|That was an enjoyable game. Was it good basketball? For stretches. Was it solid fundamental basketball? Not entirely. But when you're talking about a team with the fundamental flaws this Sixers team has, playing without their best player, that was nearly as close as we're going to get. Most importantly, they bounced back after every bad stretch and they put the Knicks away with defense in the fourth quarter.|
|It's always amazing to see a team go from pitiful to world-beating in the span of a quarter. It's downright heartbreaking to see them go right back to pitiful and hand a game to an unworthy opponent. For your own mental stability, when you remember this game, remember the second and third quarters, just forget the rest.|
|It's a shame, really, that a thrashing like that only counts for one win. The Sixers dominated every facet of their resounding 101-75 win over the Pacers last night, unfortunately, Doug Collins wasn't around to see the time run off the clock as hundreds of fans celebrated.|
|If this was a potential playoff season for the Sixers, this is the type of game I'd look back on when they fell one game short. I'm not sure snake-bit is a strong enough adjective to describe these players, this roster, this franchise. Cursed? Would that be more apt? A heavily-contested Cartier Martin three with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime. Unbelievable.|
|Indiana is pretty much on the same level as the Sixers. Jrue + Turner + Iguodala is roughly equal to Granger, Hibbert and Collison in terms of the foundation of a team. Neither team has much beyond that. Indy has more veteran scrubs while the Sixers have a bunch of players with some sort of potential (who are mostly scrubs). This was pretty much a game of equals. It didn't look like it on the floor in the second half.|
Latest comment: from BrianShould be good to about 30 now....
|The Philadelphia 76ers are worth the price of admission. There's no doubt about that statement right now. When they're bad, and they've had some horrible stretches in the first two games, it's like watching a trainwreck. Their glaring weakness is laid bare on nearly every play. Doug Collins is helpless to stop it. But when they're good, they're electric. We had a taste of both in tonight's 104-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.|
Latest comment: from tk76Mine freezes too much to watch the games....
|A 10-point loss typically isn't considered a good start to a season, but under the circumstances, the Sixers equated themselves quite well against Dwyane Wade and his sidekicks. The 97-87 final was better than we could've hoped for, definitely not indicative of the talent gap between the two teams, but perhaps a testament to the skill of the Sixers' new coach.|
|Believe it or not, there's one positive thing about the horrible basketball we're witnessing on a nightly basis from our beloved Philadelphia 76ers. These posts basically write themselves. I find myself with more to say about the sad state of this once proud franchise than I have the time to type. Tonight's stupendous loss, their eighth in a row, was no different.|
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|And no one is there to see it, is it still horrible defense?|
|When all else fails, give the ball to Thad. Not exactly what my offensive philosophy would be, but it worked in a big way tonight. Sixers up 2-1. A few quick thoughts after the jump.|
|Charles Barkley during halftime of tonight's game: "The Sixers won't win a game in this series." Any wonder how Charles has lost millions gambling in Vegas? After the jump we'll look at the rotations and talk about the perfect defensive game plan, the Sixers' secret weapon and the epic comeback that put our Sixers in the driver's seat of this first-round series.|
|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.|
|And the Sixers' impersonation of the New York Mets in September continues... Forget the fifth seed. The Sixers will need a minor miracle to hold onto the 6th seed at this point. Truth be told, I'd say there's a 90% chance they wind up #7, with a 40-42 record. Incidentally, the other 10% chance is that they'll finish #8, not #6. How can you look at yourself in the mirror after losing to the Raptors in this situation?|
|And by that, I mean not very deep. The Sixers lost 102-92 to the Cavs tonight, which was to be expected. They didn't quit, they didn't roll over, they actually played Cleveland pretty tough, so yay! Everything is right in the world, except it isn't. After the jump we'll talk about depth, and look at some very, very questionable rotations by Coach DiLeo.|
Latest comment: from PeeWeeShe is certainly one of the smartes stars in my opinion, i am a major fan....
|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.|