The anticipation was killing me for this game. This was the game to see where the Sixers stood to show the people that they are for real. It didn’t go the way I was hoping but they did not go down without a fight.
By the way did you see the starting lineups cards before the game? Umm, Jrue Holiday was looking a lot like Landry Fields. Nice. Spencer was out with a lower back strain. Tony Battie the veteran statesman got the start. The Sixers started slow once again with the Knicks hitting 10 of their first 15 shots.
The Sixers found them selves down 28-15 after the first quarter. I should just copy and paste that every time “the Sixers start slow”. Sixers were playing their fifth game in six nights. They fought back a few times. This team never goes down quietly. The Knicks had a 20-3 run in between the third and fourth quarter to put them up 17 in the fourth. That is when the Sixers made one more run but came up short with 85-79 loss to the Knicks. I hate saying this but the Knicks won because of their defense. The Knicks shot 41% from the field and the Sixers shot 39%. Here are some of the things I saw…
-Lou Williams. I read in one of the post game reports that Lou thought the game was starting at 7 not at 7 30. So that is what happened to him. I was wondering why Lou looked completely lost last night. He was out of it all night. He shot 1-6 for only 2 points.
-Iggy. I actually thought that he had a solid game. Listen, Anthony is a great scorer and Iggy was going one on one with him all night long. Other than that one stretch where he and Anthony both received a technical foul I thought Iggy did a solid job on him. He held Melo to shooting 9-24 from the field. Iggy had 16 points 6 rebounds and 4 steals. -Turner. He was one of the best Sixers all night long. He was the only one not settling for the jumper. Him and Thad were the one’s leading the charge in the fourth quarter come back try. You can see him gaining more and more confidence every game.
-Sixers offense. I never thought I would say this but the Sixers missed Hawes last night especially on the offensive end. They like to use him as a filter for their offense in the high post. Running back door cuts and using him in the pick roll situations. The Sixers settled for jumpers most of the night and never could get into a rhythm.
-Melo. He was hot early and had that one stretch like I said before. Though overall the Sixers did a solid job against him. He had 27 points but need 24 shots to get them. I thought in 4th quarter he was one of the reasons why the Sixers got back in the game. He seemed more about trying to take Iggy one on one then trying to close out the game. He all most paid for it. He took a lot of bad shots in the fourth.
-Harrellson. Man, this dude was annoying as hell. Every time the Sixers started to gain some momentum he would knock down a shot. Well they know now not to leave him open anymore. Just make him put the ball on the floor. He had 13 points on 5-10 from the field including three triples.
-Amare. He ended up having 20 points and 10 rebounds but I thought the Knicks did not do a good enough job of keeping him involved in the game. He just seemed to be standing around at times. Maybe that’s why you have seen his names pop up in trade rumors for them.
-Knicks defense. I hate talking about this but that was the reason why they won. They made the Sixers settle for jumpers all night long. Thanks to Chandler lurking around. They rebounded well so the Sixers could not get out and run. They out rebound the Sixers 46-37. I like to dog the Knicks about their defense but they made me like stupid in this game. Well at least for this game they did.
The bottom line is the Sixers just could not get going. Maybe the reason was because it was their third game of the back to back to back or maybe because it was their fifth game in six days. Some might think they had tired legs or the Knicks defense was the reason. I say all the above. Here is the box score and recap.