The Wednesday Showdown: 3-23-11

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And we’re amazingly back for another installment of the Wednesday Showdown – just like the Sixers, I needed a day or two off from writing here, considering I had multiple papers due the last few days (insert fake sympathy “awww…” here).

For starters, considering the game tonight, here’s a statistical comparison that might blow your mind. But before you read that, read this:

Look at these two players. All stats are per game, except percentages

“Player A”: 26.4 PTS, 50.1% FG, 7.4 REB, 6.9 AST, 38.4 MIN, 27 PER (Player Efficiency Rating)

“Player B”: 14.9 PTS, 51.0% FG, 8.5 REB, 1.4 AST, 34.4 MIN, 18.4 PER

Player B is the Sixer: Elton Brand. Not too hard to figure out, considering there aren’t too many who figure the Sixers have someone who can score 26 points. Brand has arguably been the most valuable Sixer this year, with his scoring, rebounding, and interior defense.

Player A is LeBron James. Why him? Well, for one, we play Miami on Friday. For another, he’s just that talented. And finally, as the Sixers currently are the sixth seed in the East, they are slated to face off with the Heatles in the playoffs. An old adage said something like “take the team with the best player.” Well, when Wade and LeBron are on the other team, I’m not going to pick against them. While Orlando isn’t bad by any means, the Sixers best two players are better than Orlando’s second-best player (Jameer Nelson). Likewise, the Sixers are deeper than Orlando and can throw big opponents at him from time to time.

In other words, if the Sixers don’t win tonight, they get a nightmare matching in the playoffs. Tonight is pretty much a must-win game to avoid the Miami match up, which could mean a decent chance at a first round upset might be at stake.

Can you say #fiveseed?

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