|The never-ending drama swirling around the Sixers perimeter players is bubbling to the surface, yet again. If you've been following the comment thread at all today, you realize Doug Collins recent comments about Andre Iguodala have drawn a reaction, let's dive in a little bit after the jump and hopefully open the conversation up.|
|As has become tradition for this Sixers team, they came back from what could've been a debilitating loss with a strong effort. The first quarter against the Nuggets was discouraging, but the Sixers used another superb third quarter to build a double-digit lead, then muddled their way through the fourth to secure a much-needed win over a playoff team.|
|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 42-21 fourth quarter of tonight's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies has left me feeling numb. To cough up a 21-point lead at home in that manner, well, I'm not even sure what kind of learning experience that is for the young guys. It's just unacceptable. Let's take a quick look at the charts and a quicker look at what went wrong.|
|The Sixers will go for their fourth straight win tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. When I look at the matchup, the thing that jumps out at me is the size up front and how the Sixers will match up with it. Elton Brand and whoever's manning the five have their work cut out for them.|
Latest comment: from Derek BodnerI said that in the context of how they were playing this year....
|In forty-five games, spread over three months, Evan Turner has gone from a possible savior, to a complete bust, to a slow starter, to a lost cause and finally a possible prospect in the (broken) hearts and (tortured) minds of the Philly faithful. Let's take a look at his progression to this point.|
|Doug Collins has a roster full of young players with varying levels of maturity, skill and intellect. For the most part, he's done a very good job of using playing time to motivate this young squad, and as we hit the second half of the season, his methods seem to be paying dividends. Collins has used the proverbial carrot or the stick to get these young guys to buy in to the type of basketball he wants them to play. No one has received the stick more than Marreese Speights and it looks like he's finally coming out the other side.|
|Over their current three-game winning streak, the Sixers have outscored their opponents by 34 points. This is significant because tonight's game put the Sixers on the positive side of the ledger: 4,383 points for, 4,375 points allowed. Mark the date, Jan. 26th. At 20-25, let's hope the Sixers can stay on the positive side of the ledger from here on out. A quick look at tonight's win over the Raptors to follow.|
Latest comment: from khouseYeah...you're right cuz there's no way those can be taught...hilarious!...
|As we covered yesterday, the Sixers have been more than good on their home floor. In order to make a move on the #6 seed, or maybe just to secure any playoff spot at all, they need to be better on the road. Forget being a good road team, they don't even need to reach that level, but is it too much to ask for them to be average? Somewhere near .500? I don't think so. Either way, Toronto is a team you have to be able to beat, no matter where you're playing.|
|If you've been reading the papers, it seems pretty clear the Sixers are either happy with what they have, or driving the price up for Andre Iguodala by professing their love for him. Yesterday, the Sporting News reported that both Brand and Iguodala were essentially off the market. Let's tackle the fundamental question Rod Thorn is going to need to answer this morning before we turn our attention to tonight's game.|