It’s clear – the Sixers ARE a playoff team and proving every game they want and deserve to be there in the Eastern conference. Philly started 2008 with a dismal 4-11 record in January, and “playoffs” was like a 4-letter word back then. What has our home team been doing lately? Since that rocky start the Sixers are 12-5 as of February 1. Including…
- 4 in a row
- 8 in a row at home (9 in a row when you include the last home game in January)
- Scoring 103.4 PPG while only…
- Allowing only 94.6 PPG with a…
- +8.7 average point differential
- Beat up on the bad teams
- Defend the home court
- Play to their strengths
The Sixers have done just that. They’ve beaten the bums on their schedule: the Heat, Clippers, Supersonics and Bucks by an average of 21.8 PPG. Pound the scrubs – check. They are playing their best basketball at home now, most notably with a good win against the 3rd seed Orlando Magic Feb. 27th. They have their biggest home test tomorrow night against Boston, and I will be up-close-and-personal for that game behind the Celtic bench. Win at home – check. Finally rebound the ball, play tough defense and get out on the break. In the last 8 games the Sixers are averaging 41 boards a night (4.8 more than their opponents), forcing 16 turnovers and getting 9.4 steals per game. What I like is that 58% of their opponent’s turnovers come from steals, meaning it’s the Sixers pressure causing mistakes not unforced errors – that is important to note. Play to strengths – check.
The team is clicking and peaking at the right time and it’s really fun to watch. No wonder the Sixers are now only a half game behind Washington for the desperately needed 6th playoff spot. Let’s get it done boys.