02/19/12 10:15 pm EST
|Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +6
Sir Elton didn’t contribute much on the offensive end, but he did yeoman’s work defensively on Kevin Love before the bearded one’s fourth period transformation into a vicious mutant assassin. All the same, Love was his charge and EB held him to 7-23 shooting.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 34 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +3
Iguodala did some nice things tonight. Just not quite enough of them.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +1
The young’un did some nice work on the boards and held his own against Kevin Love and the surging Pekovic.
|Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +8
A resoundingly ‘meh’ effort from Meeks. He’s a shooter and his shots weren’t falling.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 10-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -2
Holiday came out the gates strong–looking energized by the match-up with the energizing Rubio and though he hit a lull in the middle part of the action, he closed strong. One critique: there are ways to contribute beyond scoring. As a point guard, it’d be nice if Jrue learned some of them.
|Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -8
When Kevin Love came on in the final period, Williams looked for a while to be the only Sixer willing to counter punch.
|Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6
He made a brilliant block of Rubio, coming up from behind the Spaniard as he coasted for a layup in the third, and did a handful of other Thad Young Things–which is to say “wildly athletic plays that make me wonder why he isn’t better than he is.”
|Evan Turner, SG 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -4
With just 14 minutes of floor time, he’s apparently still in Collin’s dog house. Evan Turner is a very good basketball player. The Sixers would be well-served to give him more opportunities to play basketball.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3
He wasn’t even the best Montenegrin named ‘Nik’ on the floor, so it’s hard to rate his game that favorably.
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