Sixers Aren’t There Yet, But They’re Headed In Right Direction76ers, Eastern Conference, NBA, News Thursday, December 16th, 2010
With all the hype surrounding the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers, it’s very easy to forget that the 76ers are even playing this season. However the Sixers have now won 7 of their last 9 games. The most recent victory came on Wednesday night against rookie sensation Blake Griffin and the L.A. Clippers.
Down three points at the start of the third quarter, the Sixers were able to outscore the Clippers 34-18 and would not let up after that. In fact the Clippers wouldn’t get closer than 10 points in the final quarter allowing the Sixers to win their third straight game (the first time all season).
Jrue Holliday led the Sixers in scoring with 24 points, and Spencer Hawes added 16 points and 12 rebounds and appears to be catching his rhythm since returning from his early season injury. Hawes has now scored 10+ points in four of the past five games, and is now averaging 7.1 rebounds over the past 13 games.
“Rebounding and blocking shots, I am feeling more and more like myself,” said Hawes. “You can’t dwell on that, and it is getting better. We are winning, and we just have to keep on this route.”
Andre Iguodala once again showed how important it is for him to be involved in the offense. In the second half Iguodala was a perfect 7-for-7 from the field, scoring 16 of his 20 points and also five assist. He was able to create open shots for his teammates by driving to the basket and did not turn the ball over the entire game.
The Sixers are looking more and more like a team headed in the right direction rather than the wrong one. This fact is very important because Doug Collins was brought in here to make sure the rebuilding process was going in the right direction.
They’re starting to play better team defense and doing a much better job of working for a good shot late in the game rather than throwing up a desperate shot with the 24-second clock running out.
Their next test will come Friday night when the defending champion L.A. Lakers and Kobe Bryant come to town.
Although the chips will be stacked against them, this team is showing that on any given night anything is possible. And finally they are learning how to win games, rather than lose them.
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