Andre Iguodala was the best player on the floor all. night. long.
- Jrue Holiday was fabulous. 13 points, 12 assists, 7 steals, and dominated Jamal Crawford.
- Speights started instead of Dalembert because of a "coach's decision".
- Kiss #missionwtf good-bye.
- This was a bad win for the Sixers - plain and simple. Sorry I don't care about meaningless wins when the team had a chance at a top 3 pick.
- That's all I got. I'm very upset.
There's one more thing I want to discuss. The game's been over for 30-45 minutes and I'm starting to hear:
"See the Sixers are good!"
"Why haven't they played like this all year?"
"If they had this kind of effort from day one they'd be the four seed!"
C'mon now. Go over to the Hawks blog and see what they think of tonight's game. Here, let me grab some comments for you ...
"absolutely no energy"
"Why do they even bother to show up for games like this?
THere is so little actual effort...they just forfeit and save us all the hearctache."
"They look sluggish and just lethargic."
"Why can't we play hard every single game?"
So which is it? Did the Hawks sleepwalk through the game? Or did the Sixers decide to play hard? It's neither. The NBA season is 82 games long; there's going to be nights when teams have it, and nights when they don't. There's going to be nights when the Sixers shoot 50% from the floor and there's going to be nights when they shoot 40%. There's going to be stretches where they play good basketball (last 2 games) and stretches when they play terrible basketball (losing to the Granger-less Pacers and Lee-less Knicks).
The better team doesn't always win (tonight's favorites alone only went 5-3 so far), but that doesn't mean they weren't trying. And the worse team doesn't always lose, but that doesn't mean they all of a sudden decided to play hard.
There's a reason the Sixers are 26-47 right now, and there's a reason the Hawks are 46-26 - the Hawks are a good team and the Sixers aren't. They played a good game - leave it at that.