|Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +7I hate to rip on a guy from my Alma Mater, but Lavoy is by far the biggest disappointment on the Sixers team this season.|
|Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -16@DWRIGHTWAY1 continues to impress both offensively and defensively. When the Raptors climbed back into the game to just a 69-62 Sixers lead at the end of the 3rd, Wright displayed his shooting stroke in the 4th with back to back treys to put the Sixers up 75-63 which set the tone for the rest of the game. Has he proved enough yet to be a full-time starter? It may still be too difficult to tell at this point.|
|Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +4Thad put on another Thad effort. Efficient from the field, solid on the boards and high energy all game. But…Andrea Bargnani had 23 points for the Raptors. I know you’re trying your hardest on defense Thad, but try harder.|
|Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -3There was a play early in the 3rd quarter where Turner drove into the lane, stopped and found a cutting Thad Young for an easy dunk on the baseline. These are the types of plays which makes my Turn-o-meter go towards the green. After easily his best game of the season against the Celtics, Turner played well against the Raptors and nearly got a double-double with 8 points and 12 rebounds. He had the tough assignment of guarding the Raptors best player in Damar DeRozen and was able to keep him to just 6-of-17 shooting from the field. It’s a phrase that’s been used before, but it looks as if Turner is Turn(ing) the corner.|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -12Holiday should consider himself extremely lucky. Point guard Kyle Lowry who has been playing the best basketball of his career for the Raptors wasn’t able to suit up due to a sprained ankle, and Holiday found himself against a much easier assignment of Jose Calderon. Yet Calderon nearly single-handily brought the Raptors right back into the game with four second-half three’s, finishing with 14 points while dishing out 11 assists. Holiday finished with 16 points but with just five assists while yet again notching seven turnovers! Yup, Jrue Holiday was outplayed by Jose Calderon and he has to use that as fuel for a stellar performance tonight against Brandon Jennings and the Bucks.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +14No star-spangled headband? Let me show you how America does things Toronto.’ Spencer Hawes is becoming a legend in Philadelphia because of his personality both on and off the court. He had himself a nice game against the Raptors, notching a double-double in just 23 minutes. I’ve jumped on the Spencer bandwagon and agree that his salary might be a huge steal for the Sixers down the road. As long as Bynum is out, he’s going to have to rebound like this for the Sixers to stay competitive.|
|Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | +22I may have to retract my last comments pertaining to Royal Ivey. Ivey played mistake-free basketball against the Raptors where his counter-part Jrue Holiday nearly cost his team the game. He may not be the flashiest of guards, but as long as he can play efficient basketball while on the court I’m a fan.|
|Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +911 wasted minutes.|
|Nick Young, SG 32 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +25Swaggy was the man in the second quarter and now has back to back games of efficient scoring on the offensive end. He shot 7-of-12 for 16 points, including an impressive And-1 in the third to put the Sixers up 67-55. He played a season-high 32 minutes and did his best Lou Williams imitation for the first time this season.|
After the jump, Six Things We Saw…
1. 2nd quarter domination: You’re reading this correctly, the Sixers outscored the Raptors 32-7 in the second quarter. Nick Young and Spencer Hawes led the charge as the revamped “night shift” went above and beyond their job description on Saturday night. Unfortunately halftime happened, because the Sixers came out flat in the 3rd and nearly let a 52-33 halftime lead completely disappear.
2. Perimeter problem? The Sixers let the Raptors shoot 12-26 from deep. It was what ultimately kept the Raptors in the game and the Sixers from a 20-point win. Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young were the biggest culprits of lackadaisical perimeter D and it’s something that Doug Collins must address before tonights game against the Bucks. After all, Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis can catch fire at any moment.
3. Jrue-doo passing: As I said earlier, Jrue Holiday was extremely lucky Saturday night. If Kyle Lowry had played, this game could’ve easily been a Raptors win. Holiday just cannot keep his turnovers down. He leads the league with 5.7 per game. His seven turnovers were gut-wrenching to watch and had the Sixers not got out to such a gigantic lead, could’ve spelled a Sixers loss.
4. Ain’t no love for the rookies: Arnett Moultrie and Maalik Wayns twiddled their thumbs on the sideline as they each received DNP’s on Saturday. The Sixers won by 10, so you really can’t argue against the decision I guess, but then again Damien Wilkins played 11 minutes of non-existent basketball. Put them in coach, they’re ready to play.
5. Hawes laws: The NBA didn’t allow center Spencer Hawes to wear his star-spangled headband in Canada Saturday night. What’s next, he has to shave his mullet? He has to support Obama? Just let the man be himself. Nobody stopped Dennis Rodman from dyeing his hair.
6. Bynum update: The most troubling news for the Sixers came this morning, when the Sixers issued a statement that center Andrew Bynum won’t practice until December. After a new MRI and check-up by Bynum’s “longtime personal doctor,” the team has been told he could return to basketball activities in three weeks. He can resume low-impact exercise for two weeks, then work on an anti-gravity treadmill for three weeks. This isn’t good news for the Sixers who will need all the help they can get in December: the toughest month of the Sixers season.