Notes From The Sixers’ 94-87 Loss To Minnesota76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
- This was yet another ugly showing for the 76ers. Although the team did manage to make a run in the second half, they allowed 35 points in the first quarter, and were down by 15 at halftime. It looked as though the team was completely uninterested in playing competitive basketball, and the team’s poor play prompted Doug Collins to start Kwame Brown and Damien in the second half to shake things up.
- The Sixers began to play better in the second half, fueled by boosts of productive minutes from guys like Damian Wilkins and Evan Turner, but it wasn’t enough. Doug Collins’ group managed to pull to within four, but that was as close as they got.
- It’s really disheartening to see this team continue to play so poorly against even teams with losing records. Even without Andrew Bynum, the Sixers still have enough talent on their roster that they’re capable of much better than what they’ve shown. Look at the Timberwolves and all of the injuries they’ve suffered. They played most of the season without their top two players (Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love), and they’ve also lost a couple of key role players (Brandon Roy, Chase Budinger) along the way. While they’re not exactly bound for the playoffs, this is a still a team that has shown a decent amount of effort throughout the year, and hasn’t let the absence of their superstars impact the quality of their effort on a nightly basis.
- A bit of a rough night for Jrue Holiday. He did manage to score 16 points and pick up five steals, but he was in foul trouble throughout the night and ended up fouling out of the game in the fourth quarter.
- Nick Young shot a miserable 1-7 from the floor tonight, finishing the game with just six points.
- Why was Arnett Moultrie inactive tonight? Moultrie, who had provided 21 rebounds and 13 points off of the bench in his last three games, couldn’t see the floor on a night where Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes were both struggling.
- Evan Turner was one of the guys that helped the Sixers make their run in the second half, and finished with 17 points and six rebounds.
- Damian Wilkins played his best game as a Sixer tonight, scoring 13 points off of the bench.
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