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Energy vs. Execution (Or, the Difference Between the Sixers and the Celtics)

What a heartbreaker. You think you’ve got a team on the ropes, especially after Andre Iguodala drops a huge bucket with only six seconds left. Clutch. You figure the Sixers will pay extra attention to Ray Allen and try to keep Paul Pierce within the three point line. Obvious. And so Allen takes the ball, and quickly dishes it to Pierce, and you’re thinking, Alright, fine, I can live with Pierce going iso, as long as he’s not shooting the three. If he makes the deuce, we’ll take our chances in OT. And then, Pierce passes the ball to the corner, where Allen, after slipping behind a double-screen, was waiting to launch a three. Crap, crap, crap…

Swish.

And just like that, the Celtics stole the game – a win the Sixers desperately needed after their latest collapse against the Nets – and did so without KG.

Sonuvabitch.

Looking to find a picture that accurately reflected my distraught after Allen's three, I typed "really pissed off guy" into Google Images. And for some reason, this came up. I mean, how could I not put this picture up? Priceless...

Looking to find a picture that accurately reflected my distraught after Allen's three, I typed "really pissed off guy" into a Google Image search. And for some reason, this came up. I mean, how could I not put this up? Priceless...

To me, the game came down to one vital contrast between these two teams – the contrast between energy and execution. Continue reading

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