Archive: April, 2012
The Sixers’ regular-season finale Wednesday night will be their last game on WIP, ending a long relationship with the station.
The team announced a multiyear agreement for all games to air on 97.5 The Fanatic, and for a significant number of games to be simulcast on 950 ESPN Radio.
The first broadcast will be Game 1 of the Sixers’ first-round playoff series Saturday. That game will air on the FM dial; some playoff games will also be simulcast, although which games has not been determined.
The Sixers don't know yet whether they are playing the Chicago Bulls or the Miami Heat in Round 1 of the NBA playoffs, but they know Game 1 will be Saturday (time, TBA).
The Sixers and Knicks are tied for the seventh seed in the East entering the final day of the regular season. The Sixers play tonight in Detroit and the Knicks are in Charlotte against the Bobcats.
The Knicks own the tiebreaker, so wins by both teams or losses by both teams mean the Knicks are the seventh seed. The Sixers can only be the seventh seed if they win and the Knicks lose.
The playoff spot is clinched (though the opponent is still undetermined) so coach Doug Collins has decided to give some of his regulars a rest.
Tonight's game in Milwaukee and tomorrow's season finale pretty much have no meaning for the Sixers so Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand stayed behind in Philadelphia to rest for the playoffs and Lou Williams will not play tonight against the Bucks. Collins also said that Jrue Holiday will sit out tomorrow night.
The Sixers are currently tied for the 7th spot in the Eastern Conference with the Knicks, but New York owns the tiebreaker over the Sixers as they won two of the three meetings between the clubs this season. New York hosts the Clippers tonight and then travels to Charlotte on Thursday.
The Sixers signed guard Xavier Silas for the remainder of the 2011-12 season. Silas was previously a member of the Sixers NBA Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, and becomes the 59th player called up this season from the D-League.
Silas (6-5, 205) was not selected in the 2011 draft following his senior season at Northern Illinois but signed to play with BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral of the French League.
He returned to the States and took part in the Sixers' training camp along with both preseason games against Washington before being waived prior to the start of the regular season.
The NBA announced yesterday that it had fined Sixers coach Doug Collins $15,000 for verbal abuse of an official after the team's 109-106 overtime win in Indiana on Saturday.
Collins' abuse was aimed at official Zach Zarba, whom Collins felt missed a couple of foul calls late in that game, most noticably a chop on the arms of guard Jrue Holiday.
But Collins probably had some pent up frustration towards Zarba. Back on February 19 at Minnesota with the Sixers leading the Timberwolves by 91-90, Zerbe called a questionable reach-in foul on Andre Iguodala as Kevin Love drove the lane. The foul was called with under a second left. Love made both foul shots to seal a 92-91 win for Minnesota.
There were so many positives that came out of the Sixers 109-106 overtime win in Indiana on Saturday, snapping the Pacers' 7-game winning streak:
*The team made big shots down the stretch in overtime to win a close game. Before Saturday, the Sixers were 3-19 in games decided by 7 points or less.
*Elton Brand was a force inside, fighting hard for each of his nine rebounds against maniacle Tyler Hansbrough and 7-3 Roy Hibbert. He also provided a huge offensive spark, scoring a team-high 20 points.
The Sixers can clinch a playoff berth with a win Monday night at New Jersey or a Milwaukee loss at home to Toronto.
They currently sit in the eighth seed, which would mean a first-round matchup with the Chicago Bulls if the playoffs started today.
The Sixers are a half-game behind the New York Knicks for the seventh seed. The Knicks have two games remaining; the Sixers have three.
When David Stern looks at the Sixers in their first year under new ownership, he sees a "great situation," he said yesterday during an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting.
"What a league looks for with ownership is right from central casting," the NBA commissioner said during the APSE commissioners meetings in New York. "They have put professional people in place with (president) Rod (Thorn), (CEO) Adam (Aron) and (coach) Doug (Collins) and their staffs. They gave them support. They led the league in increased attendance. The franchise is in strong hands. They are going to have to learn to live with the ups and downs on the court, but the business is doing better than it could have. It's a great situation for the fans. They have been coming out in big numbers, with sellouts at the end of the season."
The Sixers averaged 17,502 in their 33 home games this season, good for 15th in the league in home attendance. Last season, they averaged just 14,741, which ranked 25th in the NBA.