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Sixers vs. Nuggets GameThread: Out of Breath?

Can the Sixers push the pace in the altitude?

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2013/2014 NBA Season
January 1, 2014
Pepsi Center
9:00 EST
CSN Philly
Probable Starters
Michael Carter-Williams PG Ty Lawson
Evan Turner SG Jordan Hamilton
Hollis Thompson SF Wilson Chandler
Thaddeus Young PF Kenneth Faried
Spencer Hawes C JJ Hickson
2013/14 Advanced Stats
99.6 (1) Pace 95.3 (12)
100.6 (27) ORtg 104.8 (17)
109.3 (28) DRtg 105.9 (16)
Game Officials
Eric Cartman
Leopold Stotch
Randy Marsh

Are you looking for something to get you excited about this game? To really hold a grudge against Denver? Well, I (sort of) have the answer. The other night, I was flipping through League Pass channels and happened to stumble upon the Heat-Nuggets game. At one point, Norris Cole broke his fall with a face. Bold strategy, I know. Here's the video:

Anyway, it was a really nasty fall. In that clip above, you are listening to Miami's announcers, but the channel that I was watching was showing Denver's feed. While Cole was being helped off the floor, there was a delay in the action because noted terrible free-throw shooter Joel Anthony was helping Cole to the locker room. When a player can't continue, the opposing coach gets to pick anyone on team to shoot the free throws, and Brian Shaw selected noted terrible free-throw shooter Joel Anthony.

As this was happening, all the Denver color guy cared about was Miami getting charged with a timeout for Anthony's absence. I'm not saying that the guy shouldn't have brought the subject up, but he did so in such a whiny tone. Let's just say that I think he lost track of the fact that a guy just went headfirst into the hardwood.

The moral of the story? Marc and Malik are better than the local announcers of MANY other teams. Oh, and one thing to look for tonight: How does the Sixers' fast pace go over in the altitude? They've played pretty well the last few games, and we'll see if that trend of competitive basketball can continue.

The Enemy: Denver Stiffs

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