GM 17: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/23/12 10:52 pm EST
Washington Wizards 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +15

Brand was solid and needed to be, as the Sixers were without the services of 2 of their rotational big men.  He battled for loose balls and gave an excellent effort even in the garbage team that the fourth quarter was.  Most impressively, Brand was very aggressive on the offensive end.

Andre Iguodala, SF 32 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 11 AST | 7 PTS | +13

Iguodala’s play set the tone for the entire game.  His 1st quarter was outstanding.  His stellar defense set up great fast break opportunities that started the rout of the lowly Wizards.  He was a facilitator and was a perfect set up man for his teammates.  He had 6 assists in the 1st quarter alone.  The box score does not tell his whole story.

Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +13

Without Hawes and Vucevic, one would think Battie would have had a bigger roll in the contest. – Not so much!  However, he did a nice job defending Sixer killer JaVale McGee in the 1st half.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +12

When his three ball is working, the Sixers bring their offense to another level.  Not only did he have the outside game going, he evn took the ball to the cup at times and got it done.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +15Holiday showed flashes of elitism against the Wizards.  Though, that may be not be the hardest thing in the world to do. He knocked down tough shots and played well.  He showed off his great ball handling skills, shot well, all while playing within himself.  He only had 1 turnover.
Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Williams was just another one of the many Sixers who were able to run on Monday night.  Still, he, as usual, got his shots up and made his showing on the stat sheet.  He never takes a night off.  Though, on this night he very well could have. There was no energy lacking from the Sixers in this one.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Young was very impressive, using his unique combination of size and skills. He made incredible moves down low, resulting in points for the Sixers.  Young, even had his post game working.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2

The Temple grad looked pretty good.  He showed off his jump shot and at times he even made some nice interior plays on offense and defensively.  He even broke out the hook shot.  Though, he will most likely be remembered for delivering the Wells Fargo Center their free Big Macs that they begged for in the 4th quarter.

Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | +10

Turner started off the game well but got sloppy in the second half.  He forced the issue and went away from the things that got the Sixers a big lead in the first place.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Tonight

1.  The Washington Wizards are a pathetic team.  The Sixers did not have legitimate starting NBA center yet they led the Wizards by 34 at one stretch and in the end beat Washington by 20 points.  It’s not like the Wizards have not talent — Wall, McGee, Young and Blatche to name a few.  Flip Saunders should be worried about his job.

2.  Getting Some Rest:  Despite the injuries, the Sixers gigantic 1st quarter lead allowed the Sixers to achieve balance in playing time for everyone.  They were able to stay fresh the entire game and never truly allowed a real comeback from the Wizards.

3.  Ball Movement:  It was the unselfish play of everyone that led to great scoring opportunities.  Everyone was involved in the offense which kept the Wizards off balance defensively.  The Sixers made 43 field goals off an astounding 30 assists

4.  It was just their night:  When Jrue Holiday is scoring with jumpers over two defenders and Evan Turner is knocking down fall away jump shots from the corner off the dribble, things must be going the Sixers way.  Everything was falling down as they shot nearly 52% from the field.

5.  Big Macs for All:  While, the Sixers are 8-1 at home, this is only the third time they scored 100 in a home victory.  So, it makes plenty of sense that the fans were on their feet as the moment of truth approached.  When Temple product Lavoy Allen drained a mid range jumper to send the home team over the century mark, it meant there will be plenty of happy Sixers’ fans at McDonald’s tonight.

6.  As you may have heard on Twitter, Brand was sent home from the morning shootaround with a stomach ailment.  Collins told him “To get some rest and we’ll see about tonight.”  EB dunked for 7-6’s first basket of the night, never looked back after that and just missed another double-double.  Now that’s what we call a power nap!


 
 
 

5 Responses to “GM 17: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Matt.sG
    23. January 2012 at 23:34

    Why don’t we sign rasheed wallace? I think he would be a great addition to the 7-6 …
    What do you guys think?

  2. Joe
    24. January 2012 at 00:50

    While the Center position will continue to be a weak spot for the team, I still love the direction they are heading. Compare the first 17 games this year with last year. They were 4-13 with 2 losses to Toronto, 2 to Washington, 2 to Cleveland plus losses to Indiana and Atlanta. They are doing what good teams do, beat the bad teams and split with the teams on equal level. While nobody realistically thinks they can hang with Miami or Chicago, at least without an upgrade at Center, it’s feasible for the 7-6 to be the 3 or 4 seed come playoff time. Then in the off season dump Brand’s contract and sign Superman. Wishful thinking, I know…

  3. Philadunkia
    24. January 2012 at 08:46

    Matt.SG

    While the thought of bringing ‘Sheed home for a “comeback” sure seems like fun, there is no way it will happen. The last thing the Sixers need is another big who plays outside the paint, shoots 3’s and is a suspect interior defender. Throw in the fact that the last time anyone saw Wallace he weighed 300+ and the fact that his temperment doesn’t fit very well in a Doug Collins locker room and there’s zero chance this would happen.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    C. Smith

  4. Alex Brandão
    24. January 2012 at 10:00

    The Denver game and the Atlanta victory last week may have raised the Respect Level of the Sixers for now. Hopefully, the team will have more (and better!) bodies next week to face Chicago and Orlando.

    There is no denying that the team is much better than last year’s, but I’m still very aprehensive whenever they face quality teams.we’ll talk again about after these 2 games…

  5. Ryan
    25. January 2012 at 00:54

    Hey Joe, I couldn’t have said it better. Let me add that Love is also on my wish list along with Dwight. I think that would be a great upgrade from Elton.

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