If wins were measured in effort, the Sixers may be legitimate NBA Championship contenders.
Tuesday night, they gave their 13,509 home fans their best effort against one of the NBA’s best teams – the Dallas Mavericks.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, it takes effort, execution, and talent to win in the NBA.
It was the lack of execution and the compilation of inferior talent led to the 101-93 defeat at the hands of the Dirk Nowitski-led Mavericks.
Though, it was not Nowitski who torched the Sixers. It was the miniature-sized 6th man Jason Terry that had his way all night long. Terry scored a season high 30 points in 31 minutes on the court. Terry did it every way possible – inside, outside, and from beyond the arc.
On the other side, it was all about the team for the Sixers, as five players were scored in double figures. True to form, it was as a team that they were teased the whole second half as they inched closer and closer to the lead, just to do more than tie the game.
In essence, the Mavericks controlled the game virtually the whole way, but that wasn’t the image that was portrayed to the eye.
There were 18 lead changes in the first half. The Mavericks ended the seesaw midway through the second quarter. The Sixers never again saw the lead.
Even still, they were down just 1, with less than two minutes ago. Yet, poor defense and crucial missed free throws (including two by Andre Iguodala) led to their demise.
The Sixers (now back to .500 at 30-30) saw their 4 game winning streak at the hands of a Mavericks team (44-16) that showed what it means to be an elite team in the NBA. Even on a night when they were lackluster, they managed to win their seventh in a row.
Freshly named Eastern Conference Coach of the month, Doug Collins will once again have renewed frustration that comes a young immature basketball team, but will undoubtedly be pleased with the fight that his team showed.
For he and the Sixers, it’s just too bad that sometimes your best effort just isn’t good enough.