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Detroit just being Detroit (Pistons 3, Sixers 2)

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 30, 2008

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Not much to say about Pistons’ 98-81 win of last night, really.

You just “copy & paste” game 2, and the recap of game 2, and you know what happened yesterday at the Palace.

It was Pistons from start to finish, no need to go quarter-by-quarter.  

The game basically ended after the first period (35-21), with Pistons shooting 15/19 (!), led by Billups, who had 14 points on 4/5, including two threes, to go with seven assists !!

The only sign of life by the Sixers was when Iguodala stripped Prince to feed Thaddeus Young on a fastbreak for a nice layup: it was 10-10, but a 16-2 Pistons run immediately followed that beatiful play.

Iguodala had finally a good game, but unfortunately with ZERO IMPACT on the team’s performance. Not blaming him again, of course, just stating a fact. Iggy went 4/4 in the first period, but fellow Andre shot 1/8, promptly extended to 1/10 at the beginning of the second, when he was finally pulled out.

Miller’s poor game (the first of the series, to be honest, so not sayin it’s his fault, or not only his) had a negative effect on the whole team, literally kicked in the butt for 48 minutes, while Pistons guards and Rasheed with his effective inside-outside game were partying all night. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sixers blow a unique chance (Pistons 2, Sixers 2)

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 28, 2008

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Yeah, the series is still open, yeah before it started everybody would have thought that being 2-2 after four games would have been damn good, but still I have the feeling that we missed a great chance.

1) First off, give Pistons their props for the deserved 84-93 win of last night, they proved why they have been to the Conference finals five years in a row.

2) we better try to analyze how we let a 14 point lead (43-29, 4.30 left in the second) turn into a 15 point deficit (65-80, 8.30 to play in the fourth. That means a 22-51 break in 20 minutes of action !

3) we should think about possible solutions to avoid that happening again.

Pistons played like a veteran team, never losing composure also when everything looked going in the wrong sense for them.

Sixers’ FIRST QUARTER was great: Sammy knocked down a couple of free throws and had a huge block on Billups (0/3 + 3 turnovers to start the game…), igniting the crowd and setting the tone for his team mates. Iguodala hit his first two shots, one being a step back jumper (the same shot that NEVER went in before) and the other a thunderous dunk over Rasheed Wallace. We all thought it could be the right night for him and for the Sixers.

By the half of the period all Sixers starters had already scored, while Detroit (with Maxiell in at PF) struggled: it was 17-10 and it ended at 25-19, with Green and Dalembert scoring six points, Iguodala five and Young four. Mo didn’t make any substitution. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sixers wind blowing (Pistons 1, Sixers 2)

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 26, 2008

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I don’t know if there are Reggie Evans groupies yet. If not, time to create a group of them.

Evans, a reborn Dalembert and Andre Miller were – in this order, to me – our key players in the 95-75 unexpected thrashing of the Pistons in game 3.

This means few things:

1) my 4-1 Pistons prediction is already off the mark (and I love it, of course…)

2) young Sixers are psychologically more solid and mature than we all thought, bouncing back from the blow out of game 2 and answering it with another blow out. This against a veteran team that was supposed to regain the lead of the series, also mentally I mean, after the “distraction” of game 1. It didn’t happen, I see.

3) Pistons might still win the series, of course, but after these three games they are actually closer to a memorable collapse than to a “routine” advancement to the second round. Some signs (looks, faces, body language etc) should worry a lil bit their hot fans. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, Jason Smith, Kevin Ollie, Lou Williams, Maurice Cheeks, Playoffs 2008, Reggie Evans, Rodney Carney, Sam Dalembert, Shavlik Randolph, Sixers corporate, Thaddeus Young, Willie Green | 4 Comments »

Your normal Game 2 (Pistons 1, Sixers 1)

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 24, 2008

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The 105-88 loss of last night is exactly the game that we were expecting. Even in Game 1, I mean.

Pistons absolutely destroyed the Sixers, outplaying us in every possible way and the final score doesn’t even give the idea of how hard we got beat.

I don’t think it’s necessary to recap the game, let’s say we could stay with Detroit only in the FIRST QUARTER and only because it lasted 12 minutes (LOL).

Andre Miller’s (lucky) bank shot at the buzzer made it 25-18, putting an end to a lesson of playoffs basketball. I would say ‘Detroit playoffs basketball’ if the expression wouldn’t remind me of that annoying chorus that you hear there….

To sum it up, Pistons played a damn stifling defense, pushing us to shoot FOUR AIRBALLS in the period, that Iguodala ended with 0/6, while Sixers as a team were 3/14 initially.

On the other side, Rasheed Wallace did his job, exactly like in game 1, scoring 11 points with a conbination of low post moves over Dalembert (embarassed in every one-on-one situation) and a long three. Thaddeus Young was the only effective Sixers, with 6 points off some nice offensive rebounds. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mo and Thad getting love in the Blogger rankings

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 22, 2008

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The final edition of the MVP/ROY Blogger rankings is up at We Rite Goode.

After hosting Round 4, your favorite guido blogger took part to the final voting and contributed spreading the love for Thaddeus Young and Mo Cheeks so make sure to check it out.

Nice way to celebrate Sixers successes and this wonderful season, while we wait for game 2.

Well done guys !!!

