Blog Entry

Series Reset: Sixers have a chance

Posted on: April 18, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 4:46 pm
We reset the Sixers-Heat series as Game 2 approaches. Can the Sixers get over the hump instead of just challenging?
Posted by Matt Moore

The Narrative: What, an Eastern favorite didn't need a game winner to close out their first game in the first round? Crazy talk!  The Heat just kind of took care of business after a shaky start and then busted down a Sixers charge. Feisty is probably the worse for the Sixers right now, but if you don't win, that doesn't translate to much. Game 1 pretty much established we're likely not going to see a blowout series, but also that the Sixers are outmatched.

The Hook: So what's that mean going forward? It means the Sixers have a chance. They're overmatched, yes, but not to the degree they can't be competitive in the series. The key for them is going to be effort. When you don't have the talent edge, you have to rely on a supreme effort. Without that, the Sixers are just trying to match up, which they can't. But with the Heat feeling confident, even after a close win in Game 1, there might be room for an upset. Getting a big head start again is key, just as much as keeping it. 

The Adjustment: Who to help? Chris Bosh kiled the Sixers in Game 1 with 25 points. So do you bring help on Bosh and leave yourself open to damage from Wade and James? Or do you sacrifice open looks for the Heat shooters? The answer is the latter, obviously. The best strategy against the Heat is to focus all the energy on whichever of the Triad is hot and hope the sub-par support players on the Heat choke themselves out. 

The X-Factor: Thadeus Young. Young was downright relentless in Game 1, and especially in the fourth quarter. The Heat primarily tried guarding him with Chris Bosh and James Jones. It did not work. As problematic as Andre Iguodala can be for the Heat, they may want to keep LeBron James on Young and stick Wade on Iguodala. 

The Sticking Point: According to Synergy Sports, the Sixers ran seven transition plays in the first quarter. They only had eight opportunities the rest of the game. If the Sixers want a chance to make this competitive, they have to keep pushing the ball. They can't count on turnovers, so it's going to take Jrue Holiday setting the tone. The Heat have no one to check Holiday without exposing themselves to significant risk, so the Sixers have to make them pay. If they let the Heat grind the game down and stretch it out, they're going to get worn down into four losses and an early exit. 

Since: Sep 23, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 11:00 pm

Series Reset: Sixers have a chance

to be swept, 100% chance!

Since: Sep 24, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2011 10:49 pm

Series Reset: Sixers have a chance

"Game 1 pretty much established we're likely not going to see a blowout series, but also that the Sixers are outmatched."

This is the problem with the 24-hour news cycle - so much crap that shouldn't be written gets written just for the sake of writing and posting something. How can any subjective reporter review the regular season series and rosters for these teams and come up with the conclusion that the Sixers have a chance? That this is not going to be a blowout series? Unfortunately, national sports media looks at polls and Q-Ratings more than politicians, and being anti-Heat is the popular thing to do. It's ok, that just means there will be more crow to go around.

Since: Jul 10, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2011 10:12 pm

Series Reset: Sixers have a chance

The conclusion of this blog post looks pretty shaky right now....<br /> <br /> Getting one game would be a huge win for Philly.<br />

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2011 6:55 pm

Series Reset: Sixers have a chance

The Sixers have NO chance. In the regular season, they were beat handily by the Heat every single time. In Game 1, although it was closer than the blow-out many expected, they still got beat solidly and this was not akin to the Knicks-Celtics cliffhanger by any means. This is a great matchup for the Heat in the first round. Let's get real...this one should be a sweep.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or