|I'm jealous of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not because I think they're necessarily contenders. Not because they won the lottery even without suffering through a full-on tank season and not because they have Kevin Durant. I'm jealous of OKC because they have actually created an identity and their players are developing on an upward trend. Is that really too much to ask from a team?|
|The Hawks are currently deadlocked with the Celtics for the #3 seed in the East, only 3.5 games behind the Magic (who they beat on Wednesday) for the #2 seed, and clearly have a ton of motivation to win this game against the cellar-dwelling Sixers. Hopefully, the Sixers don't realize that and try to do something foolish, like play the spoiler.|
|When the Sixers and Bucks take the floor tonight, take a hard look at both teams, then take a hard look at both coaches. One of them is led by a buffoon who speaks in pointless riddles, cares only about 20-foot jumpers and playing head games. He takes losses one of two ways, either shaking them off as flukes, or pointing fingers everywhere but at himself. The other coach seems to be on the verge of a heart attack, living and dying with losses. He demands perfection from his players, he preaches defense and hustle at all times and won't accept anything less. Look at the records, look at the rosters and tell me coaches don't matter in the NBA.|
|There are teams the Sixers, even the pitiful version of themselves they've become, can sort of gird their loins to compete with. They can bring extra energy. They can show some semblance of the team they were last season. Against the Magic, however, I don't think that type of effort will make a bit of difference against this team, and this coach. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
|Luol Deng and Derrek Rose are both out with injuries. The Bulls also played last night, and also lost at home to the Cavs. They've been doing their best Sixers impersonation for the better part of a month now, actually. After the jump I have one piece of advice for the Sixers, then your game thread.|
|Any damage the Sixers did to their lottery hopes by beating the Nets on Wednesday can be quickly minimized by a defeat tonight. If the Sixers fall to New York, they will finish the night with no better than the 8th-worst record in the league, and the very real possibility of dropping lower. If they win, it's 9th-worst by themselves, and only one game behind the Clippers for #10. Swing game, indeed.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeYour key player suffering a concussion can contribute to a loss pretty easily...
|Some movies are so bad, they're good. So horrible, you can't help but watch. Drama becomes comedy, comedy becomes tragedy. You get the picture. I'm wondering if tonight's Sixers/Nets game will have that same sort of train wreck atmosphere. I guess at least the Nets have something to play for (avoiding the worst record in the history of the league). Preview and game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from MustafaThanks Brian, I will definatley tune into SixersBeat. Keep up the great blogging!...
|Lineup Update The New York Knicks are in the rare position of both being at the bottom of the standings and not being hurt in any way by winning basketball games. Utah owns their first-round pick this summer, so winning and losing is really meaningless to the Knicks at this point. It must be liberating. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from BrianHeh. Don't know where the G came from. ...
|In Kate Fagan's column today she talks about the remaining 17 games on the Sixers schedule, and the damage that can be done to this roster if tanking becomes the goal. I can't say that I agree, simply because I believe the damage has already been done. The first 65 games have already torn this team to pieces, and 17 more losses would absolutely do more good than harm. Their next opportunity comes at 6pm, in Miami. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
Latest comment: from AlvinI really hope we fall to #4 now. I'm still a big fan of DiLeo's drafting....
|The powers that be in the Sixers organization can finally count themselves lucky. It looks like LeBron James will be playing tonight, which will probably mean the final decent crowd packed into the Wachovia Center of the season. Yes, that is how far this once proud franchise has fallen. A visiting superstar's health is the only thing that could salvage a decent gate. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
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|Coming off the high of watching Eddie Jordan deftly bring home a demonstrative defeat at the hands of a vastly inferior team last night, there can be no letdown when Larry Brown brings his Bobcats into the Wach tonight. This game has meaning for the Bobcats, they're really going to want it, so Eddie Jordan, do what you do best. Lose this game.|
Latest comment: from DuracorrNeither my wife nor any of my friends will even go with me to the Cavs game. It's that bad....
|The difference between the 9th-worst record in the league and the 4th-worst record in the league is a mere 3 games in the win column. Tonight's game is the first of four games that could easily be wins for the Sixers.If a high lottery pick is the goal, they absolutely must lose them.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeOn the same day it leaks that rat boy is already looking for another job now that the bobcats have been sold...
|The basketball gods a really frowning on the Sixers these days. It seems like every team they're "chasing" for better lottery position can't help but lose (the Knicks lost to the Nets last night). And the tough teams the Sixers are facing during this grueling stretch of their schedule are either playing horrible basketball (like the Celts) or down a couple key players (like the Raptors today). Preview and game thread after the jump.|
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|I suppose if you combine Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, add in Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo you can still find a "big three" in there somehwere, but this Celtics team clearly is not what they were when they brought home a championship a couple seasons ago. How far have they fallen? Far enough to lose to the lowly NJ Nets, but probably not far enough for the Sixers to steal one from them tonight. Preview, game thread etc. after the jump.|
|Take a look back over the past couple seasons (no really, I'll wait). The Atlanta Hawks, who will play host to the Sixers tonight, aren't dissimilar to Philly. They're kind of built the same way, with versatile athletic guys. They even have their old, slower than a snail point guard in Mike Bibby. This time last season, the Sixers were actually trying to chase Atlanta down for the #4 seed in the East. My how things change.|
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