04/17/12 9:36 am EST
|Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -10
He was active, but where was he while Quentin and Jason Richardson combined for 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting? Or, I don’t know, while the entire Orlando team shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 63.1 percent from 3?
|Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -5
In his first start of the season, Thad was efficient and productive on the offensive end. Defensively, where his charge was Ryan Anderson, Young fell flat on his face. The NBA’s top three point shooter put up 26 points and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.
|Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +2
Doug Collins went small tonight, starting Brand at center, and presumably expecting substantial production on the glass from the veteran. He didn’t get it. Though EB wasn’t otherwise awful, he did get turnstiled pretty badly by Earl Clark.
|Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -12
There is no reason, none, that Jodie Meeks should start and play 31 minutes in a professional basketball game. In a recession economy, fans shouldn’t have to pay to see that.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -9
Jrue’s finals numbers look nice, but here’s what they miss: he started out like gangbusters–he had something like 12 points, three assists, a pair of steals and a block in the first quarter — but disappeared for the most part after that. He has a disconcerting habit of doing that.
|Lou Williams, PG 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -12
Lou did his damnedest to shoot the Sixers back into this one down the stretch — even answering a Jameer Nelson 3 with one of his own to get the 7-6 to within 104-97 with just under three minutes left– but it was too much, too little, too late.
|Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 10 PTS | -10
I liked what Spence did as a distributor tonight — his nine assists set a new career high — but was concerned by his lack of aggression around the basket and his inability to stop Earl Clark and Co. from steamrolling the Sixers on the glass. You’re seven-feet-plus man, do something with it.
|Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -9
The final numbers look decent, but you can’t shake the sense that Turner is shrinking as this long, strange season winds down.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. The Sixers entered the game committed to keeping the Magic under control on the perimeter. The numbers that got bandied about were this: 24, 8, and 10. As in the Magic are 24-8 when they make 10 or more three pointers. Add these digits to the list: 11 and 18. As in the Magic went 11-of-18 from beyond the arc.
2. With Orlando minus their starting front-court — both Howard and “Big Baby” Davis, not to mention Hedo Turkoglu, were sitting with various injuries — a betting man would figure the Sixers would be able to do work inside. This man would be wrong. We were out-rebounded 46-30 and outscored in the paint (42-40). And yet former starters and solid interior players “Big Nik” (10 & 5 inn 22 mins. vs. ORL with D12 back on 2/15) and Lavoy Allen (5 rpg. this year vs. ORL), could not get a sniff at some playing time in this game.
3. Good golly Ryan Anderson can play. If the rumors banging around the blogosphere are true — that the 7-6 are mulling amnestying Brand and making a big push for the restricted free agent — we’ll be a greatly improved team for it.
4. That second quarter was a disaster. After a promising start, the Sixers allowed a season-high 40 points in the period on 15-of-23 shooting–including five three-pointers. Earl Clark was the Magic’s fourth leading scorer in the second, and he netted six points.
5. With the loss, the Sixers are now back into the eight seed in the East. As we’ve covered before in this space, at length, this might not be a bad thing. The Bulls — especially with an injury addled Derrick Rose — are a much better matchup in round one than the Heat. The playoffs are starting to look increasingly like an “if” however.
6. This disturbing stat cam from Comcast SportsNet’s post game show which you may not have seen because you were too ill from the game to tolerate more Sixers talk. The Sixers have won only 11 games in the last two months. That’s the 5th lowest win total in the NBA over that stretch of time. Ahead of the Sixers on this dubious list: the GSW and Kings are tied with 10; the Cavs with 8; the Wiz with 7 and…drum roll please…the Bobcats with 4. That’s a simply embarrassing list to be a included on.