No hardcore analysis of the game from me tonight because I only got to watch a small portion of it. I listened to about half of the first and third quarter on the radio. And watched the entire fourth quarter when I got home from my basketball game. So I will leave the analysis to you guys in the comments.
As far as I can tell, it looked like a typical Sixers game this season. Got a big lead, lost it, turned the ball over and fell to a team many people thought they should beat. This team is the definition of inconsistent, and that inconsistency makes the Sixers a very mediocre team as a whole.
Sixers vs. Bulls Game Thoughts
- Derrick Rose is the real deal. I didn’t think he would be this impactful right away. Needless to say, I was wrong.
- Elton Brand had the production we expected coming into this season 21-12 on 8-15 from the field. Elton Brand’s post game interview was telling. He was visibly frustrated, and the reporters kept asking about offense. Well the Bulls shot 52% from the field and 53% from three. He probably said “we gotta get defensive STOPS” emphatically like 8 or 9 times. This is two games in a row they couldn’t stop anyone. This hasn’t been their problem all season. Teams weren’t scoring or shooting well against them. But I think they’re floundering offense has turned into a cancer that is now negatively effecting them on the defensive end. Bad news.
- Thaddeus Young bounced back with a solid game: 17 points, 5 boards, 4 assists, 1 turnover on 8-14 shooting. He was 4-6 in the first quarter and only had 8 shots the rest of the game? Why does this happen in every game when he has it going early?
- Andre Iguodala vs. Luol Deng: Battle of the overpaid and overrated 2004 draft guys. Both guys held out for big dollars, and their teams stupidly gave it to them. Both guys had 8 points. Both guys only made 3 shots. Iguodala turned the ball over 4 times and had 4 personal fouls, 6 dimes and 4 boards on 3-9 from the field. Deng had 3 boards, 3 assists, 2 turnovers on 3-7 shooting. Overpaid role players.
- Ben Gordon killed the Sixers in the 3rd quarter when the game got completely out of hand. Say what you want about him and his taking a lot of shots. He is a professional shooter and showed that tonight. The Bulls made a mistake not paying him and paying Deng. That’s what happens when you try to make a soft, non-dominant, non-go-to player something he is not.
- Drew Gooden’s stat line looks like he was back at Kansas. Who was defending him most of the game?
- 29 assists on 36 field goals. That was good; just couldn’t stop anyone on the other end.
- Royal Ivey played 14 minutes. Help me out, how did he look? I just think he should be playing Lou Williams’ minutes right now for stability at the point and defense up top.
- Speaking of Lou Williams, 1-9 from the field 3 turnovers in 15 minutes. Why is he shooting 9 shots in 15 minutes?
- Who on the Sixers would put forth the effort to make that play Derrick Rose did on Andre Miller? Thad is the only guy I could come up with.
Finally if you watched Mo Cheeks’ press conference I think it’s pretty clear he has no clue how to fix this team, and he knows it. They are disappointing, don’t play with fire like he did as a player and, for whatever reason, he hasn’t been able to get the same level of energy out of this team like he did at the end of last season. Reality is Cheeks probably needs to go because although the players aren’t performing, neither is he. And GMs always fire coaches when teams struggle because you can’t fire players.
Personally, I think this team and certain players (Iguodala and Lou) came in to this season thinking they were better then they are. They thought they could just show up and roll on teams. Just show up and opponents would lay down without them physically and mentally putting them down. Well I think the Boston loss was a reality check for the Sixers that said, “Hey, you aren’t that good; in fact you are pretty bad.” The next few games against the Lakers, Pistons and Cavs will probably be about the same.
Next Game: Tuesday at Chicago
Does anyone believe they will beat Chicago on Tuesday on the road?