Notes From The Sixers’ 111-98 Loss To Los Angeles76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Sunday, December 16th, 2012
- Even though the Lakers have been a major disappointment this season, the Sixers were still going into this game facing an uphill battle. Jrue Holiday missed his second straight game, and his absence really hurts this team. However, Holiday’s absence wasn’t the problem tonight. The Sixers were clicking offensively for most of the game, shooting over 49% from the floor. Defense was the issue.
- The Sixers allowed the Lakers to shoot over 48% from the floor, and gave up 10 three-pointers in the first half alone. They also allowed L.A. to take 24 shots from the free throw line.
- Doug Collins just had no answer for Kobe Bryant. Bryant went off for 34 points, and also handed out six assists. He remains one of the league’s most entertaining players; some of the shots he made tonight were just unbelievable.
- The Sixers spent most of the game trying to find an answer for Bryant, and when they put most of their attention on the superstar, Kobe’s supporting cast made the defense pay. Metta World Peace had one of his strongest games in years, posting a 19-point, 16-rebound double-double. Chris Duhon scored 14, including four threes. Even former 76er Jodie Meeks got into the act, scoring 12 off of the bench.
- Nick Young led the Sixers in scoring, going off for a season-high 30 points. Young drilled six three-pointers, and connected on 12-23 shots tonight. This is Nick Young at his best; when he’s hot he can be an electrifying scorer.
- With Holiday out, Evan Turner spent most of the night handling the point guard duties again. Turner scored 16, and added four rebounds and six assists.
- Jason Richardson continues to struggle. The veteran scored just nine points in 28 minutes. If the Sixers weren’t so desperately shorthanded right now, I would consider sitting him down for a game or two.
- Kwame Brown gave the Sixers some quality defensive minutes tonight, particularly in the first half. For awhile, Brown held his own against Dwight Howard, and frustrated the best center in the league. Brown is limited in what he can do for this team, but he plays his role well.
- Dorell Wright scored just six points tonight, but also added seven rebounds and nine assists.
The Sixers were in a really tough spot tonight, and although I didn’t expect them to win this game, I thought they played hard.
However, moral victories will only take a team so far. The Sixers need to find a way to win without Jrue Holiday; the team can’t afford for this losing streak to go on for much longer. Up next is a date with the Dallas Mavericks, a team that has been decimated by injuries themselves.
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