Who was that 76ers team last night that took the floor against the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks? We vaguely remember a team wearing the Sixers uniforms that hustled, played with intensity and shared the ball winning some games earlier this year, but that was a long, long, long time ago. We certainly haven’t seen those players in recent memory.
Well whoever those guys were that put up a solid performance in Brewery-town last night, here’s hoping they don’t come back again until 2010-11. Because if they keep playing like that, the Sixers (25-47) will blow any chance they have of climbing into the 4-spot in this year’s NBA Lottery. Which here at Philadunkia is now the ultimate goal for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.
Take a quick look at the unusual elements that came together for the Sixers last night that produced a shocking W over Milwaukee :
- They came out with high energy on both ends of the floor from the opening tip. Our genius leader Eddie Jordan referred to it as “spirited” play.
- The Sixers shots were like water — 8 for their first 8 from the field during the 1st quarter and 52.6% from the field for the game.
- The 76ers shared the ball well (24 dimes) and thus got balanced scoring, as six players scored in double figures. The bench also helped out with 47 points. Willie Green (16 points), Jrue Holiday (15), Andre Iguodala (14), Samuel Dalembert (12), Jason Smith (11), and Jason Kapono (10) all had solid nights for Philadunkia’s home team. Imagine how nicely Holiday (7-10 on FGs; 7 dimes; 4 rips and 6 TOs) would have stuffed the stat sheet if Eddie Jordan didn’t bench him for the entire second quarter?
- They won the battle of the glass 43-37.
- The Sixers built up a lead, extended it to 22 points at one period, then showed some killer instinct and kept the Bucks down so they could cruise home for the W.
Unfortunately the Sixers “spirited” W last night did not help their 2010 Lottery position. On the Lottery watch front, Scato (24 wins) lost at New Jersey and Indiana (26 wins) downed Washington (21 wins), so the Sixers now mathematically sit in the 7th spot.