GM 41: RAPID REACTS

Utah Jazz 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -3

8 points on 13 shots is not good, especially when you are coming off an 18 point night.  Most concerning for us were his 3 missess in the 4th Q.  EB looked tired and old during that stanza and his shot was flat.  Also…is there a forward in the League who gets his shot blocked more often?  EB simply has no lift.

Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 10 AST | 10 PTS | +11

We’d still like to see him be a little more assertive in the half court offense, but that’s being really, really picky tonight.  His defense on the perimeter during the 2nd half was simply stellar.

Tony Battie, C 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Tony went 2-3 from the field in 11 minutes and didn’t make any major mistakes.  For a guy who has no right being in the Association, what else could we give him but an A?

Evan Turner, SG 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Simply amazing again tonight.  We’re not ready just yet to start a Jeremy Lin level of hysteria here in Philly for Turner, but after a second straight double-double, we’re getting close.  Of special note was his 7 points and 3 boards in the 1st Q that helped the Sixers stay in this game when they were getting killed down low.  Is it me or does ET simply appear to have more energy and spring in his step then everyone else on the court.  He looks “fresh” (for lack of a better word) compared to the rest of the ballers out there.  He also hit the bucket that gave everyone in the WFC free Big Macs…’nuff said.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +6

Holiday got off to a slow start and didn’t score his first basket until 3:40 remained in the 2nd Q.  He quickly followed that up with a 3-ball, but because of foul trouble couldn’t keep the momentum going in the 3rd Q.  So, after a long stretch on the bench, Jrue simply took the game over in the 4th.  Jumpers on the break, 3-pointers, following his own shot, back door cuts, Holiday did it all in the 4th (Holiday scored the Sixers’ first seven points in the fourth.).  His 4th Q totals — 10 points, 3 rebounds and one charge drawn.  He basically closed out the Jazz in this one.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 6-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +18

Except for two ill advised running leaners in the second half and a couple of missed FTs, this was one of LW’s best games of the year.

Thaddeus Young, F 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +21

The leader of the “Night Shift” was red hot in the 1st half and his energy carried the Sixers during the late 1st and into the 2nd Q.  At one point he scored 8 straight for the Sixers.  However, even while he was carrying the Sixers, we were concerned that he was scoring by settling for jumpers (That all went in.).  That came back to haunt him in the second half as his J went cold.  It took him a second to adjust, but Thad eventually did and then scored the ball off the bounce.

Jodie Meeks, G 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

Meeks missed 2 3PAs and had two awkward drives to the rim during the 2nd Q and that was all the evidence Collins needed to realize that Jodie didn’t have it tonight.  He did not see the floor in the 2nd half.

Lavoy Allen, PF 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It seems Lavoy Allen is deep in Doug’s doghouse as the kid from Temple saw limited minutes in the 1st half and no burn in the second at all.  C’mon Doug.  Lavoy is certainly a better option then Ol’ Man Battie.

Nikola Vucevic, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +15

“Big Nik” missed a couple shots that he usually knock down, but other then that it was a solid night.  We’ll continue to push for more minutes for the rookie as well still remember what he did vs. Houston when he got 28+ minutes of playing time.

After the Jump, Six  Things We Saw Tonight

1.  The Sixers took control of this game in the 3rd.  First, a 16-7 run in the 3rd Q produced an 11 point lead.  During that stretch 6 different players scored for the Sixers.  Louis led the way in the 3rd by scoring 8 straight at one point in the quarter.  After the Jazz recovered from that dominant Sixers stretch, to close within 72-68, the 7-6 ended the Q with a 6-0 run.

2.  The Jazz simply destroyed the Sixers in the paint during the first half, scoring 34 of their 47 points in the lane.  Utah crushed the Sixers on the offensive glass and their wing players got to the rack with relative ease as the Sixers perimeter defense was not it’s usual self during the 1st half.  The 7-6 did a much better job in the 2nd half and limited the Jazz to 18 points in the paint.  Only 8 of those came in the 4th.

3.  Turner, Holiday and Iguodala (THI) accounted for 42 points, 20 dimes and 22 boards.  Any questions about wheter or not these three can play together should now be put to rest.  If this group can continue to get out on the break and find each other for easy hoops (mostly alley-oops), this team could be really dangerous down the stretch.

4.  The Sixers and the FTL continues to be a point of concern for us.  They got to the line early (7 FTAs in the 1st Q) but only shot 20 more the rest of the way.  Three starters had zero FTAs (Brand, Dre & Battie) and the other two didn’t get to the stripe much more often — Holiday 2-2 and  Turner 0-1.  Overall the Sixers shot 19-27 for 70%.  That list of FT stats does not bode well for success in the post season.

5.  In the last two games, the Sixers have grabbed 74 defensive rebounds and only given up 22 offensive rebounds to the Celtics and Jazz.  Turner’s fierce presence on the boards deserves a lot of the credit for the improvement on the defensive glass. 

6.  Loose Balls: The Sixers now have a 2 game win streak – their 1st since 2/13.  Philadunkia’s home team scored 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since back-to-back W’s over the lowly Wizards on 1/13 & 1/14.  The Sixers had 39 FGs on 14 assists in the 1st half.  Despite 5 TOs and no 3PAs in the 1st Q, the Sixers held their own (down 27-25) thanks to 7 FTAs and 58.8% shooting on FGAs.

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