The 76ers continued their struggles Wednesday Night, losing to the Andre Miller and the Portland Trailblazers 98-90.
Andre Miller returned to Philadelphia wearing Blazer red this time. Though, he was white hot in his return, netting 24 points.
The bright spot lately for the 76ers has been the inspired play of their defense. They continued that trend Wednesday Night. Playing the Trailblazers tough practically all night long. Unfortunately, the trend of playing bad 4th Quarters also continued Wednesday night.
See-Sawing back and forth all night, the Sixers were in a position to win the game. Like they have been many times this season, they came up small when it mattered.
In the 4th Quarter the Sixers time and time again chucked up ill-advised shots. There seemed to be no flow, and if plays were called they certainly weren’t executed properly. That falls on the Coach Eddie Jordan. Who seems to be coaching on the fly. When the offense is clicking for this team the defense is no where to be found. Now that the defense is finally coming around, there is no one on the court there to hit the big shot when this team really needs it.
There are plenty of guys on the court who seem willing to take the big shots. As of yet, no one has proven they can be relied on to hit those big shots. Part of this is they haven’t been put in the positions to hit those shots.
Trailing by only 4 with under a minute to go Andre Iguodala chucked up a three-pointer, he missed. Another example of this team not being on the same page. You have to applaud Iguodala for wanting to take, and believing he can hit, that big shot. Though, his inability to realize the situation, and make a smart decision speaks volumes about where this team is maturity wise.
You have to believe that by the way Eddie Jordan’s rotation has been going these days he’s searching for players to fill roles. Either that, or he has no idea what he’s doing. Sitting guys like Lou Williams and Allen Iverson late in close games has to stop. They may not be the difference makers per-say, though they are guys who can get to the basket and draw contact. Something the Sixers need to do more of, they are not a jump shooting team. They just can’t win games that way.
In the end, when this team needs to come up clutch no one is able to come through. Not the players and not the coach. There is absolutely no sense of urgency, and little if any strategy at work here. The players seem ill-prepared and Eddie Jordan doesn’t seem to have a clue. Jordan’s press conferences are becoming more and more repetitive. He seems to be looking for that “killer instinct” when the team is up big. And the “heart” to come back when their down big. Now I guess he’s searching for a “superstar” to arise out of this roster who can take over games like tonight.
Good luck with that Eddie.
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Written by Mike Santa Barbara
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