It’s Thanksgiving day people! And the Sixers played today. And they played well. They played with heart. They played injured. They went up by 13 points and lost it almost as soon as they got it. They decided not to defend the perimeter and let Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford chuck up 3 after 3. They withstood 31 points form Johnson and 20 points from Crawford. Jrue Holiday played a good deal of minutes, even with his twisted ankle. Sixers lost Lou Williams to a lower back strain so the Sixers’ PG’s are hurting right now. Still, they pressed on. Kept fighting. It even went to OT. I guess they wanted a second helping of turkey. It came down to the big end. Who won though?
Well in the first 3 quarters, it was the combo of Thaddeus Young (20 points) and Marreese Speights (16 points) that carried the Sixers. Andre Iguodala had 17 points too. But, Jrue Holiday started out 1-5 from the field. He ended up with 16 points on 5-14 shooting. That sounds bad but it was Jrue who came up big in the 4th quarter. He hit key shots, made big passes, and made his clutch free-throws. He took over the last few minutes of the game and all of OT. All on a busted ankle. Sixers went on to win 98-94.
Now the medical report is calling for Lou to be out for 1-2 weeks but Jrue was diagnosed to be out for 2-4 weeks and yet he’s playing. Lou’s injury is more severe so Lou may be out. Oh and Darius Songaila has some sore knees. He’s day to day.
Sixers continued to let the perimeter to be available for all to shoot from. Hawks took the bait and launched 27 3-balls. They hit 11. Sixers made only 1 out of 12. So, how did the Sixers make up for that? They won the battle in the paint, scoring 52 points vs the Hawks’ 24. That’s over twice the points. Hawks overall shot more than the Sixers, but the Sixers made more shots. Better efficiency there. 49% FG for Sixers and 39% FG for Hawks.
Sixers win and improve to 5-7. They snapped a 5 game losing streak on the road so they needed this. Saturday they face the Knicks at home. They should be able to grab the win. They are in 3rd place in the Atlantic Division; behind the Celtics (5-6) and the Nets (5-6). The Knicks are 4-7 and the Raptors are 1-9. The Division title is still up for grabs (and possibly with a losing record)!