|I realize there have plenty of theoretically huge games for different emotional reasons, but tonight's matchup with the Knicks was really the biggest game this team has played all year. Seeding was on the line, finishing higher than a division rival, pride after the last two losses. Doug Collins should've had no problem getting his team up for this one. Well, they came out flat and disinterested and about 10 minutes of effort just isn't enough in this league.|
Latest comment: from Ricky - Sixers4guidosAll good points. And it's true Iguodala took "Game 1" vs these guys so the balance at the end of the day is not negative ...
|The good news is that Evan Turner stepped up in his new role and looked the part of the number two pick in the draft. The bad news is that the Sixers did their best imitation of the Butler Bulldogs in the second half and kind of embarrassed themselves against a team they may face in the first round of the playoffs.|
Latest comment: from emtmessThats funny you are saying that Geen, Noc, and Kapono are better than Turner right now. Thanks I needed that. :)...
|The list of things that could've swung this game the other way is very, very long. If Jrue hits even half of the good looks he missed, they win. If Brand connects on one or two more of those elbow jumpers, they win. If Jrue's pass to Thad on the final play of regulation isn't three feet too high, they win. For tonight, take solace in that, chalk this one up as an ugly loss, and move on. When you wake up tomorrow, though, realize they have to rebound from this game quickly, and it's not going to be easy.|
Latest comment: from eddies' heady'sSo you really do think fish can see bait when the water's muddy?...
|In yet another "this is what good teams do" type of game, the Sixers absolutely manhandled the Nets at the Wells Fargo Center last night. Right from the opening tip, it was clear which of these teams would eventually be heading to the playoffs. At the final buzzer, it was official.|
Latest comment: from BrianJrue is leading w/ 18, followed by Brand (14), Iguodala (13) and Thad (12)....
|The defense wasn't there in the first half. They seemed a bit sluggish at times, and they were settling for too many jumpers. Houston couldn't miss a shot. After the break, though, the Sixers put their foot on the Rockets' throat and never let up. A nice, tidy double-digit win at home over a surging Western Conference foe. Good work.|
|Every time you think the other shoe has dropped, this Sixers team gets up, dusts itself off, and defies all logic. Tonight, a day after a terrible overtime loss to the hapless Kings, the Sixers went into the United Center (where they lost by 45 points in December) and put the East's best team away in a thrilling 97-85 decision. Every time you think they stink, they go out and prove they can play with anyone...anywhere.|
|I guess the silver lining is that maybe this game won't mean much in the grand scheme of things. Personally, that doesn't give me much solace. The Sixers should've never been in a close game with the Kings. They should've never had to come back. They should've never let it slip away and there's plenty of blame to go around.|
|If LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are merciless in attacking the basket, like they were tonight, I'm not sure any team in this league can beat them. I've seen the Heat play way more than I've wanted to this season, and I have yet to see those guys play like they did tonight. I'm sure there are adjustments Doug Collins can make to slow one of them down, but right now none are coming to mind.|
Latest comment: from AlvinAgree, it's time to sit Iggy all the way the rest of the regular season....
|There was nothing impressive about the first three quarters. The Sixers defense was lackluster, their offense was scattered and almost lazy, their energy was sporadic, at best. That all changed at the beginning of the fourth. The Sixers erased a double-digit deficit and took down the Hawks.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersPoint Guard is the least important position :)...
|No Andre Iguodala. That pretty much told the story tonight. The depleted Sixers showed a lot of heart in coming back multiple times, but Portland was just too much for Philly on the last night of their 5-game road trip and the second night of a back-to-back.|
|We very well may have seen the last Sixers game in Sacramento tonight. If that turns out to be the case, at least they'll have fond memories of California's capital. This is the type of win you like to see against a bad team, systematically rip them apart for the first three quarters, then clear the bench and rest the starters in the fourth.|
|The Sixers desperately needed a win, and they went out there and took it from Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers and possibly the most incompetent group of referees I've ever had the displeasure of watching. Big, big win. Blake Griffin is going to wish he never has to face Elton Brand again when he blows out the candles on his birthday cake tonight.|
|What we saw on the floor tonight from the Sixers in no way resembled the basketball we've seen from them this season. If you want to dwell on it as some sort of indicator, that's your prerogative. For me, and more importantly for the team, it's just a blip. It's over, delete it from your memory banks and get ready for the Jazz on Monday night.|
|This is the script when the Sixers play a good team: Set up a game plan, execute the game plan, hang in the game, build a little lead, get to the final five minutes with a chance to win. This time, though, the script had a different ending when Doug Collins threw a curve ball at the Celtics and his Sixers refused to be denied their biggest win of the season ... so far.|
Latest comment: from tk76Agree. Hawesome....
|The prevent offense run by the Sixers for the final three minutes of regulation is a perfect way to give a game away. Andre Iguodala was put on Kevin Durant's list and Jrue Holiday was shoved to the side after outplaying Russell Westbrook for three quarters. Tough loss to swallow, all things considered.|
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