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From The Other Side: The Sixers Said What? (After Getting Blown Out By The Wizards)

Updated: March 31, 2012

Before the Wizards dismantled the Sixers 97-76 on Friday night, Doug Collins temporarily took off his head coach hat, replaced it with his analyst hat, and handicapped this current version of the Washington Wizards (Video courtesy of TAI’s Adam McGinnis):

Collins knows these Wizards are different, physical, hard-working, and the coach warned his team to be prepared for such. The Sixers responded by not showing up to play at all. Jrue Holiday took a pass from Andre Iguodala and scored on a layup to give the Sixers at 15-14 lead with 2:56 left in the first quarter, and that was the last lead Philadelphia would see. The Wizards went on a 9-0 run, led 23-15 after one quarter, 35-19 at the 8:10 mark of the second quarter, and 55-36 at halftime.

After the game, John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer asked Collins if he thought his team could turn the game around after intermission. The coach thought about it for half a second and succinctly responded with a one word:  “No.”

Going into the game, and since Collins was named head coach prior to the 2010-11 season, the Sixers had won five of seven games against the Wizards. The Wizards won the first two in overtime, by one and two points respectively, and then Philadelphia won the next five by an average of 17 points (they also dominated Washington in two preseason games after the lockout). Their last victory over the Wizards resulted in the firing of Flip Saunders and promotion of Randy Wittman, on an interim basis. The Sixers haven’t made many roster changes since, so perhaps a bit of complacency set in, or maybe they simply underestimated how much better this Wizards team could play without Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee and Nick Young.

Whatever it was, it was odd being in that Sixers locker room and hearing them talk about the Wizards like they were a respected playoff team. This version of “The Sixers Said What?” features Doug Collins, Elton Brand, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala:



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  • I give Collins props–he is a classy guy and gracious loser. He seems to think the Wiz have gotten better since the deadlibe, although I severely disagree with him. You never give up your two best players for a bloated contacts and useless players.

    Sure, Nene has been playing well, but his production now and his production at Denver has not changed. And also the Wiz have to ask the question: how long can Nene continue like this. he’s pushing 30 and he has most probably has reached his ceiling. Similar to when the Sixers signed Eleton Brand to see him decline.

  • jarem

    Depends what you mean by best players. Nick Young was playing poorly (shooting 40% odd percent and 30 some odd percent with clippers).

    Also, yea, sure Javale had pretty good stats but his defense was pretty bad. Statistics wise, he may look great but he is a poor post defender and a pick and rol defender. Nene is way better.

  • thomloverrosthirdchin

    Money spent wisely, thanx Ted

  • yokophono

    Nick Young and Javale McGee were the two best players? Nick Young simply chucks up shots which looks impressive when he actually has a good night. Furthermore, he plays no defense and oftentimes shows no hustle. Don’t take my word for it, look at all the GMs who DIDN’T come knocking to sign him to a contract on their team in the off season. That pretty much tells you that Nick Young wouldn’t start on any other team in the league and he’s not that coveted by other teams.

    As far as Javale, the guy is athletic but has a low basketball IQ. He’s great for some highlight dunks and some blocked shots, but watching him actually play is frustrating. The guy simply gets dominated in the paint and makes idiotic mistakes. Basically, people look at his stats and think he’s better than he is, but anyone watches games can tell you that for every showboat dunk or amazing block he is pretty much a defensive liability is bound to make a bunch of boneheaded mistakes.

    What the Wizards get out of the equation is an actual starting caliber center in Nene who balances out a very young team by providing some veteran leadership for two guys who wouldn’t start on any other team in the league.