|And the hits just keep on coming. Via Twitter the Sixers announced Marreese Speights will miss 6 to 8 weeks with a slight tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. No word on whether surgery will be needed.|
Latest comment: from EricToo bad we can't get that John Wall kid...we're bad but we're not THAT bad :( ...sigh~...
|Part of me wishes I could be a fly on the wall in the Sixers team bus right now. Part of me is deathly afraid that I'd have a massive coronary if saw anyone celebrating. This was not a win to be cherished. This was another in what is a growing long line of piss poor performances.|
|Bob Ford's column today is mainly about Elton Brand's newfound position at the end of the bench for the bulk of the second half, and how this must look to the team's owner. Personally, I don't care how much each player is making. In a perfect world, you wouldn't dole out minutes based on salary. Not if your goals are winning and/or developing a roster. If your only goal is saving your job, then yes, coach by dollars. That's not the point of this post, however. I want to talk about the theory behind the moves Jordan is making.|
Latest comment: from TrayYeah. He's a good writer though, I enjoy his stuff....
|Check out the defensive intensity. Thoughts/gripes/rotations after the jump.|
|In what was little more than a formality, the Sixers exercised their 4th-year options on Thad Young and Jason Smith, and their 3rd-year option on Marreese Speights today. Effectively, locking them down for next season. This news isn't really news, there was never a doubt concerning Thad and Speights, probably not for Smith either. This does raise a question about what happens next summer, though. We'll dive into it after the jump.(Also, info on a fantasy hoops league)|
|With game one of the preseason in the books, we have our first glimpse into Eddie Jordan's substitution patterns. Obviously things will change, but coming out of camp and into the preseason opener, it appears as if Jason Smith is above Marreese Speights on the depth chart.|
|The Carney signing threw off our schedule by a day, but this morning we'll pick up where we left off in the Predicting 2010 Series. It's Marreese Speights' turn today, and I'm expecting big things from the sophomore.|
|When Andre Miller wasn't traded at the deadline this franchise sent a clear message. This season would not be about rebuilding. This season would not be about tanking. This team would not make decisions based on money over success. This season was to be about one thing, continuing to get better. Taking one step closer to a championship.|
|You aren't going to win many games shooting under 40% as a team. It just isn't going to happen. The fact that the Sixers had a three-point lead with 2:40 left to go means this is a game they should've won, but from that point on the Sixers would hit only 1 of 6 shots while the Heat would score on every possession but one. After the jump we'll talk about the shooting, substitution patterns and defense, or lack thereof.|
|Time to check in on a familiar theme of this season, Marreese Speights' production. We're not talking about offensive production. He's the most-talented scoring big on the roster not currently undergoing shoulder rehab, we're talking about defensive production and rebounding.|
|Though the third quarter saw the Nuggets run all over the Sixers, it was the first that left me steaming. Yes, the first quarter which saw the Sixers outscore Denver 25-13. If not for 5 blown easy opportunities, Philly would've been up 20 early. If not for ice cold shooting, they could've put this game away early. The third was about a run, an injury, foul trouble and Chauncey. Those things happen, you live with them, you overcome them. The mistakes we saw in the first, though. They linger. They turn into losses.|
|I haven't seen enough of the Suns to form an opinion of Terry Porter as a coach, but if tonight's blowout is any indication, he's got some work to do.|
|The bench was dreadful against the Pacers on Thursday. They very nearly cost the team a win against a sub-.500 team. Tonight, they made up for it by carrying the team to a win over Miami, who they're chasing in the playoff race.|
|In the first half, the Sixers turned the ball over 14 times. They allowed Houston to grab 9 offensive rebounds, a rate of 33%. Thad Young grabbed two rebounds the entire half. The Sixers were held to 18 points in the second quarter. It was almost an unwatchable half of basketball. The only highlights came from Elton Brand, who blocked 6 shots. How, you may ask, did a start like that turn into the biggest win of the season (thus far)? Check after the jump for the answer.|