GM 32: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Minnesota Timberwolves
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +6 

Sir Elton didn’t contribute much on the offensive end, but he did yeoman’s work defensively on Kevin Love before the bearded one’s fourth period transformation into a vicious mutant assassin.  All the same, Love was his charge and EB held him to 7-23 shooting.

Andre Iguodala, SF 34 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +3 

Iguodala did some nice things tonight.  Just not quite enough of them.

Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +1 

The young’un did some nice work on the boards and held his own against Kevin Love and the surging Pekovic.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +8 

A resoundingly ‘meh’ effort from Meeks.  He’s a shooter and his shots weren’t falling.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 10-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -2 

Holiday came out the gates strong–looking energized by the match-up with the energizing Rubio and though he hit a lull in the middle part of the action, he closed strong.  One critique: there are ways to contribute beyond scoring.  As a point guard, it’d be nice if Jrue learned some of them.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -8 

When Kevin Love came on in the final period, Williams looked for a while to be the only Sixer willing to counter punch.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6 

He made a brilliant block of Rubio, coming up from behind the Spaniard as he coasted for a layup in the third, and did a handful of other Thad Young Things–which is to say “wildly athletic plays that make me wonder why he isn’t better than he is.”

Evan Turner, SG 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -4 

With just 14 minutes of floor time, he’s apparently still in Collin’s dog house.  Evan Turner is a very good basketball player.  The Sixers would be well-served to give him more opportunities to play basketball.

Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3 

He wasn’t even the best Montenegrin named ‘Nik’ on the floor, so it’s hard to rate his game that favorably.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight

  1. Kevin Love is an absolute animal. It takes a special class of star to start a game 2/15 then dominate the fourth period. Kevin Love is that class of star.
  2. Good golly do the Timberwolves have talent. Love, Rubio, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Nik Pekovic, and JJ Barea make up a pretty impressive core. The future is bright for that team.
  3. The Sixers got hosed by the officials, again. The Wolves took 26 FTs to their 10, and some of the more egregiousness calls seemed to effect the team. The JJ Barea travelling no-call that sent Collins into a spell of some of the most intense arm-crossing this side of Bill Belichick comes to mind here.
  4. Punch, counterpunch. Punch, counterpuch. Sunday’s contest was–as difficult as the ending was to stomach–about as entertaining a back and forth as happens on a basketball court. Over the final 6:30 of play, neither team led by more than a point.
  5. With the Knicks surging behind some guy named Lin, and the Sixers losers of three in a row and five of seven, suddenly the Atlantic crown doesn’t look like the lock it did a couple weeks ago. The Sixers aren’t on the ropes, but they’re near them. It’ll be interesting to see how this still-young team responds.
  6. Hey Spencer Hawes: Get healthy man. Fast.

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