The second half began with an ending far too familiar to Sixers fans across the land. A slim loss, but a loss nonetheless. Crunch-time execution still the fatal flaw, mostly on the defensive end this time. A team devoid of talented big men, made to look like a juggernaut by our soft collection of bigs who play small and a career game for DJ Augustin. It all equals the 25th loss of the season and on the outside looking in at playoff seeding.
Player of The Game:
- This may be taking the easy way out, but for in-depth thoughts on the game from myself and Derek Bodner, the best thing to do is listen to the replay of SixersBeat. We broadcast immediately after the game. You can check it out right here. If nothing else, it's a good way to kill an hour while you're waiting for your weekend to start.
- I do have a couple things I want to touch on here, though. First, Doug Collins switched things up in crunch time. Lou barely handled the ball at all. Jrue was initiating offense, with some help from Iguodala. They rode the hot hand (Thad). Basically, exactly what we've been calling for. The end result was the same, but it wasn't the offense's fault. They got numerous good looks in the last five minutes and didn't do a bad job scoring. The other end of the floor was a different story.
- Thad is your player of the game, hands down. He was a monster in the second half and nearly carried the team on his back to victory. Great game.
- Another loss that probably should've been a win. To be honest with you, at no point during that fourth quarter did I think this was going to be a win. I'm a beaten man. Unless they're up double-digits with five minutes to go, I'm assuming the worst.
- Overall, a pathetic defensive effort against a limited offensive team. Maybe you can chalk some of that up to it being the second night of a back-to-back, but that's not the only problem. Their bigs looked dominant and how does DJ Augustin go for a career high, and Gerald Henderson bury you with a series of wide open jumpers? Terrible.
Thad. 21 points on 9/14 from the floor with 6 boards and 2 blocks in 29 minutes of action.
17-25 (9th place in the Eastern Conference)
vs. Utah on Saturday
Also, the game capsule from the Orlando game is finally ready, check it out here