|When a team crosses the country dragging a 13-game road losing streak along with them, they'll take whatever luck the schedule-makers can throw their way. Tonight, the Sixers will face a Clippers squad who played (and lost) in Sacramento last night, and saw their most important pieces play heavy minutes|
|The suddenly-healthy Clippers are legit. Legit as in they could possibly come out of the West if Del Negro can push the right buttons. Typically, with the talent they have on their roster I wouldn't pin the post season hopes so much on a coach, but LA is so deep, with so many different options, he's going to have to pull the right strings to get through several seven-game series. Tonight, against the Sixers, he probably won't have to pull too many to grab the road win.|
|The Sixers manhandled the #2 offense in the league tonight. They held them to 78 points. They made Blake Griffin use 19 shots to score 16 points. They held Chris Paul to 4 assists. They did all of that, and absolutely, positively pissed the game away on the offensive end. (game capsule).|
|If the Sixers spent their practice yesterday ironing out their pick-and-roll defense, as they should have, tonight their work will be put to the test. Tony Parker was brilliant on Wednesday, but he's clearly a rung or two below Chris Paul on the PG ladder. Paul has been beyond brilliant in his first 18 games with the Clippers, and he has a couple of elite finishers to set up if the Sixers leave any creases open.|
|Well, all I can say after last night's game is that I am irrationally excited about this team after a couple of bad losses. Will they come back to Earth? Probably a little bit, but last night's performance showed me that the team is closer to their great play in February/March than their last two stinkers. Let's take a look at a key adjustment the Sixers made on the fly to change the tone of the game.|
|The Sixers desperately needed a win, and they went out there and took it from Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers and possibly the most incompetent group of referees I've ever had the displeasure of watching. Big, big win. Blake Griffin is going to wish he never has to face Elton Brand again when he blows out the candles on his birthday cake tonight.|
|The Sixers last faced the Clippers on the eve of leaving Philly for their longest road trip of the season. This time, the Clippers will play their first game back in LA after a five-game trip against the visiting Sixers. Slowing Blake Griffin down will be a focus, but I could care less if he scores 50, as long as the Sixers get the W.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersThanks for that unpleasant reminder :)...
|Doug's excited, how about you? The Sixers picked up their 10th win on January 3rd last season, in their 33rd game, on the last day of the Ice Capades trip. This year, they'll have at least ten in their back pocket before they even pack their bags. Granted, they have 15 losses dragging them down, but we're measuring progress on a curve here. Still, it was great to see the Sixers bounce back for a dominant second half on the second night of a back-to-back to put the hapless Clippers away.|
|Everyone's favorite pitiful team, the Los Angeles Clippers, will make their only trip to the Wells Fargo Center today. Their arrival represents the Sixers last "winable" game before the Lakers on Friday followed by an outlandish 8-game road trip that will take us past the New Year. I'd like to see the Sixers set the tone with a demonstrative win and some quality basketball.|
|Believe it or not, I'm mustering some excitement for game 82 of this putrid season which seemed like it would never end. The Sixers are in Orlando to face the Magic, who do still have a little something to play for. The Sixers game is only the beginning of the drama, though. Big picture plus game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from RichThe Modesto Bee? Where did that come from? ...
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