The future is bright for the Philadelphia 76ers.
“You have to be happy with the way the season ended,” said Eric Snow, wrapping up the broadcasting season on Comcast Sports Net.
The overall theme of the series for Sixers fans, besides the obvious fact that the Miami Heat were apart of it, was the growth of the Sixers before our eyes. Critics and NBA “experts” gave the Heat the edge, predicting a sweep from the beginning. Well, Philadelphia put up a respectable fight.
For the fourth time in five games in the first round of the playoffs, the Sixers at one point were up by double digits, thanks to fast starts and scrappy play.
“Showyaluv” became a theme for the 76ers and their fans, and they deserve plenty of it. Although it is hard to swallow defeat, especially in the city of brotherly love, hard work and a never-quit attitude will earn the respect of the Philadelphia fans. With the exception of game two, the Sixers were in every game.
According to Brian Windhorst, NBA writer for ESPN.com, Doug Collins said, “I love you to death,” in the ear of Elton Brand after he fouled out of the game with only seconds remaining.
The respect that Collins has for his players is equal on both sides. His players love him and their inspired play symbolizes their respect and belief in him. Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala both lead the way for the 76ers with 22 points (Iguodala with 10 rebounds as well as Evan Turner, who shot 2-10 with four points in the game)
Dwyane Wade led the way for the Miami Heat with 26 points to go along with 11 rebounds. LeBron James was limited to 16 points (5 for 13 shooting) thanks to the defensive efforts of Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner.
In the post-game press conference, Coach Collins said that changes will be made with the roster, not including himself. He will be back for the 2011-12 season, and most of the pesky Sixers we have grown to love will be back as well, looking to go even further.
Get to work, Rod Thorn and Ed Stefanski.