|As has become tradition for this Sixers team, they came back from what could've been a debilitating loss with a strong effort. The first quarter against the Nuggets was discouraging, but the Sixers used another superb third quarter to build a double-digit lead, then muddled their way through the fourth to secure a much-needed win over a playoff team.|
|The 42-21 fourth quarter of tonight's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies has left me feeling numb. To cough up a 21-point lead at home in that manner, well, I'm not even sure what kind of learning experience that is for the young guys. It's just unacceptable. Let's take a quick look at the charts and a quicker look at what went wrong.|
|Over their current three-game winning streak, the Sixers have outscored their opponents by 34 points. This is significant because tonight's game put the Sixers on the positive side of the ledger: 4,383 points for, 4,375 points allowed. Mark the date, Jan. 26th. At 20-25, let's hope the Sixers can stay on the positive side of the ledger from here on out. A quick look at tonight's win over the Raptors to follow.|
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|If you can somehow put the final 3:41 of this game out of your mind, the Sixers absolutely dominated the Suns tonight for their 19th win of the year. You know what, I'm going to forget the finishing stretch of this game, it wasn't indicative of the other 44 minutes and change.|
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|The second half began with an ending far too familiar to Sixers fans across the land. A slim loss, but a loss nonetheless. Crunch-time execution still the fatal flaw, mostly on the defensive end this time. A team devoid of talented big men, made to look like a juggernaut by our soft collection of bigs who play small and a career game for DJ Augustin. It all equals the 25th loss of the season and on the outside looking in at playoff seeding.|
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|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.|
|Looking back at the game thread, the venom spewed toward Lou Williams and Doug Collins for the late-game play calling and execution was both justified and almost immaterial to the outcome of the game. If the Sixers don't play about 40 minutes of pitiful defense, they win this game without breaking a sweat.|
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|I hate to put a loss on one player, and I'm really not going to do it tonight, but come on. Lou Williams is an 82% shooter from the line. If he hits one of two with 6 seconds left on the clock, none of us are looking for the nearest bridge with an eye toward taking a leap.|
|With the memory of a 45-point drubbing burned into their minds, the Sixers took the court tonight shorthanded, but determined to send a message. It took 48 minutes of non-stop energy, but they got the job done. Without Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and Jodie Meeks caught fire in the third while Elton Brand and Thad Young proved too much for Chicago on the defensive end. What was probably the best quarter of basketball this team has played in over year was enough to power them to their 15th win of the season.|
|Don't let Wall's garbage-time, stat-padding fool you. Jrue Holiday absolutely dominated this basketball game. He carried them to a big win in the first game back from the Ice Capades trip with some big help from Lou Williams and left John Wall still wondering what it feels like to win a road game in the NBA.|
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|When absolutely nothing was working offensively for Doug Collins and his Sixers squad, he looked down to the end of his bench and essentially decided to pull his goalie late in the fourth quarter. He tapped Jason Kapono to come in and hopefully provide an offensive spark. The crazy thing is that the move actually worked for exactly 2:30, then all hell broke loose while Collins sat idly by.|
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|Andre Iguodala missed his second consecutive game but his replacements more than picked up the slack against a defensively disinterested Phoenix Suns squad. About halfway through the game, I realized Vince Carter will be a perfect fit for the Suns. He's only 50% more disinterested than the entire franchise. This game may just have been Evan Turner's coming out party, and it was definitely fun to watch.|
|A golden opportunity to start the trip 3-2 soured a couple hours prior to the tip for the Sixers when word spread that Andre Iguodala wouldn't be available for the game. At that point, you knew it was going to be a long night. And it was.|
|Well, another chapter of the Jrue Holiday (+9) vs. Ty Lawson (-13) debate has been written, this time with Jrue pushing the Sixers past the undermanned Nuggets on the road. Holiday took full advantage of Lawson's porous defense and blanketed the diminutive backup on the other end to fuel a huge fourth quarter for the Sixers. They finally won a close one.|
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