|What we saw on the floor tonight from the Sixers in no way resembled the basketball we've seen from them this season. If you want to dwell on it as some sort of indicator, that's your prerogative. For me, and more importantly for the team, it's just a blip. It's over, delete it from your memory banks and get ready for the Jazz on Monday night.|
|Good for the Sixers for finally pulling out a close game. Seriously, I'm happy for them. If you want to be honest about things, though, this was a garbage win. They played absolutely miserable defense against a terrible offensive team. They went with the same terrible offense down the stretch and they got bailed out by a superb defensive play by Andre Iguodala, and a rare stroke of luck when Early Boykins clanked a corner three that would've cost them the game. This really isn't something to be celebrated.|
|The Sixers team defensive efficiency rating has risen after each of the following eight games. Not since the Denver game have they played well on that end of the floor. They've won some games since then, even had a couple of solid wins, but they haven't been able to put it together on the defensive end, and really, if they can't get the job done on that end of the floor, there is no hope.|
|If you want to sum up last night's win in two words, I'd go with defensive effort. The bench was outstanding, there were some eye-opening individual performances, but the Sixers won this game because they got a superb effort on the defensive end from just about everyone who stepped on the floor. Oh, and Scott Skiles might have had something to do with it as well.|
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|The Sixers deficiencies in the front court typically manifest themselves in less-than obvious ways. Poor play on the pick-and-roll, late or absent help when a driver penetrates, offensive rebounds. I'd say about 75% of the teams in the league don't have the type of big who's going to consistently make you pay for having no one to guard him on the blocks. Unfortunately, Milwaukee does not fall in that 25%.|
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|If you'll allow me to paraphrase a grizzled NBA coach, "Milwaukee just missed shots." Game notes after the jump.|
Latest comment: from johnroszAbreu refused to bat leadoff when Bowa asked him to do so. For that, and for that only I don't like him...
|When the Sixers and Bucks take the floor tonight, take a hard look at both teams, then take a hard look at both coaches. One of them is led by a buffoon who speaks in pointless riddles, cares only about 20-foot jumpers and playing head games. He takes losses one of two ways, either shaking them off as flukes, or pointing fingers everywhere but at himself. The other coach seems to be on the verge of a heart attack, living and dying with losses. He demands perfection from his players, he preaches defense and hustle at all times and won't accept anything less. Look at the records, look at the rosters and tell me coaches don't matter in the NBA.|
|The script for this game played out pretty much exactly like so many of the team's previous 29 losses. The only consistent aspect of the Sixers play being inconsistent defense. Runs, countered by runs countered by sputtering offense, blown rotations and botched defensive rebounds. Midway through the fourth Eddie Jordan changed things up a bit, but it was too little, too late.|
|The first time the Sixers met the Bucks, way back in game two, Philly essentially had their way with Brandon Jennings and gang. Jennings nearly notched a triple-double, but the game was pretty much a laugher. Since then, the Sixers have woefully underperformed while the Bucks had a nice run and have fallen on hard times since. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
|The Sixers will continue their hunt for win number one tonight in their home opener. In their sights, the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, I can't come up with a third hunting reference to fit....wait....Brandon Jennings will be making his first career start at the point, hopefully he'll look like a deer in the headlights! There it is. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from eddies' heady'sAnd when Marreese can give us those boards and not gun it, we are even better....
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