The Charlotte Bobcats (18-57) are statistically the worst team in the league. The Philadelphia 76ers (30-44) are not that much better. The records may show a 12 game difference, but last night in Charlotte, the product on display pointed toward the Bobcats being the better team as they beat the 76ers 88-83.
What could cause the 76ers, who beat the Bobcats on Saturday night, to become the worst team and lose? It starts and ends with Jrue Holiday. This years All-Star, who’s enjoying a breakout season, was absolutely horrible, shooting just 2 of 24 from the floor and finishing with 5 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. How does one person make only 2 out of 24 shots? It was a mix of good defense, poor shot selection and a little bad luck. “It was one of those nights where the ball would go in and out,” Holiday said. “I think they played really good defense around the rim. I just couldn’t get into a rhythm.”
The rest of the team didn’t really fare much better, as Thaddeus Young shot 2 of 9 from the field for 2 points and Evan Turner was 6 of 15 for a total of 14 points. Spencer Hawes finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds, but the team was lead by Damien Wilkins and his 20 points and 9 rebounds. It wasn’t enough.
Normally, I would say that the team failed completely, but when you’re looking at the undisputed leader and star of a team and that person is shooting so poorly, then you can lay this lose squarely on Holiday’s shoulders. If you’re not shooting well, then you distribute the ball to those that are. Wilkins and Hawes were shooting well and should have been looked at even more, instead of Turner who’s continued poor shooting has become the norm lately.
Gerald Henderson and Kemba Walker lead the Bobcats back from a 16 point second quarter deficit to take the lead in the third. Henderson finished with 24 points and Walker had 17 points and 10 assists. Josh McRoberts had an efficient 12 points on 6 of 7 shooting to go along with 16 rebounds.
You can pretty much go through any Sixers game and change the names and that last paragraph applies, as the 76ers have no answer when the other team starts to get in a rhythm in the low post. It’s a repeated failure that needs to be addressed this offseason, without the excuse of Andrew Bynum not having played.
In what also has become the norm, Arnett Moultrie played a total of 9 minutes finishing with 4 points and 3 rebounds. Again, Doug Collins has failed this team and needs to go. It’s becoming painfully obvious to everyone that watches the 76ers, that Collins is not the solution. Hopefully, the management team is watching as well and we can have someone new in the coach’s role next year, as Collins can go back to criticizing from the comforts of the TBS studio.
The 76ers travel to Atlanta on Friday to play the Hawks (42-34) on Friday night at 7:30 pm EST.Tags: Charlotte Bobcats, Evan Turner, Gerald Henderson, Jrue Holiday, Kimba Walker, loss, NBA, Philadelphia 76ers, Spencer Hawes