Jrue Holiday’s numbers went down across the board this season, a trend that continued in the Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff opener against the Chicago Bulls last weekend.
It’s a trend, however, that may be over. After sputtering through a forgettable performance in Game 1 against the Chicago Bulls, Holiday was the best player on the floor for the Sixers when they fired back Tuesday to even the best-of-seven series at one game each. The Eastern Conference first-round clash resumes Friday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and Holiday sounds determined to pick up where he left off.
“This is the stage you dream to be on,” Holiday said after his team’s 109-92 handling of an emotionally drained Bulls club in Game 2, a team coping with the loss of MVP Derrick Rose and what that means for the rest of its postseason.
For one thing, it means an elusive, scoring-minded point guard such as Holiday has less worries freedom against Bulls backups C.J. Watson and John Lucas III than he did when Rose was around for Game 1. In that one, Holiday scored 16 points and had seven rebounds, but he finished with two assists and three turnovers and never seemed fully in synch. (more…)