any other area. The question is, does that matter?|
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|Six up, fourteen down. Sixty-two left to be played. Doug Collins has the Sixers overachieving, as far as I'm concerned. The only question is whether they can keep it up and whether he'll be able to figure out how to best utilize Evan Turner, before this terrible start can gain enough momentum to submarine his entire rookie campaign. Let's take a look back over the first twenty: stats, POTG leader board and individual player report cards.|
|After last night's tragic collapse, it would've been easy for the Sixers to hang their heads. It would've been easy to come back home tonight, look at the half-empty WFC, put their tail between their legs and let a physical Charlotte Bobcats team have their way with them. Sleepwalk through the game, then rest up in their own beds before continuing the home stand on Tuesday. This Sixers group, however, never seems to take the easy way out.|
|Everyone's favorite "young" team with gobs of upside and an ultra-cool superstar wing as recently as a year ago, suddenly finds itself kept (barely) afloat by an aging point guard with a ton of old-man moves and moxie. This one is wrought with fun matchups, let's take a look at a few.|
Latest comment: from KellyDadDre Miller really looks too much like Richard Pryor in that pic. ...
|In any offense not orchestrated by Eddie Jordan, the purpose of an offensive possession is ultimately to get a shot in the lane, preferably a dunk or a layup. If you're living in the lane, odds are, your team is scoring efficiently and trips to the free throw line should follow. It's common sense. After 17 games, it's time to take a look at how successful the Sixers have been at creating shots in the lane.|
|So they beat the Nets, big deal, right? Well, it is kind of a big deal when you look at (a) the circumstances and (b) how they did it. Second night of a b-2-b, again. Against a rested team, again. Doug Collins didn't make a single sub in the deciding 36-20 fourth quarter. Solid, solid performance, and really their second in a row.|
|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....
|The indignity of losing to this Toronto Raptors team is almost too much to bear. Shooting 36.8% from the floor against the 27th-ranked team in defensive efficiency is shameful. Any thought of how this team doesn't miss Andre Iguodala should be wiped away by this point. Without him, they just might be the worst team in the league. The problem: I'm not sure how far from the bottom they are even with him.|
Latest comment: from BrianI'm going to move this one up to the new post as well....
|This Sixers team amazes me nearly every time they take the floor. They face such a monumental uphill battle against teams with any semblance of a frontcourt, yet somehow, they hang in there. Every couple of minutes I glance down at the score and expect to see them down by 20 points, but the deficit rarely grows larger than eight or nine. They fight, they rally, they slide back and they rally again. If Rod Thorn could only pull a seven-footer with a pulse out of his hat...well, let's save that for another day, we've got a loss to discuss for now.|
|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.|
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