Do you remember the euphoria of the Sixers win over the Celtics last Friday night? I spent an entire show on 610-WIP bragging about those guys. It seems like such a long time ago after these two consecutive awful losses by the city’s basketball team.
I was going to going to forgive them for that embarrassing performance in Milwaukee. They were blown out of the Bradley Center 102-74. None of us really disagreed with Collins after he claimed that the team had “tired eyes” – after all the Sixers have won 21 out of their last 34 which is a .614 winning percentage. Their worst loss before the Milwaukee was a 14-point loss to the Knicks back on February 6th.
I can forgive them for that, but I can’t forgive them for losing to Utah last night. The Jazz are pathetic without Deron Williams and there’s no way the Sixers should be losing to them.
Lou Williams tweeted on the way to Utah that he couldn’t wait to get to L.A.. The way they played last night the entire team must have go to L.A. and missed the game. Any way what’s Lou Williams doing talking about L.A. while they’re getting ready to play Utah?
Last night in Utah the Sixers trailed by 21 points in the first half and by many as 18 in the second. You can’t tell me this team is as focused as they were when they were beating the Spurs or the Celtics. Getting blown out by the Bucks then losing to the Jazz is a sign that they can’t deal with success.
I haven’t seen the hustle and commitment to playing defense each time down the floor.
If I was Collins I would get out the whip and take up all their time in Los Angeles. I wouldn’t let them go any where but to the basketball court. How can you destroy all this image-building in such a short period of time? That culture which had the Sixers in the basement for years is trying to creep back in.
The schedule is set up for the Sixers to finish strong with a Western swing with remaining games against the Clippers, Kings and Trailblazers. The Sixers could lose to these teams but they should beat all of them. I want to see a hungry team out there and not that lethargic bunch which played against the Bucks and the Jazz.
The season ends in less than a month and this team has to finish strong. Once they get back on the East coast the Sixers face the the Pistons, Nets and Raptors at home. They had better win those games because it’s going to be tough to win on the road with games in Miami, Chicago and Boston.
Doug Collins is going to have to be the bad guy and tell these guys they haven’t done anything yet.