|At this time of year, 24 minutes of effort and desire is never, ever going to cut it. Not when you have pipe dreams of finishing with the #5 seed. The Sixers really shouldn't be patting themselves on the back for almost coming back from 20 down tonight, they should be embarrassed that they fell that far behind in such an important game.|
|I do have a little bit to say about tonight's pounding at the hands of the New Jersey Nets. It's not going to be about why they lost, I think that's pretty clear. Instead, it's going to be about how the team, and certain people in particular, responded to the situation.|
Latest comment: from Real and SpeightacularWhat, too much? ;-) ...
|If we're judging by Tony DiLeo's substitution patterns, the playoffs have already begun. The Sixers needed this game, but how badly? Badly enough for DiLeo to call on Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller to each play 45 minutes, including every second of the second half. It was a gamble, but it paid off to the tune of a 95-90 win over the Pistons.|
|If the big question was who would step up in Thad Young's absence, the simple answer was just about everyone. In particular, Lou Williams and Donyell Marshall who led a fierce second-half comeback against the weary Bucks en route to a 105-95 win.|
|First of all, thanks to Dean for hooking us up with tickets for tonight's game. It was great to meet everyone (Dean, Tray, Mike, Josh, Noah, Rob and Tom Moore). The game itself was heartening, for several reasons we'll get into after the jump. The win was huge. But seeing Thad Young helped off the court was just sickening.|
|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.|
|Games like tonight are what make me fairly certain the Sixers would have a better record right now had Elton Brand not gotten hurt. There's no way they would ever get destroyed on the boards like that if he was in the lineup. As it was, Larry Brown out Larry Browned Tony DiLeo and the Sixers squandered another opportunity.|
Latest comment: from BrianShould a team in a tight playoff race lose back-to-back games on the road to teams under .500?...
|Well, the Sixers' road trip lasted an extra 24 minutes. Take nothing more away from this game, the Sixers suffered the typical slow start teams usually do when returning from a long road trip over the first half, from there it was a blowout.|
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|Now that I've calmed down a little bit, I want to talk about this game some more. Namely, I want to talk about how every single player who set foot on the floor for the Sixers had a hand in the win.|
|This Sixers team showed me something tonight. They showed me that they will not give up. They will not simply roll over and die because everything says they should. Tonight's game was the ultimate battle of wills and the team finishing up a five-game swing to the west coast, coming off a back-to-back simply had more heart.|
Latest comment: from BrianHe's going to have to do it eventually....
|The first half was just pure punishment doled out by the Sixers on the Kings. The second half was punishment for all Sixers fans still watching. All told, they needed a win, they got the win and they didn't have to sell their souls to get it. Not a bad night.|
|I thought that by sleeping on it, I may have a little better perspective on last night's loss at Golden State. No such luck.|
|About midway through the third quarter of the Sixers 126-116 loss the Suns you could see they were out of gas. I noticed it when a couple of rebounds bounced in the lane a couple times and no Sixers made a move to grab them. They just didn't have anything left in the tank. It was a valiant effort, but you aren't going to beat the Suns in Phoenix if you don't bring 48 minutes of energy.|
Latest comment: from AlvinWe gotta be able to beat the Warriors if we seriously want to get to the playoffs....
|Is there a moment when a player becomes a star? Is there one defining play? How about one defining quarter? If any of these arbitrary things can make a player into a star, I think we may have just witnessed a transformation.|
Latest comment: from BryonJohn-ism = I know everything and you guys know nothing. Spare us all, John, spare us all....
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