|So the Sixers lose a game on the road, on the second night of a back-to-back, to the 23-4 Celtics, who are 13-1 at home, when the Celtics have several days of rest, by four points and the sky is still falling? Andre Iguodala turns Paul Pierce into a sniveling mess with his lockdown defense, and this game somehow personifies how bad Iguodala is? Yeah, I love being a Sixers fan.|
Latest comment: from BrianLou also had 4 turnovers....
|One down, seven to go. The Sixers took care of the intentionally depleted Orlando Magic on Saturday night in convincing style. Dwight Howard shockingly painless 20/20 game just wasn't enough to overcome the Sixers staunch defense. Quite a way to kick off the Ice Capades trip.|
|Yep, the Lakers are better than the Sixers. They had their opportunities, but just too many missed shots and horrible, horrible nights from Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and a couple others did them in in the Bon Voyage to the WFC for a couple weeks.|
|Doug's excited, how about you? The Sixers picked up their 10th win on January 3rd last season, in their 33rd game, on the last day of the Ice Capades trip. This year, they'll have at least ten in their back pocket before they even pack their bags. Granted, they have 15 losses dragging them down, but we're measuring progress on a curve here. Still, it was great to see the Sixers bounce back for a dominant second half on the second night of a back-to-back to put the hapless Clippers away.|
|Two ways to look at tonight's win over the Nets: (1) They didn't play their best ball, by any means, but they were still able to scratch out a win on the road. (2) This was not quality basketball by any means, and an effort like that is going to result in a loss against about 27 teams in the league. Pick your poison. Charts are updated.|
|It's taken me more than 24 hours to gain enough perspective on this game to put my thoughts down. It took about 12 for me to separate the result from the game, and specifically the effort. Ultimately, we should be proud of what we saw from the Sixers on the court against Boston. They did everything we could've reasonably expected, and more. They followed the script almost exactly, matching Boston blow-for-blow throughout the night, and even delivering what could've, would've and should've been the knockout blow in the closing seconds. Unfortunately, the last team with the ball won.|
|Win the ones you're supposed to win. To be successful in this league, that's the first step. Last night, the Sixers did just that. They used the first quarter to build a lead, then spent the rest of the night keeping Cleveland at arm's length until they delivered the fatal blow in the fourth. Exactly how you draw it up.|
Latest comment: from Brianand by better, I mean worse....
|A nine-point loss to Miami, in Miami, is nothing to be ashamed of. More than that, the Sixers should probably hold their heads up high for making a game of it. Still, I can't bring myself to use the term "moral victory" when the Sixers repeatedly shot themselves in the foot. If you squinted really hard, it almost looked like they gave this game to Miami, but that can't be right. I mean, Miami is going to win 70+ games.|
|As a fan, you have to draw a line in the sand somewhere when it comes to losing, especially when your favorite team does as much losing as the Sixers do. In my case, I'll take a demoralizing loss over a gut-wrenching heart breaker in overtime any day of the week. Seen through that lens, the Toronto loss was a vast improvement over the disaster in Washington the night before.|
|I'm going to have to apologize in advance. This recap started out really strong. I was witty and my insights were on the mark for about the first half. Then things got a little bit sloppy, but I rallied for a decent look at the stats. Unfortunately, it all fell apart in the end and even spell check couldn't save it. And really, it's only how you finish that matters.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersCollins should call better plays then...
|If you want to sum up last night's win in two words, I'd go with defensive effort. The bench was outstanding, there were some eye-opening individual performances, but the Sixers won this game because they got a superb effort on the defensive end from just about everyone who stepped on the floor. Oh, and Scott Skiles might have had something to do with it as well.|
Latest comment: from das411sweet, thanks!...
|The indignity of losing to this Toronto Raptors team is almost too much to bear. Shooting 36.8% from the floor against the 27th-ranked team in defensive efficiency is shameful. Any thought of how this team doesn't miss Andre Iguodala should be wiped away by this point. Without him, they just might be the worst team in the league. The problem: I'm not sure how far from the bottom they are even with him.|
Latest comment: from BrianI'm going to move this one up to the new post as well....
|Are the Spurs better than the Sixers? Yes, obviously. Are they 30 points better than the Sixers? Probably not, but when you add in the extra rest for SAS and the back-to-back for the Sixers, maybe they are. Are the Sixers as bad as they played tonight? No. Will I now stop asking myself questions and then answering them? Possibly.|
|This Sixers team amazes me nearly every time they take the floor. They face such a monumental uphill battle against teams with any semblance of a frontcourt, yet somehow, they hang in there. Every couple of minutes I glance down at the score and expect to see them down by 20 points, but the deficit rarely grows larger than eight or nine. They fight, they rally, they slide back and they rally again. If Rod Thorn could only pull a seven-footer with a pulse out of his hat...well, let's save that for another day, we've got a loss to discuss for now.|
|Outgunned and down their best player, the Sixers went into Oklahoma City tonight prohibitive underdogs. They limped out with their sixth loss in eight games, but the guys who suited up deserve to board their charter flight to Dallas with their heads held high.|