|It took him a year longer than he would have liked, but Josh Harris has finally begun to run the Philadelphia 76ers like he would any other company he acquired at a bargain. Old management is finally gone, and Sam Hinkie is the Stanford MBA-toting savant who will apply new logic to the problem of building a contender, and more importantly, speaks Harris' language.|
|The latest bit of news to squirt out of the Sixers PR department is the addition of a local, affiliated NBA Developmental League team, the Delaware 87ers. Josh Harris had a big smile on his face. This is the latest in a long line of cutting edge propaganda moves the Harris-led franchise has made since they bought the team during the lockout two summers ago. Like most of the print-worthy moves they've made, this one is a lot of noise about nothing.|
Excitement. Dissapointment. Angst. Frustration. Anger. Disgust. The range of emotion experienced by this Sixers fan since the Sixers made the franchise-altering trade for Andrew Bynum last summer has been draining. If you're in the "just get rid of him," camp, I get it. I understand the logic behind making him someone else's problem. I completely get why people want to turn the page, but I don't think it's necessarily the right thing to do for this team.|
|There is no guarantee tonight will be Evan Turner's last in a Sixers uniform. Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown and even Nick Young could return as well. The only sure thing is tonight will be a farewell for Doug Collins as the team's head coach. Love him, hate him, or have no feelings either way about him, Doug's vinegar-strokes faces will no longer be on the sidelines when this team (or at least a new team wearing the same uniform) takes the floor next fall. One last time in Indy.|
|The Sixers will lug their monstrous two-game winning jag into Detroit tonight to face a reborn Pistons squad, sporting a three-gamer of their own. Since the Pistons inserted Andre Drummond into the starting lineup, they've won 50% of their games (4-4), and they're fresh off thumping the mighty Cavs on Friday. Only one streak will survive.|
Latest comment: from AnnagayHighly energetic blog, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?...
|...or are we? That's pretty much the theme of tonight's game in Washington. The Sixers and Wiz have similar records, the only difference being a couple extra road wins for Philly (both teams enter 22-18 at home). Since there's nothing to play for and less reason to watch, I dug deep and found this picture of John Wall celebrating after hitting a three. The photog who nabbed this shot must've been on cloud nine, it's like seeing a unicorn.|
|The Hawks and the Celtics are in a nail-biter of a battle for playoff seeding. Neither wants to finish #6 (and have to face Indy and Miami in the first and second rounds, should they get that far). Finishing 7th would mean avoiding the Heat until the conference finals, again, should they advance that far. 1.5 games separate the teams, and falling to 8th is an impossibility. I'm sure Boston realizes this, I kind of doubt Atlanta does.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersReggie Evans is reportedly a great rebounder - would you like him starting for your NBA team?...
|If you're able, try to sit back, relax, and enjoy the basketball game tonight. The Sixers have been mercifully eliminated from playoff contention, the odds of moving up or down in the lottery are pretty low, and really, one spot either way doesn't matter a whole lot. Put your feet up and soak it in. We only have to watch five more after this one.|
|When the Sixers take the floor tonight there's no way to tell if they'll be the attacking team we saw in Atlanta last night. Will they be the team that smothered the Hawks on defense, or the team that couldn't get a stop or hit a shot against Charlotte two nights early? The sad fact is, it doesn't matter. The real question is whether Miami will continue to toy with the league and rest LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (neither has played since their streak ended on March 27th).|
|It seems as though no matter what changes the Hawks make, no matter what injuries they suffer, they're consistently a step below the top of the Eastern Conference when the season comes to an end. The constant has been their front line of Josh Smith and Al Horford. Tonight, the Sixers will look to keep their laughable playoff hopes alive on the road in Atlanta against this maddeningly pretty good team.|
|If the Charlotte/Philadelphia matchup in and of itself isn't enough to float your boat (and why would it be?), tonight we'll at least have a new (if somewhat familiar) face to check out on the floor. Justin Holiday joins his little brother for the new-look Sixers after their brief late-season respite tonight in the mighty Bobcats' house.|
|The Sixers will play host to a team that really knows how to tank tonight. A team that's been doing it for years, and will probably continue to do it the right way for years to come. The Charlotte Bobcats dropped their 55th game of the year last night in New York. The Sixers won't need to muster much to push their win streak to three, but they will need to muster a little.|
|Tonight's game in Cleveland, against the Cavs (who will be missing Irving, Varejao and Waiters) is the first of three straight against the dregs of the league. Only a complete lack of energy and/or focus will stop the Sixers from stringing together a four-game win streak. The good new for the pro-tanking crowd is there's really nowhere for them to move up in the standings.|
|Believe it or not, the last time the Sixers faced the Bucks this season was salvageable. If everything had gone according to (heavily-modified) plan, they would've won that game, gone into the All Star break two games behind the #8 seed and come out with Bynum added to their lineup for a run to the playoffs. Things did not work out as planned.|
Latest comment: from TrayNo not really, I just thought there were some interesting points....
|Utah put up a good fight to remain in playoff contention for most of the season, but they're definitely limping to the finish line right now. Losers of 12 of 15, the Jazz dropped another last night in Dallas while the Sixers were romping in Sacramento. It's one of my favorite days of the year, the day when I get to see the guy the Sixers should've drafted #2 a couple of years ago and wonder what might have been...|
Latest comment: from GregI guess i should have said "most of the blame". Obviously some of the blame does....