If the question is whether the Sixers have made a leap, after Portland the answer was probably not, after Phoenix it was maybe, after Utah...definitely not yet. After out-classing the Jazz for the first 16 minutes of this game, they suddenly decided they were too good to do the things you need to do to win on the road, and a terrible Jazz team showed them what happens when you take things for granted on the road in this league. (game capsule).
Here's your rotation chart. Note the -8 when the Voose was on the floor to start the fourth:
- The Evan Turner we saw tonight was the 2010-2011 version, and I wish that version would go to grad school or something because he has no place on the floor in the NBA. He was tentative all night, he got pushed around and honestly, he looked like a rookie. I'm sick of hearing complaints about his role. Play like you belong and you'll get minutes. Play like a deer in the headlights and you should be thankful you got 18.
- Give the Jazz a lot of credit for how they played tonight. They are a very bad team, a very young team and they were down 13 points early in the second when their backups came in and turned up the energy to a point where the Sixers couldn't or probably just wouldn't compete. It was actually reminiscent of what the Sixers did to other teams in years past when they relaxed. The Sixers aren't good enough to relax. They should know that.
- Derrick Favors is a very, very good player. Exactly the type of big this team desperately needs. 20 points, 11 boards, 1 block and his size/athleticism altered countless shots, including the two shots Lou Williams had to tie the game in the final minute.
- Jrue played much better tonight (22 points on 9/15 from the floor), but he really isn't initiating much offense and that's a problem. It doesn't help when he feeds bigs two feet from the hoop and they don't even come close to finishing, but he's not really playing like a PG right now. Certainly not the PG this franchise needs him to become.
- Iguodala had another nice game, if you discount the three missed free throws in the final 4:33 of the game, and there's absolutely no reason you should discount those bricks.
- Ah, this game shouldn't have been a loss. It's unacceptable, let's just leave it at that.
Player of The Game: Hawes. I'm giving this to Hawes mostly because no one else deserved it. His line was pretty: 15 points on 9 shots, 13 boards and 3 blocks, but his defense on Favors was absolutely shameful.
Team Record: 1-2
Up Next: @ GSW, later tonight.
Game thread and brief preview will be up in the late afternoon, this team better bounce back in a big way.