Wow. Well, I'm not sure exactly how you break down an utter humiliation like we saw tonight in Miami. Nothing the Sixers tried to do on the offensive end had even a slight level of success. The defense wasn't bad early, but it abandoned them as the game wore on and the deficit continually grew. If something doesn't change, this is series is a sweep.
- Let me start by saying two guys had halfway decent games: Jrue and Turner. That's it, and Jrue's wasn't even good. 5/13 for 12 points, pretty good defense, not a whole lot of assists, no trips to the line. Turner was the offensive star and he scored a whopping 15 on 10 shots. He gave up at least that many on the other end, and looked bad doing it. Those are your high points for the Sixers.
- As for low points, well, Thad and Lou scored 26 points on 28 shots, combined, and that was better than the starters did (29 points on 35 shots).
- Marreese Speights has played more in this series than he did for ten-game stretches during the regular season. I don't get it. If there was even a slight chance he'd be needed in the playoffs, why was he buried on the bench most of the year?
- There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the best chance the Sixers have in game three is to start Tony Battie and hope he can play 25 minutes. Battie is the only guy willing to box someone out and give a hard foul at the hoop. The only possible silver lining to a sweep is if it convinces Rod Thorn to cut ties with Spencer Hawes permanently. Part of me hopes they lose the next two just so I never have to see that stiff in a Sixers uniform again.
- Andre Iguodala is playing great defense in this series, but he's been a net-negative on the floor. He's giving the Sixers absolutely nothing on the offensive end. Nothing. Zero. He has 9 turnovers and only 4 made field goals. LeBron James is getting a free pass on the defensive end.
- It's easy to throw stones at the Sixers after a game like this, and they probably deserve it, but the fact of the matter is that when Miami defends like this, the Sixers have no prayer. In fact, if they defend like this, no one stands a chance. It makes me sick.
- I suppose it's good to see that Jrue hasn't shrunk from the occasion and Turner can actually make a couple of shots, even with good defenders on him. Meeks is back to shooting the three well and not contributing a whole lot more, and Thad Young still runs faster than everyone else when he's on the floor. Those guys are probably the future of the franchise at this point.
- Brand was invisible.
- Bah, I've got nothing else. They better show up on Thursday.
Player of The Game: Turner. 15 points on 6/10 from the floor (3/3 from three), 6 boards, 1 dime, 0 turnovers, 16 broken ankles.
Team Record: 0-2
Up Next: vs. MIA, Thursday night