Welcome to the high-flying Sixers show
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on February 11, 2009
Too bad the All star-break is coming soon.
Because these Sixers are rolling, and the nightly show is just as exciting as it could be.
The 108-91 W over Phoenix, third straight (26-24, .520) is just another example.
A 48 minute-rain of dunks, alley oops, high flying blocks, spectacular passes, hustle plays. To cut it short, a rout, that Suns could only witness, without offering much resistence.
I was really amazed by the show, one of those games that you would like to extend for a couple of extra quarters.
Yes, the Suns were in the second night of a back-to-back (tough W @ Detroit the night before). Yes, Nash and Shaq have lost a step, maybe two. Yes, it’s not the same squad that came close to the NBA Finals a couple of years ago.
Still, a 28-21 team came to town, and it was absolutely destroyed by the YOUNG Sixers, outplayed in every aspect of the game, basically from the tip off.
Few flashes , that could help us understanding what happened.
FIRST QUARTER: Thaddeus Young steals the ball from Amare Stoudamire off an inbound pass after a basket by the Sixers (!). Shaq misses a dunk. Jason Richardson misses an uncontested layup. Suns turn the ball over SIX times, vs Sixers’ ZERO. Young scores 14 on 6/7, including 2/2 from behind the arc. 30-25.
SECOND QUARTER: Evans completes a three point play after being fouled by notorious bust former Sixer Amundson. A possessed Marreese Speights (8/10 at the break) scores TEN CONSECUTIVE POINTS, including two alley oop dunks. Royal Ivey runs back on defence and goes up for a fantastic block on Tucker. 55-44.
THIRD QUARTER. Dalembert scores on a nice low post move over Shaq. Then draws an offensive foul by the same All star center. Then goes 2/2 from the line. Then completes his own alley oop (63-48). Then blocks Jason Richardson. Suns miss a ton of open jumpers. Dragic travels and eventually, embarassingly, airballs a long jumper. 80-66.
FOURTH QUARTER: Speights finishes his unforgettable night (a career high 24 at the end), Lou Williams contributes some free throws, and it’s soon garbage time (99-79), with even Rush and Marshall seeing some action.
You got it, a typical blow out.
Suns looked tired, old and at times uninterested, their body language was terrible. Sixers, all Sixers, jumped all over them: focused, committed, spirited, winning every hustle play. A pleasure to watch for every fan.
Forget the All Star game, the real show is in Philly. Don’t stop it. Grizzlies are next.
SIXERS4GUIDOS’ BONUS STATS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS – Dalembert’s streak of consecutive free throws scored reached 23. His last miss from the line came at Denver on December 26th (!) – Sad to say, but Nash was really horrible – All of five points by Evans came on Amundson, LOL - Ivey was 0/6 but all the shots he took were good ones – Lou Williams is continuing in his shooting slump, how about taking the ball to the rim more, instead of settling for long jumpers ???