01/31/12 8:09 am EST
|Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3
Wow. What a defensive performance from Brand in this one. Brand played 31 tough minutes and played great defense on Ryan Anderson as well as help defense on Dwight Howard all game. He also added 4 blocks and 2 steals to his defensive stat sheet. Howard shot 6-17 on the night and that was in large part of Brand on the blocks. Coach K would’ve been proud.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-9 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +12
Iguodala played a solid game. He filled the stat sheet and the team was +12 with him on the court. He held Hedo Turkoglu to a season low of 1-9 from the field. He also notched another career milestone, surpassing Sir Charles on the Sixers all-time steals list putting him in fourth place with 1,007 steals. I’m still disappointed though that the man cannot hit his free-throws. Going 3-9 on the night is unacceptable, considering only a few weeks ago he missed a free-throw that could’ve given the Sixers a win against Denver. For the sake of his team, he has to put in some extra time in the gym at the foul line. Can we get Herb Magee to come over to PCOM for an hour or so?
|Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +8
He sure didn’t seem like the oldest man on the team in this game. Battie held his own against Howard and played well on offense and defense. 8 points and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes is a great night for Tony Battie.
|Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8
Meeks played a solid game. He defended J.J. Redick very well, limiting him to 3-13 shooting. Outside of that he didn’t need to do too much in this one. It’s worth noting that the 3-headed monster at the shooting guard spot of Meeks, Williams, and Turner had nearly identical minutes in this one however with 24, 25, 24 respectively.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +4
Jrue was cold from the field, but defended well and distributed the ball effectively as well. The Magic were without Jameer Nelson which made Holidays job a lot easier. With the toughest stretch of games coming up for the Sixers, Holiday has to find his rhythm for the team to have success. He has the task of defending two of the best in the game in Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade next. It’s his chance to make a statement around the league.
|Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -4
Awful shooting from Lou in this one. His 9 points stopped his streak of five straight games hitting for double digits. As I said for Jrue Holiday, Lou needs to be on point for this tough stretch of games coming up. He’s still leading the team in scoring and will be looked to often to provide that scoring in the next few games.
|Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -3
He tested Dwight Howard and Howard showed him why he’s one of the best defenders in the League. Young scored 10 points but on 5-13 shooting as many of his drives to the cup were defended well by Superman. He’ll have an easier time with those takes when he’s not going in against the 3-years and counting NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +7
He did an outstanding job for a rookie making Howard work for his looks. Lavoy continues to shine in the absence of Hawes and Vucevic. He’s done it offensively on a couple occasions, but against Howard it was his defense that made the difference. It seems for the moment that even when Hawes and Vuc return that Lavoy has earned some minutes of his own. It’ll be interesting to see how coach Collins uses him the rest of the season.
|Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10
Besides Tony Battie, Turner was the only Sixer to shoot above 50% from the field. Turner had 12 points on 4-7 shooting, and it was nice to see him use his size and strength to get a few looks from the free-throw line. He’s currently third on the team in FTA’s behind Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala, but only shooting 63%. He averaged 75% from the line in his final season at Ohio State, so at least we know he’s capable of hitting them on a more consistent basis if given the opportunity.
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