After leading for the majority of the game, the Philadelphia 76er’s fell apart with three minutes and change remaining while clinging to a one-point lead. Through four straight possessions the Sixers came away with no points and Boston took full advantage going on a 7-0 to take 90-84 lead with 1:18 left to play.
“It was a little bit frustrating,” Andre Iguodala said post-game. “They hit us with a run to end the half, that hurt us a little bit. Then in the fourth quarter, we had a two-minute spell that was just a disaster. We didn’t get good looks. We were trying to make home-run plays instead of just grinding it out and little by little finishing the game.”
To the credit of Philadelphia, their team is quite young and with no clear leader to step up and take control of the game, it fell apart in their hands.
“They knew exactly what they were going to get into and execute,” Andre Iguodala said of the 92-91 loss on Saturday. “When we had [a period] when we really didn’t get anything good. . . . we showed we were trying to figure out what we were going to do.”
If the Sixers are to come up with a win, their forwards will have to produce tenfold what they did in game one which was a combined 9-points and 2-rebounds in 27 minutes. Yes TWO rebounds.
“Elton was struggling a little bit . . . and guys know at this point in time, you’ve got to go with the guys who are playing well,” Head Coach Doug Collins said postgame. “If he’s playing well, he’ll get those minutes. And when they go to a smaller lineup, it’s tough for me to put EB and Spencer out there together.”
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