03/14/12 10:22 pm EST
|Elton Brand, PF 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -3
Like nearly everybody who wore a Sixers uniform tonight, Elton Brand shot the hell out of the basketball. Like nearly everybody who wore a Sixers uniform tonight, Elton Brand didn’t do much while the other team shot the hell out of the basketball.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 10 PTS | -5
Though he fell just shy of a bare minimum double-double, Iguodala didn’t do much to stop George Hill and Danny Granger from going 15/23 for 37 points.
|Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -5
It was, admittedly, just nice to see him back on the floor. He showed good touch around the basket, made a few nice passes–including a really pretty first quarter bouncer that led to a Holiday and-one–but didn’t do much inside. So he basically picked up right where he left off.
|Evan Turner, SG 38 MIN | 9-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | -11
The Kid rolls on. Turner was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing night for the 7-6. A prediction: he’s an All-Star next season.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 7-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -8
In the face of questions about his place on the team in light of Turner’s rise, the developmentally stalled PG looked good. Is it just me, or does he look okay off the ball?
|Lou Williams, PG 24 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -18
Lou Williams was, charitably, not good tonight. The leading bench scorer in the NBA took bad shots, missed good ones, and hurt the Sixers in almost every way a player can hurt his team.
|Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -20
Along with fellow Night Shift-er Williams, Thad was off his game tonight. He didn’t look sluggish as much as unfocused. A strange effort.
|Jodie Meeks, G 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -9
Meeks is quickly sliding into Noicioni-level irrelevance.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2
Not much to say here. Obviously.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4
Vucevic has an almost Tony Battie-caliber ability to disappear.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. In the run-up, it seemed like a game to get excited about. The Sixers were coming off three straight impressive wins; with the return of Spencer Hawes–barring a major deadline move–they fielded the lineup they expect to take into the playoffs for really the first time all season; and had a national audience against a strangely evenly matched opponent–another ostensibly superstar-less team that’s still running roughshod through the league. So, yeah, kind of a disappointing outcome.
2. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the Sixers to lose another game in which they shoot 52.6 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from three.
3. My first instinct was to forgive the Sixers for the 111 points (!) on 56.6 percent shooting (!!) they allowed the Pacers. A “sometimes you just catch the wrong team on the wrong night” pardon. I’ve thought better of it though. Defensively, it seemed the effort just wasn’t there tonight. This is a team that can’t afford to have the effort not there.
4. The Sixers starting lineup shot 30/46 from the floor.
5. For a host of reasons that fall outside the scope of a post-game bullet, I generally don’t put a lot of stock in +/-. I’ll make an exception tonight. Night Shifters Thad Young and Lou Williams had totals of -20 and -18 in just 29 and 24 minutes. That’s not good.
6. A silver lining. The Sixers got Hawes, who was the catalyst of their offense for the first quarter of the season, back and suddenly were a 50 percent shooting team that got open look after open look. My guess is that that’s more likely to continue than 110+ point outbursts by opponents.