|The last time the Sixers played Atlanta, they absolutely demolished the Hawks ... in Atlanta. Last night, the Chicago Bulls gave ATL the Washington Generals treatment to the tune of a 33-point loss. You'd think that might motivate the Hawks. You'd think that might light a fire under them. Of course, being motivated by embarrassment means you're assuming a team actually has a spine. I'm not sure that's the case with the Hawks.|
|Later tonight, the Sixers will face a team so bad they're literally being run out of Sacramento. OK, well, maybe it's their owners who are doing the running, but the point is, they're terrible. That doesn't mean they don't have some talented players, simply that the talented players they have are quite flawed, don't fit together, and in some cases are downright lunatics. Still, you can't take them lightly, so let's take a closer look.|
|The Sixers last faced the Clippers on the eve of leaving Philly for their longest road trip of the season. This time, the Clippers will play their first game back in LA after a five-game trip against the visiting Sixers. Slowing Blake Griffin down will be a focus, but I could care less if he scores 50, as long as the Sixers get the W.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersThanks for that unpleasant reminder :)...
|The amazing thing about the Sixers loss at Milwaukee on Saturday night isn't how badly they were beaten, it's that it was really the first game they should've won, but didn't, in nearly two months. Tonight, they need to get back on track, they can't afford even a week-long dip at this point of the season.|
|I feel like we've become a bit lost as a fan base. The Laker dominance of the past couple of seasons. LeBron and Bosh joining Wade and playing the victim. The media love affair over Melo and Amare, together at last. All these things have perhaps diffused our laser of hatred for a certain chowder-loving franchise into a mere floodlight. Well, tonight that's going to have to change.|
|The honeymoon is over for Frank Vogel as Jim O'Brien's replacement in Indy. After a 9-3 start, the Pacers have dropped 5 of their last six games and with a win tonight, the Sixers can push their lead over the #8 seed to 6 games with only 19 left to play.|
|The Mavs come in having won their past six games, the longest current streak in the league. The Sixers have taken down four in-a-row, the second longest. By 10pm tonight, one streak will have ended. Let's see if we can point out a few keys to help the Sixers keep theirs going.|
Latest comment: from tk76WAS and MIA well ahead. Then ATL....
|Like a bunch of unbathed hippies, the Detroit Pistons have apparently organized a group protest. Five of their veteran players - Ben Wallace, Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox and Tayshaun Prince - all missed the team's shootaround this morning. It's being described as a protest against their head coach. It's unclear whether Keuster has lost his team, Joe Dumars thinks this one could go either way.|
Latest comment: from ShenaWhy are these guys still playing? Wrong coach for the team. ...
|Just when the Sixers string together some solid play and things begin to look up, one team in their division trades for a pseudo star, then another trades for a legit superstar. In the grand scheme of things, the Melo trade is a novelty that probably won't change things in the Atlantic a whole lot. The Deron Williams move, though, could catapult another team ahead of Philly in the East for the next couple of seasons. Luckily, we have a game tonight to distract us from Rod Thorn's inactivity at the helm of the Sixers. Say it with me, "Player Development."|
|When the final buzzer sounds, Jrue Holiday will be on his way to LA to compete in the Rookies vs. Sophs challenge on All Star Weekend. Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand will be headed home for some well-deserved rest. Lou Williams will probably be headed to a recording studio. Spencer Hawes will probably be doing anything he can to avoid improving his basketball game. The Sixers players, as human beings, have things to look forward to, but they cannot afford to start their vacation a day early.|
|The last time the Sixers met the Memphis Grizzlies should still be fresh in your mind. For roughly 30 minutes, the Sixers absolutely demolished Memphis, then it all fell apart when the Griz emptied their bench and went to a zone. Thinking about the game makes you grind your teeth and shake your head. Tonight is about righting that wrong.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersDamn, they're fake PECOTA rankigns - sadness...
|The San Antonio Spurs are in the middle of what has to be the easiest rodeo tour in the history of rodeo tours. The trip started with games at Portland and at LAL, it ends with a game at Chicago on the 17th. In between, the Spurs play at SAC, DET, TOR, PHI (tonight), WAS (tomorrow) and NJN. Six straight games against sub-.500 opponents. The schedulers really do like to make the rich richer. Hopefully, the Sixers can throw a wrinkle in what should be an extremely successful trip for a juggernaut of a team.|
|Dwight Howard was interviewed immediately following the Magic's win over the Clippers last night. When the question of facing the Sixers tonight came up, he basically laughed it off. It wasn't a guaranteed victory, or even a direct shot at the Sixers, it was more of a "We don't worry about teams like that," sort of comment. If the last game these teams played against each other is any indication, Dwight should be worried.|
|The Hawks are now kind of where I thought the Sixers would be at this point a couple years back. They clawed their way out of the cellar and consistently improved to the point where they became a perennial playoff team. Unfortunately, it looks like that's where they'll probably top out. It's usually a pretty even contest when these teams meet, hopefully the Sixers can steal one in Atlanta.|
|They've been beating the bad teams, they've been taking care of their home floor, if the Sixers are going to make some noise in the playoff race, the next step is to start beating the teams ahead of them in the standings. Especially the team directly ahead of them, the New York Knicks, who come the WFC tonight with a three-game edge on the Sixers in their back pocket.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersMe, most years that's the most interesting part of all star weekend - the only thing i watch ...