Archive: March, 2011
The 76ers will look to run tonight against a Boston Celtics team that is unforgiving on defense. The Celtics are allowing the second fewest number of points per game in the NBA (91.86). Only Chicago at 91.43 has done better.
Against a team like Boston, the Sixers will need to score some fast break baskets. In their first two games against the Boston - two losses by a total of five points - the fast break success was mixed.
During a 102-101 home loss on Dec. 9, the Sixers outscored Boston, 22-20 in fast break points. In an 84-80 defeat at Boston on Dec. 22, the Celtics had the edge in fast break points 14-7.
Before recapping Friday's 89-86 win over the Boston Celtics, we present the best news of the evening - Kate returns from assignment to cover the Sixers beginning Saturday in Milwaukee.
Wow, we can hear the cheering through the computer and rightly so.
Anyway, the Sixers again showed their ability to bounce back from a difficult defeat in beating the Celtics before an enthusiastic sold-out crowd at the Wells Fargo Center.
Video: The Inquirer's Marc Narducci breaks down the Sixers 89-86 win over the Boston Celtics Friday night.
Each week, Kate will check in from the road and answer fan questions about the Sixers. Click here to ask Kate a question or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Video: Kevin Durant powered the Thunder into overtime where the Sixers didn't have the energy to keep up with Oklahoma City. The Inquirer's Marc Narducci reports from the Wells Fargo Center.
After the 76ers lost a heart-breaking 110-105 overtime decision to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the critics were coming out with plenty of theories why this should have been a win.
Sure the Sixers were up five points with under a minute to play and could have closed the deal. Yet sometimes the other team deserves credit. Plus the Sixers were simply beaten by one of the best players in the universe.
Kevin Durant's three-pointer with 6.9 seconds left that tied the game at 101-101 in regulation was a thing of beauty, unless you happened to be Andre Iguodala and the Sixers.
Maurice Cheeks was a four-time all-star point guard for the 76ers and was their head coach for three full seasons and part of another before being fired a little past the quarter point of the 2008-2009 season.
Cheeks, who still maintains a home in the Philadelphia area, is in town with his new team, the Oklahoma Thunder who vist the Sixers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
As an assistant coach with the Thunder, Cheeks is part of a rising young team. The Thunder only faces the Sixers twice a year, but Cheeks has been impressed by his former team's development.
INDIANAPOLIS -- There is a common theory that fast break teams don't prosper in the playoffs. The 76ers will worry about the playoffs when the time comes.
For now, they continue to be at their best when they are running the court. That was evident in Tuesday's 110-100 win over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse.
The Sixers had a 15-5 edge in fast break points, but that only tells part of the story. They continually beat the step-slow Pacers while driving to the basket, even in half-court sets.
INDIANAPOLIS - Doug Collins said at this morning's shootaround that he expects tonight's matchup with the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse to have a playoff feel.
It actually will feel that way much more for the Pacers, who enter the game 27-35 and are in the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference but five games behind the Sixers (32-30), and only a game and a half ahead of Charlotte.
So if the Pacers have any realistic chance of catching the Sixers with 20 games left for both teams including tonght, they have to win.