It's all semantics at this point anyway. The Sixers continued their string of poor play tonight against the Magic, only this time they added lazy on top of poor. This was, without a doubt, the worst effort I've ever seen on the defensive glass. Miami won, Boston lost so we're now locked into a 2-7 battle against the Miami Heat.
Player of The Game:
- I don't have a whole lot to say about this one. Rebounding is, to some degree, and effort thing. To get dominated on the glass like that by a team that was on the second-night of a back-to-back is absurd and disheartening.
- Elton Brand would've been your player of the game had he not grabbed only 1 defensive rebound in 38 minutes.
- Spencer Hawes continues his slide to NBADL levels. 2/8 from the floor, 1 defensive board in 28 minutes.
- Jrue and Jodie shot a combined 10/24, which simply isn't going to get it done. Jrue didn't get to the line a single time, but he's still your player of the game, almost by default. 15 points on 16 shots, 4 defensive boards, 11 dimes and 1 posterization.
- As I said above, the Sixers are now locked into the #7 seed and they will play the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs. Looking at the matchups, I'd say this is probably the second most compelling matchup to the TV programming folks, behind the Knicks/Celtics. I assume that'll mean decent TV slots, which is something. The Bulls/Pacers is going to be buried, and Orlando/Atlanta will probably get the NBATV treatment.
- Turner had another chance to earn some playoff burn tonight and impressed Doug Collins so much, Collins decided to do the unthinkable and change his starting lineup at the beginning of the third quarter. Nocioni got the nod and proceeded to shoot the Sixers right out of a three-point game early in the third.
- This is a tough, but familiar place for Sixers fans. I season full of promise and hope has seemingly collapsed at the end. All we can do now is bide our time and hope the team that ran roughshod over the league for a couple of months will somehow emerge when the lights shine brighter this weekend. There's still one game left on the docket, but I sincerely hope the Sixers don't do something stupid like dress everyone and play them 40 minutes. The winning season doesn't mean much to me at this point and you aren't going to build momentum by beating a terrible team that's already headed for the golf course. Rest Iguodala, Brand and Jrue. Maybe get them a token 10 minutes, just to work up a sweat. If you lose the game, you lose the game. It's meaningless. Maybe see if you can get Jodie to shoot his way out of his slump.
vs. Detritus, Wednesday night