There's only one stat you need to look at to know how the Sixers/Cavs game wound up tonight. The Sixers scored more points in the first quarter (38) than they did in the entire second half (37). The final was 105-97, and the Sixers have no one to blame but themselves (and their horrible coach, of course.)
This game wasn't won by the LeBron-less Cavs, it was lost by the Sixers. They let a 17-point lead slip through their fingers, and there are two reasons why. First, they didn't hit their free throws in the second half. After going 26-27 on Wednesday night in their double-overtime win against Cleveland they shot a miserable 26-36 from the charity stripe tonight.
Second, Mo Cheeks' in-game management of this team is atrocious. Kyle Korver was ice cold tonight, he finished the game 3-13 from the floor for 12 points. When Korver isn't hitting his shots, there's no reason to have him on the floor. His defense is a liability. Not only did Cheeks keep him on the floor for the fourth quarter, but he kept calling plays for him even though it was obvious to everyone that he was off tonight.
I'm not a huge fan of Rodney Carney, mostly because all he does is heave up shots (in 30 minutes tonight he managed 1 rebound), but tonight, he should've gotten those minutes down the stretch. He was 6-10 from the floor, and he plays much better defense than Korver does. Cheeks gets something in his mind, and he will not make adjustments. If wins were more valuable than losses to the Sixers this year I'd be calling for Mo's head.
The player of the game is Andre Miller, who notched his first triple-double as a Sixer. He actually got the triple double in the third quarter, but didn't improve on it too much from there. His final line was 12 points on 5-11 from the field, 12 rebounds and 13 assists. The Sixers continue this hapless season tomorrow night against Atlanta. Let's hope the Sixers bring their "C" game tomorrow because the Hawks are one of the teams with a shot at the league's worst record.
LeBron sat out tonight's game with a sore toe. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)