|The Sixers have lost consecutive games to teams they should have beaten for the first time since early January when Andre Iguodala was hurt. Just when the playoff race has begun to heat up, they've apparently wilted. You can pretty much forget about the fifth seed in the East. Luckily, though, the Knicks have picked a fine time to show their true colors.|
|The Denver Post is reporting the New York Knicks have acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. It looks like the Knicks will get Anthony, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Johnson, Shelden Williams and Renaldo Balkman. The Nuggets will get Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Timofey Mozgov, Wilson Chandler, the Knicks first-round pick in 2014, and two second round picks (originally owned by the Warriors) in 2012 and 2013. (Eddy Curry wasn't mentioned in the article, but his contract has to be involved in the deal).|
Latest comment: from GoSixersTheir starting center is currently Ronny Turiaf They should upgrade that as well...
|Well, it was sort of a fun game to attend. The Sixers made about 20 different runs to get back into this game, and it seemed like each one was killed by a corner three by the Knicks. When they weren't hitting threes, Amare Stoudemire was hitting everything he threw toward the rim. In the end, it was a split home-and-home and a lost opportunity.|
|In the first of four straight games against the teams occupying the three playoff spots immediately above them, the Sixers rode their "overpaid" elder statesmen to a thrilling 100-99 win in front of a somewhat hostile home crowd at the WFC. Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala played easily their best game as teammates and led the team to a furious fourth-quarter comeback that they didn't quite let slip away.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersDo 5 offensive rebounds that lead to 5 missed bunnies cancel each other out? (It's the reggie evans conundrum)...
|They've been beating the bad teams, they've been taking care of their home floor, if the Sixers are going to make some noise in the playoff race, the next step is to start beating the teams ahead of them in the standings. Especially the team directly ahead of them, the New York Knicks, who come the WFC tonight with a three-game edge on the Sixers in their back pocket.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersMe, most years that's the most interesting part of all star weekend - the only thing i watch ...
|Ken Berger has an interesting blurb on his blog over at CBS Sports today. The logic - and this is coming from "Rival Execs" ergo neither from the Knicks nor the Sixers - is that if Carmelo Anthony is traded somewhere other than New York, and signs an extension, the Knicks would go after Andre Iguodala closer to the trade deadline.|
|It's always more fun to break down a win instead of a loss, so let's see how the 76ers' 106-96 win over the Knicks was obtained from a Differential Production point of view. (for the uninitiated, click here to see the full explanation of Differential Production).|
Latest comment: from speekegood point...
|That was an enjoyable game. Was it good basketball? For stretches. Was it solid fundamental basketball? Not entirely. But when you're talking about a team with the fundamental flaws this Sixers team has, playing without their best player, that was nearly as close as we're going to get. Most importantly, they bounced back after every bad stretch and they put the Knicks away with defense in the fourth quarter.|
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