|First of all, thanks to Dean for hooking us up with tickets for tonight's game. It was great to meet everyone (Dean, Tray, Mike, Josh, Noah, Rob and Tom Moore). The game itself was heartening, for several reasons we'll get into after the jump. The win was huge. But seeing Thad Young helped off the court was just sickening.|
|Games like tonight are what make me fairly certain the Sixers would have a better record right now had Elton Brand not gotten hurt. There's no way they would ever get destroyed on the boards like that if he was in the lineup. As it was, Larry Brown out Larry Browned Tony DiLeo and the Sixers squandered another opportunity.|
Latest comment: from BrianShould a team in a tight playoff race lose back-to-back games on the road to teams under .500?...
|I'd like everyone to think back to late April, 2008. The Sixers backed their way into the playoffs, finishing with the #7 seed and a first-round matchup with the Detroit Pistons. Mo Cheeks out-coached Flip Sanders in game 1, basically daring Detroit to become a one-man team by refusing to double Rasheed Wallace. Eventually, the Pistons realized that if they shut down Andre Iguodala, the team simply wouldn't be able to score enough to win. When the playoffs come around this season, that approach simply will not work.|
Latest comment: from BrianThey definitely backed into the playoffs last year. 3-7 in their last 10 games, lost their last 4. ...
|Well, the Sixers' road trip lasted an extra 24 minutes. Take nothing more away from this game, the Sixers suffered the typical slow start teams usually do when returning from a long road trip over the first half, from there it was a blowout.|
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|It's always fun to take a look at the stats when a player is on a hot streak. After the jump we'll break down Thad's play from the past five games.|
|Over the past two games we've seen Thad Young absolutely explode on the offensive side of the ball. He's taken over each game for long stretches, and given the Andres a break from having to carry the offense. It was just a taste of what we've all been waiting for from this kid, we saw it coming last season, we saw flashes of it earlier this year and obviously, we're all hoping it's here to stay. Here's the question, though: Is it enough?|
|The play of Sammy Dalembert and Thad Young has carried the Sixers to their past two wins. It's as simple as that. Thad has taken over the role of lead scorer, Sammy has embraced the role of intimidating center. The question you have to ask is why now?|
|It was an emotional night at the Spectrum, from beginning to end. The Sixers seemed to feed off an amazing crowd. The Bulls seemed to draw on the ghosts of Bulls teams past. It went back and forth, but the right team was able to pull it out in dramatic fashion at the end, and thank whoever you feel like thanking for that. I couldn't have taken another buzzer-beater loss on this night.|
|Well, the Sixers finally got a win without raising my blood pressure to dangerous levels. Toronto never threatened after the Sixers punished them in the second quarter. They did cut the lead to nine in the fourth, but the offensive star of the game, Thad Young, put them back in line quickly. After the jump we'll check out Coach DiLeo's rotations, in detail, and talk about why this wasn't a 40-point win (which it really should've been).|
|The Sixers used a monstrous first quarter and an excellent final two minutes to hold off the Knicks for a rare four-game sweep. The second, third and most of the fourth wasn't pretty to watch, but the W is all that matters at this point. After the jump we'll take a look at how the Sixers did at what I pointed out as a key to the game earlier today.|
|A couple of quotes from the Sixer wings have me feeling good about the leadership in that locker room.|
|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.|
|Video of Thad's monster jam over Udonis Haslem to get the Sixers started last night against Miami.|
|Tom Moore reports that Coach DiLeo thinks it's still to early to put EB back in the starting lineup. DiLeo also seems to be on the fence about who will take a seat, it does, however, appear to be narrowed down to Willie or Thad. No small-lineups with Brand at center, at least not to start the game.|
|In the first half, the Sixers turned the ball over 14 times. They allowed Houston to grab 9 offensive rebounds, a rate of 33%. Thad Young grabbed two rebounds the entire half. The Sixers were held to 18 points in the second quarter. It was almost an unwatchable half of basketball. The only highlights came from Elton Brand, who blocked 6 shots. How, you may ask, did a start like that turn into the biggest win of the season (thus far)? Check after the jump for the answer.|