Philadelphia 76ers: The Record Does Not Match the Effort

Michael FoglianoAnalyst INovember 13, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 27: Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers in action during the game against the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center on October 27, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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The Sixers are nine games into the 2010 NBA season and have started out with a record of 2-7.

The average fan takes a glance at our record and they quickly panic and criticize our seven losses.

Already, we have heard the "bust" label put on Evan Turner, complaints about the new head coach and people saying our season has already ended.

My response is that the record is not what it shows.

In four of our seven losses, the Sixers have faced elite teams such as the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. Not to mention the overtime loss against the Wizards.

Going into those games, I expected the Sixers to get demolished, even though in all of those games they kept it close.

We gave the Heat a huge scare, brought the Hawks down to the wire and did a great job of shutting down Dirk.

All of these were winnable games that were lost because of small mistakes such as not getting to foul line, committing too many fouls or not guarding the perimeter.

If those little things were improved upon, they could have easily won those seven games.

Throughout the season, we have witnessed great production from Elton Brand and saw sparks of talent from our No. 2 overall pick, Evan Turner, and Jrue Holiday has been playing great at the point.

Our bench has also been extremely productive. Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams and Andres Nocioni have been our best players in some of our games.

What am I getting at here?

I am saying that our season is not over and we cannot panic. I am saying that the Sixers have been playing some good basketball lately and we have just been a little unlucky with our schedule.

I know this team has the talent to be good, they have clearly showed it this season. It's just a matter of putting that talent together and focusing on the little things to improve.