01/09/12 11:57 pm EST
|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.