Archive: March, 2012
The 76ers ability to put away lesser talent has been a major reason for their success. As we mentioned after the win over Cleveland, the Sixers were 18-5 against sub .500 teams.
And now they face another struggling team when they visit the Washington Wizards on Friday.
The Wizards took an 11-38 record into Thursday’s game at Indiana and this will test the Sixers ability to guard against overconfidence.
Andre Iguodala will likely miss his second game in a row with left knee tendinitis. Sixers coach Doug Collins said Jodie Meeks would again start in his place for tonight’s game against Cleveland at the Wells Fargo Center.
“A big part of Dre’s game is speed, quickness and jumping, and he is limited, and when you get that, his leg feels weak so we have to see,” Collins said after this morning’s shootaround.
Iguodala rode a bike today and got treatment, according to the Sixers.
There wasn’t very much buzz in the building and in a game that lacked drama and suspense, but the 76ers shouldn’t be complaining. A win is a win and there hasn’t been an overabundance of them lately.
Tuesday’s 103-85 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers before 17,832 at the Wells Fargo Center was just the third victory in the last eight games for the Sixers.
And even though the Cavs were players such as Manny Harris and Donald Sloan - leaving more than one fan (and one writer) to ask “who are these guys” - the Sixers needed a win over any team, regardless of the personnel.
The Sixers (26-21) lead the Boston Celtics (25-21) by just a half game in the Atlantic Division standings, which gives tonight’s game at the Wells Fargo Center even greater importance than usual.
And of the utmost importance is for the Sixers to get out of the gates in a much quicker fashion than their last two home games.
That was the take of Doug Collins who pointed out after this morning’s shootaround how the passive starts the last two home games have put the Sixers in a hole they were never able to climb out of.
Before Friday’s game with the Boston Celtics, 76ers coach Doug Collins was talking about needing a close win over a quality team to get the Sixers going.
Collins talked about the significance of the 95-90 home win on Feb. 6 over the Los Angeles Lakers, when the Sixers came on strong in the fourth quarter and won the game despite being out rebounded 55-30. The Lakers also led by seven with under five minutes to go, not an insurmountable lead, but still one where the Sixers had to grind it out
While the Sixers didn’t need a late comeback in Friday’s 99-86 win over visiting Boston, they did have to overcome another slow start at home before earning Collins his 400th career win.
The 76ers have had their problems winning big games at home when they've been close. So when the Knicks jumped to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter and the Sixers missed their first dozen or so shots, you knew they were in trouble.
So on this night, though they battled back into the game throughout the second half, they showed again that they have trouble with these tight ones in big spots.
There are just 19 games left now in this truncated season, and the Sixers, at 26-21, are now clinging to first place in the dreadful Atlantic Division. It's been their perch all season, but now the Celtics are finding a late kick, and the Knicks are now 5-0 with their new coach, Mike Woodson, and just a few games off the pace.
Video: Doug Collins and Elton Brand look back on the 76ers' 84-78 loss at home to the Miami Heat. John Mitchell of the Inquirer reports from the Wells Fargo Center.
This was a game that showed how far the 76ers have arrived, but also the considerable distance they still have to travel.
Trailing by 27 points at halftime and 29 early in the third quarter, the Sixers got to within four points late in the fourth quarter, before losing 84-78 to the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
It showed that a seemingly hopeless game became awfully competitive as the Sixers fought and scrapped their way back.