Sixers playing like champs
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on March 16, 2008
And the guy in the picture is playing like a MVP.
Andre Miller torched Spurs defenders all night long to give Sixers an emotional 103-96 win over San Antonio, the NBA champs.
With this one, the pile of “Biggest-win-of-the-season” games is rising. First it was the road win at Phoenix, then another road win, vs Pistons, then the comeback win at Chicago of last night… And guess who’s next? Allen Iverson’s Nuggets !!!!
If you take out the Rockets and their historic 21-game (open) winning streak, Sixers are the hottest team in the League right now and Mo Cheeks should be a legit candidate for the “Coach of the Year” award.
Yes, the same Mo Cheeks that I bashed for more than a year. Then again, I’m more than happy to take my hat off to him and admit I was wrong. Just like my 31 wins prediction is already off the mark 🙂
Cheeks is doing an extraordinary job of motivating, giving confidence and keeping together an athletic, unexperienced, damn exciting young team that at 33-34 (.493) has already exceeded every possible expectation and is playing fantastic basketball.
The Spurs game was another sign of how Sixers are quickly maturing and finding ways to win games even when their best weapons (fastbreak points, hustle plays) are limited.
Sixers had the lead basically for the whole game, keeping Spurs at distance, up to +13 in the second quarter (45-32 and 49-36), then + 10 and +13 again in the third(79-66).
San Antonio came within six in the fourth (92-86) but Iguodala took it personally versus Bowen and scored a big fallaway jumper over the Spur: Sixers should have closed the game when Dalembert had a fantastic block on Duncan, but Carney couldn’t finish the fastbreak for the possible +10 and Ginobili made it a six point game again (94-88).
Andre Miller capped his great night (apparently he was playin injured… I didn’t notice, though…) with a sweet jumper in the lane, giving us an eight point lead at 96-88 with 1.56 to play.
Spurs couldn’t overcome the deficit, despite Parker stealing the ball from from Williams for a layup (98-93, 1.08): Lou, who had missed two from the line earlier in the fourth, knocked down a free throw and at 99-93 with 1.03 left the game was over, with Spurs misfiring from long distance.
Interesting how Sixers went with an extra-small line up in the fourth, with Andre Miller, Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Rodney Carney (PF ???) and Sam Dalembert.
The haitian center did a wonderful job on Duncan, something that his stat line doesn’t tell you: he really limited him and had a great part on Tim’s 5/14 from the field.
Offensive rebounds were another key for us: Spurs are the best defensive rebounding team in the NBA but we managed to grab twelve boards under their glass. Those extra possessions gave us new life when we had struggles scoring the ball and helped the clock continue to run. At one time in the fourth we caught two offensive rebounds and missed three shots in a possession that looked neverending: Popovich went completely nuts (LOL).
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Willie Green was back after he missed two games and looked in good shape – Ginobili had a terrific dunk over Sam on a drive in the third – The most exciting play came at the end of the third, when Iguodala fed Thaddeus Young for an high flying dunk: but Spurs inbounded the ball quicky and Bonner silenced the crowd knocking down a three at the buzzer – At halftime, Miller had 15 points on 6/7, and Sixers had only one turnover as a team !! – Parker answered with 16 at the break, (7/9), while Duncan had only 8 with 2/7 – Speaking of Miller, if you check the boxscore don’t stop reading only points, FGs, FTs and assists… continue reading until the turnover column: you’ll find a zero !!
Sixers will have some days to rest and then on Wednesday welcome Allen Iverson, playing for the first time in Philly with another jersey. I hope the (sellout) crowd will give Bubba Chuck an arousing standing ovation and then root for the Sixers to beat the Nuggets: that’s how is supposed to be, in my guidoesque opinion.
Check Jeremy’s PickaxeAndRoll for great Nuggets’ coverage.
Wow, I’m pumped.