When Thad Young had nothing standing between himself and the rim for a game-tying dunk and instead fumbled the ball away the Sixers not only blew this game, they blew a golden opportunity they not likely to see again. This was the type of game that makes you want to stop watching basketball. (game capsule)
Here's your rotation chart. Note the futility in the fourth quarter.
Just to be clear, I'm not blaming Thad for this loss. I'm blaming him for turning a tie game into a five-point deficit with his butter fingers, but there were about two thousand reasons the game was even that close, and he wasn't responsible for more than 100 or so of those.
Jodie Meeks can't hit the broad side of a barn, yet he plays 23 minutes, even though he's getting absolutely torched on the defensive end. Can't figure that one out.
Andre Iguodala had two of the worst turnovers you'll see in a bad stretch of the third quarter. The one where he lazily tapped the ball to Jrue was just unforgivable. You can't have that crap.
Spencer Hawes is a worthless basketball player.
When Turner got hot for a moment in the fourth, Collins pulled him out of the game and inserted Lou. I have no idea why. I also have no idea why he only got two free throws when he was in the process of shooting a three. I also have no idea how Jordan Williams scored six straight points with the game on the line. Actually, I get that one. Any big man with a pulse can push this team around.
The Sixers flat out blew this game. All they needed to do was beat the Nets at home and they'd be two games out of the #4 seed after Boston choked one away in Toronto. They'd be two games behind the hopeless Magic who got destroyed by the Hawks and found out Dwight Howard has a serious back injury. Had they beaten the Nets they'd be right there. Right there to move out of the 7/8 seat purgatory of the playoffs and into a winnable opening round matchup. Instead, the Knicks passed them and they're only 2 games up on the Bucks.
Congratulations, guys. You earned it.
Player of The Game: Jrue. If you think it should've been Turner, you're wrong. Deal with it.
Team Record: 31-28
Up Next: @ Orlando, Monday.
That's all I've got. I'm taking the weekend off.