|The season is over, but no one who wore the Sixers uniform tonight has anything to be ashamed of. That was one of the most inspiring efforts I've ever seen on a basketball court. I'm proud to be a Sixers fan and I can't wait until next year.|
Latest comment: from Charlie HYeah, it was the Turner shot that made me think it wasn't our night. Rookies usually miss those....
|Game five, on the road against a team with superior talent and lofty goals. Down 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. This is the game where the cream usually will rise to the top. This is the game where the clearly superior team will typically put its foot down and end the series emphatically. The Bulls did it last night against the Pacers. Will the Heat be able to do the same tonight against the Sixers?|
|Heading into this series, it was clear the Sixers had a big advantage in their bench. Miami has a couple of specialists who play a role and little else. The Sixers have a ton of scoring firepower coming off their bench, even more now that Evan Turner has exerted himself. Let's take a quick look at how each bench has fared through four games, and talk a bit about what to expect in game five.|
|Well, I didn't expect it, but I was delighted to be able to compile differential production (DP) stats for one more Sixer win this year, Sunday's Game 4 thriller. The full explanation for DP can be found here. DP measures which players made individual contributions to a team's offensive and defensive ratings for a game. For this game, the Sixers' team offensive DP (ODP) was -2 (86 points in 88 possessions), and their team defensive DP (DDP) was +5 (82 points allowed in 87 possessions). Read on for the individual breakdown.|
Latest comment: from speekeagreed...
|There's nothing quite like playoff NBA basketball. After a couple of games, the familiarity between the two teams breeds unbelievable contempt. Team strengths are neutralized by adjustments, then coaches need to rethink everything to take advantage of the holes opened by those adjustments. It's truly a chess match. Let's take a look at a couple of key adjustments, and how they've been countered through the first four games.|
Latest comment: from speekesuch an awesome stat line...
|Maybe this is what all that heartache set them up for. Maybe failing to close game after game after game in the regular season gave them the fortitude to never say die when the death would've been literal. Maybe it was running without a timeout, letting the players make their own luck on the floor. Whatever did it, this was easily the sweetest win of the year. A tremendous comeback topped with clutch play from the team's youngest players.|
Latest comment: from tk76Will post on the new thread....
|For the first time in 2011, and possibly the last time in the 2010-11 season, I took some time to compile differential production (DP) stats for a Sixers game, Game 3 of the playoff series with the Heat. The full explanation for DP can be found here. DP measures which players made individual contributions to a team's offensive and defensive ratings for a game. For this game, the Sixers' team offensive DP (ODP) was +10 (94 points in 84 possessions), and their team defensive DP (DDP) was -17 (100 points in 83 possessions). Read on for the breakdown.|
Latest comment: from eddies' heady's+1 on the "teams" thing....
|Leaving the WFC on Thursday night, I actually felt a little bit hopeful about the Sixers. Without the benefit of replays or closeups or expert analysis, I thought Jrue played an excellent game. I thought the Sixers outplayed Miami for long stretches and Elton Brand soundly won his matchup with Bosh. Last night, I had a chance to watch the replay to see if those thoughts held up when I rewatched the game on DVR.|
Latest comment: from BrianKobe isn't even top five at this point of his career....
|Great crowd, great energy, great game plan. The Sixers played about as well as they possibly could have tonight against the Miami Heat, and the result was a 6-point loss in front of packed house. Nothing to be ashamed of as a Sixers player, or a Sixers fan, for that matter.|
|The question isn't really whether the Sixers will show the same resolve coming back from a disheartening loss tonight against the Heat as they did in similar situations during the regular season. The question is whether if they do, will it be enough to take down the Heat?|
Latest comment: from GoSixerslink to find evidence...
|Monday night's loss to the Heat was tough to take. The Sixers looked thoroughly outclassed on the floor. They looked like they have no chance. They looked worse than they've looked at any point this season save for the Chicago loss earlier in the year. We've spent the day lamenting the sad state of basketball affairs in Philly, now it's time to leave all the garbage behind.|
|Wow. Well, I'm not sure exactly how you break down an utter humiliation like we saw tonight in Miami. Nothing the Sixers tried to do on the offensive end had even a slight level of success. The defense wasn't bad early, but it abandoned them as the game wore on and the deficit continually grew. If something doesn't change, this is series is a sweep.|
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