GM 10: RAPID REACTS

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.

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