So they beat the Nets, big deal, right? Well, it is kind of a big deal when you look at (a) the circumstances and (b) how they did it. Second night of a b-2-b, again. Against a rested team, again. Doug Collins didn't make a single sub in the deciding 36-20 fourth quarter. Solid, solid performance, and really their second in a row.
- I'm not a huge fan of forcing Jrue into the number one scorer role, which Collins did for long stretches tonight, but it's great to see he can wear the hat without it taking away from his playmaking abilities. 20 points (on 16 shots), 13 assists and only 1 turnover. Stellar, stellar game from the kid.
- The bench was tremendous in the fourth quarter. Thad and Lou at different times offensively and Battie on both ends.
- Another solid game for Iguoala who played another 42 minutes. Collins has quickly learned that he can't keep Igoudala on the bench for long.
- A couple of funky lineups for Collins tonight. One really big group: Battie, Brand, Young, Iguodala and Holiday. And one lineup I hope to never see again: Speights, Young, Nocioni, Meeks and Lou. That last lineup is a disaster waiting to happen. Lou is the only guy who can even moderately handle the ball, and I don't really want him playing that role. Come to think of it, that's one thing I love about the starting lineup. Off a defensive board or a turnover, the Sixers have three guys who handle it very well and are more than capable of pushing the ball up the floor.
Just a gutsy, gutsy performance in front of a ridiculous crowd that was doing the wave in the third quarter of a tied game. Shameful.
Player of The Game:
vs. Portland, Tuesday night.
We're back in action starting Monday morning, expect a couple of pieces throughout the day to help you ease back into your workweek.