Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Hardwood Paroxysm Playoff Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

It's hard to keep track of everything you need to know about all the teams in the playoffs. So we thought we'd do a quick and dirty playoff preview with our favorite bloggers. We asked a simple 20 Question survey to bloggers from all of the playoff teams, and got responses back from most of them. We continue our previews with the Philadelphia 76ers and Jon from Passion And Pride.

1. Team Name: Philadelphia 76ers
2. Biggest Star: Andre Iguodala
3. Playoff Seed: 7th.
4. Mascot's Name: Hip Hop (a rabbit on steriods)
5. Best player: Andre Miller
6. Most important player: Sam Dalembert
7. Better at zone or man: Zone/Trap
8. Grade your offense going into the playoffs: C- (getting the most out of what we got)
9. Grade your defense going into the playoffs: B+ (top five in steals, top ten in points allowed, top ten in blocks)
10. Worst player: Louis Amundson
11. Glue guy: Andre Miller
12. Five words to describe the team heading into the playoffs: Where "Eastern Conference sucks" happens
13. Best-case scenario: Eastern Conference Finals, upsetting Pistons and Magic
14. Worst case scenario: Swept by Pistons
15. First player that comes to mind, "Thunder": The Haitian Sensation: Slammin' Sammy Dalembert
16. First player that comes to mind, "Twinkie": Shavlik "Don't bring your gayness on me" Randolph
17. Current emotion you feel about this team: curious
18. Team you don't want to see in the next two months: Philadelphia Eagles
19. Team you want to see in the next two months: Phillies
20. What food best describes this team?: Veal Marsala

Jon Says: This team was 18-30 after their February 4th loss in Atlanta where Josh Smith had 19 points, 9 assists and 9 blocks. After that, they went to work. It was the next night against the Wizards that the lightbulb went on. They went on a 17-0 run in the fourth to steal that game and haven't looked back.

Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller feed off each other and take turns as the "go-to" player. Both are playing with a lot of confidence. This team is hungry, but the key will be how well Sam Dalembert continues to play in the playoffs. Behind him, rookie Jason Smith plays more like a forward and the only other option is Calvin Booth. It will take a huge effort from Dalembert to pull off the upsets and advance in the postseason.

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