GM 8: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/09/12 11:57 pm EST
Indiana Pacers 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 96 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -7

Brand is slowly becoming a non factor with each passing game.  He didn’t produce much offensively and wasn’t involved in the action at all.  His defense wasn’t applause worthy.  His 5 rebounds spared him from get a failing grade.  “Just a guy” would be the proper term based on his performance.  His five fouls didn’t help much either.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 7-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | +10

Iguodala carried the Sixers on a night where he needed to.  He didn’t shoot the ball well, despite his improved jump shot, but provided almost everything else.  His game is built on penetration, and that was a big lift for his teammates who were set up with scoring opportunities because of it.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -6

Hawes has had a sparkling start to this season but on Monday night, he was outclassed by Roy Hibbert.  Hibbert abused him inside and Hawes was not as efficient on the boards and in field goal production.  Like Brand, he also ended up with 5 fouls.  Getting rejected by Dahntay Jones on a bunny was embarassing as hell.

Jodie Meeks, G 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +9Jodie

Meeks didn’t hurt the Sixers but also didn’t give them anything that lifted them in the victory.  At some point, Coach Collins should consider giving Evan Turner a shot at the starting lineup.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +5

Holiday had a rough start (again).  But, he ended up with a decent game, knocking down some big shots in the 2nd half.  It’s obvious Jrue has become comfortable closing out games for the Sixers.  Although, so far this season he has not been the floor general that many thought he could be.  2 assists and 7 turnovers is a complete disaster for a starting point guard.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +13

Lou couldn’t guard Darren Collison at all and his nonstop shooting was not so effective on Monday night.  But he is always a spark plug and provided tons of energy off the bench.  He also came up with some key loose balls and got to the FT line at some important moments in the game.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +16

Young showcased his new found mid-range jumper and continued his solid start to the season.  His defense has simply gone to another level — that rejection from behind he had in the 4th was a Lebron-like thing of beauty.  Collins had nothing but praise for Thad in the post game presser.  He didn’t light the world on fire on offense tonight, but he didn’t make mistakes on a night where his teammates made plenty of them.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -5

Turner didn’t get much playing time and that was probably because he didn’t deserve it.  He made some bad decisions with the basketball and that earned him a spot on on the bench for the majority of the game.  But man can he rebound.

Nikola Vucevic, C 17 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +15

The Box Score tells the Story.  In only 17 minutes Vucevic looked good in the paint, knocked down mid-range jumpers, and even drained a shot from downtown.  On defense he looked no worse then Spencer Hawes.  The kid is a lot more NBA-ready then many people believed.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  Turnovers – No Problem?  Had it not been for 18 turnovers, the Sixers would have earned themselves another 20 point blowout.  The Pacers are no slouch either, as they were without stud Danny Granger which left them depleted in the scoring department and still managed to keep it close.

2.  Soft as a Pillow!  That is a troubling description for all of the Sixers’ big men again this year.  They were terrible in the paint defensively.  Tyler Hansbrough, David West, and Roy Hibbert had no problem scoring inside.  All three Sixers big men were the culprits – Brand, Vucevic, and Hawes.

3.  Run, run, run.  The Sixers are built on defense.  Their defensive effort once again lead to many transition buckets (17 fast break points) which gave them the big runs that allowed enough separation to win this tight game, because the Pacers never gave up or went away.

4.  Where is the closer?  Once again, the Sixers lack of star proved to be a factor.  In the end, the Sixers were fine, but they could have put the Pacers away in the third quarter if they had an offensive threat with a clutch gene (Jrue is attempting to grab this role).  But the Sixers are built as a team and for now that suits them just fine.

5.  Some will knock this as another W over a weak or short-handed team — IND was without Danny Granger & George Hill — but the Sixers played tenacious defense tonight, scored more points in the paint (44-40) and grabbed more rebounds (48-43) then a notoriously physical team, so they deserve some credit for a solid victory.

6.  Philly celebs M. Night Shyamalan and DJ Jazzy Jeff (no Fresh Prince) sat courtside tonight.


 
 
 

5 Responses to “GM 8: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Bryan Maycon
    10. January 2012 at 01:50

    I was at this game and I will tell you what, you are absolutly right about being weak in the middle this game. Another thing that I saw about this game was that at times it looked like they didn’t even try to grab an offensive rebound at times. When they face Oaklahoma City, they are going to need that inside and outside game, and with Doug collins, I think he will get that inside defense to clamp down by the end of the year. They are only really missing one piece. A dwight howard or a charles barkley would put this team in a race for an nba title, forget first or second round exits.

  2. Win
    10. January 2012 at 02:13

    Honestly your review sounds like you read the stats and didn’t watch the game.

  3. Earl
    10. January 2012 at 13:57

    I agree that Brand and Hawes didn’t play particularly well, but you have to give Hibbert credit. He was a load down low.

    Philly is going to struggle against big, strong centers, but I think the improvement of Hawes and having Vucevic around makes it not as big of an issue as it was last year.

    The encouraging thing about the Sixers this year is that they are learning how to close out games. They have definitely improved in that over last year.

    The next step is to get Jrue and Jodie on track and then this team will really be rolling!

  4. Philadunkia
    10. January 2012 at 13:58

    Win,

    Multiple people here at Philadunkia (including Tim) watched every second of the game…

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    C. Smith

  5. hk
    10. January 2012 at 14:55

    Three points…

    I think you were a little harsh in your assessment of Thad’s game last night. Between going 6 for 7 from the field, playing stellar D, grabbing 8 boards in 31 minutes and being part of the team outscoring the Pacers by 16 points while he was on the floor, I think Thad deserved better than a B-. Other than that, I agree with all of the other grades.

    I think we’ll continue to see Brand and Meeks in the starting lineup as long as the team continues to win, but they’ll just continue to receive fewer and fewer minutes until they earn the right to be on the floor more. Also, if they keep playing this way, they’ll be absent during crunch time, which is more important than the first 6 minutes of the game.

    How nice would it be to have a Reggie Evans-like PF (or even Reggie himself) coming off the bench? Can you think of any players of this ilk that might be available on the cheap?

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