Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/12 12:28 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 79 Final

Recap | Box Score

85 New York Knicks
Elton Brand, PF 38 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +10

Overall Brand had a solid night. The NYK bigs present some problems for Brand, but he did a decent job on the defensive end. He also had several very solid weak side help plays. He didn’t shoot the ball all that well, but he put in some big baskets when the 76ers needed them. Despite all the rest he got against the Pacers, EB still looked tired tonight.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -1

To be honest we were disappointed in AI9’s game tonight. He wasn’t horrible, just disappointing. We know he’s not going to shut down Melo, but at times he got simply abused by Anthony. On the offensive end, he waited to long to get going. Everyone in Philadunkia nation saw this as a big game as did all in the Sixers locker room. Your “star” player can not wait until 5 minutes left in the 2nd Q to get on the scoreboard in a “big” game.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -1

A surprising start led to a decent effort by Battie. Who knew he could still dunk?

Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -14

Do we have enough evidence yet that Meeks is not the answer at the SG spot? You have one job — hit open jumpers! Meeks doesn’t do it enough.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +9

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | +22
A rocky night for Jrue as well. He had a few moments of brilliance, but also some very troubling plays. Jrue seemed to have trouble with the pressure applied by Shumpert and Douglas and he settled for too many jumpers in the game. Your starting PG has to get to the FT line, especially when you are trying to claw your way back from a 14 point deficit. To have zero FT attempts for an entire game is unacceptable.

Lou Williams, PG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -16

See what had happened…

Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +3

A poor shooting night for Thad resulted from the fact that “yungsmoove” hoisted up too many 14-16 footers. However his energy and defense were great again tonight. His 10 fourth quarter points (including 8 straight) keyed the Sixers 12-2 run and made this game interesting for Philadunkia nation.

Evan Turner, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Another solid effort from Turner. We could have lived without one or two of his forced mid-range jumpers (especially the bad leaner in the late 3rd), but we’ll consider those as growing pains. We’re not in love with how much Collins is having ET handle the ball. There’s no doubt that Evan Turner can dribble for a player his size, but over the last two games we’ve noticed that he has significant trouble holding on to the rock when he encounters traffic on his way through the lane.

Nikola Vucevic, C 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -19

Decent effort by the rook. He was simply out classed down low tonight.

After the Jump….Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  The Sixers habit of getting off to slow starts finally came back to haunt them. Tonight was arguably there worst 1st quarter of the season. They shot 33% from the field, had 6 turnovers (including 2 three second calls) and didn’t score a basket over the last 5:56. They were simply horrible at the defensive end as well.

2.  This loss leaves us with mixed feelings…It was the 3rd game in a back to back to back set for the Sixers, they were without Hawes, played simply horrific for 1.5 quarters, shot poorly from the FT line and got absolutely nothing out of Louis, but the Sixers never gave up and in the end could have won this game. So part of us is furious about this L and the other half is pleasantly surprised the 7-6 kept it very respectable despite playing so poorly overall.

3.  In the 4th Q the Sixers went on a 12-2 run and the NYK went nearly 9 minutes without a FG, but the closest the 76ers could get 6 points. The reasons…The NYK went 5 of 6 from the FT line in that span and the Sixers went 0-5 from the field and committed 3 turnovers in the last 4 minutes of the game.

4.  Even before the double-technical fouls, the AI9 vs. Melo matchup was very chippy. Rare is the occassion that Dre starts yapping with an opponent, but we were actually happy to see him show a litte attitude. Unfortuantely he doesn’t have the offensive game to carry on a mono-y-mono battle with Melo, so the Sixers quickly spread the ball around on offense while the NYK went to Melo time and time again. Having a legit star that can score at will made a big difference in this game. However, Melo clearly fouled AI9 (pushed off) on the rebound that proceeded the dust up and was the instigator in the actual skirmish that followed.

5.  Yes the Sixers got as close as 83-77 in the 4th quarter, but they missed a golden opportunity to seize control of this game in the late 3rd. Down 58-56 with 3:30 remaining in the Sixers went 0-for-their-next-6 and had 2 TOs. At the other end, Melo scored 6 straight and the NYK led 67-56 after 3 quarters.

6.  The NYK are a tough matchup for the Sixers. With tall, physical bigs like Melo, Amare and Chandler, plus a few athletic wing players as well as long range shooters and the ability to play the All-Star iso game, the NYK present a number of problems for the Sixers usually stellar defense.


7 Responses to “GM 10: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Sloetry
    12. January 2012 at 11:05

    I stayed up until 3am London time to watch this. I was disappointed with the result as there definitely times we had the chance to take control, but poor free throw shooting (which is a big concern for the Sixers) and tired legs affecting outside shooting, stopped us capitalizing on poor Knicks moments. To be honest, Sixers looked tired, while I thought the Knicks looked terrible. I’m not feeling them at all, and while they present some match up problems, I they’re very beatable although will always be close.
    Even without Hawes, if Lou had more legs in him last night and Jrue had been making better decisions, who knows.
    Lets stop any talk of AI being the franchise player. He and EB may have the fat contracts, but they are now part of a team set up, and we have to just accept their strengths and weaknesses on this team, as with those being paid less.

    Just wanted to say, I like your format of reviewing games. Works well with the player rating.

  2. Pat
    12. January 2012 at 11:34

    How much is Andre’s knee bothering him? He definitely grimaced several times last night. But I thought he did a pretty good job on Carmelo, really challenging the entry passes and forcing tough fadeaways. There is no way to guard a 20-foot fadeaway from Melo. How many entry passes did Andre deflect, especially in the fourth? I didn’t like to see Jrue get pushed a little bit by Shumpert, but I liked the intensity with which Jrue defended on the ball. Not a bad effort for this team on a 3rd night in a row.

  3. JT's Hoops Blog
    12. January 2012 at 11:42

    Philly has to trade Igoudala. He’s simply not a star anymore, but more of an overrated role-player at best.

  4. Wolfenstein
    12. January 2012 at 18:12

    Would you 76ers fans go for a trade built around Evan Turner for Derrick Williams? You need some help up front and Williams is good and versatile.

  5. CJ
    12. January 2012 at 21:29

    Have to disagree strongly on the assessment of Iguodala’s game last night. Yes, offensively he struggled but a volume scorer like Melo is generally going to get his, no matter how many shots he has to force up. To keep him to 27 points on 24 shots with 8 made FTs I think is OUTSTANDING. He was all over Melo the whole game defensively when it seemed that everyone else on the court just couldn’t get their legs.

  6. brennan
    13. January 2012 at 09:12

    I would love to see that trade happen. Derrick williams would be a great fit! I’ve always been a HUGE Derrick Williams fan.

  7. Dan
    13. January 2012 at 17:02

    lol someone with a “trade iggy” a comment after a game where he was (once again) probably the best sixer on the court. Most of the shots melo hit were contested and he hit them because he is Melo.

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