Philadelphia 76ers could not close out the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night at
home despite 26 points from Jrue Holiday and, surprisingly, outrebounding the
Bulls 44-39. The Bulls dominated the charity stripe (24-26), played solid
defense, and took care of the basketball. Here are a few observations from the
and Turner continue to provide the offense for this ball club. Holiday scored
16 of his 26 in the first half by shooting over, around, and through the small
tandem of Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague. Turner had a good all around game.
He rebounded well, played good defense, and made both of his free throws.
Backhanded compliments aside, this may have been Holiday and Turner’s best game
in regards to chemistry. It has the same feel to it as when Wade and LeBron
were trying to gel together. I don’t think they are as lethal as those two, but
if given time, the Sixers might have one of the best backcourts in the league.
Noah taunted the Sixers’ crowd all night. Unfortunately, the Sixers could not
get him to shut up. I tweeted about this during the game: Philadelphia fans would fall in love with him if he were a Sixer.
Noah spent the majority of the night setting solid screens, playing great help defense, and getting to the line. Noah hit a backbreaking elbow jumper with the shot clock running out to give the Bulls a seven-point lead with 1:19 left in the game. Just before that, he threw a beautiful pass to Deng on a backdoor cut. This was
a game that Noah wanted the All-Star game voters to see.
Sixers held Carlos Boozer in check. He finished with 5 points and 6 rebounds in
26 minutes as he sat and watched Deng and Noah close out the fourth quarter.
Most players who make $15 million per year should be on the court in crunch time.
His numbers look healthy (14.5 ppg, 9.9 rpg, 16.8 PER), but many think the
Bulls are ready to amnesty Boozer at the end of the season. Should the Sixers
attempt to sign the thick, undersized power forward from Duke? What’s the worst
that could happen?