Encouraging W in Chicago despite…
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on December 3, 2008
2) stupid choices & bad execution in crunch time, again
3) blowing out multiple leads, again
4) some players paid by Sixers but actually playing for the other team
5) a shameful pile of idiotic tunovers, again
You could have perhaps guessed that the 95-103 OT win in Chicago wasn’t exactly an exciting show.
It could serve some purposes, though. Like stopping the bleed (now we are at 8-10, .444). Building some confidence. Showing some pride. Not much else, honestly.
And we don’t have much time to celebrate, Lakers are coming in few hours (I’m wiring this after watching the game replayed).
What was good last night in Chicago?
We won the game three times. Initially building a confortable 16 point lead (14-30 at the beginning of the third, mainly thanks to an inspired Iguodala). That was of course immediately wasted with an horrible second quarter, in which we had NINE f’n turnovers, many unforced (speaking of turnovers, check this interview to Stefanski on WIP).
So after halftime (37-40) we had to win the game for the second time. We were close to it, because we built a seven point lead with 3 minutes to go: 83-90, baseline dunk by Iguodala. But, guess what? We wasted that as well.
Take a look at the final offensive possessions of regulation: Iguodala, traveling violation – Andre Miller, missed shot inside the paint – Iguodala, brick missed long jumper – Andre Miller, layup blocked – Iguodala, out of bounds turnover – Andre Miller, missed three point shot at the buzzer —> overtime….
That could also be translated into a self explaining 0/6 in crunch time. Notice how only two players were involved. I guess we signed Elton Brand to watch those two do such nice jobs when it counts.
Boy, can we blow leads… fortunately Andre Miller picked it up in overtime and won the game for the third, final time, drawing two fouls from Tyrus Thomas, the second after knocking down a shot (92-97), and with a contribution from Iguodala the game was finally put on ice.
Bulls did their part, anyway, shooting 1/12 in overtime (!!!), started with seven consecutive missed shots. Check the funny recap by Blog-a-Bull, you’ll have some good laughs and a clear explaination of the kind of game it was.
You see, nothing to write home about, but still, it would have been a disaster to come out with another loss after such a game.
But there’s a ton of work to do.
Lou Williams is the ghost of his former self. Unbelievable. Dude had more TOs than dimes last night (3-2), and after the last 1/5 is now averaging 33.8% from the field and 19% from behind the arc.
Sam Dalembert was benched for the whole second half, and the team played well with Speights at C. I have the feeling this could lead to some moves by Stefanski….
Thaddeus Young knocked down his first shot and went 0/8 for the rest of the game, including a comical three step-fastbreak layup, resulting in a traveling violation. No big deal, but anyway….
If and when this team will put it together and play an entire game close to full potential, we’ll have a clear idea of how far it could go this year. Until then, we’ll just have to be patient and hope that 2-3 key players will be in good shape on the same night.
The test with the Lakers, with both teams in the second night of a back-to-back and coming off close games, will be a tough one.
I hope and expect Cheeks to go deep in his rotation tonight, giving Sam around 30 min vs Lakers’ big men, Ratliff another 10-12 and using a rotation of different players against Kobe. Our three “best” players logged more than 40 min vs Bulls, so their legs could be a little tired.
SIXERS4GUIDOS’ BONUS STATS AND RANDOM THOUGHTS: We had 12 turnovers by halftime, Bulls 13, with eight in the first quarter… – Miller took 26 shots, which isn’t good for a supposed-to-be “pure playmaker” – For reasons still to be detemined, Tyrus Thomas looks like an NBA player only when he faces the Sixers – We blew a couple of fastbreaks with 3-vs-1, 2-vs-1 situations – The lineup for the fourth quarter and OT was Miller, Green, Iguodala, Brand, Speights. Not bad this time – Theo Ratliff played some solid defense when he was put on the floor – Will we ever be able to see Iguodala going 2/2 from the line ?????? His average is stuck to a ridiculous 68 %.