Saturday, April 04, 2009

76ers clinch playoff berth with win over the Pistons

The 76ers officially clinch playoff berth with win over the Pistons. Winning all 3 games on their latest home stand is just what the doctor ordered for this playoff push.

It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a game and it was a near capacity crowd. Earlier in the season this looked as if it would be a big game. AI's only game in Philly against the team that eliminated the Sixers playoff run last year. And a game with playoff implications. But it was not to be ... No AI ... the Piston are a shadow of their former selves ... we went to the game anyway. And the Sixers did not let us down.
Without Young Thad the power forward position was played by committee. Reggie Evans, the starter, Marshall and Speights all did yeoman's work. Reggie has really improved his free throw shooting this year (he made some clutch free throws late in the game). Which has made him a viable starter.

Iggy imposed his will when needed. Scoring a game high 31 points. He schooled anybody Detroit put on 'em. Herrmann was embarrassed form the outside ... from the inside ... everywhere. Prince did no better. But we were on pins and needles in the fourth period when Andre Miller pulled down his 6th rebound. Wow ... he could get a triple double. He got his 7th the next time down the floor. By now the Sixers had taken control and the game Detroit into a free throw shooting contest. It looked as if he would not make it. But there is was on the last play of the game. Miller was sitting on 9 rebounds. The ball clanked off the rim. Right to Miller and the game buzzer went off. The line - 21 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds ... a triple double. That was pretty cool.

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