FANTASTIC game from the Sixers. That's the kind of basketball I want to see! Great intensity from both teams and for once us Sixers fans were on the right end of some sweet shooting.
Amazing what a difference a week can make. Last week was so depressing I didn't dare believe we could be competitive with Perth, let alone win so impressively.
Nate Crosswell, that was a great game: penetrated and finished at the basket, broke the press and controlled the tempo brilliantly.
DJ finally broke out with the game winning shooting performance we've been waiting for after his pre-season. Was impressed with the way he played out the game with 4 fouls as well. Didn't react to Robbins attempt to sucker him into a foul either.
Rabbit's sweet shooting in the 3rd was critical as well. Still getting burned in the post by bigger opponents and not as assured with his decision making as Nate, but overall very happy with him. Just the fact that we finally have an import who can shoot is great.
Stevie Weigh Vaughan didn't have as big an impact offensively in the second half, but I thought he set the tone for the Sixers early, playing with a confidence and calm that would have reassured any team mates down on confidence from last week.
Diamon was solid for us again - he's not going to be a big scorer, but he doesn't need to be. I like his rebounding and he has good hands and puts himself in good position to catch and score around the basket. Looks like he goes to the same free throw coach as Shaq though!
Starting to see more nice things from Mitch. The kid has shown improved handles and is now showing an improved shooting touch as well. A great sign that he appears to have worked hard on his game in the off-season. Seems ice cool under pressure too: those two FTs he took, he never looked like missing them. Like the way he is always at the centre of any fracas, holding back his more experienced team mates!
Helliwell did his job by covering Neville.
Despite all the hate for Herbie last week, I thought he had a nice stint in the 3rd quarter of that game. Wasn't really able to have much impact tonight though. Not suprising really as he has been struggling with his lateral movement and that is a death sentence against Perth's guards! I still hope for better things from him as the season wears on. Think he'll be more useful against other teams with slower guards.
Ng didn't really get much time, but not surprising really. Against Perth's pressure, you need ball-handlers to break their press and that is not Ng's game.
Lets hope the team takes some belief out of that game and can back it up with a good performance against NZ next week.