GM 12: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -5

Five games in six days for the 32 year old Elton Brand has to be tough on his body. Brand looked slow, out of it and simply worn down. But what can you expect from a player his age in a condensed season? There’s going to be nights like the one against the Wizards, where Brand’s legs are going to be heavy and he’ll struggle to perform.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -2

Iguodala was great. He was aggressive from the opening tip, looking to create shots for himself on the offensive end and setting up teammates in transition. AI9 was in a good rhythm against the Wizards and he continues to excel pushing the ball for fast-break opportunities. Collins also praised his defensive efforts following the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Remember when Spencer Hawes came out really hot to start the season? Remember when he had four double-doubles in the first six games and was equally impressive in the other two contests? Yeah, I miss that Spencer Hawes. I guess we’ll just blame it on the nagging back injury.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Meeks went from scoring a career-high 26 points against Washington on Friday, to hardly being relevant the next night. His five points all came in the first quarter of the ball game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

I still can’t tell if Holiday taking 17 shots is a good or bad thing. The positive: He’s being aggressive and attacked the lengthy JaVale McGee at the rim several times. The negative: The 7-6 have plenty of guys that can score, maybe 17 shots is too high. It’d be nice to see him create more as a passer (averaging 4.5 assists heading into Saturday’s game).

Tony Battie, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

In only his fifth game appearance of the young season, Battie showed why he rarely gets on the floor. Battie is simply a solid veteran guy who’ll warm the bench when Hawes and Vucevic are healthy. Tonight he received minutes once Collins felt uncomfortable putting Hawes in due to his back injury.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +13

After a 19 point performance on Friday night, Lou-Will did not disappoint in DC. Williams was feeling it from downtown and connected on four long distance treys. He finished with a team-high 24 points and is the Sixers leading scorer on the season.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +11

In the post game media questioning, Doug Collins mentioned only running a single play for Thaddeus Young the entire ball game. And yet, Young was still able to deliver with 18 points off the bench. When asked how he was able to score 18 while only being called upon once, “Just from having a natural feel for the game and knowing where the ball is at all times,” he explained.

Evan Turner, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +15

Turner never got in rhythm on the offensive end and although he made a few good passes, he rarely looked to create for himself. Turner’s thigh looked to be the reason for his lack of production. ET said he caught a bruise from JaVale McGee’s thigh during a moving pick. Turner said “I’ll ice it and rest it and be good to go.” So Philly fans should not be concerned.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

Just like Battie and Hawes, the rookie struggled to keep up with JaVale in the paint. However, he did grab a pair of offensive boards over him during the 2nd quarter.

Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

No, the rookie did not accumulate any floor time in the contest, but he did get an assist in the locker room after Lou Williams shouted “Hey Lavoy, this chicken ain’t going to cut itself.” Allen promptly found the veteran a knife to eat with.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  JaVale McGee dominated the 7-6 big men dropping 23 points and grabbing 18 rebounds, including seven on the offensive end.  Hawes, Battie and Vucevic are a major concern defensively.  This was just McGee, wait until we face Dwight Howard.  This was a major concern for the Sixers a season ago, and this is still their biggest glaring weakness on the defensive end.

2.  The Sixers had just eight turnovers against the Wizards and are leading the league in fewest turnovers per game.  Head Coach Doug Collins used an NFL reference to emphasize the importance of taking care of the ball: “The big part of our losing last year, when we were 3-13 … we were turning the ball over about 16 times a night.  I put up on the board: San Francisco 10 turnovers, the Eagles 38 turnovers and the Cowboys 21 turnovers; and I said which team was in the playoffs?”  Take care of the ball and win games.

3.  As mentioned above, the turnover battle can cost you or win you the game. For the Wizards, it was the reason — and has been the reason all season — for their downfall.  The Wizards turned the ball over 18 times and witnessed the Sixers capitalize for 27 points.  Thanks to their swarming and pestering style, the 7-6 have been forcing opponents into mental mistakes and errant passes.  A lot should be credited to head coach Doug Collins.

4.  There was an early scare in the opening quarter.  Washington looked ready to compete and led 26-23 in the 1st quarter.  McGee and Co. out-rebounded the visiting squad 16-5.  The 76ers responded like any quality team would against an inferior squad by launching a 15-4 run to begin the quarter.  After that run, the Sixers controlled the tempo for the remainder of the game and never seemed seriously threatened by the worst team in the Association.

5.  Here are some quick 7-6 stats:

-The win snaps a three game losing streak in DC
-4-3 on the road and undefeated at home (13 of the next 15 games are at home)
-Dating back to last year, the team has now won four straight over the Wiz.
-4-0 in the second game of back to backs.  A stat you can attribute to the overall youth on the roster.
-Sixers played seven games in nine days and won six of them.

6.  While we are very impressed by the Sixers sweeping the home and home back-to-back set vs. Washington, it should be noted that the Wiz are a simply awful team.  How bad?  Well for example, the Wizards’ 14 points in the second quarter last night marked the 20th time in Washington’s 48 quarters this season they have scored fewer than 20 points.

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