Don't let Wall's garbage-time, stat-padding fool you. Jrue Holiday absolutely dominated this basketball game. He carried them to a big win in the first game back from the Ice Capades trip with some big help from Lou Williams and left John Wall still wondering what it feels like to win a road game in the NBA.
Player of The Game:
- This game shouldn't have been close for 3.5 quarters, it really should've been a blowout from the first quarter on. Washington is probably the worst defensive team in the league and the Sixers kept taking their foot off the gas (or shooting themselves in the foot).
- That being said, the first game back from a long road trip, against a pitiful opponent, is the definition of a trap game. It's very, very easy to have a hangover from all the travel and the Sixers shook it off for a tremendous finish and a much-needed win, without Andre Iguodala. Kudos to those guys for getting the job done.
- John Wall is an impressive rookie. He's tough to contain off the dribble, for sure. He's a good playmaker. And he was clearly the second-best PG on the floor tonight.
- Big game for Lou, 25 points on 10 shots and 11 trips to the line. I wasn't very happy with how he was running the offense, but when he's scoring like that, you can obviously overlook him killing ball movement.
- I liked what I saw from Speights early on. He's still just terrible defensively, but he was moving the ball on offense and even drew a charge. If he plays like this, he's an upgrade to Hawes, but that's not saying much. Hawes is both hurt and terrible.
- One bone to pick. Elton Brand was completely unstoppable early in the game. He had 10 points in the first quarter, and for the most part, he was ignored for the rest of the night. The Sixers put the game away with a Jrue/Brand two-man game late in the fourth, but why did they ignore that mismatch for so long?
- Andray Blatche may be the worst player in the league. That's not an exaggeration. There are many, many less talented players, but you'd be hard pressed to find a guy who does more damage to his team and plays as many minutes as Blatche. Washington found a way to trade Arenas, so maybe they'll find someone dumb enough to take Blatche off their hands. Who knows. I will say that if he ever winds up wearing a Sixers jersey I may stop watching the games.
- It has to be said. There's absolutely zero chance this game is even close if Iguodala was playing. Rashard Lewis treated Nocioni and Thad like ragdolls on the defensive end. He was the guy Washington relied on for offense for long stretches in the game. That doesn't happen if Iguodala is playing.
Jrue Holiday. 10/14 from the floor, 6/9 from the line, 4 boards, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 3 turnovers and 26 points. Plus, solid defense on John Wall all night. He also made the defensive play of the game, drawing a key charge on Wall when the Sixers were in the midst of a big run in the fourth quarter. Yes, he dominated this game.
vs. Chicago, Friday night.