11/15/09 12:33 pm EST
The 76ers capped off their lost weekend with a 94-88 loss to the Chicago Bulls. The Sixers have now lost 5 of their last 7 and the team’s record has dropped to 4-6. While none of the numbers we just rattled off are exactly great news, what was encouraging in yesterday’s loss to the Bulls was that the Sixers overall effort was significantly better then in Friday night’s outing vs. Utah. Of course many will claim that’s not really saying much, as the embarrassing L to the Jazz was one the lowest moments for this group of Sixers that we can remember.
Still in our view the Sixers played hard on both ends of the floor yesterday vs. the Bulls and if they could have shot the ball better (42% from the field and 61% from the FT line on the night), they most likely would have pulled out a W in Chicago.
- The Bulls bench play was the big difference in this one. Chicago subs Kirk Hinrich (19 points & 7 dimes) and Brad Miller (14 & 7 boards) killed the Sixers. Hinrich buried his first 6 shots and looked like an All-Star at times. Overall the Sixers usually very potent bench was outscored 33-9 in this one. Some of those stats can be explained by the fact that Speights left the game early in 4th with a sprained knee, but even Mo’s presence in the 4th would not have closed the bench scoring gap significantly.
- The Sixers got out to a 20-6 lead thanks in large pat to a hot start by Elton Brand (5 points, 3 rebounds & a dime in the 1st Q) who we should note played the entire first quarter vs. the Bulls and has showed signs of his former All-Star self in his last two outings. Brand was good for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 31 minutes. However, Eddie Jordan again put him on the pine for the entire fourth quarter (more on that later).
- The Sixers big lead didn’t last long as the Bulls hit on a 16-0 run that gave them the lead at 22-20.
- Sammy D had a nice night, scoring 8 points, grabbing 12 boards and blocking 5 shots. Eddie Jordan said after the game that Dalembert’s play was the reason Brand stayed on the bench in the 4th.
- Sixers scored only 18 total points in the 2nd Q and then duplicated that feat again in the 3rd.
- How bad is the Sixers defense? Check out these stats… The Bulls entered the game 28th in scoring, 28th in field-goal percentage and 30th in 3-point shooting and posted a season high in points, shot their second-highest percentage (44.9 %) and placed six players in double figures.
- The Bulls committed 21 turnovers, including seven from Derrick Rose. Those turnovers led to 23 fast break points for the Sixers
- Sixers used a 9-0 run to open the second half and regained the momentum in this one and to be honest overall they controlled this game until the final minutes of the 3rd Q.
- But then the Bulls used a 14-4 run to open the 4th Q and put this one away. A lot of that run had to do with the fact that Jordan opened up the 4th in a zone defense that was ineffective to say the least.