It’s another night and another loss for the 76ers when they faced the Houston Rockets and lost 125-103. When you’re facing a team that has a 7 foot center that’s averaging a double double, you might want to have a couple of big guys to play. Maybe, change your strategy a little, knowing that your team is already shorthanded and try to keep up with a team whose breakout star is is known to run… and run… and run.
The Houston Rockets, with James Harden breaking out as a star in the NBA, can be dangerous to mid-level teams, like the 76ers. But, tonight, the Sixers needed to have someone that could handle Omer Asik, the Rockets 7’0″ center who went for 17 points with 15 rebounds (12 defensive) with only 2 personal fouls. That’s something that you won’t be able to account for when Kwame Brown is only getting 4 minutes on the floor and Spencer Hawes is only getting 24 minutes. Even Arnett Moultrie was able to get on the floor for four minutes, but was about as helpful as Brown in providing nothing to help the 76ers.
There’s only so much that players like Nick Young and Dorell Wright can do, especially when your best available player, Evan Turner, only gets 21 minutes after leaving the game in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury. A team full of guard/forwards isn’t going to be able to keep up with a player like Harden, who hit for 33 points and went 17 of 18 from the free throw line. If the 76ers don’t figure out something and quick, they’re going to have a very hard time competing in the league.
Their identity was hitched to Andrew Bynum coming to town and providing that inside presence and a regular contribution of 20 points and 10 rebounds, but since he’s decided that bowling is what he was born for, the 76ers need to go another way. Kwame Brown isn’t even getting enough time to do what he does best, foul people.
Let’s hope that Jrue Holiday and his injured foot get better because the 76ers ship is sinking. The 76ers have now lost their last 5 games moving them to 12-14 on the season. They return home to the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Atlanta Hawks on Friday the 21st. Holiday’s questionable to play that game.Tags: Andrew Bynum, Arnett Moultrie, Dorell Wright, Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, Kwame Brown, NBA, Nick Young, Philadelphia 76ers, Spencer Hawes