http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtwylwEL7Tg

With 6.6 seconds left in last night’s game the Philadelphia 76ers were the happiest team on Earth because their best player had put the team on his back, dude. Andre Iguodala’s incredible, impossible layup over one of the best defenders of the past 15 years had earned him the right to gleefully grimace as much as he wanted. All was good in Philadelphia.

Then they had to play defense…

With 1.4 seconds left in last night’s game the Philadelphia 76ers were the saddest team on Earth because they’d just switched a screen and had a 6-foot-4 point guard trying to prevent a lob to a 6-foot-13 power forward with incredibly long arms. An interesting defensive strategy, especially when you consider that the guy dribbling the ball both leads the NBA in assists and is well known for his shooting follies.

As country music singers have been known to say: “Sometimes you’re the windshield, sometimes you give up an alley-oop to lose a basketball game.” Or something like that.