This team.. I swear, I could slap the hell out of everyone them. They are just flat-out exhausting. I rushed home from work just to see the start of the second-half and see the Sixers take a 12 point lead mid-way thru the third quarter. That is when the Sixers decided to go stone cold. They have done this all year. They just have these long droughts that seem to last a lifetime.
Hey man, you have to give the Bulls credit, even though they where out manned most of this series, they did go down swinging. Honesty they are a still a good team even without Derrick Rose in the lineup.
They smother the hell out of you on the defensive side the ball. They make you fight for every inch on the court. Say what you want but the Sixers did just that. It was not pretty at all. Hey, the Sixers are going to the second round for the first time since 2003 and I will take it.
Seriously, how in the world did the Sixers win this game? For the love of God they got out-rebounded 56 to 33. I think there was about 6 minutes stretch in the 4th where they did not grab a single rebound. OK, I am lying but it felt that way. They did not even have a offensive rebound until late in the fourth quarter. I am looking at my wife saying, “there is no way in hell the Sixers win this game.
No way.” Sixers found them selves down 5 with about 5 minutes left. I just had that empty feeling. I knew if they did not win this game there was no way they are going to win a Game 7 in Chicago. That is when something strange started to happen. I still can not believe it. Iggy started to make plays. Yes, Iggy. Even better, it was in the fourth quarter. I will be the first one to admit that I did not see this coming.
First he hit a spot up three to tie the game up. Then he came back down the court a couple of moments later drawing a double team for an easy kick out for Lou three to give the sixers a brief moment. The funny thing is that he blew the assignment on the rotation on the defense side of the ball when Asik got the wide-open dunk to give the Bulls a three point lead. Thad made it a one point game with an acrobatic layup. Then you have C.J. Watson give the ball to the worst foul shooter on the court with 7 seconds to play. Why? We may never know.
Here it is the stage is set. Asik misses the first. Me and my 3 year old daughter waving a rally towels and I am saying to myself,” Christ, they are going to lose off of a offensive rebound.” Yup, that is where my confidence was. Asik misses the second and Iggy is off to the races. I am screaming, ” Go, you son of a ……. Go!” The foul is called. Yes!! Iggy is at the line. No!!! Iggy has been flat-out awful from the line this year. Philly’s whipping boy stepped up calmly and knocked down both. Barely even hitting the rim. Iggy for President!! Iggy really was good tonight even though a bash him at times.
Some people are still are going to discount this series win without Rose and Noah in the last games. Let them. They are the same people who would be ripping them if they lost without Rose and Noah playing. The Sixers just won a “Street Fight” series. The Bulls where physical as hell with them and the Sixers answered. For at least one night Iguodala is Philly’s favorite son. Bring on the Celtics!! Saturday night peeps!