This season, and this team, have become a horrible, horrible punchline to a joke that isn't all that funny. Eddie Jordan coached this game to win tonight. 100%, he was pulling all the strings he could to get a W. The players weren't exactly lazy out there, they just have absolutely nothing to fall back on. Their systems are flawed, their priorities are out of whack and to top it off, the wrong players are on the floor at the wrong time. Andre Iguodala is lost, Elton Brand is resigned, Sam Dalembert is clueless, Willie Green and Lou Williams are useless, Marreese Speighs is still hurt. Anything and everything that can possibly be wrong with this team, is. And I can only hope that things stay like this for another 13 games.
Two positives to take away from this game, then your rotation chart, then bed:
- The loss dropped the Sixers to the 8th-worst record in the league.
- I hope we're in for about a decade of Toney Douglas and Jrue Holiday going head-to-head. I love the way these kids play the game and it'd be great to see a rivalry develop between two young guards. It'd be even better if both teams were actually good, but that may be asking too much.
I haven't read Jordan's post-game comments, but I can only assume that he said something like, "The team competed for 48 minutes." I'm sorry, but that's complete B.S. If you compete vs. the Cavs and come out on the wrong end, fine. They're clearly a better team. I don't care how much effort you put forth against this putrid Knicks team, you should be able to sleepwalk through the game and get a W, if you're trying to. From a basketball perspective, look at one thing from this game. The Sixers gave up 15 offensive rebounds to a team that was missing their only rebounder. Without Lee, the Knicks don't have any semblance of an interior presence. Eddie Jordan's response to these facts was to use a small lineup for 23 minutes total, and the final 18 minutes of the game. A cynical man might also point out that Jason Kapono was on the floor for the final 6:20 of what was mostly a one-possession game coming down the stretch. You may also be interested to learn that Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday didn't sit for a second after the half, and tallied 43 and 42 minutes, one the first night of a back-to-back.
Player of The Game:
Jrue., 15 points on 12 shots, 8 boards, 2 dimes, 2 steals and 2 turnovers. He had a rough turnover down the stretch when he probably would've been better off forcing up a shot against the shot clock. This was in his 24th consecutive minute of action though, so I'll cut him a little slack.
Chicago Bulls, Saturday night at the Wach.