Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sixers (finally) earn first win of the season

While I tend to be pretty negative about the Sixers (see Twitter), I'm definitely a big basketball fan and I've been patiently waiting for them to put together a team that is fun to watch and is competitive night in and night out. With every season brings the promise and the hope that this is the year the Sixers put it all together and turn into a serious contender.

The season is still young, but it's already painfully obvious this won't be that year. After losing their first four games, the Sixers managed their first win on Wednesday night, blowing out the Pacers, 101-75. While the Sixers were in full control throughout the contest, the game was more about how poorly the Pacers played rather than how the Sixers dominated the action. Elton Brand put together a nice performance, posting a 25 point, 12 rebound, 4 assist stat line. In all, 6 players finished in double digits in scoring.

Sixers head coach Doug Collins didn't get to see the end of his first win with the team, staying in the locker room after halftime as he dealt with a dizziness stemming from the concussion he suffered at the end of May. Assistant coach Michael Curry took over on the bench but the team didn't miss a beat.

With games coming up against the Cavaliers and the Knicks, the Sixers have a good chance at turning around from their early season misfortune. If the Sixers want to compete for a playoff spot, they need to beat the bad teams in the league. Even in their best nights, they won't be able to hang with the Heat and the Celtics, but if they can beat up on the dregs of the Eastern Conference, they could sneak into the playoffs. Of course, it's probably better that they bottom out to get another high draft pick rather than just get ousted from the first round of the playoffs.

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