Archive: April, 2011
The 76ers will bring in guard Antonio Daniels tomorrow and will sign him to a 10-day deal if all goes according to plan, a league source just confirmed. Daniels is currently in Texas, but the Sixers aim to bring him to Philly and bring him on board as insurance because of the recent injury to backup guard Lou Williams.
Daniels, 36, most recently played for the Texas Legends of the NBA's Development League. Daniels is a 6-foot-4 guard who began his NBA career with the Vancouver Grizzlies. Daniels has played for San Antonio, Portland, Seattle, Washington, and New Orleans. In 868 NBA games, he has a career average of 7.6 points per game. He was the No. 4 pick of the 1997 NBA Draft.
Williams strained his right hamstring (an MRI confirmed injury today) in the third quarter of Saturday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Sixers have not set a return date for Williams, saying only that he will be evaluated daily. With Williams out indefinitely and with rookie Evan Turner buried deep on the bench right now, this signing (if it goes through tomorrow), provides Doug Collins with a veteran backup guard for the next 10 days.
Lou Williams has a strained right hamstring, as confirmed by an MRI this afternoon. The Sixers have not set a return date for their combo guard, saying he will continue to be evaluated. The Sixers practice tomorrow and play at the Boston Celtics on Tuesday.
Lou strained the hamstring during the third quarter of Saturday night's overtime loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He made a move going left, pump-faked, and drew a foul from Bucks' guard Brandon Jennings. Immediately after the whistle, Lou pointed toward his training staff on the team bench. For a few minutes, the team's trainer worked on Lou's hamstring on the bench, but he eventually went back to the locker room. He didn't return.
The 76ers should have defeated the Milwaukee Bucks. It wouldn't have even taken a good performance to win. A solid game, even decent probably would have gotten the job done. The Bucks were awful in the first quarter. At one point early in the second quarter, the Sixers had a three pointer that would have pushed their lead to 15. Instead, it stayed at 12.
The Sixers third quarter was really bad and the fourth wasn't much better until the final few minutes, and then the last few possessions of regulation -- for both teams, really -- were empty. The Bucks' Brandon Jenning made all three of his field goals in the overtime and Milwaukee won, 93-87.
If Sixers guard Lou Williams had not strained his right hamstring, the Sixers probably would have won this game. At the end of the third quarter, Williams drew a foul from Jennings and then immediately pointed toward the Sixers' trainer. He made one of two free throws, but very soon after was taken out of the game. Initially he stayed on the bench, but he then went back to the locker room and did not return. After the game he said he would see a doctor on Sunday and that he doesn't have a diagnosis yet. Even though Williams was 1 for 5 when he left the game, he's the Sixers best off-the-dribble threat. With Milwaukee's defense geared toward slowing down the opposition's sets, it would have been a luxury for Doug Collins to give the ball to Williams and allow him to spark some offense. What happened without Williams was difficult to watch: Andre Iguodala airballed a short jump shot, point guard Jrue Holiday missed a pull-up jumper off of a screen, and Holiday lost control of the ball (or made a bad pass, couldn't tell without the replay) on the Sixers final set in regulation.
Video: 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala talks about the team clinching a playoff berth with Friday's 115-90 win over the New Jersey Nets.
Video: Sixers forward Elton Brand talks about clinching a playoff spot.
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The 76ers are in the playoffs.
With tonight’s 115-90 win over the New Jersey Nets, the Sixers have clinched a playoff berth with exactly six games remaining in the NBA’s regular season schedule. Considering the Sixers are multiple games ahead of the New York Knicks and multiple games behind the Atlanta Hawks, it’s safe to assume they’ll end up with the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Their opponent, likely either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics, is yet to be determined.
Part of the interesting part of this game was the reaction from the Sixers. There wasn’t much celebration, which is a good sign. And there was much talk about ending this regular season quite well, something the 2008-09 team did not do.