|Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +10While another “Young” may have grabbed the most attention in this game, once again Thad played tremendous down the stretch in this one. Thad’s strip of Andrea Bargnani late in the 4th (who had gotten the better of him for most of the game) was a huge moment in the game. Thad scored 10 of his 18 points in the 4th, including a steal and dunk sequence to seal the game. His energy late in games has been crucial to the team’s 7-4 start.|
|Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -5Turner put on a solid effort, but disappeared for large stretches of the game. He also looked slow at times guarding Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan. It definitely wasn’t his best game and after shutting out DeRozan when the teams met a little over a week ago I had expected more from him on the defensive end. Had Turner not been replaced by Jason Richardson with 9:30 left in the 4th, this post could’ve been a reaction about a Sixers loss.|
|Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -10He got to start. That counts for something right?|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 19 PTS | +1After an ugly start to the night shooting the ball and the combo of Jose Calderon/Kyle Lowry getting the better of Jrue for most of the game, Holiday did everything right down the stretch for the Sixers and nearly posted a triple-double. His drive to the hole and kick to a wide open Jason Richardson to give the Sixers are 6-point cushion late was a thing of beauty and the type of play which should make every Sixers fan happy with his recent contract extension. Jrue was simply clutch and he’ll need to be exactly that for the Sixers to succeed this season without Bynum.|
|Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | +17The oldest player on the team showed that he’s got more than enough left in the tank. Subbing in for Evan Turner in the 4th, he was the spark the Sixers desperately needed as he hit 6-straight points to turn a tie ballgame into a crucial 6-point lead with just 1:20 left in the game. His four three’s are exactly what the team expects from him on a game-by-game basis and especially three’s in the clutch. After all, he’s one of the few leaders on this young Sixers team.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6Not a pretty stat-line, but one of the better defensive performances out of Allen this season. Still waiting for him to make headlines for a breakout game rather than over tweeting to “Clueless” movie stars.|
|Dorell Wright, SF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +19D.Wright is officially in Doug Collins’ dog house. Good luck getting out of it, it’s a tough thing to do. Although Wright did make one of the funniest quotes of the season so far before the game. When asked on what he’s contributing to this years Thanksgiving dinner, Wright responded by saying, “I put rolls in the oven.” If only he had a few more opportunities to roll a couple shots in the net. I’d be lying if I said that quote didn’t bring his grade up higher for this game.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3Spencer, can you please just put the headband back on? Spencer Hawes can’t seem to find consistency this season for the Sixers. Hawes has just two games where he’s registered 10 rebounds or more in 11 contests. Through 11 games last season he had six. Without Bynum, it’s unacceptable for a seven footer like Hawes to come up small on the boards. The Sixers are going to have a rough season if they keep getting out-rebounded like they did against the Raptors, 48-41.|
|Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0It seems like Royal Ivey has finally come back down to earth and is back where he belongs, warming a seat on the Sixers bench.|
|Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +5“Swaggy P came and delivered,” said Nick Young after by far his best performance of the season. He even had his off-balance fade-away going in this one as Swaggy did everything he wanted against the Raptors defense. What impressed me more than his scoring was his defense against DeMar DeRozan to close out the game and his ability to get to the line. If he can add these aspects to his game this season, then the Sixers front office will look like genius’ for letting Lou Williams walk in the offseason.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?|
|Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?|
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw
1. Closers: The Sixers outscored the Raptors 33-18 in the fourth quarter, in large part by the play of Thaddeus Young and Swaggy P. Jrue Holiday led the charge as the distributor and had the Sixers offense running on all cylinders. Holiday had five of his 12 assists in the quarter.
2. Swaggy P: Swaggy couldn’t be denied in this game. He looked like he had for most of the preseason and put on a scoring clinic. He has Toronto’s number, as he’s had his two highest scoring games of 23 and 16 against them this season while shooting a combined 56 percent. If only the Vancouver Grizzlies were still a team, I like Swaggy’s chances going up against a Canadian franchise.
3. The magician: Andrea Bargnani yet again had his way with Thaddeus Young, torching him for 22 points in 10-21 shooting. Again however, the Sixers were able to come away with a victory. It sort of reminds me of the problem Rashard Lewis used to pose to the Sixers with the Magic and especially on Thaddeus Young. There’s something about 3-point shooting power forwards that Thad just can’t figure out.
4. Rebounding troubles: The Sixers were out-rebounded 48-41 and this continues to be the thorn in the teams sides this season. They’ve been out-rebounded in six of their 11 games this season where they somehow still hold a record of 4-2. Their two losses against the Knicks, surprisingly they had more rebounds. Regardless this is troubling and if Collins doesn’t find the solution to the problem soon, it could be disastrous as the season goes on.
5. Limiting turnovers: The Sixers as a TEAM only had 8 turnovers! Just five games ago, Jrue Holiday himself had 8 turnovers (only 3 last night). To say that this is a quick turnaround is an understatement. If the Sixers can limit turnovers, run the fast break, and take quality shots (like they’ve done in the past two games) then they’ll stay competitive without Bynum, regardless of who they play. Oh yeah…and grab a few rebounds.
6. The Sixers outshot Toronto 47.1 percent to 45.1 percent. The 7-6 have outshot their opponent in each of the past three games and are 6-0 when doing that this season…There was announced crowd of 13,965, but anyone that watched on TV or was at the Wells Fargo last night knows there is no way 13K people were down at the WFC…This was the 7-6’s first victory this season when tied or trailing at the start of the fourth. Collins & Co. were 2-25 last season in those situations…Finally, NBA rookie and Lithuanian legend Jonas Valanciunas (5th overall pick in 2011 Draft) started, put up 11 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots for Toronto. Proving further that rookies can contribute to an NBA team if they are allowed on the floor.