They're Back Again - Sixers 2019-20

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Re: They're Back Again - Sixers 2019-20

Post by Gannonfan » Fri Jan 10, 2020 9:59 am

Youdee Blues wrote:
Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:35 pm
Very, very good win tonight. Their spacing and effort was lights out tremendous.
Indeed - Sixers showed again why there's almost zero chance they'd lose to the Celtics if they ever meet up in the playoffs, it's just a matchup nightmare for the Celtics, even without Embiid playing. Great to have Thybulle back, he's likely the defensive rookie of the year (if there is such a thing), Richardson is showing what he brings to the table, Simmons was just everywhere last night, and Horford showed what he can be when he's not on the floor with Embiid. Heck, I think I read a stat that the Sixers are the best team in basketball with their non-Embiid lineup on the floor, even better than the Mavs. Of course, come playoff time, the game changes and you need Embiid on the floor.

What I also like about the Sixers is their ability to step it up for big games. Their record against the Bucks, Celtics, Raptors, and Heat is pretty good at this point, and those are the teams standing between them and the Finals. I like our chances in 7 games against any of those teams, warts and all. Still going to be a lot of ugly games thrown in between now and the playoffs, but just get healthy come then and let the real season begin.
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Re: They're Back Again - Sixers 2019-20

Post by Henweigh » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:53 am

And DOWN goes Frazier! This team, no matter their occasional spurts of greatness, is not ready for prime time.


Ability to step it up for big games?: Last night the superstar PG had 20 points in the first half, 4 in the third quarter, and ZERO in crunch time.
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Re: They're Back Again - Sixers 2019-20

Post by Gannonfan » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:37 am

What are they, like 7-5 so far in games against the teams in front of them in the standings? And that includes games without Embiid, and those games are evenly split between home and away. Not sure the excitement to jump off the bandwagon. This team gets to the playoffs fully healthy, regardless of their seed, and they're in a great spot. This team is constructed to win in the playoffs with defense and matchups versus the rest of the East. With all their flaws, they still look like that team that can excel in the playoffs. If we're going to pick out bad regular season losses to cross off teams, you could cross off teams every night and be left with no one ready for prime time. Heck, do we now cross off the Celtics because they lost at home to the Pistons and the Lakers because they lost at home to a Fultz-led Magic team?

With all that said, the one real concern that's popped up recently has been the play of Horford. He's been particularly brutal on both sides of the ball as of late, especially when he was supposed to blossom without Embiid on the floor. The problem is Embiid is still likely out for another 3-4 weeks, and also Horford's real value comes playoff time when he's a key player in the Sixers having matchup wins against the Bucks and the Celtics. Based on his current play you'd consider moving him, as he does have value and a contract that can be traded, but you don't want to let regular season issues get in the way of the real prize, that being success in the playoffs. Right now, I think you hold your nose with Horford and weather the storm to be healthy and intact come playoff time.
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Re: They're Back Again - Sixers 2019-20

Post by UDPat » Thu Jan 16, 2020 2:15 pm

Gannonfan wrote:
Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:37 am
What are they, like 7-5 so far in games against the teams in front of them in the standings? And that includes games without Embiid, and those games are evenly split between home and away. Not sure the excitement to jump off the bandwagon. This team gets to the playoffs fully healthy, regardless of their seed, and they're in a great spot. This team is constructed to win in the playoffs with defense and matchups versus the rest of the East. With all their flaws, they still look like that team that can excel in the playoffs. If we're going to pick out bad regular season losses to cross off teams, you could cross off teams every night and be left with no one ready for prime time. Heck, do we now cross off the Celtics because they lost at home to the Pistons and the Lakers because they lost at home to a Fultz-led Magic team?

With all that said, the one real concern that's popped up recently has been the play of Horford. He's been particularly brutal on both sides of the ball as of late, especially when he was supposed to blossom without Embiid on the floor. The problem is Embiid is still likely out for another 3-4 weeks, and also Horford's real value comes playoff time when he's a key player in the Sixers having matchup wins against the Bucks and the Celtics. Based on his current play you'd consider moving him, as he does have value and a contract that can be traded, but you don't want to let regular season issues get in the way of the real prize, that being success in the playoffs. Right now, I think you hold your nose with Horford and weather the storm to be healthy and intact come playoff time.
You know that I don't react to a win or a loss, I look at the whole picture and I am starting to think, we are looking at a different picture:

1) This team gets to the playoffs fully healthy, regardless of their seed, and they're in a great spot. I disagree, they are tied for the worst road record of all 16 teams that as of today would make the playoffs. And all these games have NOT been against playoff quality teams. Sounds like they need to be the higher seed to me.

2)This team is constructed to win in the playoffs with defense and matchups versus the rest of the East Possibly, but who takes on the roll of Jimmy Butler when Simmons has to go hide in the corner during the 4th quarter?? 58% from the FT line from your PG causes you to change everything you do in the playoffs. That's NOT championship basketball.

3) I think the East is significantly better than you thought it would be.

4) Who makes a shot in crunch time?? I don't think he is on the current roster??

5) This team shouldn't need the guys at NBA today motivating them into big games. They should be self motivated.

Again I hope you are able to provide vivid details of a parade as I will not attend.

Very little indicates to me that there will be a parade in June for this team. possible? yes Likely, I don't think so.
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