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It just comes down to finishing games.
The Sixers were leading the Toronto Raptors late in the second half and were looking their third victory in the the face. But once again turnovers and bad defense doomed the squad as they fell 94-86.
Forward Elton Brand recorded 27 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. Jrue Holiday added 17 points and 7 assists for the Sixers.
But the Sixers just couldn’t contain Raptors big man Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani had 30 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
Sonny Weems chipped in 25 points for Toronto.
It has been the story of the Sixers’ season thus far. They’re in every game late but always seem to find a way to lose.
It still looks like they have a long way to go and this season could be a long one. The play of Evan Turner and the future of Andre Iguodala with the team will be something to keep an eye on.
Last night’s game was a big test for the Philadelphia 76ers. They faced one of the most dangerous teams in the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Sixers fell 109-103 in a game where Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combined for 62 points.
The Sixers were outscored in the first three quarters and were playing from behind the whole game.
Jrue Holiday led the Sixers with 17 points, 11 assists, and 2 rebounds. Elton Brand added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
The Sixers couldn’t get the stops they needed down the stretch in the fourth quarter. This game can be a stepping stone as they played some solid basketball against one of the NBA’s premiere teams.
An encouraging sign is the play of rookie first round pick Evan Turner. Turner had 15 points and 8 rebounds against the Thunder.
Andre Iguodala did not play last night but is likely to play on Friday against the Dallas Mavericks.
**Louis Williams left the game with a left shoulder contusion and did not return.
It seemed like it would never happen.
But the Philadelphia 76ers have won their first game of the season, defeating the Indiana Pacers 101-75 last night.
Elton Brand led the Sixers with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. Brand also added two blocks and a steal.
The bench was another big reason the Sixers were victorious. They combined for 41 points and really gave the team a huge boost.
Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala each added 11 points.
Pacers superstar forward Danny Granger was shut down by the Sixers stifling defense. Granger was 2-for-14 with only seven points on the night.
Josh McRoberts also added 10 points and four rebounds for the Pacers in the loss.
The Sixers led throughout the whole game and never looked back.
The Sixers will face the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
** Sixers head coach Doug Collins missed the entire second half as he is still suffering from vertigo after a fall at a Phoenix coffee shop in May.
Could Iguodala be dealt?
As many of you know, I’m not the biggest Sixer fan, but I like to see them succeed and hope they win. Seeing the Sixers in this constant decline (or just stagnation), missing the playoffs or losing in the first round does not make Sixer Nation very happy. They have only won one playoff series since making it to the NBA Finals (in 2003 vs. New Orleans). You can blame whoever, management, coaching, players, but that doesn’t change the current state of the team. GM Ed Stefanski was brought in from New Jersey to turn around the franchise, but despite his efforts, the team is currently 16-31, 8 games behind the 8th place Heat.
So what should the Sixers do? I’m hardly the expert, but if the team has to experience a few rough years before becoming a contender, then so be it. With a bunch of rumors floating around about Tracy McGrady (and his expiring contract) and Amare Stoudamire, could one of those guys help the team? If the Sixers had to trade for one of the two, long term, McGrady would be the better option. By trading for McGrady, the team would have to move considerable salary under league rules, and when McGrady’s contract expires, it will clear up some room next season. If Stefanski is looking short term, Stoudamire, an all-star, would be the better option, helping the team right away. However, Stoudamire wouldn’t put the team deep into the playoffs, so making the playoffs, losing in the first round and drafting in the middle of the first round (again) wouldn’t help the team.
The only way teams improve in the NBA is by signing a huge profile free agent or drafting in the top 5. And for the record, I would not consider Elton Brand a huge profile free agent. Part of rebuilding is by using available money correctly, not overpaying. One of the other problems with the Sixers is that they have a bunch of similar type players; good or decent individuals, but as a team, not so much. Part of that is the result of continuous drafting between 10 and 20 every year.
The days leading up to February 19th could be interesting as they could possibly shape the track of their future. Could we see the last of Andre Iguodala and Sammy Dalembert as Sixers soon?