Sometimes courage and guts aren’t enough. Sometimes, it comes down to talent. Last night, in Los Angeles, the 76ers (26-41) fell to the Clippers (47-22) by a final of 101-72. The 76erssplayed tough, leading early, but were quickly overwhelmed by the Clippers. Even after the 1st quarter, they were down 10 at the half and 16 after three quarters. You know it’s a bad night for your team when the Clippers had 5 players in double figures and Blake Griffin & DeAndre Jordan weren’t part of that group.
This game serves as notice that Jrue Holiday, while playing extraordinary for the 76ers this year isn’t quite at the level of Chris Paul. Paul finished with 19 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 5 steals. Holiday had 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assists. You read that right, Holiday had 2 points. It was a 1-8 shooting night and it’s not like he was the only one. The whole team shot 36.7% from the field, which is not going to lead to many victories when coupled with the 19 turnovers that the 76ers finished with. Spencer Hawes continues to play a well rounded game, finishing with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
There’s not much to say about this game that hasn’t been said all year and it’s getting to be ridiculous now. When you’re playing a team that’s affectionately known as “Lob City”, you’re going to need some athletic players on the floor to try to combat them. Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes aren’t what you would call “athletic” but Arnett Moultrie is. Yet, Doug Collins only gives him 15 minutes, while Allen has 24 and Hawes 32. Now, I’m not knocking Hawes, because he’s been playing very well of late, but Allen is not what the Sixers need on the floor.
It’s a sad state for a team that had so much promise going in to this season and the hopes of the 76ers fans, but it would be wrong to just point the finger at Collins. I’ve given Collins a hard time here, because he’s the coach and it’s his job to have the best players available to him, on the floor. Collins, doesn’t do that. He’s s system guy and his system is flawed. The bulk of the blame for this season lies at the feet of Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo. They’re the ones who put this team together. They’re the ones that took an expensive flyer on Andrew Bynum and his bum knees and attitude. They’re the ones the disregarded the ability of Nikola Vucevic, who’s averaging a double double for Orlando and plays better against the better teams in the league.
ESPN had an interesting article in September of last year, talking about how Tony DiLeo had spent two decades watching 76ers GM’s fail and that he was going to make it on his own terms. But, if someone is part of a losing tradition for 20 years what would make you think that they can suddenly turn is around?
Knowing and being surrounded by losing for that long of a period of time, doesn’t mean that you know how to win, it shows that you know nothing but losing. The 76ers and CEO Adam Aron need to get rid of the whole group that’s in charge of the Sixers. Thorn, DiLeo, Collins all need to go. I have a sad feeling that it won’t happen and that they’ll blame this season on the city’s largest bowler, but it shouldn’t be overlooked that these men have been around losing and aren’t winning.
Let those three help Bynum with his bags on the way to the airport, because they should all be on flights out of town. Please do some research and help me out, because I can’t find Thorn nor DiLeo being a winner during their careers in playing and management. Thorn was an assistant on a Nets ABA team that won a title, that’s it. So what gives Aron the idea that these guys should be in charge? They all need to go.
Tonight will not be any easier for the 76ers as they’re in Denver to play the Nuggets (47-22) who are on a 13 game win streak of their own.Tags: 76ers, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Clippers, Jrue Holiday, NBA, Spencer Hawes