02/22/12 9:34 am EST
|Andre Iguodala, SF 41 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | -11
The numbers are decent, but when your squad has lost 3 straight and is slumping badly, the “leader” (notice I did not say “star”) of the team has to have more then a solid night. It looked like for a stretch in the 2nd Q (put back dunk & block of a Rudy Gay lay-in) that Dre would step up and take charge, but it did not last.
|Andres Nocioni, F 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8
The fact that even saw the court vs. the big and physical Griz, let alone was in the first-five is an absolute joke. Mo Speights simply abused him in the 1st Q. However, we can’t put all the blame on Noc as Collins deserves a lot of the blame for this CD.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -5
Allen was solid on offense all night and grabbed some key rebounds as well. Lavoy had a fair amount of trouble guarding Gasol, but we question why Collins gave him the assignment in the first place.
|Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -4
Capt. Streaky had a middle of the road night for a change. He recovered from an 0-2 start to shoot 50%, but there has to be a 2-guard out there somewhere who can actually help this team, right?
|Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 9-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -21
His 13 points in the first half (three 3PAs in the 2nd Q) kept the Sixers in this game, but Jrue had zero points in the 4th Q when the Sixers needed someone to get them over the “down 4-points hump”. His stat line looks great at first glance, but take a closer look and you’ll see that he only had 4 dimes as well as ZERO free throw attempts and 3 TO’s. Your starting PG has to get to the charity stripe and do a better job of getting others involved.
|Tony Battie, C 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +5
Battie did a nice job in the late second and into the early third of holding Gasol in check and helped spark the Sixers comeback in this game.
|Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 2-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -12
Louis started slow 0-4 to start the game and he never got any better 2-13 total on the night. Instead of driving to the tin in order to get easy buckets or trips to the FT line, Louis tried to get himself going with long 3′s and running leaners. It didn’t work. We all know the Sixers need LW to score if they are to be successful.
|Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6
The Sixers slump has even caught up to their most consistent player. His block at the 3:37 mark of the 4th Q was an amazing athletic feat, but other then that it was a quiet night for Thad.
|Evan Turner, SG 26 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | +9
Evan’s stat line isn’t pretty (it also includes 3 TOs), but Turner’s defense and rebounding were a big part of the Sixers turning the game around and making it respectable during the late 2nd and then into the 3rd Q.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -12
Big Nik seemed to struggle with the physical nature of the Grizzlies bigs, so Collins limited hi s minutes. We’d like to have seen him in the starting line up alongside Allen. We bet he would have had a better game.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…
1. Thinks Collins regrets starting Nocioni? We bet he does. Mo Speights killed Noc for 6 points in the 1st Q. With Noc on MoSpeezy, Allen was forced to cover the much stronger Gasol and he was not up to the task. If Gasol was “on” his game and had hit all the open looks he had in the 1st Q, the game would have been over quickly.
2. How bad was the Sixers start…Horrible. The Sixers were 3-17 on FGAs in the opening Q and went nearly 7 mins. without a bucket. They also shot 2-4 from the FT line. Meanwhile the Griz shot a blistering 11-15 in the 1st Q.
3. The 15-2 run in the 2nd Q by the Sixers turned this into a respectable effort. The lineup of Battie, Allen, Turner, Dre and Jrue finally got the Sixers on track and Collins rewarded that group by starting them coming out of the locker room at half. They continued their solid play in the 3rd but the closest they could get was 5 points. In fact Collins may have rode this group a bit too long as they seemed gassed in the late 3rd.
4. The Sixers bench went MIA last night getting out scored 38-21. As a group ‘The Night Shift” was 7-34 from the field. That can not happen if the Sixers are to be successful.
5. The Sixers FT discrepency vs. opponents has gotten out of control. The team is simply settling for too many long 2-point FGAs. Last night the Sixers attempted only 8 FTs. EIGHT !!!. The Griz shot 29 FTS. Go back to the Minny game and you’ll find that Sixers have been a non-factor at the FT line over their last two games and have been out FTA’d 55-18. That’s not acceptable in the NBA. Take a look at the Sixers shot chart from last night and you’ll see all the long 2PAs were talking about.
6. We know the Sixers were missing two starters last night, so we’re not ready to press the panic button just yet, but to be honest, our hand is hovering over said button and it’s quivering.