Its Sunday at noon and I am watching a Sixers game there must be something wrong, better take my temperature. Hard to imagine I missed 99% of the Celtics game vs. the Sixers but made this one. The funny thing is the one thing I do remember from that game, which I slept through, was that I tuned in in time to see Evan Turner scratch his head again.,
There was no pregame show on Comcast, instead it was a one hour infomercial about gadgets for the christmas season. What a huge improvement over anything that involves Jim or Dei Lynum.
Hard to imagine that Chris Paul has been in the league for 6 years. Hard to imagine him spending much more time with the Hornets. Hard to imagine that Jrue Holiday is going to be able to defend him. I can't believe I am looking forward to this, I really must be sick.
The stands have maybe 3000 fans in the seats out of a capacity of 20444 to start the game, guess philly fans haven't really bought into this team yet, and neither have I. That and maybe Sunday in Philly is a terrible day to schedule basketball.
Spencer Hawes, I don't think I have ever seen him win an opening tip. Maybe since Maurice Speights can jump but not much else, we should just let him do the opening tip to earn his pay, I mean he is getting paid anyway.
A whole lot of bricks for both teams to start the game, I could build half a fireplace. What is it about Sunday at noon that doesn't agree with NBA players? Maybe its the whole Saturday night that preceeds it.
Spencer Hawes with an imitation skyhook for 2 points 5 minutes in, I don't know why more players don't use that shot it works so well, espescially when you are 7 feet tall.
Belinelli left his shot in the hotel room to start the game but he is getting wide open looks, could become a real problem as the game goes on. 6 minutes in and both teams shooting under 35%, 0% from beyond the arc. But Evan Turner looks lifeless and bored sitting on the bench blowing bubble gum bubbles, he might sense he isn't getting in for awhile.
This might be the sloppiest 1st quarter of basketball I have seen since that Archbishop Carroll vs. Roman for the Catholic League Championship almost 2 decades ago. That was high school basketball here in Philadelphia.
Evan Turner sighting at the end of the first quarter AND he actually SHOT the ball and MADE the shot. Must be the gum.
Even though they aren't finishing Brand and Hawes look like they are starting to develop a real repoire with each other. Might have had an extra 10 points between them had they been able to finish some of those nifty passes, but no one is finishing right now, so we can only hope it benefits the team later in the season. End of 1 David West and Elton Brand have 13 rebounds combined.
Evan Turner still in to start the 2nd, got a nice rebound. Meeks was 0-3 from beyond the arc in the 1st, pretty sure it has something to do with that.
2 minutes into the 2nd and a female fan in the front row got bopped right in the side of the head with an errant basketball. She was coordinated enough to try and duck even if she failed, only thing injured was her pride.
4 minutes into the second and Iguodala is the only one with a three pointer, and he actually has two of them! and no misses! It's times like these that makes him think he's an outside shooter even though he really isn't. Meanwhile the Hornets have 13 points on 18% shooting and 0% from beyond the arc. 28-13, barnburner baby!
First live shot I had seen of Rod Thorn at a game, the man has no neck.
Half Way through the 2nd and we have a Maurice Speights sighting, going over the back.
Mark Zumov is singing the defense's praises, but its more the Hornets looking hung over then it looks like great defense. Its hard not to get a steal when the guy dribbles it off his foot, and its hard not to look great when ever shot clangs like a rock off a lightpost. Hornets 15% from the field 0% from beyond the arc and that is on a lot of open looks. Sixers only lead 36-16.
There was a giant yellow peep running around with the cheerleaders during the break. NO truth to the rumor they needed to use a sherpa to find a kid in the sparse crowd to give the stuffed peeps to.
43-18 2 minutes till half, this part of the game was so riveting that I actually got sucked into a conversation about Brazilian soccer jerseys. Halftime thank God, 45-23 these fans who went to the game must be thrilled with this level of basketball, easily on the level with Division III women's ball. 6-41 for 14% is the worst line I ever saw for a half by any non Sixers team. Checked in on football, I can choose between Detroit vs Green Bay or Cincinatti vs Pittsburg, as sad as it is to say it, Sixers vs Hornets can compete with that, but only because between Eric Snow, the empty stands, and the Hornets brick laying is really kind of funny.
Belinelli finally found his shot, only took till about half way through the third, its not going to help.
David West closelines Iguodala out of frustration to refuse a highlight dunk, but got to give him credit he managed to do it without being extreme with it or throwing Iggy to the floor. I give West a lot of credit for that, showed alot of self control in a game that has to be hard to play in.
3 minutes to go in the third and the Hornets have 3 assists. One thing is certain if you are the Hornets you just throw this game away as either being jet-lagged or hung over, and if you are the Sixers you learn absollutely nothing about yourself. Hopefully the Sixers at least realize that in the East they are more then talented enough to make the playoffs if they learn to play together. As much fun as this silly win is and the little win streak, they still do far too many things as individuals making plays instead of a team making plays, which is how Jrue Holiday only has 1 assist at this point in the game.
There are a lot of people ending up on their butts without a lot of whistles associated with said butts.
30 seconds left in the 3rd and Iggy finally gets a dunk, all 5000 people in the stands were very thankful. 46 points for the Hornets after 3, finally got to 25% form the floor and 28% from beyond the arc, 3 assists, 11 turnovers. The last time I saw anything like this the Sixers did it.
Spencer Hawes with one ugly airball with the shot clock running out to start the 4th.
Evan Turner hits a three! I never thought I'd see it. And follows that up with a nice jump shot. Maybe this could be something positive for Evan to build on. Of course its hard for any Sixer to come away without something to build on, its been that kind of game. WOW and a dunk getting a nice pass from Thad Young from Lou Williams.
Halfway through the 4th and we have a Speights sighting... standing off court waving to Lou Williams after a 3 ball. He has that elusive potential attached to him, but he is a classic example of a kid who should have stayed in school and polished his game. Always reminds me of Tim Duncan, I always thought he came into the league and was able to be so good because he finished college and allowed himself to mature as both a person and a player, doubt his career would have been the same if he had come out early. Case in point Speights misses an easy dunk.
Game over 88-70, was never that close, Sixers played a lot of bench players that usually stay on the bench. Paul 25pts 2rebounds 3assists, Jrue 12-5-4 neither really made much of an impact on the outcome although I can't really say who did, was that kind of game. Hornets finished 30% from the floor and 41% from beyond the arc, both numbers seem impossible to me after watching this whole game. Sixers finished with 24 assists but no single player with more then 6, that is a good stat. On the contrary Hornets had 4 assists 3 for Paul 1 for Ariza, and that is a sure sign of a team that did not come to play. Jet lag or hung over, nobody could be that kind of bad any other way.