|Last week could've been better, could've been worse. As long as the Sixers get back to what they did for the first 14 games of the season, it was simply two wins and two losses. As long as they shake off their second half letdown against Miami, or better yet, use it as fuel for a relentless attack on the Wizards tonight, it won't mean a thing. (Check out my latest from SB Nation Philly)|
Latest comment: from BrianI always get Elson mixed up with Johan Petro, another Rod Thorn fave....
|There's no shame in losing to the Miami Heat in Miami, especially not when you're short your starting center, playing against a rested team when you're on the second night of a back-to-back. There's no shame in the loss, at all, but sometimes it's not if you lose, but how you lose that defines you as a team. What we saw in the second half last night was not characteristic of this Sixers team. (game capsule)|
|The defense was there all night. In the first half, the Hawks shot a completely unsustainable percentage on long twos. In the second half, they missed their jumpers, if they could even get a shot off, and the Sixers energy was too much for the Hawks (or anyone else) to handle. Big win to take over the #2 spot in the Eastern Conference. (game capsule)|
|Maybe the streak doesn't have to stop, but it would be nice. The Sixers have played elite basketball over the first 14 games. They've absolutely destroyed a series of bad teams. What they haven't done is win a close game and beat a good team at full strength. Until they do those two things, that little voice in the back of our heads is going to continue to ask, "Have they really improved?" Beating Atlanta tonight won't silence the voice, but it would turn the volume down a bit.|
|My biggest regret when I look back on this game is that we'll never get a chance to see a playoff series between the Nuggets and the Sixers. That was one of the most entertaining regular season games I can remember. My second biggest regret is the Sixers had this game, right there, and they let it slip right through their fingers. (game capsule)|
|In fact, the next three will count. They all count, technically, but when we're talking about national and even local recognition, the Sixers haven't beaten anyone noteworthy. Starting tonight, they'll get the chance to change that.|
Latest comment: from TrayTrue. Anyway, we solved the mystery of the 5-on-5....
|One game in three days. Quite a luxury this season, so let's use this opportunity to take a step back and look at something that was somewhat of a concern in the preseason, the rotation at the 4 and 5. Also, here's the link to my latest on SB Nation Philly.|
If you asked 100 casual NBA fans (with neither PHI nor MIL loyalties) which duo is better: Andre Iguodala/Jrue Holiday or Brandon Jennings/Stephen Jackson, about 90 of them would say the latter. 17,281 people in Philadelphia got a first hand look at just how wrong those 90 people are today. The Sixers cruised to another double-digit win over the Bucks, 94-82, on MLK day. (game capsule)|