Philly back … ? The Sixers finally beat someone of note, and that someone was the Chicago Bulls. Following their victory over Orlando on Monday, Philadelphia had a nice performance on Wednesday with a dominating 98-82 win over the Chicago Bulls. True, the Bulls didn’t have Luol Deng or Rip Hamilton, but who cares. That’s not the point here, so just put it out of your mind.
In this shortened NBA season, so far at least, the Sixers have been the biggest surprise. At 16-6, they are off to their best start in nearly a decade. Jrue Holiday played Rose to a stand-still, doing his absolute best to keep up with the Bulls superstar. Both Igoudala (unfairly forgotten when the league’s stars are mentioned) and Thaddeous Young led the Sixers with 19 points a piece. Philly couldn’t care less who scores more and who gets the most assists: The Sixers have been getting it done by committee. They have a league high six players averaging double figures, with two others right behind (Evan Turner at 9.8 PPG and Jodie Meeks at 9.0 PPG).
Coming into the Chicago game, Philly had only beaten two legitimate teams (ATL, IND) and the easy schedule had me doubting. I didn’t get to watch the whole PHI-CHI game, but saw enough of it to be a bit more convinced. The Sixers are well coached (Doug Collins), and have a team full of players who know their roles. This team has that throwback feel: rather than having a superstar or two to rely on, each player puts in their 100%, ala the old days of Dr. J, Andrew Toney, Moses Malone, Bobby Jones, and yes, even Doug Collins.
Coming up, Philly faces some tough tests against Miami, LAL, LAC, and San Antonio. If they continue to do what they’ve been doing, spread the floor and swarm on D, I’m sure the Sixers can silence the skeptics out there and get a bit more national support.
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“With no reason, I’m iller in post season
Like Moses, “Fo-fo-fo” is what I’m screaming”
Mr. Eon – “Sportscenter”