|The play of Sammy Dalembert and Thad Young has carried the Sixers to their past two wins. It's as simple as that. Thad has taken over the role of lead scorer, Sammy has embraced the role of intimidating center. The question you have to ask is why now?|
|It was an emotional night at the Spectrum, from beginning to end. The Sixers seemed to feed off an amazing crowd. The Bulls seemed to draw on the ghosts of Bulls teams past. It went back and forth, but the right team was able to pull it out in dramatic fashion at the end, and thank whoever you feel like thanking for that. I couldn't have taken another buzzer-beater loss on this night.|
|After watching the fourth quarter of tonight's game, I was at a loss for words. Mike sent me his first-person report, I gave it a quick read, and I was somewhat comforted that I wasn't alone in being disgusted by this loss. After the jump we'll check out my game notes, place some blame and maybe try to move on.|
|Time to check in on a familiar theme of this season, Marreese Speights' production. We're not talking about offensive production. He's the most-talented scoring big on the roster not currently undergoing shoulder rehab, we're talking about defensive production and rebounding.|
|Chad Ford is the latest to catch wind of a Sammy Dalembert trade rumor, this time Minnesota is the destination. UPDATE: Tyson Chandler traded to OKC.|
|The Oklahoman has an interesting blurb about a possible trade of Sammy to the Thunder.|
|Sammy Dalembert's name came up twice this morning during my daily rumor sweep. Both are probably nothing more than speculation, but I figured I'd pass on the word. Maybe Sammy's name appearing in rumors is a sign that Stefanski is actively shopping him.|
Latest comment: from BrianTrue, second-rounder, I suppose....
|I haven't seen enough of the Suns to form an opinion of Terry Porter as a coach, but if tonight's blowout is any indication, he's got some work to do.|
|The Sixers played an inferior team at the Wach tonight under tough circumstances. They lost Elton Brand for the season earlier in the day, they were coming off a buzzer-beater loss to the Celtics and an epic offensive collapse to the Nets. To say they needed a win would be a gross understatement. Their starters showed up ready to dominate. Their bench did not. Ultimately, Tony DiLeo put the guys who really wanted it on the court when it mattered most and they brought it home.|
Latest comment: from BrianYeah? He openly supports Willie, huh?...
|Samuel Dalembert is a game-time decision. The Nets horrible defense is guaranteed. Check after the jump for the stats, keys and join me in the comments during the game.|
|Samuel Dalembert's status for tonight's game is still unknown, but if I had to bet, I'd put money on him missing at least a couple of games. Last night, after the injury, Elton Brand started at the five, with Miller, Green, Iggy and Thad rounding out the lineup. If Sammy can't go tonight, that's the lineup I'd expect to see.|
|It shouldn't have taken a strong final four minutes to put away the Washington Wizards, but it's good to know they're capable, and it's great to see Andre Iguodala leading the charge.|
|In the first half, the Sixers turned the ball over 14 times. They allowed Houston to grab 9 offensive rebounds, a rate of 33%. Thad Young grabbed two rebounds the entire half. The Sixers were held to 18 points in the second quarter. It was almost an unwatchable half of basketball. The only highlights came from Elton Brand, who blocked 6 shots. How, you may ask, did a start like that turn into the biggest win of the season (thus far)? Check after the jump for the answer.|
|Now that Elton Brand is back on the floor, I feel we're running out of time to state our case against Willie Green staying in the starting lineup when EB is ready to go 30 minutes per. This post will be short on words, heavy on stats. After the jump you'll find what I believe is an extremely compelling argument for burying Green on the end of the bench and running with a starting lineup of Sam, EB, Thad, Iggy and Miller.|
Latest comment: from chrisGreat analysis, and I can conclude only one thing: the man has pictures....
|If you're going to pick one area of the game to be horrible at against the Knicks, three-point defense is probably the only one that could kill you. The Sixers played with fire tonight and nearly lost a home game they absolutely couldn't afford to lose.|