by Brett Edwards
The Sixers need some serious help finishing out games. Tonight at home against the Nuggets, the game was tied with 33 seconds left, and the Sixers' awful defense allowed Carmelo to go baseline right past 3 defenders and make an uncontested reverse layup to give DEN the lead. How the hell could the Sixers not be prepared for this, when they gave up a similar game-winning layup to Stephen Jackson of the Pacers just 4 freaking days ago?!
The Sixers still had plenty of time (17 seconds) to tie the game, but they were just as inept on offense. Now we've all seen enough basketball to know what to do in this situation, right? You get the ball to your superstar, who should run the clock down as much as possible so if he does score, there's no time left for the other team to get a shot off. We all agree on this, right? Well, all of us except A.I. He went by his defender with 11 seconds still left on the clock, and he had his layup attempt blocked out of bounds. OK, Philly dodged a bullet, now maybe they'll play for the last shot. They did (sort of), the only problem was that this time their token white guy Kyle Kutcher Korver drove into the heart of the Denver defense, and of course had his weak ass shot rejected by Marcus Camby, who only leads the league in blocked shots.
JESUS, that was bad basketball. And in case you were wondering what the Sixers did between the Pacer loss and tonight's loss, let me fill you in. They blew a 7-point lead with about 2 minutes to go in the game to lose to the Celtics on Wednesday, getting outscored 14-4 to end the game. All of this can be simply summed up in two words: bad coaching.