|I have good news and bad news. Bad first, the Heat used a 30-point fourth quarter in Charlotte to put the Bobcats away, picking up a half game on the Sixers in the process. The good, well, don't look now but the Sixers are only 2 games behind the Hawks in the loss column after the Celts took care of Atlanta.|
|Oddsmakers, pundits, writers, fans, coaches and players, I implore you to please, please think the Sixers are dead in the water without Thad Young. Take a look at the stats, take a look at the roster and come to the reasonable conclusion that they are a team to be taken lightly, a team to be overlooked, a team you'd love to see in the first round of the playoffs.|
|Well, Miami continues to do its part. They coughed up a fourth quarter lead at home to Orlando tonight. The Sixers again control their own destiny. Miami still holds a 1-game lead, but they're even in the loss column. None of the other important teams played tonight. Possibly the biggest development was Orlando continuing to push for the number two seed. Given the choice between Boston and Orlando in the first round, who do you want?|
|I can only assume that the headline is the general feeling in the locker room. I mean, I don't know how else you can explain the lack of a sense of urgency on the floor. I don't know how else you can explain not hustling after loose balls in the waning moments of the fourth quarter. I don't know how else you can rationalize not giving a foul when you're down by 4 points with 10 seconds left. I guess they felt like they didn't need the win.|
|Well, if you were even tangentially in a playoff race with the Sixers, Saturday was your day. The Heat, Pistons, Bulls and Bobcats all won, so while the Sixers were resting up, the competition was gaining on them, and separating themselves a little bit.|
|Now is not the time to start thinking about seeding. Now is not the time to be checking the out-of-town scoreboard. It happened to this team at this time last season, and it cost them down the stretch. They cannot afford to look the big picture, they cannot afford to focus on anything other than tonight's game with the Charlotte Bobcats.|
Latest comment: from Real and Speightacular"Which fits nicely into the subset of the desire not to see reggie at all" *slaps table* LOL!...
|I'd like everyone to think back to late April, 2008. The Sixers backed their way into the playoffs, finishing with the #7 seed and a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons. Mo Cheeks out-coached Flip Sanders in game 1, basically daring Detroit to become a one-man team by refusing to double Rasheed Wallace. Eventually, the Pistons realized that if they shut down Andre Iguodala, the team simply wouldn't be able to score enough to win. When the playoffs come around this season, that approach simply will not work.|
Latest comment: from BrianThey definitely backed into the playoffs last year. 3-7 in their last 10 games, lost their last 4. ...
|Today at 1pm the Heat will play he Pistons, at Detroit. It's pretty simple, if the Pistons win, they're percentage points behind the Sixers for the #6 seed and the Sixers are even with the Heat in the loss column for the #5 seed. If Miami wins, the Sixers are a full game up on the Pistons, but 2 behind Miami for the #5 seed. Who are you rooting for, and why?|
Latest comment: from Real and SpeightacularIt was a foul, plain as day. Heinous non-call....
|It's going to be a sprint to the finish for three Eastern Conference teams. Two games in the loss column separates the Heat, Sixers and Pistons from the coveted #5 seed. After the jump, we'll take a look at the remaining schedules for each team, and try to piece together what needs to happen for the Sixers to beat out Miami and Detroit.|
|The line I've heard more often than not is that the Sixers need to build to become champions. Strictly speaking, that's absolutely true. You don't put teams together with the goal of simply making the playoffs, you're always looking to build for more. So, here's my question to you, how do you build a champion?|
|The better team won.That sentence stands alone because it's a simple fact. The 59 wins weren't a fluke. It's frustrating because for three and a half games the Sixers' heart, desire, hustle and team play overcame the vast chasm of...|
|An ugly first half marred by turnovers, no-calls, touch fouls, miracle threes and about 90% shooting on jump shots by the Pistons.Willie Green needs to sit for the entire second half, Rodney Carney needs to man up on Rip Hamilton...|
Latest comment: from JoshGagreed, I can't wait for next season already...
|Do or die.SixersC - Samuel DalembertPF - Thad YoungSF - Andre IguodalaSG - Willie GreenPG - Andre MillerPistonsC - Jason MaxiellPF - Rasheed WallaceSF - Tayshaun PrinceSG - Rip HamiltonPG - Chauncey BillupsI'll be watching, living and dying with every...|
|There's only one question which needs to be answered tonight. Can the Sixers do it one more time?Since February, the Sixers have won 11 games they really had no business winning. Eleven times, they went into games against teams with...|
|Don't believe me? Here's the quote directly from his mouth."Our booty holes didn't get tight,"Take that quote however you like.In other news, from the same article, Mo told the press that the Sixers will be back in Detroit for game...|