03/06/12 10:24 am EST
|Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +12
EB’s string of double-double comes to an end vs. MIL and it was not pretty. Early foul trouble may have prevented him from getting into the flow of the game but we have to point out…How many times did Brand fail to score because what little vertical lift he once owned is now completely gone? Too many to count. Also Drew Gooden simply killed him all night.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -3
What else can we say about Dre taht you haven’t heard already? Yes, he scored the ball efficiently, got his teammates involved and played solid defense on Jennings at times. And he nailed several “bail out” 3’s that saved the Sixers at the end of the shot clock. However “the leader” of this team didn’t score his first bucket until there was 4:50 remaining in the 1st Q, had only one FGA in the 4th Q (which he made) and shot 2 FTAs. We need more from him in these close games.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -21
A quick start — 3 for 3 in the 1st Q had us excited that “Big Nik” was headed for a huge game. But that 1st Q was followed by and 0-5 the rest of the way. Foul trouble also hampered his efforts last night.
|Evan Turner, SG 32 MIN | 1-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -5
Well, a lot of you had your wish granted last night as Collins shook things up and ran Turner with the first-five. Whether ET capitalized on it or not is a matter of opinion. We know it’s very hard, but let’s try to ignore for a minute the 0-10 start ET had last night (1-12 overall) and the fact that he missed some easy bunnies and lay-ins. He was a monster on the glass, something the Sixers desperately need. ET also got to the rim with easy, but simply couldn’t finish. He also did a nice job of getting the other Sixers involved and played good defense. Still 1-12 is hard to ignore and we are trying hard to do just that.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -1
Obviously not a great shooting night for Jrue and Jennings simply killed him in the 1st Q. But the thing that stood out for us is that Jrue spent too much time playing off the ball. The Sixers need to get to the rim (and thus the FT line) more often and for that to happen Jrue has to your primary ball handler. He also did a much better job on Jennings as the game went on, but 19 first quarter points is unacceptable.
|Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 7-17 FG | 11-15 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 26 PTS | -4
A big scoring night for LW was capped by a stellar 4th Q. He even drew a charge in the final quarter. LW also got to the FT line which is something we have been begging the Sixers to do for weeks now. However he chucked up (and missed) an ugly jumper at the :45 mark of the 4th Q with the Sixers trailing by only two points. And of course he missed another “last shot” with 6 ticks remaining and the 7-6 down by two. Can we please go to someone else as our closer?
|Thaddeus Young, F 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +3
We love the double-double he had last night as Young-Smoove was one of the few Sixers who brought the energy and did not look tired. He was rewarded by Collins with a start in the 3rd Q. But we’ll only think of one thing for Thad in this game…How on earth did he miss that point blank tip-in during the final seconds?
|Jodie Meeks, G 18 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -4
With ET in the starting lineup, Meeks became part of the “Night Shift” and provided an instant lift off the bench. He nailed two 3PAs at the end of the 1st Q. Then he hit another to open the 2nd Q and threw in a driving lay-up for good measure. Jodie had tallied 11 points at half, but Capt. Streaky only scored 1 bucket the rest of the way. He missed two wide open 3’s in the 3rd and finally another one at the 5 min. mark of the 4th Q. Uggghhhhh
|Lavoy Allen, PF 7 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3
Let’s just move on.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw last Night…
1. There’s no excuse for a loss to the lowly Bucks who had dropped 12 of its last 16 games , but the Sixers looked tired last night. It was their fifth game in 7 days and the second game of a home, then away game back-to-back set. In our opinion only Turner and Thad brought a whole lot of energy last night at both ends of the floor.
2. Maybe their tired legs had something to do with it, but the Sixers defense did not have a strong game last night. Jennings killed them early and often. Once Holiday (or Dre and then Meeks for a time) got beat by the ultra quick Jennings, no one closed off the lane behind the perimeter defender and Jennings got some easy FGs. The Sixers weak side rotations were horrific. And they made the suddenly hot Drew Gooden (20+ pts. in 3 of his last 4 gms) look like an all-star.
3. The Sixers had 6 fast break points. SIX !!!!! It took the Sixers 94 FGAs to score 93 points. They hit 7-19 3PAs and they were 16-23 from the FT line. Philadunkia’s home team had only 13 FGs in the 2nd half (13-49). The Sixers are so offensively challenged in the half-court it’s scary. As we all know the playoffs are a half-court environment and the 76ers will be in trouble during the post season if they can’t fix this issue.
4. Did anyone else actually feel sorry for Turner as each one of his shot fell off the rim? I did as I really want this kid to break out. I actually started covering my eyes at one point as it was too painful to watch. ET made some great moves to the hoop which produced numerous clean looks, he just could not buy a basket last night. The question is, “Will his shooting struggles cost Turner a start spot vs. Boston on Wednesday night?”
5. The turning point in this game came in the 3rd Q, a time when the Sixers usually blow bad teams out of the gym. Starting at the 6:22 mark, the Bucks went on a 15-4 run at the end of the third quarter to erase an eight-point 76ers lead. During that stretch the Sixers shot 2-11 (0-3 on 3PAs), committed 3 TOs and had zero — zilch, nil, zippo, not one — FTA.
6. The Sixers are now 2-8 in games decided by 5 points or less and 2-12 in games decided by 7 points or less.