PLAYOFFS, GM 6: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/10/12 11:12 pm EST
Chicago Bulls 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 79 Philadelphia 76ers
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. 


 
 
 

6 Responses to “PLAYOFFS, GM 6: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Ray
    10. May 2012 at 23:36

    Thank goodness CJ Watson plays for the Bulls. If anyone else started for the Bulls point guard, we’d be so screwed lol.

  2. Will
    10. May 2012 at 23:41

    So happy to see the sixers finally advancing in the playoffs!! However I really wish that Doug comes around and plays the rookies (or at least Big Nik). Maybe he will too because Nik has dominated the glass against the Celtics this year.

  3. Collision of Souls
    11. May 2012 at 08:20

    Brand gets 5 and 3 in 35 mins? No other big guy sees the floor? What do we have in the paint? C’mon. That game shouldn’t have been close. Gibson has a bad leg, Boozer played 27 mins and we are relying on Thad and Evan to rebound? We will be decimated ala April 8th IF we don’t get some size in the paint. We have to have boards to run and that is why it was a 1 point game last night and not a 12-15 pt blowout.

  4. pete
    11. May 2012 at 10:33

    Seriously, our team is so talented that we win in spite of Doug Collins idiocy. It’s crazy. I’m ecstatic Dre came through in the clutch and the win feels great. But if our coach wasn’t a moron, these games since Rose’s injury wouldn’t have been close. Back to the Louis Williams show at the end of games? Really? We started the season 2-15 or thereabouts in games decided by 6 points or less for this very reason. Lou shot 35% in the 4th qtr and OT in these situations, getting iso’d more than Kobe. 82games.com got my back. How many fadeaway threes from 28 feet need to miss before you realize he’s an incredibly inefficient bench player that can’t play defense. The shots he actually does make are negated by his horrendous d on the other end. Lucas and C.J Watson baked him in this series whenever they had the chance. Meanwhile, Evan is sitting on the bench the last 5 or 6 mins of the game when he can score against starters (unlike Lou), rebound (something we desperately needed), and shut them down defensively. You guys hit the nail on the head with the Lavoy and Nik comments. Murdered on the boards and we leave Thad out there to continue being slaughtered by Gibson, with Hawes getting left behind on like 6 straight pick and rolls. Collins said after the game, “I don’t know how we won this game.” That’s probably because he did everything in his power to ensure that we lose it.

  5. Philadunkia
    11. May 2012 at 11:14

    Pete,

    I agree that Collins did not have a great series, especially in Games 5 & 6. So in short, we sent the Bulls packing despite the fact that outside of Game 6, Thad gave us nothing; Louis struggled with his shot all series; our coach was asleep for at least two games; our bigs got slammed on the boards and we played putrid offensive basketball in Game 6 at home. Seriously, it’s a damn miracle.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    — C. Smith

  6. Dave Long
    11. May 2012 at 12:26

    You guys are pretty tough on a team that has played poorly overall but still won the series. I think that’s testament to the Sixers defense, which was pretty good the entire series. The Bulls didn’t get a ton of really good looks and became a jump shooting team (like the Sixers tend to do) all too often.

    I’ll agree that Nik and Lavoy should be on the floor a little more, but I’m not going to argue about that while winning. Doug must be doing something right. Elton is old but he’s a disruptor out there, a lot like Thad even when he’s not scoring. I want him to hit more jumpers, but if the Sixers can win without it, that’s ok.

    A lot of the Sixers’ problems can be chalked up to youth IMO. This team is learning with every game.

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