Hawks got their asses kicked last night, I am not sure that’s good or bad for the Sixers tonight.
Their starters got rest since the game was well over early and they should be highly motivated to play well and remove the stench from their performance against the Bulls. Oh and not to mention the Sixers are only three and a half games back from taking over the 5th seed.The difference would mean playing Orlando in the first round vs. facing the Heat.
Clearly there is a lot for the Hawks to get up for. But there is also motivation for a young, hungry Sixers teams as well.
Iguodala will be back in the lineup tonight, hopefully his knee is strong enough because he has Joe Johnson to deal with.
Al Horford will also play even though he tweaked his hamstring last night vs. the Bulls. So it’s worth watching to see if he is hampered and slowed at all.
To me the Hawks not only factually are a fading team, they look weak right now with a very shallow bench. The Sixers need to lock in defensively and just run them off the court. The worse thing they can do is come out flat and allow the Hawks in the second game of a back-to-back to seize the early moment.
Kick them while their down and move a full game closer in the standings.
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