I don’t really have a clever opening paragraph because it’s the weekend and I’m totally fried. Later this afternoon, hoards of drunken white folks will descend on Philadelphia as they celebrate their Irish roots, or as the liberals would say, “appropriate” other cultures in tasteless fashion. We’ll leave it to Philly Mag to cover Saint Patrick’s Day.
As for the Sixers, they got the job done last night, the second night of a back-to-back against a surprisingly feisty Brooklyn squad that they just had trouble defending.
Brett Brown brought that up, unprompted, when asked for his takeaways from the four-point win:
“They really are difficult for us to guard. I think their style of play and the people that they have playing, we have struggled defending them. I give them a lot of credit. I think that our guys have been quite exceptional in the fourth period, sometimes you hate arriving at the fourth period the way that we did, but I thought we executed quite well offensively in the fourth period tonight.”
They did, and we’ll get to that shortly, but they “won” in other areas last night, hitting 44.4% from three-point range and going 22-26 from the foul line. They grabbed 13 offensive rebounds while successfully navigating early foul trouble and took care of the basketball, committing a season-low five turnovers. That went a long way in tilting the playing field on a night where Brooklyn limited mistakes while shooting 50% from three.
Brown on the turnovers:
“I think we’re just so mindful of trying to arrest that. We played a lot out of our motion, we avoided a lot of static sets and I think that moving people around and trying to make some passes simpler, we had a big turnover at the end with JJ trying to get Ben at the rim with about 1:30 left. I called a timeout, we tried to run a pick-and-roll play with those two guys but we just weren’t successful. I think just by being aware and conscious that we have to get better in that area.”
That Redick turnover was one of the few blemishes on a final period that feature some excellent playmaking and execution.