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Apr 19
2009
3:36 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. We've done the analysis, we've looked at this series every possible angle. As the Sixers have rested and licked the wounds from a long season with a devastating finish, our excitement for the first round of the playoffs has come to a slow boil. I don't know about you guys, but I'm ready for basketball. In-game discussion after the jump.
Apr 19
2009
1:00 PM

by Brian
6
Click for full story. We've already talked about the matchups, the overall team strengths and weaknesses. Now it's time to talk about less quantifiable portions of the game and what needs to happen, in broad terms, for the Sixers to end tonight up 1-0 in the series.
Apr 18
2009
5:30 PM

by Brian
8
Click for full story. Pat Riley was always famous for trimming his rotations down to eight men for the playoffs. During the season, he'd dig deeper into his roster, but once the games started counting, he'd divvy up the available minutes among his starters and his three best reserves. I'm very curious to see what Coach DiLeo does with his own substitution patterns in the first round. After the jump we'll take a look at how he handed out minutes in the more important games during the regular season.
Apr 18
2009
2:23 PM

by Brian
8
Click for full story. The stats pretty much speak for themselves. Orlando shoots about 26 three-pointers per game, win or lose. In their wins, they shoot over 40.5% from deep, in their losses, 31.5%. This is why every single talking head (outside of Avery Johnson) has picked the Magic to win the series, this is also why I believe they are coming into the playoffs extremely vulnerable. Their reliance on the three is a flaw in the construction of their roster, not a brilliant coaching move by the lesser Van Gundy, and I think it will be why the Sixers can and will make a series out of this first round matchup.
Apr 15
2009
9:00 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. The good ship momentum has sailed. Even a win over the Cavs tonight isn't going to erase the memory of the past 6 games, so here's my question to you. Is it worth risking injury to over-extend yourself for an infinitesimal shot at the number 6 seed? How about this one, do we even want the number 6 seed? It's a valid question we'll tackle after the jump.
Mar 30
2009
10:35 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. Well, Miami continues to do its part. They coughed up a fourth quarter lead at home to Orlando tonight. The Sixers again control their own destiny. Miami still holds a 1-game lead, but they're even in the loss column. None of the other important teams played tonight. Possibly the biggest development was Orlando continuing to push for the number two seed. Given the choice between Boston and Orlando in the first round, who do you want?
Mar 1
2009
1:15 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. After watching the fourth quarter of tonight's game, I was at a loss for words. Mike sent me his first-person report, I gave it a quick read, and I was somewhat comforted that I wasn't alone in being disgusted by this loss. After the jump we'll check out my game notes, place some blame and maybe try to move on.
Mar 1
2009
1:08 AM

by Brian
Click for full story. Mike is back with his first-person report. Tough loss tonight, it's taking it's toll on all of his. His notes after the jump.
Feb 28
2009
12:50 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. On paper, this one is a loss. The Magic excel in the biggest area of weakness for the Sixers, they're 42-16 on the season, 22-7 at home. They score more than the Sixers, they hold their opponents to fewer points. It looks like a mismatch, and it may be. After the jump we'll take a look at the stats and try to figure out a way the Sixers can make it play out differently on the court than it does on paper.
Nov 27
2008
12:30 AM

by Brian
5
Click for full story. So we finally see what we've been waiting for from Elton Brand, and now it's Andre Miller who lets us down. At some point, everyone on this team will have to start playing well. They have to, right?EB had a...
Nov 26
2008
12:05 AM

by Brian
5
Click for full story. Well rested, at home, coming off an embarrassing loss. No excuses this time. The Philadelphia 76ers are going to need to make a statement at some point. They're going to need to forget about all the lip service, all the...
Nov 6
2008
10:51 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. I hate Florida, it's official. This was a thoroughly demoralizing trip through the sunshine state for the Sixers, and I'm glad it's over. I'm only going to use one stat to demonstrate how bad this game was. If you ever...
Nov 6
2008
2:34 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. The Sixers and the Magic both head into tonight's game in Orlando as early-season disappointments. The Sixers have dropped games to the Raptors, Hawks and Miami. Orlando to the Hawks and Grizzlies. Both teams were built for something more this...
Mar 21
2008
10:50 PM

by Brian
9
Click for full story. I'm going on record right now as saying I don't want to see Orlando in the first round anymore. Tonight's 113-95 drubbing in Orlando proved what a few comments touched on earlier this week. Orlando is not a good match-up...
Feb 27
2008
9:50 PM

by Brian
Click for full story. Coming into tonight's game, the Sixers were 9-4 in their last 13 games, two of those losses came at the hands of the Orlando Magic. Tonight was payback. The Sixers were the aggressors all night long and never trailed to...
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