The Wizards Being Really, Really Bad
I know this is a terrible thing to put, but it is probably the most relevant point to make. They started 0-8, are now 1-9, and last night lost to the Bulls, when the Bulls were without Derek Rose, C.J. Watson, and Rip Hamilton. They had to start John Lucas III at guard, and he went 10-28. The Wizards also scored just 64 points, which makes me shudder to think what the Sixers D could do to them. With 6:00 left, it was a question of whether the Wizards getting to seventy points. They didn’t score again.
With the Wizards this bad, it seems as though the Sixers starting at 7-3 is a mirage. With a home and home against the Wiz, they should easily progress to 9-3.
The Sixers Coming Out Angry
Not that they have anything to be ashamed of in their near comeback versus the Knicks in New York. However, they came so close to winning after being down a huge deficit, you have to think that the Sixers will want to send a message by blowing out an opponent, and the hapless Wiz will be a perfect opponent to do that to.
This could be especially obvious on the defensive end, as the 7-6 lead the league in points per game allowed, and have only allowed 100 points twice in nine games. On the offensive end, Lou Williams will want to get his groove back after a dismal performance at the Garden, and Jrue Holiday will also want to show he is able to not turn the ball over after a poor first half.
All of this points to the fact that the Sixers will not suffer a letdown of overlooking the Wiz in the first half of the home and home on Friday.
Spencer Hawes Return?
The 7-6 clearly missed their man in the middle against the Knicks, especially on offense, as they failed to break eighty points. It was reported that Hawes was close to playing so with another two days it would seem as though he should be able to get back on the court for both of these games. He is off to an absolutely fantastic start, with advanced stats showing him as top ten in the league in both rebounding and defense, as well as hitting lots of shots. Nikola Vucevic is a good young player, but Spencer is better and more experienced, and his return could boost the team.