By Brandon Pemberton
After putting forth a good effort in game 1, the Sixers were simply outclassed last night by the Miami Heat. They shot 34% from the field for the game, and the Sixers starters were outscored by the Heat starters 76-29. What??? That’s right, the Heats starters scored more points then the entire Sixers team.
Lebron James scored 29 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 6 assists and Chris Bosh continued to dominate in the paint scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Dwayne Wade, who had been dealing with migraine headaches added 14 points of his own.
Thaddeus Young(18 points, 6 rebounds) and Evan Turner(15 points, 6 rebounds) were the only bright spots for the Sixers if there were any, Young did score a good amount of his points in the last 3 or 4 minutes while the Heats bench players were playing. Andre Iguodala had another bad game scoring 5 points on 2-8 shooting in 36 minutes of play, and Elton Brand was virtually invisible scoring 3 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
The Heat flat out came to play last night on both ends of the floor, especially defensively. They held the Sixers to under 20 points in both the first and second quarters. This is the brand of defense that could carry the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals and maybe even the NBA Finals. I know the Sixers lack productive, legit big men, but Bosh has really came to play so far. Let’s see how he plays in round 2 against better players.
No the question is “can the Sixers win at least one game?” I love the passion Doug Collins shows, still going hard on the sidelines and teaching even with the game out of reach. But his passion and coaching isn’t enough when the team lacks talent to get out of the first round and get out of the 7 or 8 spot every season. The Sixers drafted Evan Turner with the number two pick overall and while I thought before the draft that it would be the wrong pick because of the make-up of the team, they need to let him play real minutes and see if he can play in this league. They say they don’t want to make trades for expiring contracts, but it’s time for Andre Iguodala to go. He’s overpaid, he can’t be the best player on a legit championship contender, and he doesn’t have the game and skills of a star player.
Bottom line is this: Rod Thorn needs to do his damn job and fix the mess that idiot Ed Stefanski made. If there is anyway they can get rid of Iguodala and his contract for and expiring contract then it has to happen. If they can trade Elton Brand, which is highly unlikely, then it needs to happen this offseason. If they don’t make these moves, they will be stuck in the mud called “7th or 8th seed every year and no chance of getting out of the first round.”
And here’s a bonus: Remember when earlier in the season Evan Turner crossed D-Wade over and hit a jumper in his face? Wade got him back last night and got him good. Watch them both: