Highest Plus/Minus: Andray Blatche (+3)
Lowest Plus/Minus: Caron Butler (-21)
Best Five Man Unit: Mike James, Nick Young, Dominic McGuire, Darius Songaila, Andray Blatche (+4 during the 2nd Quarter)
Worst Five Man Unit: Juan Dixon, DeShawn Stevenson, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, JaVale McGee (-7 to start the game)
After YELLFEST '08 on Thursday night, I thought we'd see a more focused, concentrated effort against Sixers. It didn't happen. If it wasn't for the hot shooting of Mike James and Juan Dixon, as well as the Sixers' inability to capitalize on the Wizards porous perimeter defense (only 2-12 from beyond the arc despite a lot of open looks), the margin of victory probably would've been closer to what we saw against the Celtics.
Honestly, I wasn't expecting a win last night because the Sixers are a better team and they had the added motivation from the coaching change, so the end result didn't shock me all that much, but I was expecting them to be much more admirable in defeat than they were last night.
I'm not going to speculate on what's going on in the locker room because frankly, I have no idea what's going on in there outside of what gets reported, but this doesn't look good:
An observation: the body language on this team is starting to go south quickly. Just watching these guys from the very start, it's easy to tell that the losing and uncertainty is taking a toll. A reporter sitting next to me offered this thought two minutes into the game: "Look at them, it's like five Calvin Booths walking up the court." I like big Calvin but my colleague was right: I saw five guys with slumped shoulders walking up the court with heads down. Not good.
Having a bunch of Calvin Booths on the court might be good for the team's Q rating, but it's not going to help in the W-L column. The thing to keep in mind is that the NBA season is a grind: There are highs and lows and everything in between in any season. The surface issues have been dogging the team over the last two games will get fixed soon enough, but if we keep playing like a bunch of Calvin Booths, all the deconstructed Twinkies in the world won't fix the deep seeded problems with the team right now.