In spite of defeating Miami in a come-back win, down 6 with a minute and half left, most sportswriters still think that in the grand scheme of the NBA playoffs this occurrence means nothing. Instead of giving the Sixers credit, they are saying that Miami has had problems all season closing teams out, when they needed a bucket or two at the end of close games.
While this is true, it's also a convenient excuse and it allows them to continue to believe that the Heat are the better team and the Sixers still have no chance. Good teams are the ones who beat other good teams and that includes being tough at the end. Early in the year the Sixers were appallingly bad at this, which is why I thought the teams only chance against Miaimi was to outscore them and go into the end of games well ahead.
This comeback was huge because it came from unexpected places. Holliday all of 20 years old shoot a three ball with the team down 4 points. That shocked the whole arena and Miami itself. Miami couldn't respond on the other end to answer that score, and it wasn't for trying. The Sixers defense actually dug in and shut them down! Then Williams came down the floor with the ball, not Andre. He looked over the defense and saw that the Heat had everyone covered, with D. Wade guarding. The three he shot was a dagger right at the Heat and it altered the game and possibly the series. BTW GIVE DOUG COLLINS HUGE CREDIT FOR NOT CALLING A TIME OUT, ALLOWING THE TEAM TO GET RIGHT BACK TO OFFENSE and ensuring Miami would have to scramble! Evan Turner came up with LeBron's missed shot and held on to get fouled. This was a convincing win, outplaying Miami on both ends of the floor.
It was one thing to think they could beat the Miami Heat, quite another to actually do it and outplay them at the end. Now that they have done it the Sixers realize it's not just fantasy. They are good enough to win, and they have reason to be confident having done it in crunch time in the playoffs. Now, it's just a matter of the rest of league recognizing how good the Sixers are, and give them some respect. That won't happen unless the Sixers win Wednesday in Miami.
It's also important to remember that the Sixers have yet to have a good game from everyone. Thad hasn't contributed in the last 2 games. Iguodala finally had a good offensive game. The Sixers can still play even better than they did yesterday.