By Brandon Pemberton
The Sixers played much better then I expected in game 1, trailing by one with two and some change to go in the fourth quarter. Thaddeus Young carried them in the fourth quarter, scoring 12 points and Jrue Holiday hit 2 big three’s as well. The thing is, can they get enough scoring in the halfcourt and down the stretch when the pressure is on.
I’ve said it all season that the Sixers lack a legit star or superstar player will hurt them in a playoff series. Unless you are forcing a lot of turnovers, the game is played in the halfcourt and that i where players like Lebron James, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh flourish. Almost every team in the playoffs has one player who is a legit option or star they can go to to stop a scoring drought:
Bulls- Derrick Rose
Pacers- Danny Granger
Celtics- Pierce, Allen. Garnett
Knicks- Melo, Amare
Hawks- Joe Johnson, Al Horford
And the list could go on, but who is the Sixers go to guy when they need a basket? Elton Brand has bounced back in his 3rd season with the team, but he is far removed from the 20 and 10 player how was a force in the NBA. Andre Iguodala is getting paid like a star and he is the best overall player on the team, but he doesn’t have the game or ball skills to get it done. He was drafted in 2004 and at this point he is what he’s going to be. Lou Williams is your typical undersized two guard who will make his career being a scorer of the bench and while he can get you points in stretches, his lack of size and being a liability on defense finds him on the bench sometimes in the clutch.
It’s been reported that Dwayne Wade has been dealing with some migraine headaches and he will attempt to play tonight. If he tries and can’t go, it would be the perfect chance for the Sixers to win a game in Miami and come back to Philly tied 1-1. Can they pull it off? On paper,most would say no…but the game isn’t played on paper and it has to be played on the court. I know Doug Collins will have them ready with the right game plan. Let’s see how the Sixers execute and play tonight.