|The Sixers won 12 games at home last year. When Doug Collins took over, that was the first stat he pulled out. He made it a priority for this team to protect their home floor. After last night's win over the Suns, the Sixers are playing .667 ball at home, but that doesn't even tell the whole story.|
|If you can somehow put the final 3:41 of this game out of your mind, the Sixers absolutely dominated the Suns tonight for their 19th win of the year. You know what, I'm going to forget the finishing stretch of this game, it wasn't indicative of the other 44 minutes and change.|
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|Since the Sixers thrashed the Suns 123-110 in Phoenix, Steve Nash has led them to a 7-5 record. The overall record is probably more impressive if you don't look at who the Suns played over that stretch, but still, they've been playing better basketball. Phoenix is coming off a one-point loss in Detroit, a game in which they scored only 74 points.|
|Kate Fagan attempted to tackle the Sixers "closing" issues in her Sunday column yesterday. In some respects, she had solid points, in others, she missed the mark completely. Unfortunately, I don't think there are really any concrete answers. It's either a simplistic, "they're too young," or "they aren't very good." Or it's this ethereal logic that can basically be summed up by, "they don't have it." Somewhere in the middle lies the answer, if there is one.|
|The Sixers did an excellent job on Deron Williams and somehow overcame a terrible defensive rebounding effort to come away with a double-digit win over the slumping Utah Jazz. Andre Iguodala took advantage of a cupcake matchup with rookie Gordon Hayward "covering" him. Pretty close to a complete game for the Sixers to push their home record up to 13-7.|
|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 second half began with an ending far too familiar to Sixers fans across the land. A slim loss, but a loss nonetheless. Crunch-time execution still the fatal flaw, mostly on the defensive end this time. A team devoid of talented big men, made to look like a juggernaut by our soft collection of bigs who play small and a career game for DJ Augustin. It all equals the 25th loss of the season and on the outside looking in at playoff seeding.|
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|The Sixers will go for a season sweep against Charlotte tonight. Their third game this season against the Bobcats, and second in the past four days, sees the Sixers up against a tough scheduling quirk, which is not an unfamiliar feeling.|
|Seventeen up, twenty-four down. That's 41 games of (mostly) hard work put out on the floor by our Philadelphia 76ers. There have been more downs than ups, and many, many more than 7 more on the down side of the scale than the up side, but here they sit. Still in playoff position, with a much easier second-half schedule ahead of them. Let's take a look back at the first 41 and forward to the second half.|
|Every time I think I've seen the Sixers give away a game in the most gut-wrenching manner, they one up themselves. Not one, but two four-point plays in the closing seconds of the game and overtime. More Lou isolations than you can shake a stick at. Jrue Holiday scores 8 points in the fourth, doesn't get a single shot in the final 6:35 of the game, left to stand in the corner. Talk about this game if you can, I need some time to cool off.|