It was all shaping up to be a nice little Monday evening inside the Steidel household. Get home from work at a reasonable hour, light up the ol' stove to cook some dinner, then enjoy a late January edition of a little Sixers/Suns, the most intense rivalry since Val Venis and Ken Shamrock. Little did I know, but the pipe lords of the world had different plans for me, causing me to miss the Suns 124-113 victory over the Sixers (resisting urge to make ice to cool off the Suns pun).
It's on nights like these, however, that we're happy to have our old friend Twitter around. While I didn't get to see any live action, I could read along as if I were following it the moment it happened. Join me as I live tonight's game through a series of Twitter observations. Strap in.
And the Sixers called a time out 25 seconds into the game. So things are going swimmingly already. #SixersTalk— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) January 28, 2014
That's an interesting strategy, Cotton. We'll have to see if it pays off.
2 dunks and 2 layups for the Suns.— John Finger (@jrfingerCSN) January 28, 2014
The previous timeout appears to have been effective, stopping the Suns from getting (don't say hot, don't say hot)… some three-pointers under their belts.
#Suns shooting 8-9— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 28, 2014
Sounds like just about every other team the Sixers have played this year. Carry on. Nothing to see here. Single file.
Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) January 28, 2014
Boom! Leave it to the Sixers twitter to give us a sun pun. I'm still abstaining. I don't want to get pregnant.
Whatever, Seth. I'll believe it when somebody who isn't biased towards the Suns says it.
Plumlee is absolutely abusing Hawes on both sides of the ball.— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) January 28, 2014
After one, Phoenix leads 40-26. ... The Suns are shooting 17-for-22 (77.3 percent). Meanwhile, the #Sixers are 10-for-25 (40 percent).— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) January 28, 2014
77% you say? Like, they're shooting could have gotten a C+ on a test? The Suns shooting percentage could have easily gotten a bachelor's degree? It better save me a ticket for graduation.
I'd have to think those turnovers were the only thing keeping the Sixers within striking distance at this moment. That, and Hollis Thompson being the Smash Williams of this team.
"Just when I thought I was out... they pull me back in." Well, the opposite of that.
Souces confirm (FAKE SOURCES!) that it is indeed an awful picture. Nice research, Jake.
MCW hits a pair of FTs as #Sixers 70-60 with 8:23 left in thrid quarter— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 28, 2014
Can't complain with the youngster getting to line, let alone knocking down both.
This will likely anger Plumlee. You do not want to anger Plumlee. You would not like him when he's angry.— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) January 28, 2014
I imagine he turned into Terry Crews at some point? Hey, hey, hey.
#Sixers are shooting 24-25 from the foul line and are losing 88-79 with 1:39 left in third— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 28, 2014
Got to be encouraged by those numbers from the free throw line. I'm no doctor, but making a ton of free throws on just about as many attempts could be beneficial.
Evan Turner playing well against Phoenix! Trade for him! It's such a good idea!— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) January 28, 2014
He's like Adam Banks as a Hawk playing great against the Ducks. They've got to be intrigued. GOT TO!
Much love to Tom for not throwing in something about being on fire or hot from the outside. He's a pro's pro.
After three quarters: #Sixers trail Phoenix, 95-82.— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) January 28, 2014
Staying the course. Doing the bull dance. Feelin the flow. Workin it.
Doesn't seem as impressive a stat as Gerald Green and Goran Dragic's shooting percentages now does it?
Hawes/Turner/Thad all putting up decent games against a likely trade partner. Closing on three weeks until the Deadline.— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) January 28, 2014
There's our Mike. Causing commotion and starting rumors without really saying anything.
If I wasn't live but not-live following this game, I would never believe the Sixers still had a shot at a win here. Despite the outrageous shooting percentages from the Suns' backcourt, the white shirts have the deficit to single digits.
Gerald Green hits back-breaking 3-pointer, looks to the folks in the courtside seats and says, 'Shhh.' Suns lead Sixers 113-100 w/ 3:13 left— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) January 28, 2014
Was it Old Man Knees? He better not have shhhhh'ed Old Man Knees.
Suns 124, Sixers 113 #SIXERSTALK— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) January 28, 2014
Sixers have given up 120 or more points nine times. #SIXERSTALK— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) January 28, 2014
The defense certainly isn't there. Over/under how many games until they reach 10?
MCW with 22 and 11 asts AND the sixers lose, best night ever— Chuck Scrimalli (@PrinceCHARL3S) January 28, 2014
A solid line from Michael Carter-Williams and one more notch in the ever growing L column? Can't complain there.
Perfect Sixers loss. Really, really perfect. 14-31.— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) January 28, 2014
See, I told you.
I totally had a recap idea planned for the Sixers-Suns game tonight equating it to the "Tale of Two Cities" where Philly was Sydney Carton— Sohil Doshi (@Sohil_Doshi) January 28, 2014
Like the memory of this game, Sohil's ideas slowly but surely drift away into oblivion.
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