GM 19: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/28/12 12:15 pm EST
Charlotte Bobcats 72 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +13

Brand was given some much needed rest in the contest after having to shoulder the load in the lane for the past few games. He had an efficiency rating of +13 while on the court so he seemed to be doing things right when out there.

Andre Iguodala, SF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS | +18

AI9 played the role of a distributor in this game and it worked out well for the 7-6. Iggy had 6 assists in the contest including a sick pass in transition to a trailing Thaddeus Young in the second quarter who finished with the alley oop flush.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6

The veteran Battie who started the game was given the typical “veteran playing time when their team establishes a big lead” treatment.  Battie played 12 minutes in this one and enjoyed a comfortable seat on the bench for this one.

Jodie Meeks, G 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +14

Meeks continued his solid shooting at home this season, knocking down three treys in the contest.  He’s a guy that the Sixers have to get going each game because when he’s hot he’s a tough guy to stop.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +23On

Jrue’s bobblehead night the man did not disappoint. Whether driving to the cup, distributing the ball, forcing turnovers, or simply just controlling the game Holiday was able to do it all in this one.  The Sixers were +23 with him on the court.

Francisco Elson, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

We have an Elson sighting! In his first game of the year just hours after the Sixers signed him to a contract, the seven foot dutchman grabbed a board and blocked a shot. Let’s see what he can do with a little more tick.

Lou Williams, PG 21 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +7

Sweet Lou did what Sweet Lou does best. Score the basketball. Lou led all scorers with 17 in this one and paced the Sixers all night.  When Lou gets it going, usually good things happen.  When Lou hits for 13 or more the Sixers are 11-4, 12 or less 2-2.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +21

Young played with high intensity all night and did his job while on the court. His numbers don’t give him enough justice. Thad helped the Sixers with what they do best: transition basketball.  That’s one of the keys to the Sixers success this season.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

The Temple Alum once again played a great game at the WFC.  He was active on the boards, had a sick dish to a cutting Thad Young, and was productive shooting the ball. It was a good thing to see after the way that Kris Humphries totally dominated him in the game before.  It’s the typical rookie growing pains.

Evan Turner, SG 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Turner didn’t play his best in this one, but still did things to help while on the court.  He defended well and pulled down seven boards which led the team. He’s looking more and more comfortable though when on the court.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

  • A fast start:
    The Sixers have had trouble all season establishing a lead to start games, however that was not the case in this one. The Sixers jumped out to a 23-10 first quarter lead and never relinquished it. It made everyone’s life a lot easier.
  • Jrue bobblehead night:
    My experiences with bobblehead nights have been good throughout the years. Usually that player will take his game to higher levels in the contest. With that I give you a few great moments in bobblehead history.
    Manny Ramirez night:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/video/play.jsp?content_id=5693487

    Dionte Christmas night:

    NBA commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nma3WlwdL5o

  • The fresh prince and 1-2-3-4-5 6ers:
    The final piece of ownership made his way down to the WFC to chants of his name and a great ovation from the crowd. He got to enjoy a Sixers victory and people in the audience were glad to have the man back at home. Here’s some footage from the game:

    Sixers fans are now also able to enjoy the ‘ol song from Sixers past again as the ownership just recently bought the rights to the song to play once again. I’m sure a fan of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7j37jHVh6U

  • The 2nd Unit:
    The play of Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Lavoy Allen was crucial in this game. Each did their job effectively all night and the Sixers won with ease. Until Spencer Hawes gets healthy, this is going to be a crucial issue for the Sixers.
  • A coach ejected:
    Coach of the Bobcats Paul Silas was ejected from the contest after receiving two technical fouls with 4:48 remaining in the 2nd quarter. The Bobcats are now an ugly 3-17 and things are looking worse each game. Who knows how much longer Silas’ job is secure.
  • The Sixers held their opponent below 80 points for the fifth time this season. …Episcopal Academy alum Gerald Henderson, on the tenacious Sixers’ defense: “I felt like I was in a Duke practice.”…Hatboro-Horsham alum Matt Carroll had a nice night 11 points & 4 dimes.

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