|And no one is there to see it, is it still horrible defense?|
|The Phoenix Suns have to be considered the surprise team of the early season. With a 6-1 record, including a road win in Boston, they're in driver's seat in the Pacific Division, tied with the Lakers but getting road games in the win column early on. Nash is playing at MVP level again, Amare is back. Channing Frye is suddenly an offensive weapon. This is a tough matchup for the Sixers, without a doubt. There are a few buts, we'll get into them after the jump.|
|Well, the first preseason game most of us could watch without the aid of pirate websites was broadcast entirely in Spanish. There's a reason the Sixers are the third (at best) most-popular team in Philadelphia. If you made it through this game, pat yourself on the back, wear it as a badge of honor, stick it in your back pocket and pull it out after they turn the corner and tell all your friends you watched a preseason game en Espanol, that's how crazy about the Sixers you were. If you didn't catch the game, well, you missed a thing of beauty.|
|About midway through the third quarter of the Sixers 126-116 loss the Suns you could see they were out of gas. I noticed it when a couple of rebounds bounced in the lane a couple times and no Sixers made a move to grab them. They just didn't have anything left in the tank. It was a valiant effort, but you aren't going to beat the Suns in Phoenix if you don't bring 48 minutes of energy.|
Latest comment: from AlvinWe gotta be able to beat the Warriors if we seriously want to get to the playoffs....
|John Hollinger's P.E.R. Diem column yesterday tackled the awe-inspiring new offense being run in Phoenix. In a nutshell they score a ton of points. After the jump, we're going to look at the cost of this offensive style, and how the Sixers can exploit Phoenix's system for their fifth straight win tonight.|
|I'd like to introduce a new feature tonight from a loyal reader. Mike is a season ticket holder who volunteered his services to us. When he gets home from the games, Mike is going to write up his impressions of the crowd, the game and most importantly the stuff that happens in the arena that we, watching at home, are not privy to. After the jump, you'll find the first installment of what I hope is a long-running column here on Depressed Fan. Welcome aboard, Mike.|
Latest comment: from Mikewhoa whoa whoa. Im Mike. This is a cool feature though...
|I haven't seen enough of the Suns to form an opinion of Terry Porter as a coach, but if tonight's blowout is any indication, he's got some work to do.|
|Relax, he isn't coming here via trade, he's coming here with the rest of the Suns to play the Sixers tonight. After the jump we'll take a look at the stats and a series of numbers that absolutely must be taken advantage of.|
|In keeping with a tradition I started a while back, I thought it was about time we got the other side's point of view on a potential trade. We've been talking about the Amare Stoudemire situation in the comments here since the news broke that Phoenix was looking to move him. Michael Schwartz from Valley of the Suns was nice enough to answer a few questions about a trade proposal I concocted, what he thinks the Suns should be looking for in a Stoudemire deal and Amare's performance vs. the perception thereof.|
|We've come to expect the Sixers to slay every giant they face. Unfortunately, these teams are giants for a reason and tonight the Suns exerted themselves to put the upstart Sixers in their place to the tune of a 107-93...|
|On the second night of a tough back-to-back out West the Sixers used a relentless attack, and basically a 7-man rotation to run all over the Phoenix Suns. After holding a 16-point lead with a little over 3 minutes to...|
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