|The irony of writing a post under that headline the day after Jrue Holiday carried the Sixers with 33 points is not lost on me. This post isn't about a guy taking 20 shots in a game, though. It's about the change that began last season in the playoffs, and has carried on through the beginning of this year.|
|Several things about tonight's overtime loss to the Thunder were pleasant surprises, if not downright shocks. First, Thad was a man. Not just the rebounding, but late in the fourth and also in overtime, he demanded the matchup with Durant. On the final play of regulation, he stifled Durant, wouldn't let him loose to get the ball. A few more positives to take from this loss to follow.|
|Tonight's game in Cleveland is more than a trap. This is one of those games, much like the Pistons loss, where if you lose, it's going to be the worst kind of ammunition for people who want to say the Sixers are terrible. "How do you get blown out by an 0-8 team on your home court? The Sixers suck!" I don't want to be reading, "How do you lose to the Cavs without Kyrie Irving?" tomorrow morning.|
|With the game on the line, Doug Collins decided to go with a lineup that played to his team's strength. Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes went to the bench early in the fourth and Collins went with Jrue, one big and three shooters. Spread the floor, let Jrue penetrate and kick. 28 points in 10 minutes. 7-4 on the year.|
Latest comment: from sixerfan1220pargo starting for irving tonight, however i would expect waiters to initiate most of the offense...
|Ten days ago, the Sixers used a suffocating defense, sparked by their second unit, to stifle the Toronto Raptors for their fourth win of the season. Tonight, they're going to need more of the same.|
|I'm operating under the assumption that Andrew Bynum will suit up for the Sixers this season. I find the delay, the setbacks and the Big Lebowski reenactment all very annoying and/or troubling, but it is what it is. We're still waiting to see this team, in its entirety, on the floor. Right now, it looks like we're going to be waiting another month-and-a-half, at least. In the mean time, who they beat or how they beat them doesn't matter, just put some W's on the board.|
Latest comment: from das411Interesting look at how the Knicks have been doing it so far...sure would be nice if we had a lockdown elite wing defender, and/or a massive presence in the middle, for guys like Carmelo... http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8654356/carmelo-anthony-thriving-power-forward-knicks-a-7-1-start...
|Utah's size is a problem. A big, big problem. The Jazz sport three bigs who are leaps and bounds better at playing a big man's game than anyone who has worn the Sixers uniform this season. I'm no fan of Al Jefferson's, but after watching these first eight games, I'd gladly take him as on option for the Sixers on the offensive end. And don't get me started on Derrick Favors, it's too painful.|
|If I told you Jrue only turned the ball over one time and went to the line nine times, how much would you guess the Sixers won by? 10? 20? In allowing the Detroit Pistons to pick up their first win of the season, the Sixers demonstrated exactly how badly they need Andrew Bynum. The Sixer bigs were an embarrassment last night, and the fact their performance stood out to me when the entire team shot 29% from the floor says something.|
|The PPG crowd is probably over the moon with how Jrue has started the season. Even most advanced stats show a strong improvement for Jrue through the first seven games of the season. The eye test would even lead you to believe he's made a huge step, if not a leap...but those turnovers. Man oh man, those turnovers.|
|The Sixers need Andrew Bynum on the floor to be a serious team in the Eastern Conference. They need him on the floor to have a shot at home court advantage in the first round. They need him just to be a playoff team. They probably don't need him to get off a decent start, however.|