A golden opportunity to start the trip 3-2 soured a couple hours prior to the tip for the Sixers when word spread that Andre Iguodala wouldn't be available for the game. At that point, you knew it was going to be a long night. And it was.
Player of The Game:
- I never thought I'd say this, but please, please let Lou Williams be back in a Sixers uniform on Wednesday night. Not because I particularly miss Lou, but because that will hopefully mean an end to Andres Nocioni's minutes. Nocioni is absolutely killing this team, and he's doing it on both ends of the floor.
- If you can overlook the seven turnovers - which you really shouldn't be able to - Jrue had a simply masterful game. One of the turnovers was meaningless (a missed kick call by the refs), another came in garbage time, but the remaining five were just bad. They didn't completely erase the dominant scoring night (8/14 FG, 2/3 3P, 5/6 FT for 23 points) or the great floor game (11 assists), but they certainly put a damper on his big night. I will say this about Jrue, though, in the past two games he's put this team on his back for some big stretches. He's done it at other times this season as well. Maybe, just maybe he might wind up being the guy who can get the big hoop for you when the game is on the line. He's only 20, he's got time to grow into that role.
- Brand is your player of the game, again. He only played 29 minutes tonight, and again he wasn't terribly effective scoring, but 16 points, 16 boards and 3 assists (would've been more like 6 assists if Nocioni and Meeks could hit the broad side of a barn) is awfully impressive.
- Turner rebounded the ball very well (8 boards in 25 minutes), and showed a couple of flashes of brilliance off the dribble, but his jumper was flat and he was unable to get the ball up on the glass on several attempts at the rim. Overall, another disappointment, though he's still a much better option than Nocioni. Turner was the only Sixer who didn't have a negative +/- on the game, if that means anything to you.
- Hawes rebounded the ball well and contributed little else. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the Sixers thought it was a good idea to go to him in the post on three consecutive possessions to start the fourth quarter. The guy is completely helpless down there, no matter who is guarding him.
- Marreese Speights has just about reached Darius Songaila status on Doug Collins' depth chart. He didn't see a minute of action tonight until the bitter end. Even Craig Brackins got on the floor during meaningful minutes. Disappointing.
- For some reason, I don't think Dorrel Wright scores 28 on 11 shots if Iguodala plays in this game.
@ Phoenix, Wednesday night