27 February 2011
I was optimistic before this game, maybe because I remembered some nice Ws in Houston in recent years.
But the 105-114 W over the Rockets went beyond my expectations.
Sixers get to the All star break at 27-29 (.482) equaling the total of wins of last season, but with 26 games left to play.
More important, they look like a real team, far from the hapless "bunch of strangers" that started the season 3-13: they are 24-16 since. If you saw that coming, please holla at me.
About the Houston game, I have a had time trying to pick what was the sweetest thing among the following:
- seven players in double figure
- Iguodala's triple double (despite the poor shooting, 3/15)
- 55% from the field on the road
- Hawes' big night: 17 + 10 in less than 27 minutes, on 8/11 shooting
- Jrue's terrific shooting, to go with eight dimes (that made me forget that Lowry was 11/11 at a point, and 5/5 from three at halftime...)
- the rally from -12 in the first (18-6) with Rockets connecting on four of their first five threes
- Thaddeus Young's great lift off the bench: awesome season for him, and I'd say Collins has a lot to do with that, he found him the perfect role
Can Sixers be improved through a trade? Surely, this run can't make us forget the weaknesses of this roster, and overrating it could be a painful mistake.
But since we are not in a win-now mode, the idea of not touching this growing core can make sense, thinking in the long term.
In the meantime, let's continue to enjoy many games like this one.