Without a doubt, Philadelphia 76ers All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday played the worst game of his young and promising career Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. If you haven’t heard the stat by now, he shot 2-for-24, a whopping 8.4 percent, from the field in the loss.
According to Basketball Reference, Jrue is the first player in 28 years to take as many as 24 shots and make as few as two. The most puzzling part about this performance from Holiday was that he continued to take long jump shots.
He was 0-for-5 from 3-point range and was only able to attempt one free throw. You would think after missing that many shots, you would at least attempt to get to the rim and see the ball go in the basket from the free throw line.
To make matters worse, Holiday struggled mightily in what could have been the biggest game of the year for his team. The Milwaukee Bucks lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves on this night. With the opportunity to get a rare win on the road against a bad Bobcats team and cut their playoff deficit to five games, the 76ers All-Star came up as small as could be.
Now the Sixers sit six back with eight to play, making it virtually impossible to make the playoffs.
While 76ers fans have been quick to point out the inconsistencies of Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and pretty much everyone else on the team, Holiday averaged season-lows in scoring (16.4) and field goal percentage (39.4 percent) for the month of March.
Are these signs of a tired All-Star who has carried the team on his back all year trying to do too much? Or is this realistically what we should expect from Holiday?
Even with this miserable performance, there is no need to discredit what Holiday has done this season. He is averaging career-highs across the board and has taken a huge step towards being the leader of this franchise for years to come.
All-Stars have bad games occasionally. A true superstar bounces back from a performance like this and dominates next time he is out on the court. It is time to see what young Jrue Holiday is made of when the Sixers take on the Atlanta Hawks Friday night.