|Any damage the Sixers did to their lottery hopes by beating the Nets on Wednesday can be quickly minimized by a defeat tonight. If the Sixers fall to New York, they will finish the night with no better than the 8th-worst record in the league, and the very real possibility of dropping lower. If they win, it's 9th-worst by themselves, and only one game behind the Clippers for #10. Swing game, indeed.|
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|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.|
|Lineup Update The New York Knicks are in the rare position of both being at the bottom of the standings and not being hurt in any way by winning basketball games. Utah owns their first-round pick this summer, so winning and losing is really meaningless to the Knicks at this point. It must be liberating. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
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|There's plenty of blame to go around for last night's home loss to the Knicks, but when you wade through it, the defining aspect of the game was the zone the Knicks played and the Sixers failure to bust it.|
|One is a fluke. Two is a coincidence. Three? Well, if you twist my arm I'll admit you can call three a streak. No, I'm not talking about wins, they're beside the point right now. What I'm talking about is three straight games with Jrue Holiday playing down the stretch and some reasonable lineups being played throughout. The biggest question in my mind is whether Eddie Jordan will stick to his revised philosophy against a team who loves to spread the floor like the Knicks.|
|I admit it, I've observed the Knicks' winning ways from afar with a skeptical eye. I look at the roster and the system and I don't give them a fair shake, but after a 3-14 start, NY has played exceptional ball and heading into tonight's game, I thought it would be worthwhile to figure out how.|
|The Sixers scored 141 points, they shot 60.7% from the floor, they out-rebounded the Knicks by 18 and they finished the game on a 17-0 run, yet I'm still having trouble mustering any kind of enthusiasm for this win.|
|Another first for your 2009-2010 Sixers tonight in New York, their first back-to-back of the season. Oddly enough, the Sixers will actually be the better rested team heading into the game.|
|It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a win. The Sixers fourth in a row to open the preseason, in fact. After the jump I'll give you my first-hand notes on the team's performance at the Garden tonight.|
|Later tonight, the Sixers will look to move their preseason record to a sparkling 4-0. Meaningless? Perhaps. But still, you want your team to play to win every time they take the floor. Winning begets winning, that's my motto. I'll be at the Garden tonight, among all the loyal Knicks fans in their Eddy Curry jerseys. After the jump, a few things I'll be keeping my eye on.|
|The Sixers used a monstrous first quarter and an excellent final two minutes to hold off the Knicks for a rare four-game sweep. The second, third and most of the fourth wasn't pretty to watch, but the W is all that matters at this point. After the jump we'll take a look at how the Sixers did at what I pointed out as a key to the game earlier today.|
|In a couple of hours, the Sixers will lace 'em up and try to complete a four-game sweep of the Knicks. Standing in their way is a team led by...no one. A team which plays no defense, but has ridden a volume-over-quality approach to offense all the way to fifth-highest scoring average in the league. No small feat, considering their talent level. Tonight's game is another chance for the Sixers to work on their issues against a bad team, after the jump we'll see how they can take advantage.|
|Over the past two games the Sixers have played against the Knicks, a theme has emerged. At some point in both games, Nate Robinson and Lou Williams started jawing at each other. This trash talking was then followed by each player trying to take the game over for his team. While it's certainly entertaining to see a Napoleanic complex displayed in hi-def, this is not a measuring contest that favors the Sixers and it's something that needs to be kept in check.|