UPDATE: in the second part of these last rankings, that includes the race for assigning the MVP award, you’ll find also Lou Williams, selected in a special category that We Rite Goode created for the occasion…. the page is wonderful, with graphics, sheets, smart ass comments etc, make sure not to miss it, really !! Thanks to We Rite Goode’s crew for the fantastic job.

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Looks like we’ll have a series… (Pistons 0, Sixers 1)

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 21, 2008

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I honestly didn’t think that was possible (who did it?), but still it happened.

(Check what I said before the game in this Q & A session with Jesse from Pistons Nation, that was so kind to contact me for exchanging thoughts about the series. You’ll find also some nice pics and more funny stuff…)

Sixers stole a 86-90 win in Detroit, lead the series 1-0 and gained home court advantage, all in a fantastic night. That came in one of the weirdest, craziest, most exciting of the possible ways it could.

Sixers trailed by thirteen at halftime (51-38 ) and fifteen midway through the third (62-57). Here they went on a 10-0 run that avoided a collapse (especially a mental one) and totally changed momentum. The quarter ended 70-63, and was followed by another 4-0 run at the beginning of the fourth (70-67) that set the stage for the final 10 minutes, in which Sixers came close (72-71), tied it (76-76) and finally took the lead when Miller made it 77-78.

Here came a pretty unbelievable sequence, a sign that things were turning in our favor: Evans made 2/2 from the line (!!), Billups went 0/2 (!!!!) and Evans scored again on the next possession (!!!!!!!!), this time on a fall away jumper (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!): 79-82 Sixers with 4.26 to go. Of course the game was still open then, but our confidence had a huge boost. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, Jason Smith, Lou Williams, Maurice Cheeks, Playoffs 2008, Reggie Evans, Rodney Carney, Sam Dalembert, Sixers, Sixers corporate, Sixers4guidos, Thaddeus Young, Willie Green | 9 Comments »

Bitter end for a fantastic Sixers season

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 17, 2008

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REGULAR season, I mean.

It ended with the 115-109 loss in Charlotte, the fourth straight, that kept us under .500 (40-42, .488).

Big deal? No, it was a fantastic run, and this young, exciting, athletic Sixers team probably overachieved, thanks mainly to the wonderful job done by Maurice Cheeks, a guy I bashed on these pages many times. Time to apologize again.

Some of you would perhaps remember I predicted 31 wins, but hundreds of “colleagues” (in the category I put journalists, experts, bloggers, fans) were more around the 24-28 W range, with Sixers finishing from last to second last in the Eastern Conference.

So I won’t complain about these final four games, even if I would have preferred to take at least this last one, in order to avoid finishing with a losing record and to build some momentum before the playoffs (starting on Sunday at Detroit).

Cheeks rested most of his starters last night, with only Iguodala logging his usual minutes. Sixers were down 23 in the third (76-53, after a three pointer by Jason Richardson) but rallied back and closed the quarter 87-80 thanks to a 12-2 run with five consecutive points by an active Thaddeus Young and an alley oop dunk by Willie Green (season high 27 – in the picture, getting a rare S4G front page honour ) right at the buzzer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last second loss heads us to Detroit

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 16, 2008

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I’m finally back after a 11 day absence due to a business trip. And I finally managed to see a whole Sixers game again: the last one before I left, was the win vs Nets.

Right now you’d already wacthed and read everything about the 90-91 home loss to the Cavs (40-41, .494) and the way it come.

In case you didn’t, David Aldridge has the best recap, as usual. Point is, we lost the game, will finish at the seventh place and meet Detroit in the first round.

I’ll just add my two cents. Unlike many Sixers fans, I think the call on Dalembert was correct. He fouled Devin Brown – in the pic, sealing the victory – and before the buzzer. So no “robbery”, no “steal”, no “scandal”, in my opinion. It was a foul, coming after a great play, the block on LeBron James. (EDIT: after reviewing it for the 157th time I finally realized Ilgauskas pushed Sam towards Brown… that foul should have been called as well).

No big deal though. Sixers played a heck of a game, a playoffs game and I really enjoyed it. If it could end 0.2 seconds before, it would have been nicer. Whatever.

I’ll try to remind the good things: Read the rest of this entry »

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Sixers to playoffs, S4G temporarely off

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 6, 2008

Guys, I’m out on a business trip

I have troubles finding an Internet connection, let alone wacthing the games.

I’ll be back on Monday 15th, in the meantime I saw Sixers reached playoffs thanks to the win over the Hawks.

This is great, I admit I thought that was impossible this year and I also admit I was for tanking the season after the Korver trade.

Neither of that happened, and I am happy I missed all the predictions because this Sixers run was stunning, I fully enjoyed it.

Back in few days with full coverage !!

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Sixers dance towards the playoffs

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on April 2, 2008

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I know this recap comes late.

I am sorry but I am having troubles finding the games. Anyway, it looks like i just found a new, cool way :-) 

With that one, I just managed to watch the whole Nets game, so here are my (late) thoughts.

While the Sixers dancers were battling in the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA Dance team bracket, the guys were sailing to the first round.

Sixers beat the Nets 97-108 and at 38-37 (.507) got very, very close to clinching a playoffs spot.

With Toronto and Washington (38-36) still 1/2 game ahead and Atlanta (34-40) three and 1/2 games behind, Sixers could finish anywhere between the 5th and the 8th seed, especially considering that now they have to meet the Hawks in two games of a back-to-back, home-and-home series.

No need to go quarter-by-quarter now (it was a good, solid win on the road), but what was nice to see in New Jersey? Read the rest of this entry »

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