After imploring Mo Cheeks to make some major changes after Sunday’s loss, the coach did just that Tuesday and the Sixers responded with an impressive 103-95 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak. More than that, it gives the Sixers – and their fans – hope that maybe something can come of this season.
Cheeks made a major shift in the lineup, essentially benching Sam Dalembert (11 minutes Tuesday) to go with a small lineup (one of three suggestions I made Monday) that looked like this:
Andre Miller/Lou Williams, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand/Marresse Speights.
The small lineup worked wonders, as the Sixers played unlike they had all year.
Iguodala, moved to the three spot, played like a free man, scoring a season-high 25 points to go with 9 boards. Miller played aggressively on offense and netted 28 points, including 7 straight big ones in OT. Speights was solid in 26 minutes, with 11 points and 8 caroms and Brand was his usual double-double self with 22 points and 14 boards.
It’s just one game, but it’s one game that may just turn the season around.
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(Update 8 a.m. Wednesday)
Recliner GM wasn’t too impressed with Tuesday’s win. Here was my response to RG. The Greek (Jimmy The Greek?) thought I was off my rocker, or preparing for a circus or something, and his comments with my responses follow.
Dannie: A little harsh on the win. I thought the Sixers looked good, especially w/o Dalembert in there. Didn’t think there was much “ugly” about this win. Do agree that Rush would’ve been a better kick-out option on the final play (also think Lou Williams would’ve been a better defensive option on the Bulls’ previous possession), but overall think Mo coached a good game — especially making the lineup shift. -Aaron
AAron, it’s funny because as I was reading this I was thinking that this was Dannies masterpiece. Iggy played great until about the 430 mark in the fourth, and then he put his STINKADALA cape on and did his best to lose the game for us. Luckiy he stunk at that as well and we got out of regualtion with a tie.
Dear Greek: True, Iggy badly missed a 20-footer with 1:30 left that he has to make and slipped on a possession in the final minute. I can give him a pass on the slip. But did you see his baseline drive and dunk with 3:04 left – that came under the 4:30 mark? Yes, Iggy has played poorly this season, but you have to give him credit for Tuesday night. -Aaron
Also AAron, Lou Williams and defensive option late in the game should never be mentioned in the same sentence. If your going to stick a guard in there for D late in the game then put in Ivey.
Dear Greek: True, Lou isn’t a good defender, but he has more athleticism than Miller and would have been able to stay with Rose better on the Bulls’ last possession of regulation. Miller got burned again by Rose. Mo used Lou a little on Rose earlier and Lou had an easier time staying with Rose than Miller. BTW, don’t have a problem with Ivey either. -Aaron
…and in response to this…
“I thought the Sixers looked good, especially w/o Dalembert in there”
Are you serious dude? Are you really shocked that the sixers looked good without there franchise anchoring stud sammy in the middle? My god, what sort of 3 ring circus are you running over that on your site?
Dear Greek: No, I’m not shocked the Sixers looked good w/o Dalembert in there. That’s why I wrote they’d be better off w/o him in the lineup. So we agree. … Three-ring circus? Maybe not so bad. Barnum & Bailey certainly has had a pretty good run. -Aaron
Sir Charles unplugged: Charles Barkley went on the radio with Howard Eskin on WIP Tuesday afternoon and addressed several topics, most of all the Sixers. Barkley said Iguodala is overpaid and Brand was a bad signing. He also touched on the Eagles, saying Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb have been underappreciated in Philly. Hear the interview via podcast here.
The Hawk won’t die, but radio signal will: It’s tough enough following Saint Joseph’s (my alma mater) due to their infrequent appearance on local TV, but it was downright impossible at times Tuesday night due to the technical difficulties on the 990-WNTP radio broadcast. The broadcast would cut in and out inexplicably. Simply inexcusable.
Speaking of college hoops, St. Joe’s (over Lehigh, 77-64) , La Salle (over Bucknell, 68-65) and Villanova (over Penn, 69-47) all winners Tuesday on a big night in Philly hoops.
Danny hurt again: The Flyers beat Tampa Bay 4-3 in OT Tuesday. I watched about the first period before switching to hoops. The big story in this one might not be the win, but that Danny Briere is hurt again.
From csnphilly.com’s game story…
“Flyers center Danny Briere was back in the lineup after missing nine games with a groin pull but he did not seem very effective, nor did he have any jump in his skates. Briere left the Flyers bench late in the second period. It is believed he re-injured himself given that the Flyers were planning an announcement after the game.”
Lakers at Sixers, 7
Miami (Ohio) at Temple, 7:30