PLAYOFFS, GM 5: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 69 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Chicago Bulls
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +1

The “Ol’ Skool Chevy” looked like a frightened Chevy last night as we thought EB passed on several open looks at the basket last night.  He did a okay job on the glass, but when he was on Boozer, he had no answers for his fellow Dukie’s moves.  He has to come out more aggressive offensively in Game 6.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 4-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -4

Let’s forget that he was absolutely brutal shooting the ball.  Dre was simply too passive last night at both ends.  He didn’t take his 1st FGA until the 6:52 mark of the 1st Q and he didn’t hit his 1st bucket until 2:30 remained in the stanza.  Dre routinely settled for jumpers and did not take the ball to the tin.  He also did not do a good job of keeping Deng under wraps ( 9pts. in 1st Q; 24 in gm)

Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-5 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -7

The double-double by Hawes was a — well it didn’t matter.  Hawes opened the game 1-5.  He was pushed around all night by the Bulls bigs and he didn’t adjust to the physical play that the refs allowed to go on.  Also his presence on the court (36 mins.) allowed Collins to call for the “Hawes hand-off play” frequently on offense which drives us crazy.

Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -10

Eight boards from your starting 2-guard is a great luxury for a coach and something that only Turner can bring to the table. Unfortunately 4 points and 0 FTAs is too Meeks-like for Collins or our tastes.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 5-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -1

The Jruth tried to shoot us back into this game in the 4th Q, but it wasn’t enough.  Of course if hadn’t started 1-9 we probably win this game.  He also waited until it was late in the game to start driving the ball to the rim.  You get out of a shooting slump by going to the basket and getting to the FT line, so he needs to do that earlier.  His defense was fantastic last night and of special note were the two blocks he had in the 1st Q.

Lou Williams, PG 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -9

Louis was the only Sixers who did a good job of getting to the FT line, which is where you win playoff games.

Thaddeus Young, F 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Paging Mr. Young…Mr. Thad Young…Please report to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Thank you.

Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -1

The only Sixer who came to play from the jump last night — on both ends of the floor.  So how does Collins reward Lavoy — 13 total minutes of play.  C’mon coach, don’t be afraid to ride the hot hand.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

There’s no need to use six points to analyze this toilet bowl of a game last night.  The 76ers were simply brutal on offense.  BRUTAL.  At the other end of the court, they were very un-Sixer-like, allowing Boozer and Deng to do whatever they wanted.  Finally, they did not protect the defensive glass very well. 

But I believe there is a silver lining to this ugly loss.  Again, the 7-6 could not have played any worse then they did last night — cold shooting, too many turnovers, ole’ defense, shotty work on the boards, poor coaching moves and a MIA night from Thad Young (their regular season MVP) — and they only lost by 8.  That’s right — eight points.  That’s four more buckets.  That’s all.

Last night, if the Sixers could have played well for one entire quarter or gotten a better night from one of their “Big 3” (Jrue, ET or Dre) or even a little contribution from Thad, they could have stolen this game and closed out the series.  So, let’s not press the panic button — yet. 

Hopefully everyone got on the plane, had a beer and quickly forgot about this hard-to-watch debacle.  Minus the plane ride, that’s exactly what I did last night.  The Sixers are still the better team on paper right now and they have a home game coming up on Thursday night.  Let’s focus on the adjustments that need to be made, execute early and often on Thursday night and close this series out. 

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