In the past week, the Sixers have managed to go just 1-2. It all started out good when the Sixers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 99-89. They then made the trip to California and played the Golden State Warriors. Despite a late comeback, the Sixers lost 89-96. Then on saturday night they played the Portland Trailblazers, a game in which I thought the Sixers had in the bag. That wasn’t the case though, as Jrue Holiday’s 29 points wasn’t enough to beat the Trailblazers. I will admit that i am starting to be concerned with this team. I know that we will not be complete until Andrew Bynum comes back, but we still have no idea when he will be in uniform. What if something goes wrong and he doesn’t play at all this year? If this is the case, be prepared for another 8th seed entrance (maybe) and an early playoff exit. I still have hope, though, and I do believe that Bynum will play this year and lead the Sixers deep into the playoffs.
The rest of the Atlantic Division had their issues as well. The Celtics started off with a good win on Christmas day, but have since then lost 3 consecutive games. The New York Knicks are 1-2 in the past week and with the injury to Felton, are starting to show some weaknesses. The Toronto Raptors may be the only team entering the New Year on a good note, as they are 2-1 this week, on top of having a 5 game winning streak before their last loss. The Brooklyn Nets are beginning to spiral downwards as they are now only 16-15 after a sizzling start. They recently fired head coach Avery Johnson, in hope for a turn-around in the still early season.
For most of our division, this is definitely a week to forget. It is now a new year, and hopefully it will bring along many wins for the Sixers and maybe even a title run.