Finally another Sixers game. I know as a player I wanted to get back on the court ASAP after a loss, not to mention two straight. Biggest question is will Andre Miller play? He has said he will, Lou Williams believes he will and given his track record I see no reason to think otherwise.
But let’s think for a moment. If he doesn’t who would you start in his place? Do you go big and insert Marreese Speights and have Willie and Iguodala share point guard duties? Start the erratic Louis Williams? If you do start Lou do you have him on or off the ball? What about Royal Ivey at the one? Choices Dileo probably won’t have to make but what do you think he should do if it came to it?
In a Philly.com article about Lou potentially getting his first ever start I found this quote by Williams particularly hilarious:
Derrick Rose, he’s not a traditional point guard. Myself, I’m not a traditional point guard. But we’re young guys that find ways to get the job done. I think that’s what teams are paying attention to now. – Louis Williams
Really? Mentioning yourself in the same breath as Rose? Interesting perspective. Lou, please let me know when you start “getting the job done” period, let alone to the level Derrick Rose is now and projects to be.
The Miami Heat have a new look and are not without injuries of their own. They finally signed off on the Jermaine O’Neal for Shawn Marion trade (Heat also got Jamario Moon) and he was less than spectacular in his debut racking up 13 points and only 1 rebound in 27 minutes. He also suffered a bruised eye which makes him day-to-day going into the game.
Dwayne Wade will play but he was suffering from flulike symptoms on Thursday and James Jones could miss the game with a bruised shooting hand.
Last game against Miami the Sixers dominated the fourth quarter winning it 31-15 and that was the game. They did it with a great balanced attack. 7 players in double figures and no one scoring more than 15. That’s a nice team effort. They will need to step their game up if they don’t want to drop their 3rd straight game after the break. I was at that game and it looked like Wade coasted through that game. I doubt we get another effort like that from him. He is coming off a 37 and 12 assist game so I expect him to be sharp and motivated at home against the Sixers.
I have concerns that Miller’s calf strain will make him even more ineffective defensively. Last game Chalmers had 18 and 7 dimes and is always full of energy. Could pose serious problems for the Sixers if Miller isn’t moving as well.
Looking forward to another tough game. Let’s hope this one doesn’t turn out like the first time we visited Miami.
Sixers vs. Heat Game Notes
At the core of the game there is a rather simple task – put the ball in the hole. Well the Sixers simply are not very good at doing that. You look at the boxscore for this game and the Sixers did a fair amount well except that core basketball activity – put the ball in the hole.
- Only 7 turnovers
- 15 more shot attempts
- 4 more made free throws and shot 84%
- 42-38 rebounding advantage and 15-8 on the offensive end
But none of that matters when you continue to shoot below 40% from the field. 37.1% to be exact. The last three games this team has shot: 38.5%, 32.6% and now 37.1%. It’s simple, it really is. You can’t beat anyone shooting like that.
The other disturbing problem that has been masked by the horrendous shooting is the Sixers overall defense. Not only are they not shooting well, they aren’t making up for it by getting stops either. In the last three loses the Sixers’ opponents have shot…
This is something to watch even more than the shooting woes.
Thank GOD for Andre Miller. Dude single handedly keep the Sixers from getting smashed and he did it with a sore calf. I have to make a confession. I REALLY didn’t want to Miller to play. Since he came here he obviously hasn’t missed a game. But we have to consider the realistic possibility of life with out him. This minor injury almost gave us a taste of what that would be like. Personally I don’t think the Sixers can win at all without Miller in the line up. He is the only guy that steps up with regularity when the team needs a bucket. And he is the only guy that keeps things in any sort of order on the court. He is quiet naturally but having been at a ton of games this season and even listening to him when watching on TV he is very vocal on the court. He is always telling guys were to be and what to do (see #2 point below). I don’t think we have anyone that can replace that presence at the moment.
My regular feature in game recaps: YES, Louis Williams still stinks! Don’t be fooled by the point total. It was an inefficient 22 points and he did little else to help the team. 1 rebound and 2 assists and 0 steals in 30 minutes. Two things about Lou tonight one everyone saw the other I doubt anyone gave much thought to…
- Crucial turnover on the travel call late in the game. Why does he have the ball?
- More subtle thing I noticed in the 4th quarter that speaks to Lou’s complete lack of real point guard potential. There was a pick and roll between Andre Miller and Marreese Speights that that Heat switched. That left Joel Anthony on Miller and a guard on Speights. Miller had the ball at the top of the key and saw this. He passed the ball to Lou on the wing with the intention of having him then feed Speights who had deep post position and a clear advantage. Louis Williams caught the pass and promptly put the ball on the floor not even looking at Speights and started to drive middle. Andre Miller yelled at Lou and pointed to Speights. Lou stopped, took Miller’s directive and gave Mareese the ball. Easy lay up. Hmm.
This team is consistent at doing one thing – being inconsistent.
I think I am going to say this over and over until everyone gets it. And not only do I want you to get it when they are losing but don’t forget about it when they are winning.
I don’t know how many times I have to say it. Just because the Sixers go on a run doesn’t make them good. It just means they are on the positive side of their inconsistency.
Winning streaks are part of inconsistency just as much as losing streaks. If a team just won games most of the time they would be consistent. If they just lost games most of the time they would be equally as consistent. .500 teams are the model of inconsistency because they win and lose equally. And that is exactly what the Sixers are. Don’t forget it, otherwise you will continue to fall pray to the fool’s gold this team offers every other month.
Next Game: Monday @New Jersey