|I'm not going to look this up because, well, I already feel like I've put too much energy into caring about this team, so let's just assume the Sixers are the first team to lose to the Wizards and the Raptors by 20 points or more. The good news, the Sixers did it in less than a week! (game capsule)|
Latest comment: from mymanjrueYou are spot on bebop...
|Eventually, this win one/lose one pattern will be broken. The Sixers only focus against the Raptors is to make damned sure it isn't broken tonight. If the Sixers are going to have a prayer of finishing with better than the #7 seed, they have to beat the bad teams. Toronto has clearly earned the adjective.|
Latest comment: from mymanjruekeep on keepin' on, Dollar Bill ...
|The Sixers entered this game with a talent deficit. Even with Dwyane Wade out, the Heat have more top-end talent. The way to overcome that deficit is to identify an advantage and press it. And keep pressing it until the other team has to do something drastic to take away, then you exploit their fix. Tonight, Doug Collins had a huge advantage handed to him in the first half, and he completely let the Heat off the hook. (game capsule).|
|For the fourth time in this abbreviated season, the Sixers will face an irritated Miami Heat team. On Sunday, the Heat were embarrassed on ABC by the Celtics. They've been playing mediocre basketball, especially on the road, since the All Star break. Tonight, they return home where they sport a 21-2 record and will assuredly be looking to right exact some revenge against the Sixers.|
|After Elton Brand's dominant performance against the Hawks, the logical focus of a "wrecking crew" post would be the offensive show he put on, but instead let this post serve as exhibit A in the "Do not re-sign Spencer Hawes under any circumstances" trial sure to happen in about three months.|
|So that's what it would've looked like if the Sixers got Elton Brand in his prime. This game had all the makings of another disappointing loss. Slow start. Low energy. Terrible offense. Klutzy, soft, ineffective play from the five spot. The difference came in the fourth quarter when the Sixers remembered they had Elton Brand with a mismatch on the low blocks, and rode him for all he was worth right to the final buzzer of a close win over a winning team. (game capsule).|