Well there’s good news and bad news. First the good news. Jrue Holiday is able to play through the injury. Yeah he had a severe ankle sprain vs the Heat and the 2K12 doctors said he would be out 2-4 weeks. But, his injury is just a twisted ankle. He still has the 2-4 healing time needed but he did play against the Mavericks. He only played 6 minutes though. The game reduced his overall rating from 79 to 70.
And the bad news. Sixers trailed by as much as 21 in a 96-78 loss to the Mavs. They were in the game for the first…30 minutes. Then, midway in the 3rd quarter, Sixers decided it was in their best interest to not defend the perimeter and let the Mavs hit all 3 of their 3-point attempts. All wide open looks.
Andre Iguodala lead the Sixers with 15 points. Marreese Speights added 14, Lou Williams with 13, and Elton Brand with 11. In the loss to the Heat, the Sixers looked like they just went cold. Here, the Sixers were just shut down. Mavericks only shot 47% from the field but the Sixers shot 43%. I’m trying to justify this loss by looking at the stats here. Let’s see…ah yes turnovers also played a key role in the Sixers loss. Sixers had 8 turnovers to the Mavericks’ 4. But, the points off of turnovers is in the Mavericks’ favor 16-2. Let’s just say that each turnover gave two points (8 turnovers X 2 points). In that case, Mavericks scored off of each turnover the Sixers had. Not good.
Sixers have lost two in row; both on the road. They play on Thanksgiving, November 24th. Yeah Sixers get a holiday game and are locked out of it. Anyway, they face the Hawks. 2K12 said that that game was the game to watch so I hope it’s good. Antonio Daniels did a pretty good job stepping in for the injured Jrue Holiday. Obviously, he’s not that great of a player but he’s handling himself well. Sixers should be OK.
Let’s look at Jrue’s stat line to get an idea of what the Sixers are missing: 12.9 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 6.7 APG, .2 SPG .5 BPG, 44 FG%, and 96 FT%.
Sixers fall to 4-7 and the Hawks got blown out by the Heat tonight too and they fall to 6-4.