|Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -2
The veteran tore down five offensive rebounds, and though he might not have been able to swing that with Noah on the floor rather than on the bench in a boot, damn near every one of them was enormous. I love this guy. I really do.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +11
Iguodala was smack dab in the middle of everything good that happened to the Sixers on Sunday. Yeah, the double-double was nice–or, I don’t know, awesome–but so was this: the way Iguodala jump started fast-break after fast-break. He didn’t look for his own shot, but he dictated the pace. We’ll take it.
|Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 9-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +9
Spence was just brilliant in the first half. The corner 3 he buried as time expired gave him 17 points at the break, which — for those of you kids scoring at home — matches his regular season high. SH has now scored 20+ in two straight games, after scoring 20+ exactly zero times in the last two regular seasons. That, ladies and germs, is called stepping up.
|Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +4
His shot wasn’t falling early and, unlike the gentlemen below, it wasn’t falling late either.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-23 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +10
It was a tale of two halves for Jrue. After shooting a brutal 1-for-13 in the first half, then missing his first shot of the third period, Holiday cam alive: hitting six of his final nine, including two dagger-style 3-pointers back to back in the fourth. He, via Elias, is the first 76er since Sir Charles to score 20 points with 8 rebounds and 6 assists and 3 or fewer turnovers in a playoff game. Good company.
|Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +1
Not his strongest effort.
|Thaddeus Young, F 18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +4
Offensively, Thad has been strangely passive in this series. Granted, the only position where the Bulls haven’t been dope-slapped by the injuries is the 4, but still. We’d like to see more.
|Jodie Meeks, G 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +1
|Lavoy Allen, PF 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
- Jrue Holiday is the story here. To start, as a 21-year-old, 1-of-14 in a playoff game–national TV, the whole shebang–and have the testicular fortitude to keep taking shots, plus the patience to make sure they’re good ones, is really, really impressive.
- What has gotten into Spencer Hawes? (And where can I got some of it? Does it help bloggers too? What are the side effects? Just like, a cotton mouth thing, or full-bore heart palpitations and diarrhea?) Dude is flat dealing at the moment. The Sixers are in desperate need of fellas who can produce buckets, and in Hawes and Holiday, they look suddenly like they’ve got a pair.
- Sad to see the Bulls go out this way. Best regular season record in the East and now, minus Noah and Rose, it all went for naught. They’re just a shell of themselves.
- To build on the above bullet: CJ Watson and John Lucas III combined to go 7-of-23 from the floor. Derrick Rose, something tells me, would have done better.
- You won’t find it in the box score, but Carlos Boozer was absolutely dreadful down the stretch for the Bulls. His defense was awful, his footwork slipshod, and he, in the waning seconds–with the Bulls stick technically with a chance–lost a ball out of bounds.
- Can someone send out an APB for “Big Nik”? The Sixers rookie center has been buried on the bench by Doug Collins for the last two games. Zero minutes in the last two contests. ZERO for the former Sixers starting center. We know Hawes has played out of his mind in the last two games of this series, but c’mon…