|Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -5
A non-factor. Where have you gone 2010-11 Elton Brand? We sure could have used you last night. Even after Collins ran several plays for him to open the third quarter, EB still could not get on track.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | -11
AI9 disappeared against the Heat? Wait where have we heard that one before? When the Sixers struggled offensively in the third, Dre was no where to be found (1-2 on FGAs). His stellar defense in the first half is the only thing that kept him from getting a grade of D.
|Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1
Did a nice job of containing Bosh in stretches of the game. That’s it.
|Jodie Meeks, G 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -4
Capt. Streaky killed the Sixers chances in this game with his missed shots — wide open looks by the way — in the early third quarter.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | -11
Holiday played a very solid defensive game for most of the contest. He also had some great drives to the tin in this contest and did a decent job of getting others involved.
|Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 6-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -16
Another off night for Louis shooting the ball — 35%. As we all know if he’s not scoring the rock, he’s not doing us any good at all.
|Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -15
Despite missing a few bunnies that he usually hits, Thad had a very good game. He presents a serious match up problems for the Heat and the next time the two teams match-up, we’d like to see Collins run more sets for #21. However, we will say that the Heat did a better job then most teams of forcing TY to shoot jumpers instead of slicing to the rim.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -15
The rookie more then held his own again last night. He’s actually become a big enough threat that other teams will have to start game planning for him. It will be interesting to see what Collins does with his bigs rotation (Hawes, Big Nik, Battie and Allen) if Hawes ever gets healthy. Until then we have to ask, “Why not just start Allen?”
|Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -18
ET had an okay game. He (along with a lot of the Sixers) settled for too may jumpers, but his defense was rock solid as usual.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Mop up duty only. We would like to have seen “Big Nik” get some burn in the game when it was actually still a game.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night
To be honest, we were totally disgusted with the Sixers effort in the late 3rd and of course the 4th Q and had a very hard time even writing this recap today. With a game again tonight we’re going to keep this recap short as we just don’t have the spirit for this right now. Additionally, we really don’t need six things to wrap this game up. Say what you want about the play of the Sixers in the 4th Q, but this game turned in the opening moments of the third. Don’t believe us? Go watch the game tape again like we did today and you’ll see it for yourself.
Trailing by 4 coming out of the locker room the Sixers turned up the screws on the Heat at the defensive end. The Heat went 0 for 10 over the first 5+ minutes of the 3rd Q. The game was there for the Sixers to take during that stretch as they got plenty of open looks at the other end as well. For the Sixers that has been the blueprint for recent wins over Chicago and Orlando…Get stops, then smart buckets at the other end = runaway third quarters and coast home Ws. Only something went drastically wrong. Again, last night they got the stops, but went 0-5 in the opening minutes of the third. The 7-6 only managed a Holiday layin and two from the charity stripe by Meeks during Miami’s cold spell. The Sixers managed to tie the game at 53-53, but that’s it. The Heat survived their scoring drought, settled in for the remainder of third, led by 4 after three quarters and then handed it over to D-Wade and Lebron to crush the Sixers spirit and bring it home.