|Game ones are about advanced scouting, players acclimating themselves to the heightened pressure of the playoff environment and prodding your opponent to see what works and what doesn't. Game twos are all about adjustments. Both teams learned a lot in game one, tonight we're going to see if they found anything they can exploit.|
|We've had some time to digest game one, and a couple of things stuck in my mind. Let's take a closer look at a few surprises from game one, and talk about how the Sixers need to adjust and maybe what they can take advantage of.|
|Taking game one in Miami would've been unbelievable. Ideal, even. It didn't happen, but perhaps something more important did. No one knew if the Sixers who went on that tremendous run could suddenly reappear for the playoffs. Well, they did, in a big way.|
|If you asked the Sixers ownership if this was the plan when they hired Doug Collins last June, they'd say absolutely. The truth is, this was the hope. After sinking into the abyss under Eddie Jordan, no one knew for sure what was left on this roster. They made a trade for salary cap purposes which tied Collins hands, but somehow, here we are. A few hours away from a trip to the playoffs against everyone's preseason favorite to win the championship, the Miami Heat. So what now?|
|There is one notable positive about playing the Heat in the first round: They're one of the few teams not headed for the lottery with possibly less talent at the center position than the Sixers. The odds of Spencer Hawes having a decent game are probably higher than Dampier, Joel Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskus catching lightning in a bottle, not that they're all that high for Hawes.|
Latest comment: from das411...but what if Spencer actually starts knocking down a three pointer or two?...
|Elton Brand vs. Chris Bosh may just be the defining matchup of this series. It could easily swing either way, unfortunately for the Sixers, they can't settle for a wash at PF, they need a big. Luckily for the Sixers, Brand has big time help coming from the bench at PF.|
Latest comment: from RichNah, not that far back. This game for one was on ABC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbftEdSpsnE...
|It's kind of tough when you go to breakdown the matchups and you realize your best player is pretty much going to be functioning in a damage control capacity in a playoff series, but that's where we stand at small forward. Oh, and he's also going to be taking on the toughest cover in the league with a bum wheel. Andre Iguodala vs. LeBron James, how will it play out?|
Latest comment: from Joe Hubert you mean like the 2001 Finals where 3 fouls were called on the 76ers in the first 30 seconds of the game?...
|Our first preview post focused on the importance of exploiting a mismatch at the PG position. Now we're going to have to take a look at mitigating damage from a colossal mismatch at shooting guard. Jodie Meeks vs. Dwyane Wade.|
Latest comment: from mymanjruebut i like your name even better. the sherrif!i think rodney buford led the league in ozs of weed per season...
|David vs. Goliath. I'm sure that's the last time you'll hear that phrase in relation to this series. This post will kick off our preview series. We'll go position-by-position, then talk about the head coach before my prediction lands some time on Saturday morning in advance of game one. Keep reading for the PG battle.|
|If LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are merciless in attacking the basket, like they were tonight, I'm not sure any team in this league can beat them. I've seen the Heat play way more than I've wanted to this season, and I have yet to see those guys play like they did tonight. I'm sure there are adjustments Doug Collins can make to slow one of them down, but right now none are coming to mind.|
Latest comment: from AlvinAgree, it's time to sit Iggy all the way the rest of the regular season....
|Don't bother looking at the lineups too closely for tonight's showdown in Miami. If you do, I'm sure you'll be filled with a feeling of dread. LeBron James vs. a one-legged Andre Iguodala. Dwyane Wade vs. Jodie Meeks/Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams. Chris Bosh vs. Elton Brand and Thad Young. It's not pretty, on paper. If you want something to feel optimistic about, instead look to the benches, because Doug Collins is Philly's clear advantage tonight.|
Latest comment: from BrianIt's a presale. You have to sign up on the web site....
|A nine-point loss to Miami, in Miami, is nothing to be ashamed of. More than that, the Sixers should probably hold their heads up high for making a game of it. Still, I can't bring myself to use the term "moral victory" when the Sixers repeatedly shot themselves in the foot. If you squinted really hard, it almost looked like they gave this game to Miami, but that can't be right. I mean, Miami is going to win 70+ games.|
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