|If the question is whether the Sixers have made a leap, after Portland the answer was probably not, after Phoenix it was maybe, after Utah...definitely not yet. After out-classing the Jazz for the first 16 minutes of this game, they suddenly decided they were too good to do the things you need to do to win on the road, and a terrible Jazz team showed them what happens when you take things for granted on the road in this league. (game capsule).|
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|Continuity, apparently, is not a cure-all in this abbreviated NBA season, or at least it wasn't on opening night for the Sixers (game capsule). The Sixers looked every bit like a team without the benefit of a full camp and preseason schedule as they bumbled their way through an ugly first quarter, then fell short in their valiant comeback attempt.|
|Being young and deep should give the Sixers a big advantage over most teams during the upcoming insane 66-game schedule. With little turnover, a system in place and fresh legs, they should be able to weather stretches like the 21 games they'll play in the first 36 days of the season better than most, but there's a big problem lurking, and it's one the team did nothing to prepare for. Also, the first SixersBeat of the season, tonight at 9:30pm, Eastern|
|Up next in the PvP series is our big man by default, Spencer Hawes. We'll take a look at my predictions vs. his performance in a bit, but I'll cut right to the chase. Spence played a little more than I thought he would, scored a little less, rebounded a little more and sucked just the right amount.|
|There is one notable positive about playing the Heat in the first round: They're one of the few teams not headed for the lottery with possibly less talent at the center position than the Sixers. The odds of Spencer Hawes having a decent game are probably higher than Dampier, Joel Anthony and Zydrunas Ilgauskus catching lightning in a bottle, not that they're all that high for Hawes.|
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|Every time you think the other shoe has dropped, this Sixers team gets up, dusts itself off, and defies all logic. Tonight, a day after a terrible overtime loss to the hapless Kings, the Sixers went into the United Center (where they lost by 45 points in December) and put the East's best team away in a thrilling 97-85 decision. Every time you think they stink, they go out and prove they can play with anyone...anywhere.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Yep, the Lakers are better than the Sixers. They had their opportunities, but just too many missed shots and horrible, horrible nights from Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and a couple others did them in in the Bon Voyage to the WFC for a couple weeks.|
|Doug's excited, how about you? The Sixers picked up their 10th win on January 3rd last season, in their 33rd game, on the last day of the Ice Capades trip. This year, they'll have at least ten in their back pocket before they even pack their bags. Granted, they have 15 losses dragging them down, but we're measuring progress on a curve here. Still, it was great to see the Sixers bounce back for a dominant second half on the second night of a back-to-back to put the hapless Clippers away.|
|Two ways to look at tonight's win over the Nets: (1) They didn't play their best ball, by any means, but they were still able to scratch out a win on the road. (2) This was not quality basketball by any means, and an effort like that is going to result in a loss against about 27 teams in the league. Pick your poison. Charts are updated.|
|Twelve games into the young season we've seen Doug Collins use four different starting lineups. We've seen wild variations in the minutes of Marreese Speights, Thad Young, Darius Songaila and Tony Battie. But through it all, one thing has remained consistent. Spencer Hawes has started every game at center. It's only logical to wonder why, at this point.|
|Everyone, including Doug Collins, realizes the starting lineup(s) he's trotted out there simply don't work. I'm not quite sure why he's sticking to his guns after a 1-4 start, but judging from the minute distribution, it's clear he has no faith in two of his starters. Here's the question, what would your starting five be if you were calling the shots?|
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|Indiana is pretty much on the same level as the Sixers. Jrue + Turner + Iguodala is roughly equal to Granger, Hibbert and Collison in terms of the foundation of a team. Neither team has much beyond that. Indy has more veteran scrubs while the Sixers have a bunch of players with some sort of potential (who are mostly scrubs). This was pretty much a game of equals. It didn't look like it on the floor in the second half.|
Latest comment: from BrianShould be good to about 30 now....
|The Sixers 93-65 loss to the Celtics last night was quite possibly the worst game of basketball I've ever seen. Granted, it was a preseason game, with a new coach, new players and the Sixers were without Iguodala and Brand. Still, every Sixer who took the court should be ashamed. As a fan, I don't see how you can't be worried.|
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