04/17/12 9:36 am EST
|Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -10
He was active, but where was he while Quentin and Jason Richardson combined for 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting? Or, I don’t know, while the entire Orlando team shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 63.1 percent from 3?
|Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -5
In his first start of the season, Thad was efficient and productive on the offensive end. Defensively, where his charge was Ryan Anderson, Young fell flat on his face. The NBA’s top three point shooter put up 26 points and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.
|Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +2
Doug Collins went small tonight, starting Brand at center, and presumably expecting substantial production on the glass from the veteran. He didn’t get it. Though EB wasn’t otherwise awful, he did get turnstiled pretty badly by Earl Clark.
|Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -12
There is no reason, none, that Jodie Meeks should start and play 31 minutes in a professional basketball game. In a recession economy, fans shouldn’t have to pay to see that.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -9
Jrue’s finals numbers look nice, but here’s what they miss: he started out like gangbusters–he had something like 12 points, three assists, a pair of steals and a block in the first quarter — but disappeared for the most part after that. He has a disconcerting habit of doing that.
|Lou Williams, PG 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -12
Lou did his damnedest to shoot the Sixers back into this one down the stretch — even answering a Jameer Nelson 3 with one of his own to get the 7-6 to within 104-97 with just under three minutes left– but it was too much, too little, too late.
|Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 10 PTS | -10
I liked what Spence did as a distributor tonight — his nine assists set a new career high — but was concerned by his lack of aggression around the basket and his inability to stop Earl Clark and Co. from steamrolling the Sixers on the glass. You’re seven-feet-plus man, do something with it.
|Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -9
The final numbers look decent, but you can’t shake the sense that Turner is shrinking as this long, strange season winds down.
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