Turnovers a problem for 76ers' Jrue Holiday

The 76ers' Jrue Holiday is fouled by the Bucks' Beno Udah. Holiday gave the ball away eight times - two were crucial - in a 105-96 loss Monday night .
The 76ers' Jrue Holiday is fouled by the Bucks' Beno Udah. Holiday gave the ball away eight times - two were crucial - in a 105-96 loss Monday night . (RON CORTES / Staff)
Posted: November 14, 2012

Before Brandon Jennings led the Milwaukee Bucks to a 105-96 win over the 76ers on Monday with by far his best game of the season, Jrue Holiday's recent turnover problems were under the radar.

That's what happens when you win three road games and the team's offense looks as though it is finally shaking off the cobwebs. Twenty-two turnovers in three games can be overlooked.

But when you commit eight turnovers - including a pair of crucial ones in the final six minutes of a winnable game - as Holiday did against the Bucks, it becomes problematic.

Holiday is off to a great start this season, averaging career highs in points (19.1) and assists (nine). However, he also has seen his turnovers rise. Through seven games, Holiday is averaging a career-high six per game. In his last four games - the Sixers are 3-1 in that stretch - Holiday has committed 29 turnovers.

With the Sixers trailing the Bucks by 92-91, Holiday committed a pair of turnovers in 1 minute, 23 seconds. Both led to baskets and were part of a 13-5 Milwaukee run that decided the game.

"That run was started by me, man - I can't turn the ball over," Holiday said. "I think I've hiked up the turnovers. I've found my teammates open and made some good passes, but at the same time, especially in crucial situations, you can't turn the ball over."

Sixers coach Doug Collins said that the turnovers are not the result of Holiday's teammates being out of position. He also said he has not lost any faith in Holiday as the primary ballhandler.

"I just think right now he has a lot of responsibility," Collins said. "Jrue has a lot of responsibility to be our number one quarterback. With that goes a lot of growth. He knows that he's got to take care of that ball because I've seen him do it."

Not that Holiday was the only problem for the Sixers, who host Detroit (0-8) on Wednesday. Jennings went unchecked against the Sixers, finishing with 33 points, eight assists, five rebounds, four steals and a pair of blocks.

And the Sixers were not helped at all by the continuing funk that has enveloped starting center Lavoy Allen. After going scoreless (0-for-5 shooting) and without a rebound in 21 minutes on Saturday in the Sixers' win over Toronto, Allen was held scoreless and grabbed just two rebounds in 12 minutes, 48 seconds against the Bucks.

Allen was asked what was causing his struggles. "I'm not really sure," he said. "I just haven't been really playing well for my team. But my teammates are still supporting me. I've got to make up for it."

Bynum on the ballot. Andrew Bynum, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, and Holiday are on the ballot for the NBA All-Star Game, which will be played Feb. 17 in Houston.

Contact John N. Mitchell at jmitchell@philly.com. Follow @JmitchInquirer on Twitter

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