The Philadelphia 76ers came out on fire and we all believed that with a 17 point lead that this was going to be a repeat of Saturday night. Welp this game had a lot of offense if thats what you like but the Sixers managed to lose this game 100-103 and no it was not because of poor shooting.
In fact Jrue Holiday had a solid game, not explosive but 18 points and 10 assists is a good enough performance to propel your team to a victory. He did have 4 turnovers and one late in the game that sort of shifted the momentum of the team. I said earlier that Evan Turner would have to reinvigorate himself like he did at the start of the season. He played his heart out tonight and in the third quarter he showed off hitting shot after shot. in the third quarter alone he dropped 14 points. I joked that he hit a shot in every players face on Memphis, and quite frankly that was not a joke looking back at the highlights. Also Thaddeus Young continues to show strong toughness and played very hard until the end. Dropping 23 points of his own he may be the second best player on this team besides Jrue. it was a tough lost for all even Kwame Brown and Spencer Hawes stepped up and did the little things right. They actually did o.k. rebounding wise. Hard cuts to the basket and mental toughness gave the Sixers a good chance to win this game because a lot of little things were done right.
But it was fools gold with the SIxers tonight. For all the Sixers did well it seemed the Grizzlies had a match. Marc Gasol looked more like Dirk Nowitzki. He hit leaners, floaters, and fade-a-ways. He dropped a season high 27points on the Sixers and it was almost magical to watch. It was also another coming out party for a back up PG on the opposing team. First Jennaro Pargo, now Jerryd Bayless is another name on the list. He was hot early and is the reason the Grizzlies were still alive in the game. The Sixers simply had no answer for him tonight. 21 points and 9 quality assists put him in a prime position to outshine Jrue Holiday.
You can’t always boast on moral victories and to be honest moral victories mean nothing come playoff time. But in contrast, I applaud the Sixers even though I’m highly upset they lost thanks to “Mr.Everything” Marc Gasol. I think the SIxers can take away a lot from this game confidence wise. I feel strongly that they have almost turned the corner on how to close out games. I just want the on ball defense to be a little more tenacious. Next up they have John Wall and the Wizards coming to town. It will be a battle of the top two picks in the 2010 NBA draft. Will Evan Turner continue to have the hot hand or will the only player drafted ahead of him have the better night?