|The honeymoon is over for Frank Vogel as Jim O'Brien's replacement in Indy. After a 9-3 start, the Pacers have dropped 5 of their last six games and with a win tonight, the Sixers can push their lead over the #8 seed to 6 games with only 19 left to play.|
|After 62 games, the Sixers have outscored their opponents by 124 points, exactly 2 points-per-game. It's taken some time, but Doug Collins has established an 8-man rotation with a 9th floater at the five. Within that 8 or 9-man rotation, roles have been clearly defined and production has been consistent, for the most part. Of course, in any group, there's a weak link. I think you can probably guess who the Sixers' weak link has been this season.|
|It's been 15 games since Andre Iguodala was given a greater share of the team's initiating responsibilities. Over that time, the Sixers have won 11 and dropped only 4. Let's take a closer look at what the change has meant for the team.|
|A slow start in the first followed by a bench explosion to push the lead to 18 points, then a miserable third quarter before Collins found the right combo. Jrue, Meeks, Turner, Iguodala and Thad played all but two seconds of the final 10 minutes in the 4th and OT. The exclamation point on the win came on Andre Iguodala's 10th assist with 17 seconds left.|
|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.|
|It wasn't as demonstrative as I would've liked, but I'll take it. Good to see a couple guys stiffen when Minnesota came back to tie it and say, "No way we're losing this game." The non-pathetic triple-double is your player of the game.|
|I regret to inform you there will be no SixersBeat episode tonight. Instead, I'll be packing my wife and two kids into a car and forcing them all to drive up to Boston with me so I can attend the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference with the likes of Darryl Morey and Bill Simmons. Sounds like a fun family vacation, right?|
|We're running out of regular season, folks. The Sixers played their 60th game of the year the other night. 22 remain, but let's stick to our plan of digesting the season in 10-game increments. A look back at the past ten (7-3), forward to the next 10 (7-3, hopefully) and the Player of The Game leaderboard, to follow.|
|Well, something had to give at the WFC tonight, and it wound up being the Sixers' modest four-game streak. Jason Terry was unconscious and got whatever he wanted unless Andre Iguodala was guarding him. Unfortunately, Iguodala only covered him for a couple of minutes.|
|The Mavs come in having won their past six games, the longest current streak in the league. The Sixers have taken down four in-a-row, the second longest. By 10pm tonight, one streak will have ended. Let's see if we can point out a few keys to help the Sixers keep theirs going.|
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|We've spent plenty of time in the comments here debating not only who may be the league's MVP, but also the best way to define the award. Is the MVP simply the best player in the league? Or is he the player who is most valuable to his team? I tend toward the latter. Neil Paine from Basketball-Reference.com thinks differently.|
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|Fresh off an uninspiring win over the hapless Cavs, a date with the 43-16 Dallas Mavericks looming and the team remains focused. Doug Collins has them saying and doing all the right things, they've come together as a unit. A few topics for an open discussion to follow on our (hopefully still) surging Sixers to follow.|