Probably nobody thought that if the 76ers won one of their first two games on this Western swing that it would be the one against the Los Angeles Lakers. Or at least I didn't. But that's what just happened.
One night after stunning the Lakers with Andre Iguodala's buzzer-beating three-pointer, the Sixers appeared to fade against the Phoenix Suns, losing 126-116. After this game, everyone in the Sixers locker room agreed upon one thing: There just wasn't much defense played. Not by them. Not by the Suns. And that's just the way
As much as the excuse was offered that the Lakers win drained them, the Sixers wouldn't use it.
So what does this loss mean for this five-game, seven-day road trip. You know, I don't think it takes anything away from that win over
1.) If Donyell Marshall keeps getting minutes, and keeps shooting like he's shooting, then teams won't be able to zone the Sixers.
2.) Lou Williams is back. He is aggressive, shooting better, and providing that pop off the bench.
3.) Andre Miller, despite battling that nagging right calf strain, looks ready to make sure the Sixers finish the season strong.
These next two games on this trip, both of them, will determine if this swing is successful. Miller said going into the swing that three wins was the goal. Now that they've stolen one of the first two games, three wins is what they should come back to Philly with.
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