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Sixers season ends in embarassment

Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on May 1, 2009

fans-booingOk, first let’s take the hat off to the Orlando Magic.

They played a great t-e-a-m game despite all the absences, won 89-114, and deservedly advanced to the second round, 4-2. End of the story.

Now let’s talk about the Sixers’ game. Horrible. Awful. Atrocious. Embarassing. I don’t know what to say.

We simply weren’t ready to play, we didn’t come out to play. Not “play hard”, play. We didn’t show up.

I won’t waste time recapping the game, analyzing this and that, breaking down individual performances. Sixers were outplayed, outrebounded, outhustled, outfucked by the Orlando Magic’s reserves in a 48 minute-butt whipping.

Forget the stats, while Bulls and Celtics were making history (third overtime just started as I’m typing this), Sixers pulled out a memorable choking act, losing all of the four periods, giving up 62 points and 57% from the field (23/40, including 6/9 from three) in the first half and trailing constantly in double digit until the final buzzer, with margins from eleven to the final twentyfive. 

I could mention at least four embarassing plays for each Sixer that was put on the floor: turnovers, airballs, dunks on, shots blocked etc. I won’t go on details as it could be very painful.

Gortat = a polish David Robinson. JJ Redick = Ray Allen part II. Rafer Alston = the new Dennis Johnson. It was that kind of night.

The truth is Sixers are far from being a good playoffs team, and many things have to be re-evaluated this summer, taking this crappy game into consideration.

The sad end of course doesn’t take anything from the good things that were done before, including the two wins versus Orlando, a team that was supposed to blow us, but it’s a clear sign that something is still lacking, especially in the players’ minds.

2008/2009 Sixers improved of only one game from the previous regular season (from 40 to 41 wins) and repeated the exact sequence of last year’s playoffs series, winning the first game on the road and going up 2-1, only to see the season end with three straight losses.

The season perhaps didn’t, but the final game surely deserved all the boos that the crowd rained on the team. A shameful finish indeed.

Let’s leave the main stage to the grown folks, we still have a lot of homework to do.

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4 Responses to “Sixers season ends in embarassment”

  1. […] Sixers 4 Guidos: "I could mention at least four embarassing plays for each Sixer that was put on the floor: turnovers, airballs, dunks on, shots blocked etc. I won’t go on details as it could be very painful. Gortat = a polish David Robinson. J.J. Redick = Ray Allen part II. Rafer Alston = the new Dennis Johnson. It was that kind of night. The truth is Sixers are far from being a good playoffs team, and many things have to be re-evaluated this summer, taking this crappy game into consideration." […]

  2. […] official should check the tarmac in Orlando for signs of the Philadelphia 76ers, because they sure as hell didn’t show up in Philadelphia.  The 114-89 beat down they received at the hands of the Magic should be evidence of that.  It […]

  3. Maverick said

    what’s your impression on Iggy’s and Ratliff’s “not so good” considerations about Di Leo after the elimination?

    links:

    Iguodala –> http://sportscomplex.blogs.citypaper.net/blogs/mu/2009/05/01/morning-rounds-may-1st/

    Ratliff –> http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20090501_Ratliff_calls_Sixers_coaching_too_soft.html

    and what about the absences of Miller and Ratliff at the last team meeting?

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/news/story?id=4126759

    all these situations are not a good way to end the season…

    am I going too far thinking that shameful game 6 could be a result of players quitting on Di Leo?

  4. Maverick, thanks for checking in, sorry for the late reply but your comment was held in the “approve” folder for suspect spam and I caught it only accidentally, not sure what happened.

    I’m gonna address all of those facts in my next posts, thanks for the links though, surely not good signs there

    I don’t think they quit on DiLeo, after all it’s them being exposed after such a poor end, more than the coach, but anyway that Game 6 will make many things re-evaluated. It’s gonna be a busy summer for Ed… stay tuned on S4G

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