|When the first half ends, at the end of the night, the Sixers will either have 17 wins or 18. On Pace for 34 or 36. Five games under .500 or seven. Lined up to play either Miami in the first round of the playoffs, or Boston. I can't think of a better way to end a tumultuous first half than a road win, in Orlando.|
|Lots of discussion about Jrue Holiday recently, so I thought I'd undertake a project I've wanted to do for a while. In the preseason, Doug Collins famously said that Jrue would one day be a top-5 point guard in the NBA. That hasn't exactly come true yet, though we've seen flashes. But where exactly does Jrue rank among his peers (NBA starting point guards)?|
|On the precipice of the midway point of the 2010-2011 NBA season, let's take a step back. Forget about the playoffs. Forget about the rotations. Forget about everything and strip this team down to what's worthwhile, what's superfluous and what's meaningless. What direction should Rod Thorn take going forward? What should his plan be?|
|GoSixers dives into the rotational data to take a closer look at all things Spencer Hawes. How does he measure up against the other guys who have manned the five for the Sixers? Anything odd about the way Doug Collins has used him? Is he worthy of an extension this summer? Read on, fellow fans.|
|Either the Sixers are beginning to figure this whole close game thing out, or the law of averages is doing its work. Either way, the Sixers picked up another close win over a bad team and somehow claimed a stranglehold on the coveted #7 seed in the Eastern Conference (by percentage points over Indy).|
|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.|
|Good for the Sixers for finally pulling out a close game. Seriously, I'm happy for them. If you want to be honest about things, though, this was a garbage win. They played absolutely miserable defense against a terrible offensive team. They went with the same terrible offense down the stretch and they got bailed out by a superb defensive play by Andre Iguodala, and a rare stroke of luck when Early Boykins clanked a corner three that would've cost them the game. This really isn't something to be celebrated.|
|The Sixers team defensive efficiency rating has risen after each of the following eight games. Not since the Denver game have they played well on that end of the floor. They've won some games since then, even had a couple of solid wins, but they haven't been able to put it together on the defensive end, and really, if they can't get the job done on that end of the floor, there is no hope.|
|Since taking over as the head honcho in the Sixers front office, Rod Thorn has made one move. Sending Willie Green and Jason Smith to New Orleans for Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila was more about ridding the team of the players going out than any value coming back. Today, we sit roughly six weeks away from the trade deadline, and with a potential lockout looming, Thorn may have to wait quite some time to put his stamp on this roster if he doesn't before the deadline.|
|Looking back at the game thread, the venom spewed toward Lou Williams and Doug Collins for the late-game play calling and execution was both justified and almost immaterial to the outcome of the game. If the Sixers don't play about 40 minutes of pitiful defense, they win this game without breaking a sweat.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersPettiness never helps ones argument, take it from me - I know :) See lebron travel last night and not get it called?...
|It looks like Andre Iguodala will make his return - after missing seven games - against the Indiana Pacers tonight in Philly. Not a moment too soon, either. With a win, the Sixers will pass Indy for the coveted number seven seed in the Eastern Conference. Let's take a look at the keys.|
Latest comment: from Tom MooreIguodala to play and start tonight. Nocioni also expected to play....
|The incessant Carmelo Anthony rumors seem to be hitting a fever pitch. Apparently, the basic framework of a three-team deal is in place, but a fourth team may join the fray at some point, depending on whether Denver can find a taker for one of their bad contracts. The fourth team doesn't matter much, to me. I'm only interested in whether or not the trade will change things in the Eastern Conference, and more specifically, in the Atlantic Division.|