04/18/12 9:33 am EST
|Elton Brand, PF 35 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -3
A very solid night for the Ol’ Chevy considering how many minutes he logged vs. ORL on Monday night. His shot seemed a little off thanks to some tired legs we are sure. It doesn’t matter, because that amnesty clause can’t get applied to EB fast enough. A team simply can not pay that much cash for a PF who is only good for 11 & 8 a night.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 23 PTS | +3
For the 1st time in 45 games Dre scored 20+ points when he tied his season high last night. The thing that impressed us the most from AI9 was that he drove the ball to the hoop vs. IND — a solid defensive team. That puts pressure on the D and makes lif so much easier in the half court set for the Sixers. So why cant’ Dre do this on a nightly basis. He gets the A- because his defense was not good at all last night.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 11 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8
He was over matched and picked up some early fouls, but it’s not your fault kid. Collins can’t start you one night, not play you at all the next game and then throw you back into the starting lineup the following night. It’s just not fair.
|Jodie Meeks, G 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -3
How does Meeks get 20 minutes and Sam young can’t get a single tick?
|Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | 0
Despite a lackluster 1st half by Jrue didn’t kill the Sixers, so we came out in the 3rd and was a big part of their 11-0 run that gave the 7-6 the lead, we though he was going to drive Collins & Co. to an upset W. It didn’t happen as he only scored 2 points in the 4th. His defense was solid though which is more then you can say for most of the Sixers last night.
|Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | -2
The stat line looks pretty at first glance, but 18 points on 14 FGAs is not an efficient night. But he did get to the FT line 8 times, which is a nice change for the Sixers. LW did a decent job of keeping us in the game in the early 4th, which is why taking him out for ET was a bit of shock to us.
|Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -3
When this season is over, Thad will get a well earned vacation. If he improves his defense for 2012-13, he could be a star in this League. Thad also hit his first 3PA of the year last night. What a long way we have come from the Eddie Jordan era , huh?
|Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +6
Ordinarily a near double-double out of your back-up center would be a thing of beauty, but Spence’s defense is so bad it’s mind-blowing. His inability to defend the pick and roll or provide any resistance on the blocks is brutal. Everyone knows Hibbert goes to the hoop over his right shoulder, yet Hawes did not try to make him go left at all.
|Evan Turner, SG 27 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 PTS | -15
Either Collins or Turner has to go. You decide.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. The Sixers have been brutal defending the perimeter in the last two games. Last night they allowed IND to shoot 13-25 from deep. Two night ago vs. ORL they were just as bad — the Magic shot 11-18. I want to specifically point out their inability to stop Granger last night. This guy scores the ball one way — with the jumper. He’s not going to drive by anyone. So get up in his sh** and stay there. Why were the Sixers wings giving this guy so much room last night?
2. The Sixers had 13 turnovers last night thanks to 11 steals by the Pacers. That’s right 11 steals. 11 !
3. As we mentioned before, the Sixers came out of the half with a purpose and put up an 11-0 run. They grabbed a 5 point lead at 53-49, thanks to 2-11 shooting by Indiana in the early going of the Q. The Pacers got a TO at this point, recovered and the Sixers were never able to pull away from them here. The Sixers turned the ball over on their last three possessions of the third quarter and by the end of the third, the score was 70-70.
4. Down 88-81 with 4+ minutes remaining Dre did a nice job of drawing a foul on Hibbert. He went to the line and clanked both FTs. The crowd at the WFC unleashed a chorus of loud boos on AI9. It was actually kind of funny.
5. The Sixers gave up 113 points to a banged up ORL squad on Monday night and 102 to IND last night. By our count, that’s the first time all year that Sixers defense has allowed back-to-back 100+ point games this season. Tired legs? Yes. A team that has mailed it in? Possibly.
6. Loose Balls: The Sixers have now lost 4 straight home games…the Sixers are 3-18 in games decided by seven points or less…At 31-30, and with 5 road games to finish out the season, the 7-6 could come up short of their first winning record since 2004-05. That did not seem like a remote possibility when we were 20-9…The Sixers went 19-14 at home this year compared to 26-15 in 2010-11.