|Lavoy Allen, PF 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -6For the second straight game, the rook did yeoman’s work on the glass, pulling down nine boards against a decent Detroit frontcourt. After starting the season ranked last in the Association in ESPN.com’s NBA player ratings, Allen had a freshman campaign he can build on.|
|Craig Brackins, SF 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -21Brackins showed flashes, but for the most part reminded us why he was demoted to the D-League. Efficiency is the new buzz word in the league. It’s, unfortunately, not a word invoked a lot when describing Brackins.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -15A really nice playoff warm up for Spence, who looks all the way back from his Achilles troubles. It was also an impressive capstone to what was, missed games notwithstanding, the best overall season of his young career. Dude made himself some money in 2012.|
|Jodie Meeks, G 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -4How do you solve a problem like Jodie Meeks? Though he showed more of an all-around game tonight than he does on most evenings, the former-Wildcat continues to live and die by the 3-pointer. It’s an arrangement that leaves him, more often than not, dead.|
|Evan Turner, SG 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | -22Evan Turner made headlines in the last 24 hours when he suggested the Bulls were a better matchup for the 7-6 than the Heat. On Thursday, he played like he was angling for the 8-seed, which is to say, apathetically.|
|Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -8Battie attempted a 3-pointer at one point, his first of the season. I just stared at the screen for four minutes, and that’s the only thing I could think to write about him.|
|Sam Young, SF 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -15His eye evidently healed, Young had a productive evening.
(Fitting, isn’t it, that a Sixers team that’s made me want to gouge my eyes out at times these last two months has had a spate of eye injuries.)
|Xavier Silas, G 20 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -4Dr. J’s godson struggled in 20 minutes of floor time, but it is nice to see that nepotism is alive and well in the NBA.|
|Nikola Vucevic, C 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -15Big Nic grabbed seven offensive rebounds, and though many were of the “Oh, a loose ball just ricocheted directly into my hands, I think i’ll catch it” variety, it was a good end to a (mostly) good rookie season.|
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
- Bring on Da Bulls. With the loss, the Sixers guaranteed themselves a first round series against a team they’ve actually outscored, head to head, by two points this season rather than a Miami team they’ve gotten thumped by four times. If there was ever a good loss, it was this one.
- My goodness, what got into Ben Gordon. The Husky-turned-Bull-turned-payroll suck went 7-of-7 from 3-point range in the second quarter. According to Elias, that’s the most threes a player has hit in an individual quarter without a miss since quarter-by-quarter data became available–and he hit all of them in an eight minute stretch.
- The whole Detroit team was unconscious in that frame. The Pistons racked up 39 points, on 11-of-14 3-point shooting, and opened up a 22-point lead going into the half.
- More on the host team: Ben Wallace played what is widely expected to be the final game of his NBA career on Thursday. If that’s true, he went out with a bang. He scored five points and pulled down seven rebounds in just the first period, finished with 12 rebounds overall, and received a standing ovation when he returned to the floor in the waning minutes of the fourth. Oh, and the final shot of his NBA career? It was a three.
(He missed it. Obviously)
- Thad Young, Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Lou Williams didn’t play, but sat courtside in suits that looked like they might have been coordinated.
- Strange, given all the stops and starts, irrational exuberance, bubbles and panics that characterized this wacky season, that the Sixers finished precisely where most of us figured they would back in December. Oh well. On to the playoffs we go…