GM 58: RAPID REACTS

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.

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