01/16/12 9:50 pm EST
|Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +3
Brand only played 21 minutes but still needs to be more productive especially in the shooting department. He’s played well of late but Monday afternoon wasn’t his best day.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +6
What more can you ask for? He played great defense, he blocked shots. He’s even added a complimentary jump shot to his elite athleticism. When he plays like that, he looks like a star. What’s just as impressive is his smarts and that he’s now making better basketball decisions. A lot of the credit belongs to Coach Collins who seems to have helped AI9 become comfortable with his role on this team.
|Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +11
He got of to a sluggish start, but finished strong. He took advantage of Andrew Bogut’s inability to play defense outside of the paint, including dropping two from beyond the arc. Those 3-balls were a huge part of the Sixers play in the 3rd Q that put this game away. However, there’s no doubt that he had more then a little trouble with Bogut in this game.
|Jodie Meeks, G 30 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +9
There is one reason Meeks is on the team. If he isn’t making 3 pointers, he’s useless. 1-6 from downtown just won’t cut it.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 11-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +10
This is the Holiday the Sixers like to see. He was a leader on the floor. He got his teammates involved and still helped himself. He played solid defense which led to open floor and transition opportunities. Still it does concern us that Holiday is walking the fine line between a PG who can score and facilitate and becoming a single minded scoring point man. However Jrue absolutely owns the ultra quick Brandon Jennings — he was 3-11 today and in 2010-11 shot an awful 29% vs. the Sixers.
|Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2
He earned his 13 minutes because he gets down and dirty with the opposing big men. Something that lacks from the rest of big compadres.
|Andres Nocioni, F 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +6
We have a sighting!!!!
|Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 6-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +4
Lou, provided his usual consistent instant offense. Though, what was most impressive was his his 6 assists. His ability to get others involved offensively shows maturity in his game.
|Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +9
You might call Young “Mr. Hustle and Flow.” Though, against the Buck he was all hustle but had no offensive flow. As usual, he battled for loose balls and provided his grit, but he just couldn’t find the bottom of the net today.
|Nikola Vucevic, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
We had to assume that (A) The rookie is in the doghouse or (B) Collins was portecting “Big Nik” by not playing him against a dominant big of Bogat’s skill level (Collins admitted as much post game).
After the Jump…Six Things We Saw This Afternoon
1) Bombs away: Despite the woeful shooting from Meeks, the Sixers still were 11-23 from the 3 point line. The Bucks were just 3-14 from beyond the arc. Holiday has certainly turned himself into the Sixers most consistent deep ball threat. AI9′s love affair with his 3-point shot still scares us. We find it hard to believe (corrective eye surgery aside) that his hot shooting from behind the line will continue.
2) Iguodala and Holiday! – Picking up the slack: No Sixer averages 20 points per game so the performances from Holiday and Iguodala were huge especially with the offensive production lost with Turner’s absence; Brand and Thad having an off day and Vucevic seeing no action.
3) Out Painted!: Surprise, Suprise, once again the Sixers big men were abused in the paint. The Bogut led Bucks post attack scored 46. While the Sixers only scored 32 in the paint. There has to be a big man in Europe or the D-League or out on the street that can help us improve our interior defense. Any suggestions, please email them to http://www.nba.com/sixers/sixers_suggestions__terms_co_2011_09_28.html.
4) The Sixers attempted only 13 free throws in their matinee game today. The Sixers inability to get to the FT line has been a concern for us all year and today was just another piece of evidence that the Sixers could be settling for to many jumpers. A look at the Sixers shot chart from this game backs our theory.
5) Much like the 2nd game in the Wizards set, the Sixers iced this game in the third quarter. Philadunkia’s home team forced five turnovers, hit half their 22 shots, including four three-pointers (2 by Hawes), and opened the lead to 14 points. The only of concern during this stretch was that the Sixers only scored 2 buckets in the paint (2-9 on FGA in the paint in the 3rd).
6) We all know that the Sixers have one of the best benches in the League. However, “The Night Shift” (as Marc Zumoff has dubbed them) struggled mightily this afternoon – hitting for 23 points on 29 shots. Yes the bench without Turner and Vucevic also didn’t play, but we did not expect Thad to have a 1-8 shooting afternoon. It wasn’t for Louis — 17 points (on 17 shots) and 6 assists the bench play would have been a nightmare this afternoon.