Pre-Game Reconnaissance: Knicks at 76ers- 4/6/11

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 25: Forward Mike Miller #13 of the Miami Heat defends against Guard Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia Sixers at American Airlines Arena on March 25, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

Being named after a year is dumb, if you ask me.

Odds and ends!

- If you care about seeding, this is an important game. The Knicks sit just half a game behind Philadelphia and would leapfrog into the sixth seed with a win tonight. If you care about maintaining the win streak, this is an important game. The Knicks have won four straight, but the last three haven't been entirely convincing victories over very bad teams.

- The Sixers had something going at the end of March, with a big win in Chicago and double-digit victories over the Rockets and Nets. They've lost their last two, though, including a defeat at the hands of the Celtics last night.

- The Knicks haven't played Philly since the trade, but they're 1-2 this season against Andre Iguodala and friends. They most recently split that home-and-home with them in early February.

Wassup with the Sixers!?

From Mike Levin, the only NBA blogger who's watched me masturbate, and one of the editors at good ol' Liberty Ballers:

Since you guys last saw the Sixers, a few things have happened. And I'm not talking about my first period although perhaps I should be. We jumped you in the standings for a while and Lou Williams got hurt after making too many kick ass rap videos. And now you're caught up.

This is pretty much the penultimate game for the battle of the 6th seed, although the schedule says there's a few more, I'll just lump 'em together. I think the game favors the Sixers since the six seed was practically named for us, but it doesn't really matter because regardless of our scrum, we're playing one of Boston or Miami, who are both currently tied for the 2-spot. And we just got wiped by the C's, so at this point it's kind of whatever who we face in the first round.

The biggest thing the Sixers have going for them is that they are a team. In the same sense that Norman Dale made Hickory a real team when he got there, imagine Doug Collins as Gene Hackman and Eddie Jordan as a coked out version of Dennis Hopper. EJ's Sixers finished with 27 wins and a whole bunch of sour pusses last year. Doug's bunch are smiling, high-fiving, #showyourluv'in and camaraderie-ing like schoolgirls. It's pretty cool. We'll fully admit that the Sixers are a step behind the Knicks in terms of talent, but when it comes to teamness and coaching, the Brotherly Lovers have the edge.

With a playoff spot locked up, Iguodala and Brand hurting, Lou out maybe until next season, AND being on the second night of a back to back, expect a good chunk of minutes to go to the reserves. Brand inexplicably played 35 minutes last night in a 20 point loss to Boston, while Andre didn't look at all like himself and the imposter was a much less able basketball player. Evan Turner, at least last night, assumed the Lou-Will role off the bench of best scorer in the half court. But that will be less important against an up-and-down team like the Knicks than it was against the Celtics. Still, after his best game in the pros, we're hoping for another gem from The Villain vs. the Little 'Bockers.

I wish the very best of luck to you and let's promise that we'll both win our first round matchups because Miami and Boston S some major D. Jruth.

Incidentally, Mike and I will be on WCWP simultaneously (with minimal masturbation, at least on my part) at 6:15 tonight.

Know the Opponent!

#22 Antonio Daniels- Upon arriving in Philadelphia, Antonio laid waste to one entire side of the locker room, strewing clothes, personal belongings, and luggage all over the floor and proclaiming that the eight lockers he'd vacated were now "Antonio's World". He's since designated one locker as a gameday dresser, one as a "playroom", one as a "sandwich parlor", one as a vegetable garden, one as a recording studio, two as moped parking spots, and one as a bathroom. His eight refugee teammates are now sharing lockers on the other side of the room.

#00 Spencer Hawes- Spencer demands that the Sixers personnel remove the crust from his sandwiches for him. He likes the crust, but claims to suffer from an anaphylactic allergy to crust. Philadelphia staff members have privately grumbled that the crust is actually just the slightly more cooked surface of the same bread matter, so the uneventful consuming of the middle parts disproves any supposed allergy, but they've decided to just play along.

#11 Jrue Holiday- Jrue spent the entire offseason waist-deep in the ball pit of a Philadelphia-area McDonald's. He played and chatted with kids occasionally, but mostly just hung out.

#9 Andre Iguodala- According to his family's Christmas cards, the plural of Andre's last name is "Iguodalae".

#72 Jason Kapono- Before his first game in Philadelphia, Jason presented the Sixers' equipment manager with his jersey and requested that he "cut the sleeves off this bitch". Puzzled, the equipment manager snipped the shoulder parts off the jersey, re-hemmed the edges, and returned it to Jason. The whole ordeal took just under three hours. Jason responded by hurling the jersey at the equipment manager, screaming "I said 'cut the sleeves off', not 'strapless', you fucking dick!", and storming out of the room.

#5 Andres Nocioni- Andres's first name is the plural of Iguodala's. This is all very confusing.

#25 Darius Songaila- In anticipation of the lockout, Darius has already begun to write and rehearse a one-man stage production in which he portrays Martin Luther.

Adventures in Impersonating Andres Nocioni on Omegle!

Stranger: hi love!
You: hola!
Stranger: hola amigo
Stranger: grassy ass!
You: lol i think you mean "gracias"
You: i would know
You: as i am from argentina
You: where the native language is spanish
Stranger: mi casa et su casa
You: well, in spanish, the verb "to be" would actually be conjugated as "es" in that instance
Stranger: mi casa es su casa!
You: there you go!
Stranger: gracias, grassy ass!
Stranger: :D
You: :D
Your conversational partner has disconnected.

If Elton Brand was actually a 76er!

(Original photo)

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Anthony Carter's Travel Guide: Philadelphia!

Philadelphia Mint: These two big guys threw me out of this place, but I didn't really care. None of the coins had chocolate in them anyway.

Independence Hall: This is the spot. I went on a tour and the tour guide was eating these Altoids and I asked him if I could have one and he said I could have the rest of them in exchange for me not trying to hold his hand anymore. What a bargain!

Citizens Bank Park: I took a tour here as well, and it was pretty fun. They took us into the locker room and I found a lot of sunflower seeds on the ground. Also, I finished Placido Polanco's sandwich for him.

The Liberty Bell: Not a fan. The bell smelled really old and there were all these pigeons around that ate all the good crumbs.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Way too clean.

Here is a picture of the opposing coach!

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And now you know about the Sixers! Game thread later.

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