The NBA‘s two worst teams met in Philadelphia Wednesday night, and what happened was semi-predictable.
Heading into the game, the Philadelphia 76ers held a three-game advantage in the loss column over the god-awful New York Knicks.
A win for the 76ers would have given them a four-game lead in the loss column heading into the second half of the season. As both teams are going hard for that No.1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Philadelphia couldn’t let the New York have a four-game lead with 40 games to play.
So, what did the 76ers do? They did a little of what they do best; they played terrible basketball.
In one six-second span, the 76ers hilariously missed five point-blank shots, according to Brobible. Average NBA teams makes at least three of the shots, maybe four, but not the 76ers.
In the clip, center Henry Sims gets things started by missing a jump hook.
Then, high-flyer K.J. McDaniels swoops in for a tip but also misses.
Because the three Knicks players, Jason Smith, Lou Amundson, and Carmelo Anthony can’t jump, McDaniels jumps, lands, and then jumps again before the three Knicks players can get off the ground. Unfortunately, McDaniels second tip attempt also misses. That’s three.
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On the backside, Furkin Aldemir grabs the rebound, but instead of going right back up with it, Aldemir spins and shoots a jump-hook while Amundson crashes into him and the pair fall to the ground. That’s four.
The ball bounces off the (other) backside this time where Sims and McDaniels get a hand on it, but their tip attempt, again, is off the mark. That makes five missed shots in six seconds.
Meanwhile, Knicks point guard Jose Calderon is standing five feet outside the paint watching the whole ordeal and does nothing. It’s hilarious.
Strangely, I feel like this play is a metaphor for each team’s season.
For the 76ers, the effort has been their all season long, and they use their athleticism to their advantage. But, Philadelphia’s young players simply aren’t ready to be role players in the NBA yet. The game is still too much for them.
For the Knicks, this play represents their horrible effort for the whole season. Sure, the Knicks play hard at times, but they don’t play hard enough for an entire game to deserves to win.
Like I mentioned, any team other makes at least three of those five shots, but the Knicks also let a team shoot five shots in six seconds without even coming close to stopping them. Amundson, Anthony, and Smith had no chance to get the rebound when Philadelphia’s hustlers were going after it. If Aldemir doesn’t fall down, I’m not sure he doesn’t grab another offensive rebound.
Ughhhhhhhh… please spare me from watching the 76ers and Knicks again this season.
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