04/04/13 12:11 am EST
|Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -14
After a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats Saturday, Thad came out flat last night and couldn’t get his jumpers to fall. He did bring his usual hustle however with three swipes and a couple diving saves for loose balls and extra possessions.
|Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -12
Evan Turner played 33 minutes, but it was 33 seconds in the 4th quarter which sealed a Bobcats win and continued Turner’s tumultuous season for the Sixers this year. On a mid-court inbound with the team down 84-83 and a timeout left, Turner nearly committed a five-second violation and lobbed the ball right into Gerald Henderson’s hands for a fast break dunk down the other end. Back breaker. Game over. It came right as I was going to give him credit for scoring six points with under four minutes to play…Go figure. “The Enigma” strikes again.
|Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6
Hawes played physical the entire game, but was out-bodied by the Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts who pulled down 16 boards and had a couple huge slams. By design or not, Hawes also shouldn’t have launched a three to try to cut a five point deficit to two with under 20 ticks to play. Didn’t the 76ers sign Dorell Wright for that reason? That was painful to watch.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 2-24 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -10
From an offensive, defensive and leadership standpoint this was by far the worst game I’ve seen from Jrue Holiday in a Sixers 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 2-of-21 vs. the Knicks in 2004. Outside of his shooting, his defense was equally as terrible on Kemba Walker. More on this after the jump…
|Damien Wilkins, SG 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -7
Damien Wilkins played a hell of a game and deserved to get this win. He opened the game scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first quarter and ended the game with an efficient 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting while pulling down nine boards. He scored eight-straight in the third including a pretty runner off the glass. By my standards, he’s shown enough to deserve a new contract in the offseason.
|Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +1
Moultrie was again given the Collins treatment. He pulled down three offensive boards and added four points in just nine minutes of burn. That obviously wasn’t good enough to deserve more minutes. Apparently, this guy couldn’t have done anything to stop the hurt that was put on by Josh McRoberts. Unreal.
|Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12
Rocking the red Iverson arm-sleeve, Wright was the most consistent scorer for the Sixers outside of Damien Wilkins in this game. He knocked down four threes and kept the game close with back-to-back trey’s in the 4th. Somehow he only got 19 minutes of PT and wasn’t given the three which was instead handed to Spencer Hawes at the end of the game. Good coaching Doug…
|Lavoy Allen, C 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8
Too much playing time for Lavoy, although he did have a nice tip-in and held his own on the blocks. Benefit of the doubt on this one.
|Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4
|Justin Holiday, SG 7 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -1
It was nice to see the Jruth’s brother score his first NBA bucket with a 20-footer to start the second quarter. After a failed alley oop attempt to Jrue shortly after, Justin was pulled by Dougie for the rest of the game. This move must’ve affected Jrue as he went beyond not buying a bucket the rest of the game. He couldn’t have even been given a bucket from the free stuff section on Craigslist. It was that bad.
|Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
Swaggy couldn’t have attempted some of Jrue’s shots? After Jrue went 1-of-10, you needed him to shoot 13 more misses? I’m not saying that Nick would’ve been the answer but when he’s hot, he’s hot and he could’ve at least gotten a chance in this game.
There’s nothing like building a team up with three straight wins, to coaching them out of a win against the worst team in the NBA. Hopefully the Sixers are devastated as a team and will start losing some necessary games for a decent lottery pick, instead of trying to pursue the pipe-dream of a playoff spot. This loss stings even more, as the Bucks lost to the Timberwolves last night 107-98. Keep up the “great” rotations Dougie.