1. Get it to the Italian
2. DeMar DeRozan’s Lack of Offense
3. Jrue, Jrue, Jrue
None of the 3 things above mattered. A tired team with no energy against a team with injuries that’s regularly playing D-League players is what happened. The tired team had no energy, the coaches did nothing to make that change. Playing your best guys big minutes in a shortened season is expected – when you admit they are tired, then shorten your rotation, and play on back-to-back nights? And the D-Leaguers, plus their big league counterparts, took advantage for an easy win. In hindsight, the results were almost expected.
Everything broke down in the second half. Thaddeus Young looked lifeless. Andre Iguodala looked indifferent. Elton Brand tried, but was surrounded by three defenders and had no one trying to get open around him. Lou Williams settled, like he normally does, and missed quite often. Evan Turner got within 10 feet of the rim approximately once. No energy, ball movement, thus no scoring. It was sad, pathetic, enraging, and every other adjective you could think of.
But most importantly, it hurts. It hurts in the playoff standings, it hurts for the people in the stands, and it hurts the players. Elton Brand played 35 minutes on the second of a back-to-back, Iguodala 36. What are we doing? What’s the point? If they have no energy, go deep into your bench. We have some depth over there. But Doug Collins just sat there, sticking with what wasn’t working, devoid of hope. What’s he doing? Why isn’t he working his magic anymore? Why has his formula stopped working?
What’s the point of it all?