|Elton Brand, PF 35 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +4
A terrible shooting night for the “Ol Skool Chevy”, who looked tired and his jumper looked flat. We thought a quick start by the Sixers would ignite EB, but it didn’t. He also was of no help keeping the Bulls off the glass. FYI…EB had 17 points in the last 4 games of this series.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | +1
A huge 3-pointer, 7 points in the 4th Q overall and of course the game winning FTs. A nice moment for Dre who as we all know has taken a boat load of criticism on this site and in this City. Was anyone else afraid of what would happen to the guy if he missed those freebies? He would have needed a SWAT team escort out of town. His defense on Deng was not up to par tonight.
|Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -4
An okay night for Hawes, but he still got killed on the boards. The “Hawes Hand Off” play needs to be thrown out. In the 3rd Q the Sixers had 2 turnovers and a missed long jumper out of that set.
|Evan Turner, SG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -10
A weird game for Turner. He didn’t shoot the ball very well, but it always felt like he was on the verge putting up a big night. Of course the long spell on the bench during the 3rd and into the 4th prevented that from happening. His bank shot at the 7-0 mark of the 4th was huge and his defense (a lot of it on the Bulls point men) was stellar.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +7
Jrue scored 8 of the Sixers first 10 points, so we thought he was simply going to carry the 7-6 on his back tonight. However, he scored only 6 the rest of the way. He can’t disappear like that in the next round if the Sixers have any desire to advance.
|Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +5
If LW could have gotten it going at all in the last two games, the Sixers would have dismantled this wounded Chicago team. Hopefully his struggles will not continue vs. Boston.
|Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +2
Still not up to his the regular season MVP’s standards, but a much better night from Thad then he put up in Games 4 & 5. Thad made a concentrated effort to put the ball on the floor and go to the bucket which is exactly what Philadunkia ordered for this game.
|Jodie Meeks, G 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0
Capt. Streaky is now Mr. Irrelevant.
|Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
So your team gets slaughtered on the boards and your most athletic big stays anchored to the bench? C’mon coach…
|Nikola Vucevic, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |
So your team gets slaughtered on the boards and a 7-footer stays anchored to the bench? C’mon coach…
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. Does anyone have any idea how the Sixers won this game? They got crushed on the boards — 56-33; gave up 29 second chance points; shot 39% from the field for the game; had no offensive rebounds until the 5 min. mark of the 3rd Q; were the victims of 16-4 & 8-0 runs by the Bulls in the 3rd Q; started 1-9 and finished 6-21 overall in the final Q; and had only 2 FTs in the 4th Q. WTF???
2. The Sixers started out this game just as we had asked — by taking the ball to the hoop. Off the ball the Sixers were cutting or diving to the tin for easy baskets. The result was 50% shooting in the half, 13 FB points in the half and 14 FTs in the 2nd Q alone. It was a thing of beauty to watch. As a bonus, they also went 3 for 3 from deep in the 1st Q. Thus the 8 point lead at the half. The one knock — 15 second chance points for the Bulls.
3. As good as they were in the 1st half, the Sixers were simply brutal to start the second half. The Bulls opened the 2nd half 0-5 shooting, but the 7-6 could not capitalize because they started the half 0-6. In general, they settled for too many jumpers, had several bad turnovers and allowed the Bulls to hang around. And boy did they ever hang around…
4. After the Sixers somehow pushed their lead to 12 in the 3rd Q, Chicago called TO and got their act together. They scored 6 straight, then pulled Boozer (who was having an awful night) from the game, inserted Gibson and the result was a 16-4 run by now more athletic Bulls and a 63-63 game after 3 Qs.
5. The 4th Q was not much better for the Sixers. They started 1-9, including 0-4 on one trip down the floor, looked awful in the half court offense and shot 6-21 overall in the stanza. So many of their shots in the late third and for most of the 4th seem to come with the shot clock winding down. Their defense was suspect at time as well. So, I have to ask again, “Does anyone know how the Sixers won this game?”
6. We’re not much for emotional moments here at Philadunkia, but you have to tip your cap to Dre. The guy has been brutal from teh charity stripe this year and has been absolutely pummeled by the media and fans in the town during his career (Most of the time because he deserves it.). Making those FTs with two ticks remaining was a huge moment for the guy. He’s still not worth $14mil next year, but for one night, he owns this town.