Well, the magic really is over isn’t it?
Tonight, the Sixers fell to the Washington Wizards 116-102, giving the Wizards their first win of the season. Spencer Hawes had 23 points (2-4 from deep), 13 boards and 5 assists; Evan Turner had 24 points, 7 boards and 4 assists; Michael Carter-Williams had 19 points and 7 assists (2 turnovers), so what gives? The Sixers committed 21 turnovers in the game, compared to 11 for Washington. When you give any NBA team the ball that many times, it’s hard to fight back.
After trailing by as many as 15 points early, the Sixers tried their old heroic trick, to no avail. The lead was cut to as little as three in the third quarter, but the Wizards fought back for the victory. The Wizards sure had some magic from the land of deep, shooting 54.5 percent from deep (18-33). Although John Wall is not known as a threat from deep, he nailed five of his eight attempts from deep and finished the contest with 24 points.
While Michael Carter-Williams had 19 and 7, he shot 8-21 from the field, 1-4 from deep and had a +/- of -18. Like I’ve said before and will say many times again (probably), Carter-Williams will hit many rookie walls during this long 82 game season. Some nights he will make us all forget about Jrue Holiday and then some nights we will be wishing that Eric Snow was back in town. Carter-Williams is still very raw, but he will show flashes of brilliance, give him time.
The Sixers fall to 3-2 on the season, after the scorching hot 3-2 start. How long ago does it seem like those 3 wins occurred? Regardless, the next game has quite the interesting storyline. On Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Andrew Bynum will be making a trip to the Wells Fargo Center. Bynum has said he will play the game in Philadelphia, but sit out the game the next night in Cleveland. What an interesting choice Mr. Bynum. I can’t wait to hear the booing he receives on Friday, he deserves every bit of it.
Let me end this post before I get into a rant about Bynum. The Sixers lost, again, and it seems that all the magic and energy from the first week has been sucked out of this team. Winter is coming, everyone.
Can the Sixers bounce back on Friday and beat the Cavaliers with Andrew Bynum in uniform?
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