From an offensive, defensive and leadership standpoint, this was by far the worst game I’ve ever seen from Jrue Holiday in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. His shot was off all night in historic fashion, shooting 2-of-24 from the field for just five points.
According to Basketball-Reference, Jrue is the first NBA player in at least 28 years to take 24-plus shots and make two or fewer. The last Sixers player to shoot this bad from the field was Allen Iverson, who shot just 2-of-21 against the New York Knicks in 2004.
Jrue's previous worst shooting night came against the Miami Heat on March 16, 2012, when he shot just 3-of-16 from the field.
Doug Collins explained to CSNPhilly.com exactly what Jrue Holiday went through:
He just never got in any kind of rhythm in the game. I tried to rest him two or three times to get him out of the game a little bit and bring him back. Then I tried to use him off the ball a little bit and let Evan (Turner) handle the ball, but I think he, Evan and Thad (Young) tonight were 10 for 48.
What was even more maddening for fans was that his opponent, Kemba Walker, also dominated Jrue offensively. Walker scored 17 points while dishing 10 assists. He also swiped six steals and crossed up Jrue on several occasions.
This wasn't exactly the performance fans were expecting from Jrue after a three-game win streak, with a slim chance at the playoffs still alive and facing the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.
It was also the first time two brothers had suited up in the same game in 76ers history. Jrue's brother, Justin, took the court after being called up by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.
For the sake of the 76ers and its fans, hopefully Jrue can bury this game in Charlotte so that a performance like this never shows itself again for the rest of his career.