Philadelphia 76ers 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 San Antonio Spurs
Elton Brand, PF 24 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16

The “Ol’ Chevy” played very well and came just short of what would have been his second double-double in the last three games.  However, zero trips to the FT line for a PF/C who saw 24 mins. of action and took 9 shots, is not a good sign for your team.  Over his last 3 runs EB has been good for 15.3 ppg. & 8.6 boards per nights.  Too bad the Sixers are wasting these performances by Brand.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -9

He got the start in Dre’s absence and played okay overall.  Four of his 11 points came during garbage time in the 4th Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -22

Forget his Achilles issue, maybe Hawes should go back on the injured list until he finds his game.  In the last two losses, Hawes has been simply awful and especially glaring is that he has been weak with the ball.

Evan Turner, SG 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -21

Does anyone remember the last time Turner played well?  He saw minutes during garbage time in the 4th and still could not score a basket.  ET is averaging just 6 pts. per run over his last three games.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -22

Jrue got off to a hot start (10 pts. in 1st Q) because he was willing to put the ball on the deck and go to the hole.  Unfortunately his shooting touch escaped him after the 4:43 mark of the 1st Q and he never scored another bucket last night.  In the 2nd half he was a disaster shooting the ball.  He began the 3rd Q going 0-3, including a couple of wild, ill-advised shots and he never recovered.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +3

Just a horrible night for Louis.

Sam Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

We really like the way Sam took the ball to the tin and finished with authority.  He clearly is not afraid to drive in among the trees and attack the basket.  Maybe Dre could take some lessons from his new teammate.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | 0

One of the few “off” nights in an otherwise stellar season, so we’ll give Thad a passing grade.  Still there is no excuse for missing those FTs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +8

This is what it takes for the promising rookie to get back out on the floor?  A blow out loss in San Antonio.  That’s sad Doug.  Well, at least he got to the FT line, now if he could just hit the freebies.


So is Iguodala’s recent swoon a result of the knee tendinitis or is he simply tired and they dug up this old injury as a reason to give him the night off?  We hope it’s the second thought.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  When we looked at this one on the schedule, we expected the Sixers to loose to the Spurs — an elite team, with an All-Star point man who runs the high-screen and roll well –, but the Sixers gave a terrible effort in the 2nd half last night and there is no excuse for that.  The Spurs were without three key players in Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Gary Neal, so the Sixers could have stolen this one if they played well.   Instead, the 7-6 could not even keep this one close. Embarrassing.

2.  We’re not ones to complain about the officiating, but for the second time this year the Sixers could not get a call against the Spurs.  It’s disgusting how one-sided the calls were last night.  Of special note was the play were Parker drove to the hole on a secondary break and clearly shoved the Sixers defender to the ground as he laid the ball in the basket. Not only was there no offensive foul called, but the refs hit the Sixers with a foul, allowing Parker to get an AND 1.  The fact that Duncan got a bench technical for complaining about the officiating last night in a game in which the whistles were going totally their way, just proves that the Spurs reputation as a bunch of whiners is well deserved.

3.  This game turned ugly for the Sixers at the 3:32 of the 3rd Q.  The Sixers made a nice little run and after a spinning lay-in by Thad, Philadunkia’s home team only trailed by five, 68-63.  Poppovich called a timeout and got the Spurs back on track.  Coming out of the TO, SAS went on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead back to double digits at the end of the 3rd and they never looked back.

4.  Any glimmer of hope for a comeback was quickly dashed when the Sixers opened the 4th Q by shooting 1-10. Included in that cold streak was a trip down the court where the Sixers went 0-4.  While we are not ignoring the Sixers frequent and costly defensive blunders in the second half, their offensive woes really cost them this game.

5.  Stephen Jackson, the player I pushed hard for the Sixers to pry away from the Bucks at the trade deadline got some tick for his new team last night.  The Spurs wing man looked solid in 20 mins. of action — 7 pts. & 6 rebs., but his shot was a little rusty.  That will come around and Capt. jack will be a nice addition for the Spurs.

6.  Loose Balls: The Sixers shot only 11 FTs, hit only one 3PA, turned the ball over 21 times, got only 25 points from their bench (less if you discount garbage time) and scored only 20 FB pts. off 18 Spurs turnovers.  That combo of stats is a recipe for disaster and that’s what last night was for the Sixers.

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