Archive: October, 2008
First Quarter: Cleveland 31, Sixers 24
Sixers Starters: Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Elton Brand, and Theo Ratliff.
Cavaliers Starters: Sasha Pavlovic, Mo Williams, LeBron James, Ben Wallace, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
Back from L.A. ... Phillies are in the World Series ... but this blog has been dormant. I do apologize, but starting tomorrow it will be revived.
I'll blog again tomorrow morning, but we're going to try to set up a Live Chat for 3 p.m. in anticipation of tomorrow night's preseason home game against the Cavaliers.
Here's the news coming out of the Sixers today:
The Knicks are in town with their new brand of Mike D'Antoni fast-breaking basketball, but more importantly for Philly, the 76ers are in the Wachovia Center for the first time this season. Knicks vs. Sixers, tonight, 7. If you're going, watch out for Phillies' (you know how they're playing in the NLCS?) traffic.
It's the second preseason game for each team. Knicks lost at Toronto, 113-111, on Wednesday. On the same night, the Sixers beat Boston, 98-92.
The Knicks are a team in transition -- literally and figuratively. D'Antoni, formerly of the run-and-gun Suns, is instituting that offensive philosophy in NYC. Also, Stephon Marbury appears to have taken a backseat to free-agent pickup Chris Duhon. With the Sixers also looking to play pressure, aggressive defense and push the basketball, this should be a free-wheelin' type of game.
FINAL SCORE: Knicks 110, Sixers 104.
Not much running play-by-play in the second half as deadine approached, but a couple of things: Marreese Speights looked good again in his minutes. He started poorly, but gained momentum. Royal Ivey hit a few outside shots. Kareem Rush missed all his outside shots. When the Sixers' starters faced the Knicks' starters, the Sixers outplayed them.
HALFTIME: Knicks 60, Sixers 51. The Knicks continued to play their starters in the second quarter while the Sixers' Elton Brand, Andre Miller, Andre Iguodala, and Sam Dalembert sat.
There's about 30 minutes left on the clock and the Knicks and Sixers are warming up here at the Wachovia Center. The doors opened about 30 minutes ago. Tonight's game, scheduled to start around 7 o'clock, is the second preseason game for both these teams.
I spoke to head coach Maurice Cheeks, Jason Smith, and Royal Ivey before the game.
We spoke at length about Cheeks' philosophy on outside shooters, as well as Kareem Rush.