Big fat losers of 7 of their last 8 games, the Sixers are sinking faster than the Titanic.
Every time this team touches the floor you never know who’s going to show up.
We have no idea who this team is, and what’s worse is they have no idea either. Basketball’s version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Just a lot more Mr. Hyde recently.
Add an Embiid injury to their poor play and we officially have our very own “Nightmare Before Christmas.”
It’s been no secret around the NBA that Joel is the key to the Sixers’ success. When he is healthy AND playing he is almost unguardable. He is averaging an impressive 24.1 points, 11 rebounds, 3.5 assist, and 1.9 blocks a game. He will be a lock for the All-Star team this year.
He’s missed the last two games after the 3 OT marathon last Friday night and now he is expected to miss the next two games. We’re at the point that the Sixers are only "hopeful" he plays on Christmas. HOPEFUL!
I love this team, I really do, but they are taking years off of my life. The heart breaking losses to inferior teams and injuries are turning what was supposed to be an exciting season into a frustrating one.
If Embiid continues to miss time what can Sixers fans expect?
The short and sweet answer is most likely utter disappointment.
(I told you this wasn’t going to be pleasant!!!)
I’m sure this won’t come as a shock to you but they are much better with him in the line-up!!!
Philadelphia has played 30 games this season. 23 games with the big man and 7 without.
In those 7 games he has missed the Sixers are 1-6. That’s a .142 win percentage. What’s the lowest win percentage in the league this season you ask? Atlanta, .226. So without Embiid they are quite literally the worst team in the NBA!!!
In the other 23 games with Joel in the line-up they are 13-10. That is a .565 win percentage, aka better than the current 4th seed in the east.
It’s no comparison. On both sides of the ball it’s clear the effect Embiid has. With Joel the team averages 110.1 points per game while giving up 108.3 points a game for a +1.8 difference.
Is that Earth shattering and championship material? No, but it would rank 10th in the league.
Without Embiid they are scoring 103.8 and giving up 112.4, a -8.6 differential. That would rank them, drum roll please, LAST AGAIN!
The Philadelphia offense works through Embiid which is why I’m extra irritated at Brett Brown right now as well. Whether Joel suits up or doesn’t, the guy runs the exact same offense.
It makes no damn sense and has most Sixers’ fans banging their heads against a wall. Brett needs to wake up or get out.
I understand this team isn't particularly deep when it comes to the roster talent but his line-up selection has been poor at best.
With Joel out, it would make some sense to give Trevor Booker more minutes. During the King’s game he played 15 minutes but was very effective. You won’t see it in the stat line, but with Booker on the floor the team was operating much smoother. The offensive rating during Booker’s minutes was 136 and the defensive was 96. That’s insanely effective. The only problem with Booker is that he is also questionable for tonight's game.
I need a lot less Bayless moving forward. Trade him, cut him, bench him, I don’t give a shit, just stop giving him 26 minutes a game.
However, Brett Brown isn't the only one to blame - Ben, please step forward.
Simmons will be a certified star when he hits his prime, which should include all-star game appearances and MVP consideration. However, that is still a ways away.
Just like his mentor LeBron was criticized early on, he needs to develop a stronger “killer instinct.”
Right before the ball is tipped every game, if Ben looks at center court and doesn’t see Joel squatted down in preparation for the opening jump, than he needs to say to himself “I have to score tonight.”
Simmons has to put some of that responsibility on himself. Tuesday night vs the Kings Simmons took 6 shots. That’s far too low and unacceptable!
Jerryd Bayless took 12, that literally makes me want to vomit.
I’ll get off my soap box now.
The Sixers are hosting the first leg of a home and home with the Raptors tonight. Toronto, unlike the Sixers, are playing very good basketball. Winners of 11 of their last 12 games, they open tonight as a 3.5 favorite on the road.
The Sixers will be shorthanded again tonight without J.J Redick, and as mentioned earlier Trevor Booker is questionable with an illness. Embiid participated in shoot-around, so is it possible he plays? Honestly, it's anyone's guess.
Regardless, If Brett Brown doesn’t make some changes, and he has made it clear he isn’t interested in doing so, Philly might lose tonight by 20.
These two squared off earlier this year, that game also played without Embiid and Toronto put the Sixers to bed early in that one.
DeRozen had 30 points in only 26 minutes on 8 for 12 shooting. Every single Raptor not only played in that game but also got at least 6 minutes. All but one player scored as well, sorry Bruno Caboclo, whoever the hell you are.
Take the Raptors to sweep the home and home. I apologize for ranting and being negative during the holiday season. I’m going to put on Christmas Radio on Pandora now and try to think happy thoughts.