VC scored 15 points and the Nets kept their playoff hopes alive for a couple more days by handing the Philadelphia 76ers their worst loss of the season, 96-67 Sunday night.
Lou Will had 14 points to lead the Sixers. The 76ers had no other players in double figures in shooting 35 percent from the floor. Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller combined for 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting.
The 67 points were a season low for Philadelphia and the 29-point loss was the worst defeat. With the loss the Sixers fall into the 6th spot in the East and a 1/2 game behind the Heat for that coveted 5th seed. The fifth seed will probably play Atlanta in the first round of the playoffs and the sixth will get either Boston or Orlando.
Ok so Devon Harris didn’t walk (since when is 5 steps legal), or a self pass (loses it mid air, lands, grabs it again and shoots), or is the clock operator getting paid to fix this game, CRIPES. In the longest 1.8 seconds known to man, Devon Harris does the unthinkable… Have a look for yourself:
From a friend of a friend:
I just watched the replay on ESPN; there’s NO way he was able to do all that in 1.8; he definitely traveled, too. Do the refs have their own time kept? Nothing the Sixers can do; hope that doesn’t come back to haunt them later in the season.
They made a very nice run in the third quarter to take the lead back after being down as many as 11 at one point. Andre Iguodala was looking very good out there. A few nice dunks and some very nice crossovers on a few defenders.
Then came the 4th quarter.
With the Cavaliers benching their franchise player in LeBron James to give way to scrub time, the Cleveland bench rose to the occasion and quickly took back the lead and never looked back… AGAINST OUR STARTERS. It was pathetic.
Oh and Mareese Speights; I noted a while back that I thought he could be a star in the making, well that was in Summer league, and I was way off after watching last night. He was the most laxadazical NBA player I have ever seen. Walking up and down the court, barely concentrating at the line and jacking his 2nd FT after BARELY making the first and getting the roll. It was very frustrating to watch, especially as he was getting owned on the glass at every end by Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao.
The Chosen One in 3 qtrs of play: 20 points 8 rebounds and looking meaner then ever.
With the loss the Sixers fall to 3-3 in the preseason with one game left to play against division rival, New Jersey Nets tonight.
Jordan Farmar lays one off the glass for Trevor Ariza.
And Sean Williams hasn’t been this HIGH since he was kicked out of Boston College.
New Jersey Nets center Josh Boone was held out of an exhibition game against New York on Monday night after experiencing a rapid heartbeat at practice last week.
Boone missed the Nets’ game at Boston on Sunday and had tests Monday, which were inconclusive. He is scheduled for further testing Wednesday.
THe UCONN grad hopes he can return Wednesday night against YOUR Philadelphia 76ers if he is cleared to play.
Thanks to TrueHoop, comes this clip of Nets PG Devin Harris playing a game of one-on-one against some random English chap in jeans and a v-neck sweater. Just watch.
OK, so “random English chap in jeans and a v-neck sweater” might be stretching it, the guy’s name is actually Stuart Tanner — a sort of English, Skip To My Lou-like playground legend.
The New Jersey Nets have traded point guard Marcus Williams to the Golden State Warriors for a future first-round draft pick, sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
Hopefully this acquisition of a young and talented PG will nix the interest the Golden State Warriors are said to have in Lou Williams, the 76ers backup point guard. In my opinion the 76ers NEED to re-sign Lou Will and Andre Iguodala in order to keep their contention hopes alive in the East.
Well 215 fans, who woulda thunk it?
Tonight, yyyyyour Philadelphia 76ers take on the Hawks in Atlanta, and with a victory tonight the 76ers will clinch a playoff berth.
With the Sixers magic number at 1 over both the Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets, a win tonight and the Sixers are in for the first time since 2005, quicker then any of us imaged post-Iverson.
It won’t be easy as the Sixers are on the road against one of the hottest teams in the NBA, a Hawks team that has won 9 out of their last 11 and are in a battle for the 8 seed in the East, also with Indiana and New Jersey. The man the Sixers will need to look to keep in check tonight is ‘The Game’ look-a-like, Hawk forward Josh Smith, who has been averaging 20 points, 6 boards, 6 assists, and 6 blocks a game during that stretch.
If the Sixers do fall short tonight, they can still clinch today with a loss by BOTH the Pacers, in Milwaukee and the Nets, in Detroit. If the Sixers come up short tonight and either the Nets or Pacers win, the Sixers next opportunity to clinch will come tomorrow night, this time at the Wachovia Center against the same aforementioned Hawks.
Doesnt really pertain to the (215), but Lebron is GLOBAL.
Cleveland Cavalier superstar Lebron James is a free agent at the end of the 09-10 season. Same said 09-10 off-season the New Jersey Nets will be making their move from East Rutherford to Brooklyn.
The Nets happen to be just one of rap mogul, Jay Z’s, semi-recent investments. Jay Z and Lebron happen to be very close friends and even recently celebrated Lebron’s 23rd birthday and Jay Z’s club opening, together in Vegas.
Everyone knows when you hear Lebron speak about being the one the best in the league, he always mentions how his aim is bigger, not to be just an NBA superstar, but a global icon. Achieving this goal, although close already, is not easy to do playing in Cleveland, Ohio. What better stage for his stardom to explode then with his friend, the Jiggaman himself, in the biggest city in the world, New York, New York.
So, some food for thought; you heard it hear first people, during the 2009-2010 off-season Lebron James will become a Brooklyn Net.
If …. WHEN Lebron ends up in Brooklyn, look for him and the Nets to take over and dominate a city that has been ruled by the Knicks for 50 some odd years. And the bricks for a powerful team are already being put into place. Forward Richard Jefferson should still be around, point guard Devin Harris should be in his prime, an already impressive big-man rookie Sean Williams, and a young talented back-up point guard in Marcus Williams. And lets not forget those two first round draft picks just obtained in the Jason Kidd trade, to go along with their own. Look for the Lebron James led Brooklyn Nets to be a young, exciting, up and coming force in the East in the 2009-2010 NBA season.
The 76ers cruise into the All-Star break with a season long five game winning streak after taking it to the Grizz 102-88 last night at the Wach. After going on an 18-0 run in the 3rd putting the Sixers up by 22, things got a little shaky. The Grizz climbed back into it and cut it to six, 92-86, late in the 4th. However, Iggy and Andre Miller proved too much connecting on a smooth alley-oop late, to highlight a 10-2 run and seal the deal. Some highlights:
With the win, the Sixers move into a tie for the 7th spot in the East if the playoffs were to start today. However, the Nets and Hawks both own the tie-breaker over the Sixers.
Philly native Hakim Warrick and ‘Nova grad Kyle Lowry were back in the (215) representing the Griz. Warrick had a great game in front of his hometown crowd with 23 pts and 8 boards. Lowry also had a decent outing off the bench with 15 pts, 6 boards, and 6 assists.
Game Ball: Andre Iguodala – 29 pts, 8 boards, 8 assists
Interesting Fact: The last 5-game win streak going into the All-Star break was a 6 game streak in 1961-62 when they were known as the Syracuse Nationals.