|The Sixers will go for their fourth straight win tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. When I look at the matchup, the thing that jumps out at me is the size up front and how the Sixers will match up with it. Elton Brand and whoever's manning the five have their work cut out for them.|
Latest comment: from Derek BodnerI said that in the context of how they were playing this year....
|As we covered yesterday, the Sixers have been more than good on their home floor. In order to make a move on the #6 seed, or maybe just to secure any playoff spot at all, they need to be better on the road. Forget being a good road team, they don't even need to reach that level, but is it too much to ask for them to be average? Somewhere near .500? I don't think so. Either way, Toronto is a team you have to be able to beat, no matter where you're playing.|
|Since the Sixers thrashed the Suns 123-110 in Phoenix, Steve Nash has led them to a 7-5 record. The overall record is probably more impressive if you don't look at who the Suns played over that stretch, but still, they've been playing better basketball. Phoenix is coming off a one-point loss in Detroit, a game in which they scored only 74 points.|
|The Sixers will go for a season sweep against Charlotte tonight. Their third game this season against the Bobcats, and second in the past four days, sees the Sixers up against a tough scheduling quirk, which is not an unfamiliar feeling.|
|When the first half ends, at the end of the night, the Sixers will either have 17 wins or 18. On Pace for 34 or 36. Five games under .500 or seven. Lined up to play either Miami in the first round of the playoffs, or Boston. I can't think of a better way to end a tumultuous first half than a road win, in Orlando.|
|The Sixers team defensive efficiency rating has risen after each of the following eight games. Not since the Denver game have they played well on that end of the floor. They've won some games since then, even had a couple of solid wins, but they haven't been able to put it together on the defensive end, and really, if they can't get the job done on that end of the floor, there is no hope.|
|It looks like Andre Iguodala will make his return - after missing seven games - against the Indiana Pacers tonight in Philly. Not a moment too soon, either. With a win, the Sixers will pass Indy for the coveted number seven seed in the Eastern Conference. Let's take a look at the keys.|
Latest comment: from Tom MooreIguodala to play and start tonight. Nocioni also expected to play....
|The last time the Bulls and Sixers met, Chicago pounded the Sixers by 45 points, and it really wasn't that close. The Bulls were merciless, and the Sixers did absolutely nothing to show any spine in the face of the reaming. The last time the Bulls played, period, they lost to the lowly Nets and their power forward spent the final 14 minutes on the bench, steaming. This game shouldn't lack for emotion from these two teams, both with something to prove.|
|Time is short this afternoon, luckily, the prologue to tonight's epic battle between the hapless Wizards and the no-longer homesick Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers is easy to boil down into a few key moments. An off-balance, desperation three by Cartier Martin, and a Jrue Holiday foul on a 40-foot three point attempt by John Wall, unbelievable.|
|The Sixers will take on the Hornets tonight, hoping to even up their record at 4-4 on the epic Ice Capades journey. New Orleans currently holds a 20-14 record (11-1 to start the season, 9-13 since). When I look at their roster, though, it becomes clear just how much of a miracle worker Chris Paul is for them.|
|If the Sixers win either of their next two games, this season's Ice Capades trip can be classified as nothing short of a rousing success. Tonight, the calendar will flip some time in the third quarter (on the East coast), and if the Sixers can pull off a minor miracle in Los Angeles, they'll have every right to celebrate.|
|The forgotten team in the Orlando trade mess of a week or so ago was the same Phoenix Suns the Sixers will take on later tonight. There's a chance Vince Carter will make his debut for the Suns, but the guy who's been filling in as the starting SG in Jason Richardson's absence has put together a couple impressive games in his interim role as starter.|
Latest comment: from XsagoYup i called it :)...
|Put it out of your mind. It never happened. That's the best way to think about last night's disgrace in Chicago. This is the one time where I think playing a back-to-back, on the road, against two of the top teams in the East is a good thing for the Sixers. They have the opportunity to erase last night's game right away, no time to dwell.|
|The Sixers travel to the Windy City for game two of their longest road trip of the season tonight to face the Bulls. Jaokim Noah is out. Taj Gibson is out. The Bulls are left woefully short in the big man department and the Sixers may just have a chance to get this trip started with a mini winning streak.|