03/28/12 8:35 am EST
|Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +10Brand, who’s been perhaps the most consistent Sixer during the team’s recent rough stretch (also known as their f***ing disastrous near-season ruining stretch), didn’t do a whole lot on Tuesday, but what he did do was uniformly good.|
|Evan Turner, SG 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +10Evan the Kid continues to disappointing in comparison the run he tore off after being inserted into the starting PG / 2-spot, but he took a modest step in the right direction against Cleveland. His offensive game still looked arrhythmic, but his help D was solid.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +9Spence is coming along more slowly than most of us (all of us) would like, but he tossed off some nice dishes and, perhaps most encouragingly, had a dunk in transition that a man with a balky Achilles wouldn’t have been able to pull off.|
|Jodie Meeks, G 36 MIN | 11-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 31 PTS | +15Whatever got into Capt. Streaky, here’s hoping it stays in there. He scored a career, and Sixers season, high 31; shot lights out (the fact that the lights stayed on in the WFC during that torrid stretch is a credit to the arena’s staff); and, by virtue of his hot hand, opened things up inside sufficiently to allow the rest of the team to notch 54 points in the paint.|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +20He outplayed Kyrie Irving. Enough said.|
|Tony Battie, C 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1Tony Battie continues to post incredible stat lines. He’s like the complete opposite of Lebron James.|
|Lou Williams, PG 24 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +3Lou didn’t bring his “A” game tonight–he brought his B- game, as you can see to the right — but scored seven straight for the 7-6 between the end of the first and beginning of the second that helped break the visiting Cavs.|
|Sam Young, SF 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +10The former-Grizzly didn’t look quite as explosive as he did against the Spurs.|
|Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +12A second straight “rare off night” for Thad. Is their a chance that absolutely carrying the Sixers for the first 48 games of teh season has taken its toll on @yungsmoove21?|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0The former-Temple Owl and fan favorite got one of the night’s loudest applause with his fourth quarter, garbage time, bucket.|
|Craig Brackins, SF 1 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0The most interesting thing about him is his haircut. For a second-year player, not a compliment.|
|Nikola Vucevic, C 1 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0You can probably see the rookie wall Vucevic has hit from outer space. Of course it’s hard to tell for sure when he’s anchored to the bench for an entire game.|
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night
1. To the Sixer’s credit, when their asses are to the fire, they respond. Facing the possibility of losing first place in the Atlantic for the first time since three days into the season, the home team did what they were supposed to do: set down, decisively, an inferior opponent.
2. That said, nothing to get too excited about here (Unless of course you like free Big Macs). The Cavs were down two of their better players — Varejao due to an injury, Hickson because the front office apparently had a collective neurological event and decided to trade him in summer 2011. For this victory starved team though, a win is a win.
3. Jodie Meeks demonstrated tonight how radically different the Sixers offense can look when they have shooter on the floor. Just so we’re clear here: Meeks’ hot outside shooting and the Sixers success in the paint were not coincidental. This is the spacing Collins has been gushing about all season. I don’t know if this guy should be Meeks, but the Sixers would benefit greatly from having someone on the perimeter who can spook opposing defenses.
4. Golly is Kryie Irving good. Though he didn’t do much after the first quarter — the bet here is that Doug Collins had a long talk with his son, and Duke assistant coach, Chris about how to stymie the brilliant PG — he lived up to billing. With apologies to Derrick Rose, he might be the best looking rookie lead guard since Chris Paul.
5. In the bad news department: The Sixers, despite pounding it inside all night, got to the line FIVE TIMES against Cleveland. The strating-five shot a total of 2 FTS (Both by Meeks). This is getting ridiculous.
6. A prediction: Boston is coming on, and the Knicks, despite the recent bad news about Amare’s back, seem to be cresting. I don’t care. This is as close as anybody will come to the Sixers in the Atlantic this year. By season’s end, they win it by at least three games. Write it down. (In pencil.)