The Sixers went 2-1 this week. If you looked at this past week’s games on paper, that is about what you would expect: a loss to Memphis and victories over Washington and Sacramento. I was at the Memphis game, which we absolutely should have won. Up 17 at point, and essentially in control for the entire game until letting it slip away with the cherry-on-top play being a last shot attempt by Nick Young getting easily swatted away by Marc Gasol. On a personal note, this was the 5th game that I have attended this year. I am 0-5. Maybe it’s me? That’s what other people say when I tell them my attendance record. Except, if I don’t go, who will? This team has more players on the floor than people in the stands. It’s tough cheering on a team from a desolate wasteland.
Bynum, this team (and fan base) needs you, man. Yet, I read last week that you got even more injections in those knees. It’s getting harder and harder to justify that max contract you desperately seek. Maybe we should spend our money on guys who have a proven history of durability. Perhaps Greg Oden or Brandon Roy?
Doug decided to shake up the starting lineup, subbing in Nick Young and Spencer Hawes for Jason Richardson (left knee synovitis) and Lavoy Allen (lack of motoritis). The results haven’t been half bad, albeit with a small sample size and playing against two crappy teams. Swaggy P has thrived, as the offense looks a little more balanced given the added boost in scoring ability. However, one must consider the defenses being played against here. Turner had one of his best performances of the season against Memphis (27pts, 7 asts, 3 rbds on 12-18 shooting) followed up by two sub-par games including one horrific play where he turned a fast break into a shot clock violation. Thaddeus Young continues his strong play with a career-high tying 15 rebounds against Sacramento to go with 23 points on 11-17 shooting. Jrue looks more and more comfortable as this team’s leader, and has really taken on more of a commanding presence, but continues to struggle with turnovers (6 against Washington and 8 against Sacramento).
The Sixers have some more winnable games coming up this week with Orlando (Return of the Voose, and losers of 9 in a row), Indiana (Paul George was drafted after Evan Turner), and Charlotte rolling into town. Boston needs to start sliding and the Sixers need to start climbing if we are going to start talking playoffs.