The 76ers have done their best to win games since the all-star break, which, of course, has diminished their chances of coming up with a high pick in the next NBA draft and opened themselves up to criticism.
While there has been much gnashing of teeth among those who would love to see the Sixers take Kevin Durant or Greg Oden with the No. 1 or 2 choice, Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks won't apologize to the critics who wanted him to tank the season.
"I think the players understand that we're trying to set a standard for ourselves, and setting a standard means going out every night and playing to win and not taking anything less," Cheeks said last night before the Sixers faced the Cleveland Cavaliers in their final home game of the season.
Andre Iguodala, the Sixers' leading scorer, said winning has built the confidence in the team's young players. He cited second-year guard Louis Williams as an example.
"His development and how far he's come since coming here from high school is a great example," Iguodala said. "He's playing some key minutes now and getting some experience. There's nothing better than that as far as players learning and being able to develop."
the Sixers' No. 2 scorer, have played their last game this season. Iguodala (lower back strain) and Korver (sprained right wrist) sat out last night's game and will miss the season finale tonight at Toronto.
"I've been advised it's not worth the risk," Korver said. "If [the wrist tendon] would tear more, there's a chance I might need surgery and that's something I don't want to have to go through this summer."
a former Sixer, and onetime Eagles cornerback
hosted a delegation of 32 father-son pairs at last night's game. The duos belong to organizations in the Philadelphia and Trenton areas that stress the importance of fathers in the lives of families.