|The hardest part about projecting the development of a promising young player is to guess which parts of their game they will fix. Look at Thad - many of his problems now were areas we thought he would have improved on by now back when he was the toast of the town as a rookie (rebounding, running plays, perimeter defense, handle.) For the purposes of this exercise, let's look at Jrue and Turner through that same lens.|
|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.|
|It's always amazing to see a team go from pitiful to world-beating in the span of a quarter. It's downright heartbreaking to see them go right back to pitiful and hand a game to an unworthy opponent. For your own mental stability, when you remember this game, remember the second and third quarters, just forget the rest.|
|Cleveland shocked the world in their opener. First, the mighty Celtics downed LeBron James and his Miami Heat. Then the LeBron-less Cavs took down the Celtics. Dan Gilbert popped some champagne, Cleveland rejoiced. It was a fairy tale. Since that epic first game of the season, Cleveland has been pretty much what they are, a bad basketball team.|
Latest comment: from tk76Combined at less than 2%....
|If this was a potential playoff season for the Sixers, this is the type of game I'd look back on when they fell one game short. I'm not sure snake-bit is a strong enough adjective to describe these players, this roster, this franchise. Cursed? Would that be more apt? A heavily-contested Cartier Martin three with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime. Unbelievable.|
|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. :)...
|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.|
|There's your starting PG, SG, SF combo, folks. J.T.I. has been put on hold in favor of J.I.K. Spencer Hawes limped into the starting lineup, literally. Elton Brand is your starting PF by default. A team with ten times as many questions as answers will be put to the test immediately by Wade and his sidekicks. Let's break it down.|
|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 :)...
|In expected news, the Sixers have exercised their team options on Jrue Holiday (3rd-year option) and Marreese Speights (4th-year option). They also cut ties with both Trent Plaisted and Chris Quinn, trimming the roster to 14. They'll probably go to war with these guys and leave the final roster spot open for flexibility/cheapness, depending on your level of annoyance with the front office.|
|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.|
|I apologize for interrupting the Carmelo Anthony extravaganza, but a comment from Rich on the last post got me thinking about something that's actually relevant to the Sixers, so I thought I'd open the topic for discussion/voting.|
Latest comment: from XsagoYeeesss finally someone thought of the right kind of trade!!!...
|A simple question today, with perhaps a complex answer. Two rookies who grew up in Southern California and took different routes to the NBA. Jrue Holiday and Brandon Jennings. If you could pick one of these young points to have on your team, which would it be?|