|Elton Brand, PF 35 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 20 PTS | -8He shot lights out in the first half, then wandered around in the dark after that. Like everybody on the Sixers.|
|Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | -11It was gutsy of him to play after suffering a scary “eye contusion” at the hand of Mario Chalmers not 24 hours before. It might have been better for the Sixers if he hadn’t. After a scoreless but five assist first half, he tossed the rec specs he was sporting. He went on to score a whopping four points in the second.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -9He was great in the first half, getting vertical for a pair of nice dunks and more than handling his own on the glass, then disappeared after the break.|
|Evan Turner, SG 26 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -13For a while, Turner looked pouty as he was the only Sixer not stroking it. Fortunately for his mood, the rest of the team came down to his level.|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 33 MIN | 9-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | -12He was great before the break and dreadful after it. If it seems like I’m repeating myself here, it’s because I am. While the ENTIRE team shot the daylights out of the ball in the first 24 and slumped badly after, Jrue was the poster child of the trend. He was a perfect 8-of-8 for 17 points in the initial half, and followed that up by going 1-of-6.|
|Lou Williams, PG 22 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -10Not much to report here. On a night the Sixers could have used the punch Lou often provides off the bench, the guard was punchless.|
|Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -13See: Williams, Lou|
|Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -15Since his 31-point outburst, Meeks has been dreadful. Do something man. Anything.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7Nothing to say here.|
|Nikola Vucevic, C 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7Even less here.|
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. Because I’m on the brink of a nervous breakdown, and keeping my heart rate under control is sapping most of my emotional/mental resources at the moment, I’m going to lean heavily on the numbers in this postmortem: The Sixers shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half, and 25 percent in the second. They were 3-of-20 in the fourth quarter.
2. The Raptors — the Raptors — outrebounded the 7-6 46-29.
3. Our vaunted 3-point defense allowed our neighbors to the north to shoot 9-of-21 from behind the arc. Paging Michael Curry. Come in Michael Curry.
4. Jose Calderon is a much better point guard than anyone the Sixers have on the roster. He scored 12 to go along with 13 assists, and did it with a rapidly swelling eye — courtesy of Elton Brand’s right elbow.
5. The Sixers got to the line eight times. Eight. Our starters took a total of 6 FTAs. Six. I realize that, stylistically, there are plenty of good reasons the Sixers don’t get to the stripe a ton — we avoid high risk passes, which keeps out turnovers down; rely on motion rather than contact; etc. — but this is getting ridiculous.
6. As I type this, the Celtics have just lost to the Spurs and the Sixers are 1.5 games out in the Atlantic. From where I’m standing, that looks insurmountable.