It sucks that this game and the Eagles coincide because the Sixers and Hawks is always a good, hard fought battle. And both teams really have something to prove.
The Sixers winners of 3 straight want to find out what they are made of. Can they beat a playoff team? Can they string together 4 straight wins two of which would come against teams with winning records.
The Hawks got beyond blasted against the Orlando Magic in their last game losing 121-87. They gave up 71 first half points and trailed by 43 going into the fourth quarter. So the Sixers can best believe they will come out fired up at home, ready to take it out on them.
We will learn a lot about our team this afternoon. I will be checking in periodically on the Sixers and try to watch the game on replay later. If anyone isn’t an Eagles fan and will be watching the Sixers in it’s entirety I’d love to get your thoughts in the comments on the game.
OK back to the Eagles game.
Sixers vs. Atlanta Game Notes
4 in a row is really nice. I didn’t watch the whole game just during half time and commercials of the Eagles game. And Igot to see much of the 4th quarter as the Eagles game was locked up.
So the title says it all. Have the Sixers turned the corner? Have they finally figured it out? Has Tony Dileo found the right system and right mix of players to not only sustain a high level of performance, but get victories as well?
I think most people will answer yes to those questions. The jury is still out for me. Have they improved? Yes, absolutely especially on the offensive end. I also think Dileo has coached much better then Mo as well. He came in and clearly defined roles and you can see players sticking to them. He has developed a solid rotation (Royal is really contributing). He has instilled confidence in guys to shoot the ball especially from beyond the arc. So there is no looking over their shoulder if they miss. And he has put even more emphasis on pushing the rock (and the numbers support this).
Here’s why I remain a bit cautious. I need to see more than just a run. As they continue to win games and decrease the number and length of losing streaks my confidence will continue to grow as well. I did a quick analysis of their next 8 opponents (including today’s win) and they have a combined .571 winning percentage. They are off to a strong start beating a solid Atlanta team.
I will be at the Portland game on Wednesday and I am really excited to see that team up close and personal. The Sixers will have their hands full at home, but if this 4 game winning streak is more than just a run, and a sign of the performance they plan to play with for the duration of the season Wednesday nights game will be a good one.
Next Game: Wednesday at home against the Portland Trailblazers