|The last time the Sixers played the Knicks in Philly, the roles were reversed. The Sixers were looking up at the Knicks in the standings, they needed to make up ground, they needed a win, badly. They were hungry. Let's take a look at how that game worked out in anticipation of tonight's showdown for sixth.|
Latest comment: from mymanjrueYeah, I did see that...so I was thinking of Herb everytime ET made a jumper, and especially on that three...
|The good news is that Evan Turner stepped up in his new role and looked the part of the number two pick in the draft. The bad news is that the Sixers did their best imitation of the Butler Bulldogs in the second half and kind of embarrassed themselves against a team they may face in the first round of the playoffs.|
Latest comment: from emtmessThats funny you are saying that Geen, Noc, and Kapono are better than Turner right now. Thanks I needed that. :)...
|I don't know about you, but the color green turns my stomach when I see it on the basketball court. The Celtics are the enemy, plain and simple. Pierce, Garnett, Rondo and Allen are a scourge on my basketball world and there's nothing I enjoy more than seeing the Sixers beat them. Tonight, the Sixers need to tap into some of that hatred, they need to stir it up, relish in it, and send a message to a rival and possible first-round opponent.|
|Lou Williams is definitely out for the next five games, possibly longer. Yesterday, we talked about how his minutes might be redistributed, we talked about Evan Turner's opportunity, we talked about Antonio Daniels being signed, we talked about what the team would be missing in Lou's absence. What we didn't look at is the possible positives of life without Lou.|
|Lou's MRI confirmed a strain of his right hamstring on Sunday. There is no definitive return date, it looks like they're going to reevaluate the injury frequently before committing to a timetable. At this point, there's no rush. Get him 100% fully healthy by the time the playoffs start, that's got to be the only priority. In the mean time, the team has five games left and they need to figure out how to fill Lou's spot.|
|Throughout the week, basketball writers from the major sites have a number of chats and run rumor columns. Every once in a while, they actually talk about the Sixers. In this column, GoSixers has aggregated the relevant stuff from the chats. You'll see stuff in here that will make you scratch your head, but keep in mind, these guys are experts.|
|The list of things that could've swung this game the other way is very, very long. If Jrue hits even half of the good looks he missed, they win. If Brand connects on one or two more of those elbow jumpers, they win. If Jrue's pass to Thad on the final play of regulation isn't three feet too high, they win. For tonight, take solace in that, chalk this one up as an ugly loss, and move on. When you wake up tomorrow, though, realize they have to rebound from this game quickly, and it's not going to be easy.|
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|In yet another "this is what good teams do" type of game, the Sixers absolutely manhandled the Nets at the Wells Fargo Center last night. Right from the opening tip, it was clear which of these teams would eventually be heading to the playoffs. At the final buzzer, it was official.|
Latest comment: from BrianJrue is leading w/ 18, followed by Brand (14), Iguodala (13) and Thad (12)....
|With a win tonight, the Sixers will reach 40 wins on the season, they'll reach 4 games over .500 for the first time since April 5th, 2009, oh, and they'll clinch a playoff spot as well. Standing in their way? Deron Williams, a center with a stripper name and the rest of the New Jersey Nets.|
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|Doug Collins stated last week that winning as many games as possible is the goal of this team. Playoff seeding and who the Sixers' first-round opponent may wind up being isn't really all that important beyond getting as many wins and the highest seed they can. It makes sense, especially with so much ambiguity among the top three seeds. What he hasn't mentioned, though, is how he's using these games to figure out his playoff rotation.|
|The defense wasn't there in the first half. They seemed a bit sluggish at times, and they were settling for too many jumpers. Houston couldn't miss a shot. After the break, though, the Sixers put their foot on the Rockets' throat and never let up. A nice, tidy double-digit win at home over a surging Western Conference foe. Good work.|
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