The Philadelphia 76ers played their second game of the season on Sunday afternoon, falling to the New York Knicks 100-84. The loss evens their record at 1-1, but they’ll get another shot at New York tomorrow night in Philadelphia.
- Strong defensive play was a key to the Sixers’ victory against the Nuggets last Wednesday. Today it was one of the reasons that they lost. Philadelphia looked confused and helpless against the waves of offensive firepower that the Knicks threw at them. The Sixers allowed the Knicks to shoot over 50% from the floor today.
- I was really impressed by the effort that the Knicks got from Carmelo Anthony. The former Nugget has always been one of the league’s best scorers, but he was fantastic on the defensive end today as well. Obviously you can’t make too much out of one game, but if this is the mentality that Carmelo were to play with every night, the Knicks could be a threat in the East.
- Jrue Holiday may have been the Sixers’ lone bright spot today. The young point guard hit 11 of his 18 shots (including 5-6 three pointers), and also added seven assists.
- It was strange that Spencer Hawes received just over 15 minutes of play after his great performance against Denver. Despite his limited playing time, Hawes was still effective against the Knicks, putting up eight points and five rebounds.
- Nick Young was absolutely brutal today. The former Wizard picked up some extra minutes thanks to the early injury to starter Jason Richardson, and really hurt the team by shooting just 1-9 from the floor. Young took a lot of bad shots, and he’s not going to help anybody if this is the way he’s going to play. The team was a -29 with him in the game.
- The veterans on the Knicks played a big role in their victory. Ageless Jason Kidd put up 12 points and added six assists, and J.R. Smith came off of the bench and poured in 20 points.
- The Sixers need to figure out a much better way to defend Anthony and the other New York shooters before tomorrow night’s game. This is where they’ll miss the presence of Andre Iguodala for a little while until they find a way for the current roster to have success against the league’s better scorers.