Posted by: C. Smith
04/12/12 2:25 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 75 Toronto Raptors
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +20

Another very solid night for the Ol’ Chevy who has displayed more energy of late.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +10

Started the game 0-3…Hey at least he put up a shot in the 1st quarter vs. TOR.  That’s not something you can say happens every night. 

Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -4

A fast start — six 1st Q points led to a very nice game from “Big Nik”.  The kid keeps starting for the rest of the season in my opinion.  We may also be looking at the 7-6 starting center for 2012-13.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2

Enough already.  I’d rather see Sam Young get these minutes.  How on earth did this clown get two rotations into the game during the 3rd Q?  Meeks must have some serious blackmail dirt on Collins that coach keeps trotting him out there.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 8 PTS | +22

He had 4 points in the 1st Q, so we though we would see bigger scoring numbers out of Jrue last night.  We didn’t, so that was disappointing. However, the rest of his game and his defense were right on point.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

LW still looks tired to me, but a decent night anyhow.  The dime he had to Hawes in the post during the late 3rd was simply a great pass and one he would not have made two years ago.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Needs more minutes down the stretch so that the other wings are not exhausted come playoff time.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +16

What is left to say about Thad’s stellar play in 90% of the Sixers games this season?  Not much, but we’ll give it a try.  The Toronto shot attempt he pinned on the glass @ the 7:45 mark of the 4th was a ridiculous play.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

When combined with Vuc’s numbers (12 & 5) you get one very solid center.  Hawes did a great job of taking the ball to the bucket last night and not settling for long J’s.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Better, but still lacking something.  Of course more minutes and a vote of confidence from Coach would solve a lot of his issues.  The drive and dish he dropped to Thad in the 4th for an AND 1 was encouraging

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  Great quote from Sixers color analyst Malik Rose on things that are certain in life, “Death, taxes and Thad getting 17 without a play drawn for him.”

2.  The Sixers needed this win, no doubt.  But it’s another W that we should not get too excited about.  Even though Toronto smoked us by 20+ at the WFC last time out, in general they stink.  Additionally, they were without Sixer killer Andrea Bargnani, and lost Calderon as well as Kleiza to injuries during the game.

3.  Did anyone else notice that the Sixers were giving some very hard “playoff level fouls” in this game?  Hawes and “Big Nik” put the hammer down on several Raptors.

4.  The Sixers almost coughed this one up in the 3rd Q. After a very good start coming out of the half, the 7-6 built a 14 point lead.  However that run was followed by some poor shot selection that produced a 1-7 stretch and helped Toronto go on a 12-2 run.  The Raptors got to within 57-55, but the Sixers did not panic. Instead they reached down and found that extra gear which enabled them to rip off 6 straight points to finish the 3rd and end any hope the Raptors had for a W.  The 76ers then blew the game open in the fourth quarter, outscoring Toronto 30-18 and coasting to victory thanks to an 11-0 run.  The Raptors went scoreless for 4:16 late in the game.

5.  The Sixers made a concentrated effort to attack the hoops last night (For the second straight night.).  The result was that they scored 58 points in the paint.  58!…The Sixers guards did a nice job of pounding the ball into Vuc, Hawes and Brand.  They also frequently drove to the hoop which produced easy assists when Toronto’s defense slid over to cut of the dribble drive.  This combo resulted in 27 dimes for the Sixers (18 for TOR).  The 76ers improved to 30-10 in games when they have more assists than their opponent.  They are 1-17 in games when they have as many or fewer assists.

6.  The Sixers were 1-10 on 3PAs.  They are now 9-38 from deep in their last three games.  That is not a recipe for playoff success.


5 Responses to “GM 58: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Hoops
    12. April 2012 at 17:50

    Let’s play to win.
    The Sixers starting 5 should be
    1: Jrue
    2: IggY
    3: Thad
    4: EB
    5: Big Nik
    Lou, ET and Spence as small, medium and large off the bench.

    The above is their best defensive lineup (not counting swapping Jrue for the other Young) and one of their better rebounding lineups. This is the same as their current and undefeated starting lineup, with the one difference being Young in Jody’s spot. The arguments for Jody are that his speed strengthens the fast break and his 3 pointer spaces the floor in the half-court. Young may be, foul-line-to-foul-line, the NBA’s fastest; on nights he doesn’t receive more half-court defensive attention than typically paid to Meeks, he finds open spaces to knock down mid-range jumpers like an aging, lefty-handed and baseline-oriented MJ.
    Unless this lineup works extremely well and/or the C’s cool off, they will face either Chicago or Miami in the first round and therefore should get comfortable with a lineup that has more length at wing.
    Jrue gets his spot because he is a much better defensive player than Lou and a more consistent offensive player than ET. Sadly, Lou does have the tools to be a good defensive player and Jrue is an inconsistent offensive one.

  2. Kmac
    12. April 2012 at 21:47

    I’m not trying to be malicious in any way but Jrue Holiday is probably the dumbest pg I/ve ever seen. Ever. And who can look at his Toronto stats compared to Evan’s and truly say that he deserves to start over over thyat boy? Its already been established that he is managements “chosen one”. When Evan is playing with another team we’ll all see… No ones ever asked Steve Nash to play off the ball. Just Sayin…

  3. RYN
    13. April 2012 at 02:44

    Jodie is really our only “3-point shooter.” But he is the farthest thing from consistent. We don’t really have any other 3pt threats. I would like to see some more PT for Sam though before the playoffs start….because yes, we are making the playoffs.

  4. Philadunkia
    13. April 2012 at 09:49


    Your evaluation of Holiday is far off, it’s astonishing.

    — C. Smith

  5. Kmac
    13. April 2012 at 14:41

    I’m not saying that hes all bad but how many times will he drive all the way to the hoop only to stop and bring the ball back out? Or battle with battle with 2 other sixers for a free rebound that he taps to the other team or come down the lane with that same floater that never goes in. Not to mention his decision making is absolutely atrocious . I like Jrue. But not as our starting point gaurd. I just recognize that eventually either he or Evan will have to go so I’m just saying who I think it should be…

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