At first, I was going to recap this game sarcastically. If you followed me on Twitter, you saw this unfold and it was painful for everybody involved. I probably lost some followers.
Then, I thought about being optimistic about it. Find some things to add value.
Then, I said “No”. This team didn’t have it from the tipoff. They didn’t do much good out there.
This recap is so easy and simple: Sixers sucked. You don’t lose by more than 30 points and take good things away. You run away from this game as fast and as soon as possible. Sixers didn’t defend all that well. Heck, if you allow a team to score 100 points in three quarters, you probably didn’t defend much. Sixers were down by 30+ before the end of the first half. The whole second half was spent watching them trail by as much as 39-29 points. Yup, Sixers decided that in the second half they would play on a more even scale. Good for them.
Would I say this is the start of the tank? Actually, no. I just think this was a bad game. I want to see how they come out next game vs the Mavericks. IF they get blown out again, it may be tanking season. This team has come back from big deficits before. They are not good but have a lot of fire.
I guess I should talk about some performances. Anthony Davis started the game…the first quarter, with five blocks. He ended with eight. Terrific. Turner struggled and never got it going. He ended with four points. He was clearly pissed and discouraged during his last few minutes of action.
Sixers allowed the Pelicans to shoot 62% through the first three quarters. But then, Sixers defense really stepped up during the fourth quarter and the Pelicans ended the game shooting only 60.5%. Ugh, see, sarcasm. I’m sorry. They themselves shot 42.7%. Positive, Sixers shot 71% from the line vs the Pelicans shooting only 66.7%. No really, Sixers made more free throws than Pelicans. Four more but still.
Ah, this was an interesting game. If you watched the entire game, first of all, congrats. You’re a strong person. Second of all, let me know what you thought of it.
Next game is vs the Mavericks (like I just said) on Monday. Hopefully Michael Carter-Williams can play. Not like he’d make much of a difference the way tonight went though. Get some sleep.