|You can't control who the other team plays, all you can do is go out and beat the team on the floor, barely beat them in this case. Still, I'll give the Sixers this much after their 111-110 win over the Cavs. They never gave up. You absolutely cannot say that about the previous six games, and I guess this is a decent way to head into a first round matchup with the Magic.|
Latest comment: from TrayThey would score some, but UNC would score a ton on them. Maryland isn't quite as good, I admit....
|2007-2008 record: 40-42; 2008-2009 record: 41-41. 7th seed last year, 6th seed this year. If they can keep this pace up, the Sixers will be NBA champs in approximately 2025. ...|
|This time last year I was desperately hoping the Sixers would pull out all the stops to finish at .500. I thought an even record would mean something, what I don't know, but something. This year, I'm going in exactly the opposite direction. Thoughts, keys, stats, in-game discussion after the jump.|
|The good ship momentum has sailed. Even a win over the Cavs tonight isn't going to erase the memory of the past 6 games, so here's my question to you. Is it worth risking injury to over-extend yourself for an infinitesimal shot at the number 6 seed? How about this one, do we even want the number 6 seed? It's a valid question we'll tackle after the jump.|
|I guess 7 really is their lucky number. The Sixers are now in prime position to not only finish with the #7 seed in the East, but also 7 consecutive losses. You'd think they'd have a decided advantage with both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen missing from Boston's lineup. Maybe they did, but they certainly didn't take advantage of it in their 100-98 loss to the Celts.|
|If the season ended today, the Sixers would finish seventh in the Eastern Conference, their opponents in the first round, the Boston Celtics. It just so happens, those same Celtics will be arriving at the Wach in a few minutes for a 7 p.m. tip. Stats, keys, thoughts and in-game discussion after the jump.|
|All signs point to Thad Young returning to action tonight against the Celtics in the Sixers penultimate game of the regular season. Thad thinks he'll be good for 15-20 minutes tonight, and will also play tomorrow night in Cleveland in the finale. After the jump we'll talk about how important for the team it is that he'll be back on the floor for these two games.|
Latest comment: from BrianSixers are favored by 6 now and espn's computer has them winning. I don't like those odds....
|The Bulls and the Pistons tip it off in about 5 minutes. If the Bulls win, the Sixers drop to 7th place, but they cannot fall any lower. If the Pistons win, the Sixers are in 6th all alone, but they can drop all the way to 8th if they lose out. Who are you rooting for? UPDATE: Thad is expected to play tomorrow vs. Boston.|
|If you've had a sinking deja vu feeling over the past week or so as a Sixers fan, there's a reason. This has all happened before.|
Latest comment: from BrianWell, cost-conscious Comcast did shell out a ton of cash last Summer....
|Well, we find ourselves in a depressingly familiar situation tonight. The Sixers are on the road, against a losing team, with a ton on the line. In the past three such situations, the Sixers have come out flat, then rolled over. Will this be the game where they finally wake up and start playing with some urgency? Or will this simply be a repeat of the past three, with the Sixers simply happy to lick to their wounds and back into the playoffs? Stats, keys and in-game discussion after the jump.|
Latest comment: from Mikehe played well but he obviously doesn't care at all about winning...
|I'm dense. When it comes to the teams I root for, I give the benefit of the doubt way too much. I watch night after night expecting that elusive world-beating performance I've seen in the past. No matter how much evidence mounts that those games are the aberration, I keep watching, I keep waiting. Even when they're losing, I see the effort, I see the heart, and I know that performance is in there somewhere. Well, congratulations, Sixers, you've finally beaten the last shred of foolish optimism out of me. Right now, I'm ashamed to call myself a Sixers' fan.|
|If you think Sunday's loss to the Nets was demoralizing, just imagine a half-full Wach for the Sixers' home playoff games. It pains me to think about it, so I'm going to do my part. Playoff tickets go on sale this morning at 10 a.m. if you're a member of the Sixth Man Club. Otherwise, they go on sale on Wednesday. Hopefully, I'll see a bunch of you guys there. Let me know in the comments if you're planning to attend either game, or both.|