11/23/12 – On Wednesday night the Sixers played the second game of their back-to-back against the Cleveland Cavaliers @ Quicken Loans Arena. Just four days earlier the two teams met at the Wells Fargo Center, with the Sixers coming out on top 86-79. They were successful in this game due to a phenomenal defensive effort, holding Cleveland's shooting to 35.7%. They also got 15 fast break points and were able to keep the rebounding deficit minimal, but still losing the battle 48-41. So far this season rebounding has been the Sixers biggest weakness, Thad Young and Evan Turner are the leaders both averaging around 7.5 per game. Without a true big man, like Bynum, to make an impact on the glass the Sixers have struggled and it has cost them a few games all ready this year. Wednesday night's game was one of these cases.
With the Cavs best player PG Kyrie Irving nursing a broken finger, this matchup had the feeling of a trap game for the Sixers. Without Irving, Cleveland's under whelming roster doesn't inspire much motivation. This was very clear with the Sixers play in the first half. The Cavs jumped out to an early lead and won the 1st quarter 28-15. In the 2nd things didn't get much better as the Sixers went down by as much as 19. They did manage to put together a 12-3 run to close the quarter, but were down 47-35 at the half. In the 3rd quarter the Sixers couldn't make up much ground, but in the 4th they went on a 22-7 run and a Jrue Holiday jumper cut the lead to 2, 79-77 with 3 minutes to go. However, Cleveland was able to convert on three 3's and closed it out. Final 92-83.
1. Jrue – 38:33 mins., 16 pts., 1 reb., 5 asts., 1 stl., 1 blk., 4 TOs
2. J-Rich – 28:27 mins., 16 pts., 2 rebs., 3 stls., 2 blks.
3. Swag Young – 31:36 mins., 13 pts., 5 rebs., 2 stls., 1 blk.
4. Turner – 35:54 mins., 12 pts., 10 rebs., 7 asts., 2 stls., 1 blk., 2 TOs
5. Thad Young – 36:13 mins., 11 pts., 11 rebs., 2 asts., 2 stls., 1 blk., 1 TO
6. D Wright – 17:06 mins., 6 pts., 1 reb., 1 ast., 2 blks.
7. Kwame – 20:43 mins., 5 pts., 3 rebs., 1 ast., 1 stl., 1 blk.
8. Hawes – 18:41 mins., 4 pts., 5 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 2 blks.
9. Ivey – 7:39 mins., 1 reb.
10. Lavoy – 2:20 mins.
11. Wilkins – 2:46 mins.
Jeremy Pargo – 28 pts., 5 rebs., 4 asts., 1 stl., 3 TOs *** Player of the Game
Dion Waiters – 16 pts., 4 rebs., 6 asts., 2 TOs
Alonzo Gee – 14 pts., 6 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 3 blks., 2 TOs
C.J. Miles – 13 pts., 3 rebs., 1 blk., 3 TOs
Anderson Varejao – 10 pts., 19 rebs., 2 asts., 1 stl., 4 TOs
The Sixers lost because of the combination of an incredibly slow start and a poor effort on the boards. They shot a miserable 36% from the field and put themselves in a deep hole early. Coach Collins commented on this and his players after the game, as it has been a reoccurring theme so far this season. But Collins is the guy who keeps putting these small lineups out there, resulting in them getting owned on the boards 55-39. Lavoy Allen should've played way more in this game. To give the Cavs credit, no-name Jeremy Pargo had the game of his life, collectively they hit 13-23 3-pointers, and Varejao had a whopping 19 boards. They played well in were able to hold off the Sixers best push. Let's hope things start a little quicker for the Sixers next time because if they can't get motivated for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook then they are really in trouble. Next game Saturday 7 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Wells Fargo. CSN. More to come…
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