|Spencer Hawes' inspired play late in game three and carried over into game four has been a pleasant surprise, and absolutely crucial to the Sixers 3-1 lead in their first round series with the Chicago Bulls, but the big theme, and the potentially unsolvable problem for Tom Thibodeau is the play of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, in tandem.|
Latest comment: from tk76Interesting story, thanks for the link....
|For the second consecutive game, the Sixers have closed out a tight contest with a relentless attack of the hoop, a chip on their shoulder and suffocating defense. Every run was answered today. Every Bulls foray into the lane met with a hard contest, foul, or both. The Sixers took care of home court advantage and hold a commanding 3-1 lead over the Bulls in this first round matchup. (game capsule)|
|The Sixers spent the first three quarters scuffling for points any way they could find them and stifling the Bulls on the other end of the floor. Unfortunately, the Bulls defense was better and the Sixers couldn't hit the jumpers the Bulls were giving them. In the fourth quarter, that all changed. They scored 28 points on 19 possessions, led by Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, who wouldn't be denied. (game capsule)|
|How did the Sixers completely change the script from game one to game two (beyond the absence of Derrick Rose)? Well, it's pretty simple. They somehow lured the Bulls into going away from their massive strength on the interior. The Bulls shot 10/29 inside of 9 feet. They attempted more long twos (26) than shots at the rim (18). I don't know how they did it, but this is the formula they've used to play the Bulls tight over the past two seasons, and they need to keep it up.|
Latest comment: from RichLucas is eating Lou's lunch. Christ....
|Mike Prada from SB Nation put together the animated .GIF above of what is probably the best thing I've seen happen on the sidelines of a Sixers game in the past six years or so. All season long we've seen glimpses of or heard rumors about Doug Collins' short leash with Evan Turner. Well, there was nothing hidden about this glorious moment in which Collins finally reached the point with Spencer Hawes any sane individual would've reached about five games into his Philly career. Click through to enjoy a larger version on a continuous loop.|
Latest comment: from marcusSixers won ... Redskins got rg3 .... Mayweather about to be 43 - 0 let's go ...
|The first half of tonight's game played out like many others over the last half of the season, minus Jrue Holiday's offensive explosion. The Sixers scored enough points to stay in the game, but their defense was extremely porous and not being able to get stops led to an eight-point halftime deficit. The second half, though, was reminiscent of the ball these guys played during their 20-9 start. Add it up, and you get a blowout win on the road in the playoffs. (game capsule).|
Latest comment: from mymanjruelol...
|Without Derrick Rose, the Bulls lose that go-to guy who can penetrate at will, hit crazy shots no matter what defense you throw at him, get a whistle to stop a scoring drought and carry the offense to a win when nothing else is working. Superstars can win games by themselves in the playoffs, and the Bulls are decidedly without one now. C.J. Watson isn't that type of player, not at all. What he is, however, is another cog with a specific purpose on the offensive end, and he fills his role very, very well.|
|Philadelphia's poor performance in the opener of their first-round series against the Bulls stopped being the story with 1:10 left in the game when Derrick Rose tore his ACL on a crazy jump-stop in the lane. Rose's absence is certainly an advantage for the Sixers in the remaining games of the series, but he didn't beat them today. The Sixers have a lot of work to do, schematically, on the defensive end prior to game two. (game capsule)|
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|As we've been reminded continuously, this Sixers team is pretty much the same Sixers team we've seen for the past half decade. If we're talking about ceilings, or draft picks, or regular season winning percentage, that's a bad thing. If we're talking about playoff performance, well, maybe it's not that bad.|
Latest comment: from MikeWA little respect from former Sixer Bruce Bowen - picking the series to go 7 games. ...
|When the Sixers were sitting at 20-9, talk about winning a round in the playoffs was legitimate. When they were atop the Atlantic Division with an eye on home-court advantage and a lesser foe in the first round, it seemed like almost a certainty. Since then, the sky has fallen, any faith in the team has dissolved and we were pinning our hopes on a bit of luck for the honor of playing the team with the best record in the league in the first round instead of the Miami Heat. The Sixers are nothing if not frustrating, but here we are. The games count now. The question: Can the Sixers beat the Bulls?|
|Typically, it takes me a couple of weeks after "my team's" season ends to take an interest in the sport again. Sometimes, the playoffs have already come to a conclusion by the time I tune back in. This year was no different, but I'm starting to come around. Since there's nothing new to talk about regarding the Sixers, let's spend our Monday talking about the conference finals and beyond.|
|As I watch the OKC/Memphis series play out in the West, I can't help but think about the Sixers/Knicks game on April 6th, and how things could've possibly played out much differently for the Sixers had they not lost on that fateful day.|
Latest comment: from MariaFockeguardedly optimistic. ...
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