03/11/12 3:17 pm EST
|Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +4
Elton and the guy who used to be Amare Stoudemire were in stark contrast on Sunday. Two guys whose skills have more or less completely left them, but one is still able–through pluck, grit, determination, and a bunch of other words generally used to describe depression-era boxers–to contribute; the other is an albatross. Amare has a lot to learn from Brand.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | +10
Offensive limitations aside, he’s somewhere between good and great nearly every time he steps on the court. Today, he was great. He Turner and Young, when the three are on the floor, give the Sixers a trio that, in size, athleticism, and skill, nobody can match.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
Well. He didn’t do a whole lot of good. He didn’t do a whole lot of bad either. Till next time kid.
|Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 9-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +15
What else is there to say? Evan Turner has gone from bust / afterthought to arguably the Sixers best player faster than you can say “Thank god Jodie Meeks isn’t playing 25 a game anymore.” Dude looks confident, skilled, and generally like the National Player of the Year he was just 24 months ago.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 2-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | 0
Okay. So, he was pretty bad today, but he contributed to the 7-6’s impressive wrangling of Linsanity. Holiday scored 8 points on 14 shots, but Lin got only 14 on 18.
|Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 10-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 28 PTS | +7
Lou Williams was an absolute Tom Berenger-level sniper today. He missed his final five shots, but still finished 10/19. He likes to shoot.
|Thaddeus Young, F 35 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +11
Thad Young provides so much electricity off the bench it’s a wonder he isn’t regulated by the NERC. Dude was outstanding again today, just jumping over and through everybody in his path.
|Jodie Meeks, G 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +15
It was nice knowin’ ya kid. Good luck and watch your top knot.
After the Jump, Six things We Saw Today…
1. The Sixers entered Sunday having gone 13 months plus without a 30 point scorer. The streak will continue, but just barely. Lou Williams got to 28 with (another) deep 3 early in the fourth quarter, but got cold after that — missing his final five FGAs. Whatever. I like the streak. It’s good bar talk and speaks to the unique, all-for-one, nobody’s bigger than the team, gestalt thing the 7-6 have going.
2. Pre-Evan Turner starting, the Sixers had cracked 100 points in a game once since Jan. 23. Post-Evan Turner starting, the Sixers have scored 100+ in their last three games. This. Is. Not. A. Coincidence. FYI…The Sixers have not scored 100+ points in 3 straight games since a three game stretch from March 18-23 of 2011 (last season).
3. The fun of Linsanity aside (and, granted, that’s a big thing to push aside) the Knicks must be an awful team to root for. Two plodding, imploding superstars in name only (Melo and whoever has been impersonating Amare Stoudemire the last two seasons), an overrated coach, and Spike Lee courtside at every home game. Good luck with all that, Gotham.
4. Lou Williams, as great as he was, has less awareness of where the 3-point-line is than anyone I’ve ever seen play at any level of basketball. How many points a month does Lou leave on the court by launching shots while he’s straddling the line? Whatever, it’s not like we’re 0-7 in games decided by less than four points or anything.
5. Look at the list of starting SGs in the NBA. I’ll wait. Okay, now after Wade and Bryant, who on that list excites you at all. Now consider this, after his 24/15 line against the Knicks, Evan Turner is averaging 22 points and 12 boards per game in his last three starts. Where does he rank on the SG list now? Where will he rank in a month. This is getting exciting. I’m excited.
6. The Sixers have run off three in a row. The insertion of Evan Turner into the starting lineup has energized the team. Spencer Hawes is reportedly back at week’s end. The Sixers are coming guys. They’re coming.