Elton Brand didn’t play this time around but this time around the Mavericks won. Sixers had turnover problems just like last meeting. And they didn’t defend very well either. Sixers’ largest lead was 3 and they were lucky to get that big of a lead. Evan Turner played well in the PG spot but I still wish we had a more reliable backup PG for this team.
Another thing: Points in the paint for Sixers was low while their 3-point shooting was good. They continue to show that they don’t have that interior presence they need. You could say the Sixers missed Jrue Holiday and his defense but I felt a lot of grief came from giving up the ball so many times. If you hold onto the ball, the opponent has less opportunities to score on you.
Turner started off strong and was really the only guy keeping the Sixers in it during the first half. He finished with 17 points. His second half wasn’t as great and it looked like he wore himself out. Late in the game, Dorell Wright tried to spark a comeback by hitting three 3-balls but too much of a deficit proved to be the end result there. He had 25 points.
The loss came by looking at how the Sixers had 86 field goal attempts vs the Mav’s 72. Sixers may have had more attempts but they made less than the Mavs did. Also, Sixers made 9 more 3 pointers than the Mavs made. At this point, I can’t really pinpoint a reason the Sixers lost. Wait! Free throws. Mavs had 25 while Sixers made only 13.
Sixers started a stretch of playing 11 games. 10 of them are on the road. We see this each year when Disney On Ice takes over and kicks the Sixers off to the road. But, if Sixers can’t pull themselves together for this nasty block of games, well we’d better hope they tear it up in 2013. Sixers are 12-13 now and are under .500 for the second time this season. But, I fear they will be under .500 for a little while. Up next are the Rockets tomorrow on this Texas Two-Step.