|Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6
After a couple nights off, a nice game by EB. The talent has left him, but he still gets by on heart, guts, and the lingering memory of what he used to be. He’s like a walking Bruce Springsteen song.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -7
The best player in the NBA who nobody really thinks is any good, Iguodala vigorously defended his belt tonight. He scored 17 on 11 shots, and made Tim Duncan look really old when he blew by him for a first period finish. Not that that’s too difficult. (The “making Duncan look old” part, I mean. Dunking is really difficult.)
|Nikola Vucevic, C 15 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9
Not a great performance by the kid. He hustled, but never got in rhythm offensively (see points: 0), and made a couple poor choices—like following up a third period o-board with an ill considered kick-out that led to a turnover. Momma said there’d be days like this…
|Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -13
Yikes. It took Jodi 24 minutes to get 5 combined points/rebounds/assists. His production looks even worse too when you consider the guys he lined up against scored approximately 75 points.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 15 PTS | +3
Jrue, like pretty much everybody in a Sixer uniform, got turnstiled a few times by Parker, but moved the arrow a bit in the right direction with his distribution. That said, thus far Holiday’s junior season in the NBA still grades out as a solid “Meh.”
|Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 8-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | 0
The points are misleading here. He made some poor choices in the shot selection department.
|Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +1
Thad takes ‘Philadunkia Sixer of the Game’ honors for his explosive performance. That this isn’t a real award should do nothing to diminish the energy he provided on both ends of the court.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -9
He struggled from the floor, missing more than once by margins that called his sobriety into question, but acquitted himself nicely on the defensive end.
|Evan Turner, SG 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -10
Not a great night for the rapidly improving Turner. Didn’t do much on offense and struggled to stay in front of Tony Parker when he was assigned the thankless task.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight In this Frustrating Loss.
- The Sixers got pick and rolled to death. And as satisfying as it would be, it’s hard to single any one in particular out for the blame. As the old saying goes, it took a team effort to suck that much. The upside? It came against a sure-fire Hall of Famer, Duncan, and a guy in Parker who very well might get there someday. The downside? Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are coming to town next.
- The officials were not kind to the Sixers on Wednesday. The crew looked the other way a couple times when the aforementioned Parker appeared to take a couple extra steps. They lost the get-to-the-line battle too. Doug Collins had an uncharacteristically testy exchange with a reporter in his post game presser when he was asked to expound on the Spurs 26-11 FTA margin.
- In a battle of two of the best, if not the two best, coaches in the NBA, Poppovich got the best of Collins. The Sixers had no answer for Tony Parker, former LaSalle-er Gary Neal, or the brutally effective SAS pick and roll.
- The Sixers and the Spurs turn the ball over less than any two teams in the NBA, and the Spurs won the turnover battle 10-6 tonight.
- Watching Elton Brand on Tim Duncan—two guys who are still effective despite their verticals being roughly the same as my mom’s—was fun at least. Duncan has aged a bit better than Brand, and hasn’t been bitten quite as many times by the injury bug, but the two aging stars looked pretty evenly matched.
- On Monday night, the Sixers stole a win from the Lakers despite getting outrebounded 55-30.Tonight they outrebounded the Spurs 55-48 and lost by 10. The lesson? We’ll let you know when we figure it out.