At the buzzer tonight, 76ers point guard Lou Williams missed a step-back jumper that would have given the 76ers the win. Instead, it rimmed out and the Sixers (5-9) lost to the Washington Wizards (4-9), 108-107. The Sixers had the final possession, but it kept getting chopped down, first by a foul that made them take it out of bounds again. Williams said the play was for him to run off a high on-ball screen, but in the final 11.5 seconds, he decided not to use the on-ball screen.
Williams said that at first, the Sixers wanted to take the best, quickest shot to leave them some time, but that once it got down to 11, Williams figured they should hold for the last shot.
Check out the Deep Sixer video -- in the player below on the right -- of Williams talking about the shot in the locker room after tonight's game.
Couple more things: Elton Brand sat the game's final 16 minutes, 14 seconds with a sort right hamstring. He was evaluated by the doctor after the game and is officially listed as "day-to-day" with right hamstring soreness and tightness. He shot 1 for 9.
For the first time since I've been covering the Sixers, Andre Iguodala was on the bench during the game's most important minutes. He finished the game shooting 2 for 10 from the floor. He did check into the game for Williams' final shot, but other than that he spent about the last 9 minutes of the game at the end of the bench. Here's what he said about that afterward: "I think I'm one of the best all-around players out there, on both ends of the floor. I don't know what it was. I guess it wasn't making shots. But I feel like I defend better than anybody out there and give it 100 percent on both ends."
Needless to say, Iguodala was not pleased. Sixers gave up 40 points in the third quarter. Both Iguodala and Williams said they've been doing stuff like that "all year" and they need to figure it out. Agreed.
Last thing: rookie Jrue Holiday (11 points) was pretty darn good tonight. Seems like he can't keep pulling DNP's. Getting late, check out the video. Tomorrow the Sixers are at the Boston Celtics. Gulp.