New York Knicks 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 79 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -2It’s a shame that the Sixers wasted a solid night from the “Ol’ Chevy” as Malik Rose has dubbed him.  Still the fact that he has no lift at all was further proven when his dunk attempt on a pretty cut and pass from Dre was rejected from behind by Amare.  The five blocks were impressive.
Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | -9As the “leader” of the Sixers, you have to make something happen during your team’s 0-14 stretch in the 1st Q.  Dre did NOT do that and went scoreless in the 1st Q.  At times he simply looks lost. Hey Dre, you have like a 40-inch vertical leap…TAKE THE BALL TO THE HOOP WITH AUTHORITY!  Ohh yeah and hit your FTs.
Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -7A simply ugly night for Hawes (See Vucevic).
Evan Turner, SG 26 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -2Any confidence that was built over that tremendous 3-game stretch is now gone.
Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | -5Jrue was the only Sixer who showed enough gonads to put the ball on the deck and go to the hoop.  His defense on Lin was also tremendous during the quarters 1-3, too bad Collins didn’t have enough sense to keep him locked on Lin during the 4th.  He hoisted one or two ill advised 3PAs, but other then that a good night.
Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -4LW also hoisted up a number of ill advised jumpers, but I expect that from #23.  The two 3PAs he drilled were huge in the Sixers comeback.  It’s a shame he can’t play a lick of defense, because if he could he would be a very solid player.
Sam Young, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2Sam took a horrible shot, but also had a filthy block.  Those were the only two plays he was involved in all night.  Either play the guy for significant minutes or leave him on the bench.  It’s simply unfair to give him this type of tick.
Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +3A decent night from Thad, that good have become his usual great night if he had seen the floor over the last 8 minutes of the game.
Jodie Meeks, G 25 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +9That’s more like it Capt. Streaky.  Hell, Meeks even took it to the rack on one play for a bucket.
Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Your bigs are getting crushed and a young, athletic and physical PF sits on the bench???  Lavoy is officially in the dog house.
Nikola Vucevic, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | “Big Nik” did a hell of a job cheering for his teammates while on the bench.  Too bad Collins did have the sense to put that energy out on the floor, especially with Hawes having a nightmare game and the NYK bigs steam rolling us in the paint.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  CLANK, CLANK, CLANK…the 0-14 start the Sixers suffered last night was horrible, but it was their own fault.  Once again they settled for too many jumpers and did not put the ball on the floor or cut to the basket for easy buckets or in an attempt to get to the FT line.  6 TOs, including two 3-second calls didn’t exactly help either.  The scary part was that the NYK are so bad that they only led by 8 during this cold streak by the Sixers.

2.  Hats off to Sixers color man Malik Rose who was right on with his criticism of the Sixers passively settling for jumpers.  Rose was especially hard on Dre, and rightfully so.  On his few and infrequent drives to the hoop, Dre elected to make a last second pass or pull up half way to the tin or finger roll the ball in traffic.  Go strong or go home!  Hopefully Rose sits in on the Sixers next film session and points out these issues to this bunch of softees.

3.  I don’t like blaming coaches, but does anyone else think Doug Collins has lost his way a bit?  Zero minutes for Vucevic.  Thad didn’t play in the last 8 minutes of the game.  He’s simply toying with Turner’s minutes and mind right now.  Playing Sam Young only 2 minutes.  And the small lineup of Dre / LW / Meeks / Holiday / Thad that Collins went with in the early 4th Q was a ridiculous idea.  Look, Doug has done a HoF job with this team over the last two years, but right now, he’s not pushing the right buttons with this roster.  C’mon Doug, you’re better then this…

4.  However, Collins is correct in the post game presser when he said that the book is out on how to beat the Sixers — be physical with them.  This group of nice guys does not like to be banged and bumped around.  Especially glaring last night was the physical nature with which Shumpert blanketed Louis in the 4th Q.  LW was visibly frustrated with Shump’s play on him.  Time for this roster to man-up!

5.  We realize that on the defensive end the Sixers have the unique ability to switch all picks on the perimeter and prefer to do so.  But Holiday had done a great job of smothering Lin all night, so when the NYK point man finally got going in the 4th, why can’t the Sixers adjust, quit switching all over the place and simply tell Jrue to lock him down?  This also drives us nuts with Dre when an opponent’s wing player gets hot in the 4th.

6.  How ugly was that 3rd Q last night?  It may have set basketball back 20 years.  The Sixers came out of the locker room and went 1-7, including a missed dunk by Turner.  Of course the NYK kept the 7-6 in the game by going on a 1-11 stretch later in the quarter that actually allowed the Sixers to grab a 49-49 lead at one point.

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