Eric Gordon? Really? The guy just as famous for his role in Space Jam as he is for being an NBA player hits that game winner…..woof. Last night the Sixers allowed the Rockets to come back in dramatic fashion and steal a 105-104 victory. Gordon not only hit an impressive game winner but also led all scorers with 29 points.
This one is on Brett. I’m a big Brett Brown guy but the closing minutes of this game were so mismanaged by the head coach.
He has to figure out the rotation of this team and he needs to do it fast. This isn’t San Antonio, there is no Tim Duncan here and the Sixers don’t have time to mess around with inferior line ups.
Jerryd Bayless can’t be on the floor to close games anymore. He just can’t. I understand he can shoot but he is completely a defensive liability.
The Sixers give up 10.5 more points per 100 possessions when Bayless is on the court. Brett should have taken him out of the game and put in TJ instead. McConnell was hustling and playing his scrappy brand of basketball all night long, and posted a solid stat line of 6 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists and 6 steals in 28 minutes. Not only is TJ a much improved defender over Bayless but he also makes his teammates around him better. McConnell averages an assist 26.8% of the time he is one the court to Bayless’ 8.7%
Additionally, Embiid not touching the ball in the final possession is an issue. He’s the best player on the floor and he needs the play to go towards him and not, once again, Jerryd Bayless. Apart of that is on Embiid for not setting a solid screen but the coaching staff needs to feed Joel earlier in the play.
Last night was a mess, but that was nothing compared to what is happening or not happening with Fultz. I said in the Sixers’ season preview that something was wrong and the Sixers’ brass isn’t telling us everything. This whole situation is completely ridiculous.
First Colangelo comes out yesterday and says Fultz will sit the next three games and be reevaluated in a week. I’m not normally a gloom and doom guy but I’m telling you right now, Fultz will not be back after the three games. I think we are in for the same old song and dance we’ve seen from this front office over the past four years. Something new will come out of the evaluation and Fultz will have to sit a little longer. This will continue until next thing you know it’s Christmas and we’re still waiting for the return of Fultz.
Colangelo went on to suggest the reason for the shoulder issue was due to him changing his shot mechanics back in August. Brown even reiterated that prior to the game last night:
“I don’t dismiss that it could have been a possibility. There is zero doubt that Markelle – in goodness in his heart and trying to do the right thing – tried to readjust his shot. He has historically been a left hip guy, and on his own he decided, with some help, to be able to try to improve it. Not maliciously, but trying to get better.”
At almost the same exact moment, Keith Williams, Fultz’s trainer was on 94 WIP saying pretty much the complete opposite:
Williams: “Oh my God.” Carlin: “What’s your reaction?” Williams: “That’s false.” Carlin: “Not true?” Williams: “That’s not true.” Carlin: “It all has to do that he was injured and he was trying to alter it?” Williams: “Yeah… just from the standpoint of why would a kid attempt to change his shot, he shot it so well. So I’m like, what would be the reason behind that?”
This whole saga has me feeling like Taylor Twellman
It’s the age old question, what came first the shoulder or the shot?
For an organization that has a storied history of mismanaging injuries and updates, this isn’t surprising. I do like that they are shutting him down and attempting to get him healthy but we need some type of clarification on what is exactly happening here.
Sixers are on the road for their next two against Dallas and a rematch with Houston.
They should get the Texas split by beating the Mavs and taking another loss against the Rockets.
Win both, loss both or split, any way you cut it Brett has to be better. If not, I’m not sure Brown gets to coach on Christmas day.