Saturday, March 13, 2010

Now that's more like it

I'd swear it is something about games on Friday nites. The Sixers games most worth watching are on Friday nites. I’m sure the buzz of a Friday crowd has something to do with it. Perhaps the fact that the better teams tend to be scheduled on Friday (That's just good marketing). But whatever it is the Sixers should bottle it and sprinkle it on their food before every game.
Philadelphia 76ers' Andre Iguodala, left, goes up for a shot as Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 12, 2010, in Philadelphia. Cleveland won 100-95. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Andre Igoudala was playing with a chip on his shoulder. Not to be out done by the LeBron James, the obvious object of the crowds interest (who could blame 'em). The 1st quarter was a high flyin' slam fest. Iggy and LeBron were throwing down some sick dunks. Iguodala keep the Sixers in the game with 16 1st period points. I kept waiting for the inevitable drop-off in the Sixers play. But E.B. was performing at a high level also. You couldn't be happy with the defense with the Cavs scoring 61 by half time. But they were only down 6.

I'm thinking "Here we go", after the Cavs got the early jump in the 3rd. But the Sixers righted the ship. Iguodala came alive again. He was determine to put his stamp on the game. James seemed to be rusty to me. He deferred a lot to his teammates. Who did not respond. Allowing the Sixers to close the gap and lead the game by 1 to end the 3 period.

If Iggy played that kind of game every nite (which is to say "selfish") his contract would not be such a question mark. Perhaps the Sixers could have won had he been "more" selfish at the end of the game. Instead they struggled to score in the 4th and watched their hopes fall short with a errant pass from the rookie, Jrue Holiday. Holiday never should have been in that position.

Still it was a great game to watch. lotsa of fireworks, competitive and the Sixers lost.

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