It's been three days since the Sixers' tough loss to the Nets at home. Three days is a lifetime in the NBA. The Sixers, apparently, took that time off to refocus themselves, because they dominated this game from whistle to whistle. Final score: Sixers 94, Bobcats 63
The Bobcats were without point guard Raymond Felton, and on the tail end of a back-to-back, but excuses only take you so far. The Bobcats have a more talented roster, the Sixers are a better team. This is going to be a recurring theme as the season wears on. The Sixers move the ball, move without the ball, play tough defense, crash the boards and run like deer. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Tonight, Andre Iguodala played a season-low 34 minutes, but managed to contribute 19 points, 7 boards, 4 assists and 5 steals (and another 5 turnovers!). Green (14), Carney (11) and Jason Smith (10) joined him in double figures. Dalembert and Miller each chipped in with 9.
The blowout came at an opportune time for the hundreds of Sixers fans at the Wach, because Thad Young saw his first action of the season. The rook knocked down 3 of 5 from the field, grabbed 3 boards and 2 steals in 11 minutes.
The Sixers let Lou Williams, Rodney Carney, Kyle Korver, Thaddeus Young and Jason Smith run pretty much the entire fourth quarter, and it was fun to watch. Smith continues to impress with his athleticism (and aggression on the glass), Williams has a knack for finishing in the lane very reminiscent of AI, Carney is well, Carney, but he does seem to be crashing the boards with reckless abandon, and Thad Young showed some great moves and a nice handle once he settled down. I expect to see more and more of him.
If Kevin Ollie can't get into a 31-point blowout for some garbage time, why is he even on the roster? Just buy him out already. Coaching move of the night: Calvin Booth, DNP Coach's Decision.Player of The Game
: Sammy, 9 points, 13 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks.
No Reggie graphic tonight, he only had 5 boards in 18 minutes.