|When the Sixers take the floor tonight there's no way to tell if they'll be the attacking team we saw in Atlanta last night. Will they be the team that smothered the Hawks on defense, or the team that couldn't get a stop or hit a shot against Charlotte two nights early? The sad fact is, it doesn't matter. The real question is whether Miami will continue to toy with the league and rest LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (neither has played since their streak ended on March 27th).|
|LeBron, Wade and the other 10 guys who ride their coattails think nothing of peaking too early. Tonight, they look to press their NBA season-best winning streak to 20 games. The Sixers, look to improve upon their 18-16 record at home and throw a few more ping pong balls out the window.|
Latest comment: from Dollar BillDon't know how the above was posted as I was sleeping at the time. There's nothin' like 3-day old comments for breakfast though. ...
|The defending champs, winners of 16 straight, playing host to our cursed, bottoming-out Philadelphia 76ers, losers of three straight and 9 of 10. Yeah, this one shouldn't be close.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersA problem of their own making...serves em right...
|If the Sixers can muster every last bit of hustle, swarm the ball, hit their open long twos and Miami has an off game, the Sixers might just be able to only lose by about 15 points tonight. Excited?|
|The Sixers entered this game with a talent deficit. Even with Dwyane Wade out, the Heat have more top-end talent. The way to overcome that deficit is to identify an advantage and press it. And keep pressing it until the other team has to do something drastic to take away, then you exploit their fix. Tonight, Doug Collins had a huge advantage handed to him in the first half, and he completely let the Heat off the hook. (game capsule).|
|For the fourth time in this abbreviated season, the Sixers will face an irritated Miami Heat team. On Sunday, the Heat were embarrassed on ABC by the Celtics. They've been playing mediocre basketball, especially on the road, since the All Star break. Tonight, they return home where they sport a 21-2 record and will assuredly be looking to right exact some revenge against the Sixers.|
|After playing three halves of what was entirely unrecognizable as Sixers defensive basketball, Philly's spine finally showed up in a big way for the second half tonight against the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, the hole they dug for themselves was way too deep and they couldn't help but shoot themselves in the foot a couple of times late in the game. (game capsule)|
|The Sixers entered an extremely tough trio of games on Wednesday night against the Pacers. They entered needing to pick up one win in the three, then laid an egg against the Pacers. That throttling left them the enviable task of picking up a win either tonight, against an irate Miami Heat team, or tomorrow night against the Bulls squad that incensed the Heat on Wednesday. A tall order, indeed.|
|36 minutes just doesn't cut it when you're playing a team like the Heat. The Sixers matched them step-for-step through three quarters. Answered every run, threw in a couple of their own, beat them at their own game, but when the Heat put their foot on the gas in the fourth, the Sixers just had nothing left in the tank. No answer at all. (game capsule)|
|Sporting two of the top five players in the league along with a top-15 big to clean up their sloppy seconds, the Heat are really a team of three. They have a couple guys who play their roles relatively well, but the big two-plus-Bosh are the engine behind a team that's capable of beating anyone when they play as a team, but more likely to get caught up in their individual greatness than team success. The question is how do the Sixers get the Heat superstars into a one-on-one game?|
|There's no shame in losing to the Miami Heat in Miami, especially not when you're short your starting center, playing against a rested team when you're on the second night of a back-to-back. There's no shame in the loss, at all, but sometimes it's not if you lose, but how you lose that defines you as a team. What we saw in the second half last night was not characteristic of this Sixers team. (game capsule)|