Games #53 and #54: This Too, Shall Pass…

othello figurine

After a weekend Series against the Eastern Conference’s definitive Upper Crust (the first and second place Miami Heat and New York Knicks) it’s clear where this squad stands.

Philly is not in the Upper Crust, the Middle Crust, or probably not in the Crust at all, but most likely floating somewhere in the highly viscous ductile rock of the Asthenosphere, 430 miles beneath the surface of the Earth.

hey look! I think I see the Charlotte Bobcats from here!

crust

In other words, The Sixers got beat, again, and the Sixers are not very good at basketball…

But on to more important things! after getting paid $46,000 per day by the Philadelphia 76ers for the last 6 months, Andrew Bynum actually practiced the sport of Basketball!

bynum practice

Is the Big Guy ready? Is our long nightmare finally over?!?!

Well, here is what Collins had to say…

Doug Collins excercise ball

He looked like a guy who hadn’t played in nine months, I don’t think any bells and whistles should be sent off that he’s close to playing…

 It’s amazing seeing him standing out there; he distorted the whole practice, you get visions of what might’ve been… He’s said that he’s going to play, but this season is slipping away. We’ve got 24 games after (this weekend). We’re eight (games) under .500, and we’ve got to play the Miami Heat four times… I think the good part is that he had fun”

And isn’t that what really matters in the NBA?

Heat bynum cartoon

Lest we get seduced by a month of Andrew Bynum plying his wares and further pin the fortune of this franchise on his man-child shoulders, let’s take a brief stroll down Andrew Bynum memory lane…

Los Angeles Lakers at Hola Bowla

Bynum bowling 3

andrew bynum pop shot

Bynum Gloves big bynum ultimate crazy hair

… And accept that it’s time to move on.

On To The Games:

Saturday night saw a 114 to 90 drubbing at the Hands of the defending Champions. With a near sell-out crowd of 21,000 rubber neckers on hand to gawk at the carnage.

Heat lebron dunk

Lebron James nets an effortless triple double of 16 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists, on a typicaly efficient 12 shots. All in just 32 minutes of work

lebron art

Here is a cold blooded Dwayne Wade dissecting the Sixers offense for 33 points, including a series of embarrassing post ups against the 6’7 Nick Young and the 6’7 Evan Turner.

No one was good for the Sixers, as they lost by 24 at home. So let’s just cut to a pleasant diversion…

spoelstra cover

In honor of Miami Heat head coach Eric Spolestra, the first person of Asian descent to coach an NBA team, let’s enjoy this photo collage of the rich tradition of Philipino street basketball…

Manila. Basketball. Sport. Game. Leisure. Sea. PHILIPPINES-RAILWAYS-POVERTY philipinie manila basketball philipino streetball philipino streetball2

Awesome. More Filipino hoops history tomorrow…

Sunday night saw the season’s 4th meeting with New York Knicks, and another “Sixers Special”; give up a big lead, a belated comeback that falls short, another loss. Sixers LOSE 93 to 99

Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner lead the way combining for 51 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. That was nice to see.

Jrue Holiday, Amare Stoudemire,  Tyson Chandler

But it was undone by a big fat Zeroes from Dorell Wright and Nick Young and an 18 shot, free throw parade, for Carmelo Anthony

Thaddues Young returns from his Hamstring strain and immediately does Thad Young things. 11 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals, and an impressive +11 in his 36 minutes on the court. That means the Sixers were outscored by 17 in the 12 minutes he was off the court. hmmm….

thad young physics

Spencer Hawes gets tough! Or rather, Spencer Hawes gets punched in the back of head, looks like he might do something about, and then nearly gets pushed off his  feet  by Tyson Chandler.

knicks scuffle overview

In other words it looked like a normal post up play for Spencer Hawes, except this time he looked angry. Here’s the tape.

One other point of interest. One of these guys plays for the Knicks, and one of these guys is the Dwayne Wayne from A Different World. Can you tell which is which?

iman shumpert different world dwayne wayne

tune in tomorrow for Philipino’s playing basketball!

Philipine skywalker

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