The Sixers were right there with a chance to shock the the world and beat the Miami Heat in South Beach in the first game of their seven-game series, but they couldn’t knock a few “makeable” shots with the game on the line.
The missed shots in the clutch wasn’t the only reason the Sixers lost the game. Their inability to match the Heat on the backboards hurt them severely. They were out-rebounded 52 to 39. Miami had a huge advantage on the free throw line, they shot 39 free throws, while the Sixers shot only 15 shots from the free throw line.
“We had some great opportunities, but we’ve got to be a little more patient,” Doug Collins said. “I thought that if we could keep their three stars under 75 points that’s we’d have a chance to win. Last time we were in here they had 91.”
This was an exciting situation for Sixers fans because the team rode the backs of two young players, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday, in this battled with the much talked Miami team.
Young, who has been coming into his own, had a great game. He led the team in scoring with 20 points and also contributed 11 rebounds. He scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as the 76ers made a inspiring run.
“That has been my job all season long,” Young said after the game. “To come off the bench, be the energy guy, and intensify the game and make it easier on the other guys when they come back in. I try to start with that spark and carry it over to the other guys.”
Holiday had a great game in his own right with 19 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and zero turnovers. It’s amazing that this youngster played so well in his first NBA playoff game at only 20 years of age.
The guy who struggled offensively in the game for the Sixers was Andre Iguodala, who scored only four points but did a good job defensively while taking on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Still the Sixers are going to need more out of him in this series if they’re going to have any chance to beating the Heat.
Do you think the Sixers really have a chance going forward?