The last time they played the Bulls in Chicago they suffered their biggest loss of the season by point total. On Sunday they suffered their biggest loss in terms of quality by losing at home to the Kings. So, a day after that despicable L, they show a lot of heart and get biggest W of the season by going into Chicago and pulling it out.
The Sixers came out with more energy in the first quarter of the Bulls game then they showed in the entire Sacramento game, and even led by 23 points at one time. Thaddeus Young was putting on a show in the first half and scored 17 points, to go along with his 3 blocks. It was total team defense, shutting down Rose and pretty much everyone in the first half.
Then the second half came and somebody woke up D-Rose. He started torching everyone that was guarding him, and was scoring at will, and that huge lead got as low as 4 points. However, clutch shots by Spencer Hawes, of all people, allowed the Sixers to hold the lead until the Bulls ran out of gas in the final few minutes.
The 97-85 victory is by far the best of the season, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It looked like the Sixers were starting to fade and go on a losing streak.
The losing streak that I never expected to see since they were playing the Kings at home on Sunday at noon. Some reporters were blaming the fact that a few players went to a Lil Wayne concert the night before in Philly. I blame Iguodala and Doug Collins. Jrue Holiday was having one of the best games of his career, had 28 points and close to a triple double, but on the last 4 possessions Iggy had the ball in his hands and came up with 3 bricks and 1 made free throw to go along with his missed free throw. After that game, Collins still reiterated that he will go to Andre at the end of games, which could be the Sixers downfall.
Tonight, Hawes hit 3 big jumpers to stop the Bulls run, and maybe he could be our new closer? The saddest part of that, is that I’m only half joking. I would literally see almost anyone else on the Sixers take the big shot than Iguodala, it has gotten that bad. I’m not saying he’s not a great player, because his defense is unparalleled and his has great athleticism but some players weren’t born with touch. Jrue should be the one stepping up, in my opinion.
Another negative aspect that Coach Collins is displaying besides giving Iggy the ball in crunch time, is that Turner is hardly playing at all anymore. He has either hit the rookie wall or Collins doesn’t like him. They are the only two options I can think of. Hopefully both of those dilemmas change come playoff time, but let’s end on a good note and congratulate them for their biggest win of the year.
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.