The Philadelphia 76ers: Overmatched and Overwhelmed
The Heat won again against the 76ers. This time, the Heat thoroughly pounded the 76ers by 21 points, 94-73. I didn’t really give Philadelphia a chance, but I would have thought they would have represented themselves a little better than this. Three keys have caused this catastrophic start to the playoffs for the Sixers.
The play of veterans Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala has been pretty bad. In fact, I can remember these guys even making a play. The only people that seemed to have come to play have been PG Jrue Holiday and PF Thaddeus Young. That’s sorely disappointing because these guys have been the driving force behind their team all year and they now aren’t even showing up when their team needs them most. For the Sixers’ sake, they better hope some home cooking will wake these vets up.
The shooting has been awful. After the 1st quarter of the first game, the Sixers haven’t been able to throw it in the ocean. This could be all cured if they could get more easy shots, but they are playing against one of the best defensive teams in the NBA and easy shots aren’t available. I would say they would need to pick up the pace of the game, but that would play right into the Heat’s favor.
The most important thing that’s working against the Sixers is experience. They have a bunch of guys who have never been in the playoffs before. Intensity is taken to a whole new level when the playoffs begin. The Heat have taken there’s to the next level while the Sixers intensity is still in regular season mode. And the thing is, I don’t know if the young guys on Philly’s squad know how to take it to another level.
The Sixers have some soul searching to do in the next few days. They have the athleticism to keep up with the Heat. They have at times put together runs to make us think they may give Miami a run for their money. But in all that, they have to decide if they are going to take their game to another level or lay down for the Heat.