|Way back in June, Statman developed a new advanced stat which would look at individual player contributions to the team's wins and losses. It's a fresh way to look at who did what and what it meant to the overall performance of the team. Today, he's putting his system to the test. Check it out after the jump.|
|There's only so much analysis I can do during and immediately after games. Typically, I try to pick one or two things to keep an eye on, plus the rotation charts. Luckily, we now have ways to take a closer look at what happened and try to determine why. Going forward, this series will use the tools available to examine some key facets of the game and gauge how well the Sixers are winning (or losing) certain statistical battles.|
|A 10-point loss typically isn't considered a good start to a season, but under the circumstances, the Sixers equated themselves quite well against Dwyane Wade and his sidekicks. The 97-87 final was better than we could've hoped for, definitely not indicative of the talent gap between the two teams, but perhaps a testament to the skill of the Sixers' new coach.|
|Under seven hours until the tip. If you have a firm grasp on what Doug Collins plans to do with his substitutions in tonight's game, you're a better man than I. Still, we've studied the preseason, we're familiar with the roster so let's see if we can't make an educated guess to pass the time. Just like last season, my recap will include the rotation chart, you'll also be able to find it on the game 1 page, which will be accessible through the schedule page and I'll post a link when it's up.|
Latest comment: from BrianYah. They'll go small for a stretch....
|There's your starting PG, SG, SF combo, folks. J.T.I. has been put on hold in favor of J.I.K. Spencer Hawes limped into the starting lineup, literally. Elton Brand is your starting PF by default. A team with ten times as many questions as answers will be put to the test immediately by Wade and his sidekicks. Let's break it down.|
|When Andre Iguodala's desperation three clanged off the backboard, sealing the Sixers 54th loss, the lottery picture gained some clarity. After the jump we'll take a look at the rotation chart and the updated lottery odds.|
|The myth of "Fan Appreciation" is the ostensible theme tonight at the Wach when the Sixers boldly dare to challenge the .333 win percentage threshold, yet again. A win tonight, and the dream is impossible. A loss tonight, and they can actually do worse. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
|This season of demoralizing losses, head-scratching press conferences and flatlined interest from the fans is ever so slowly grinding to a halt, but it does appear as though Eddie Jordan will not go down without slinging some mud. Personally, I hope he exercises the scintilla of power he has remaining and benches Elton Brand and Sam Dalembert for most of the game again tonight. That should result in a 50-point loss in Miami.|
|If you are, you better hope the Sixers have enough karmic capital in the bank to make up for tanking the rest of this season, because tonight we saw the first clear signs that they plan on making every effort to lose as many games as possible.|
|In Kate Fagan's column today she talks about the remaining 17 games on the Sixers schedule, and the damage that can be done to this roster if tanking becomes the goal. I can't say that I agree, simply because I believe the damage has already been done. The first 65 games have already torn this team to pieces, and 17 more losses would absolutely do more good than harm. Their next opportunity comes at 6pm, in Miami. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from AlvinI really hope we fall to #4 now. I'm still a big fan of DiLeo's drafting....
|The Miami Heat come into tonight's battle in the Wach with a mere 3 wins in their last 10 games. They lost back-to-back games to Milwaukee. They lost to Chicago. Unfortunately, they also played some of their best hoops in the two games prior to the break, absolutely trouncing Houston and Atlanta. Preview, game thread and more early-thirties angst than you can shake a stick at after the jump.|