NBA Summer League: Sixers Close Out Summer League With Loss

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NBA Summer League: 76ers Lose To Thunder

The Sixers summer league squad lost their first game, but as we've said before the final score isn't really the important thing in these games. The important thing for Sixers fans is the continued impressive play from second year PG Jrue Holliday. NBA.com awarded him "performance of the day"

Second-year man Jrue Holiday keeps looking more and more like he's ready to be the man and run the show in Philadelphia. He scored 25 points and handed out five assists in the Sixers' 89-80 loss to the Thunder. In addition, he was working against OKC's James Harden and Eric Maynor, both in the same 2009 draft class as Holiday, who made their marks as rookies.

Sixers' coach Doug Collins was effusive in his praise of Holiday.

"Jrue is so good," said Sixers coach Doug Collins. "That's why I'm so excited. This is a point guard league and when you get a young kid like that who has that kind of confidence, it's great. He's got a real demeanor about himself. If he has a play and he doesn't feel that he can't get a guy the ball, he might just look over and say, 'I didn't think I could get it to you.' He's a communicator in addition to having solid all-around basketball skills. He could really be special"

Mareese Speights also turned in a solid performance scoring 20 points and grabbing 9 boards. He spoke after the game.

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Jrue Holiday Continues To Impress In Sixers Win

The final score isn’t the most important thing in an NBA summer league game, but the fact that the Sixers’ squad has won their first two games is decent enough evidence that the boys are playing well. Liberty Ballers gave their take on the game.

The Sixers found themselves down 15-3 early in the first quarter, but their tenacious defense allowed them to claw back and eventually defeat the Celtics 86-69. After watching a defense-less, Eddie Jordan-coached team for 82+ games last season, tonight’s effort on defense was a sight for sore eyes. Two Summer League games in and the team is already buying into Coach Collins’ defense-first philosophy. I love it, and cannot wait for the regular season.

Jrue Holiday once again looked like the best player on the floor and finished the night with 10 points and 5 assists. The Sixers were led in scoring by G Jodie Meeks. Evan Turner was second on the team in scoring with 13 points while adding 4 assists, grabbing 3 boards, and 2 steals. Sixers coach Doug Collins had this to say about Turner.

“He’s searching,” Sixers head coach Doug Collins said about Turner. “He’s just trying to figure it all out right now.”

Mareese Speights bounced back from his disappointing first game with a 12 point, 11 board performance.

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Sixers Beat Nets 84-74 In Summer League Opener

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the New Jersey Nets 84-74 in their Summer League opening game.

Notable stat lines from the game:

Jrue Holliday: 23 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds
Evan Turner: 12 points on 2-5 shooting from the floor, 8-8 from the foul line, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

Read the full recap at SBnation’s Sixers blog, Liberty Ballers.

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