GM 54: RAPID REACTS

Toronto Raptors 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 78 Philadelphia 76ers
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.

 

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