03/17/12 5:03 pm EST
|Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +2
We loved that he grabbed 7 OREB and his hustle on several plays in the second half were a big part of the Sixers comeback, but he was horrific shooting the rock and did not make a single trip to the FT line.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -9
If you’re a “leader” on a team and you’re not going to get me 20+ a night, you have to play lockdown defense. Dre usually does that…not so much last night as he was helpless against Lebron.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 15 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -3
Well at least he’s finally in the starting lineup, which is a good move in my book. Also he hit his FT. Now if we can just get him 20+ mins. a night and teach hime how to draw a foul
|Evan Turner, SG 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 13 PTS | -3
His defense on D-Wade in the second half was down right nasty (Wade had zero pts. in the 4th). He even traded some verbal blows with the Heat’s all-world guard, so we like that he did not back down at all. He also carried the 7-6 offensively when they made their comeback — scored seven in the first 9 minutes of the fourth. However, his brutal start (3-8) did not help the Sixers at all.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 27 MIN | 3-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -20
Was this Jrue’s worst outing of the season? Possibly. Not even his stellar defense in the 3rd could save his grade tonight. But he still should have played at some point during the final 14 minutes of this game.
|Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-5 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -1
Forget for a second that one of the leaders of the “Night Shift” was ice sold from the field tonight. What has us really upset was his 1-3 shooting from the FT line at the end of the 3rd Q. Those misses simply killed us.
|Sam Young, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -4
What would you like me to say here?
|Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +3
Thad had some shooting woes last night, but his energy and hustle were a huge reason the Sixers got back in this game during the second half. His defense on Chris Bosh had the all-star center completely frustrated.
|Jodie Meeks, G 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +2
Not doubt that Capt. Streaky provided a huge boost in the 4th Q (7 pts.), but your 3-point specialist has to do better then 1-5 on 3PAs.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3
That’s more like the Lavoy we know.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night
1. You’ve heard Collins and other NBA coaches say it so many times…when you dig yourself a hole as deep as the Sixers did last night, it takes so much energy and time to get the game close again, that you often don’t have anything left to get your team over the “hump” and tie up the game or take the lead. That’s exactly what happened to the Sixers last night.
2. How many of you readers can count off 8 seconds? Please call the NBA offices and apply for a referee job in the League. The zebras somehow missed that call on Lebron last night that would have given the Sixers the ball down 4 with 20 ticks remaining.
3. Turner missing two from the charity stripe with 1:52 left was the dagger for the Sixers last night. If he cans both of those, the Sixers would have trailed by only two. The 7-6 never got within a single possession again.
4. The “Night Shift” had a nightmare at the offensive end last night…Lou and Thad combined to shoot 8/25 from the floor for 20 points and Meeks (the newest member) went 3-8. If the Sixers get anything out of this group in the 1st half, they could have won this one.
5. 7-14 from the FT Line is disturbing on so many levels, I really don’t see the need to comment any further.
6. According to espn.com Heat forward Shane Battier, who starred at Duke, was well aware that Lehigh upset the Blue Devils 75-70 to become the second No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 during a wild Friday in the NCAA tournament. “The Philly faithful were very kind to give me updates the whole time, in the way the Philly fans only can,” Battier said.