Archive: April, 2011
The Sixers played about as well as they can possibly hope to against the Miami Heat Sunday at American Airlines Arena. They limited the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to just 63 total points, held each of them to below 50 percent from the floor, made more field goals (35-31), more three pointers (7-4) and committed fewer turnovers (14-9) than the Heat.
Still, Miami was able to post a 97-89 victory. And as much as players and coaches want to believe that it was a good showing, which it was, it seemed that the frustration of still enduring an eight-point loss overweighed any thoughts of moral victory.
With three of their five starters (Jrue Holiday, Jodie Meeks and Spencer Hawes) playing in their first playoff game, it figured to be tough for the Sixers to get off to a good start against the host Heat in the first game of their best-of-seven first round series.
Lou Williams will test the sore hamstring today against the Miami Heat. Williams has been out since straining his right hamstring on March 12 against the Milwaukee Bucks. He said that he hasn't played 5-on-5 since the injury, so he'll find out today just how healed he is.
"I'm excited to get the opportunity to get back out there with the guys in an important part of the season. I'll be trying to work the kinks out on the fly. I'm definitely not 100 percent, but functioning and at this point of the season you've got to give it all you've got."
The Sixers will certainly need Williams against the Heat, who beat the Sixers in all three games this season. Williams was the second leading scorer for the Sixers this season against the Heat at 14.3 a game.
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At this moment, the Sixers are still calling it a game-time decision as to whether Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams will be available for Saturday’s Eastern Conference playoff opener against the Miami Heat.
As far as the individuals involved are concerned, both have come to the same conclusion.
“That’s the plan,” said Iguodala, who has sat out the last few games to rest the tendonitis in his right knee for the playoffs. “We want to try and get it right.
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The playoff schedule for the Sixers and Miami Heat has been set.
Game 1 - Sat April 16, Philadelphia at Miami, 3:30PM, ABC
Game 2 - Mon April 18, Philadelphia at Miami, 7:00PM, TNT
Game 1 of the Sixers' first-round series against the Miami Heat is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Miami. The game will be shown on ABC.
Interestingly, those of you who are also Flyers fans will have to make a decision for the second half. Game 2 of the Flyers-Sabres series begins at 5 p.m.
The league released the schedule for the opening games in the four Eastern Conference series. The Western Conference picture is still being sorted out.
Sixers forward Andre Iguodala will not play tonight against the Orlando Magic in order to rest his sore right knee.
Iguodala has been playing through the pain for some time since being diagnosed with right knee chondromalacia in mid-March.
Coach Doug Collins will start rookie Evan Turner.