|Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +6
When I have to say things like, “Lavoy Allen looks slower than Chris Kaman”, then you know you had a bad game. I’m tired of drilling Lavoy, but he’s playing like “Mr. 500” this season. Due to both foul trouble and bad play, Lavoy barely saw the court in the second half of this game.
|Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-11 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +6
Thad could find himself playing in his first All-Star Game if he keeps his play at this level. 20 points, 7 boards and a career-high 11 free-throws attempted. The bulk he added in the off-season is paying dividends for the Sixers who crucially need him to succeed for the team to succeed. He wasn’t necessarily strong on defense, but made up for it and then some on the offensive end of the court. Needless to say, he’s a starter the rest of the year no matter what happens if Bynum does indeed return.
|Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -3
In the first quarter, ET had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. In the third quarter Turner had three straight crucial buckets to turn a 66-70 deficit into a 72-70 lead. In the fourth quarter, Turner denied Vince Carter an attempt at the last shot (when he had been red hot in the quarter up until that point) to bring the Sixers a victory. It was a complete performance from Turner on both ends of the floor who finished with a game-high 22 points and showed an organization the type of player he’s capable of being on a more consistent basis. Turner’s now scored 10 or more points in the last seven games while adding at least four rebounds and three assists. In fact Evan has now scored 10 or more points in 11 of the Sixers 15 games this season (73%). Last season Turner scored 10 or more in just 28-of-66 games (42%).
|Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +1
Great game from Jrue, up until the fourth quarter. Two crucial turnovers, a couple late misses and a foul on O.J. Mayo which could have cost the Sixers a win. I was rooting for Jrue to score 20 points so I could research when the last time three different Sixers reached 20 or more points in a game, unfortunately it didn’t happen. However 18 points, seven assists and three steals is a great performance in my book. His defense on O.J. Mayo deserved applause and he made a few awe-inspiring passes to open teammates. He took a step back in terms of turnovers, but his plus’ outweighed his minus’ in the grand scheme of the game.
|Jason Richardson, SG 31 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +13
Richardson hit two straight three’s to open the game, but then didn’t score the rest of the night. However, he played solid defense with three steals, he had eight first half rebounds and the Sixers were +13 with him on the court. Hard to argue with his playing time.
|Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -7
Wright’s playing time was one of the things I was upset about in this game. The Sixers were up 87-81 when Wright exited the game midway through the fourth quarter. He had just had a huge dunk a couple plays earlier for his first points of the game, but he had played a large role as a facilitator and defender up until that point. Swaggy P on the other hand was having a terrible game and terrible fourth quarter up until that point, but for some reason when it came time for Thad to check back into the game it was Swaggy and not Wright who was allowed to stay on the court. I don’t know what Wright did for Collins to be dogging him like this, but after a great start to the season I would’ve expected Wright to be respected a little more than this.
|Spencer Hawes, C 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7
For the most part, Hawes was a non-factor in this game. He had a couple big buckets in the fourth and a big steal, but really disappointing overall. He’s now gone nine-straight games without 10 rebounds and had just two in this game. If he doesn’t start getting physical, Collins will find minutes for guys who are willing to bang no matter how much shorter they may be.
|Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6
Were you as happy as I was watching Kwame Brown in this game? He was physical, he was smart, he was efficient, he was active on the boards and he showed toughness. Literally every question I had about Kwame was answered in his 16 minutes of playing time. He can be a productive player in this League, he really just has to be aggressive and to stay focused. I admittedly am a hater of Kwame, but I was excited for him watching this game. The crowd, after booing him when he first entered the game, was even behind him by the end of the game. If Kwame can start to do this every night then maybe Doug Collins knew what he was doing all along. If not…I go back to my realistic expectations.
|Maalik Wayns, PG 13 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -5
Before the game I asked Maalik how he had felt getting his first real production in the NBA in the teams win over Pheonix and he responded, “I’m getting more comfortable. I know what to do now and I’m getting more acclimated to it. I’m trying to make the most of my minutes whether it’s five minutes or seven minutes, whatever it is I’m trying to make the most of it and to come out successful.” In Maalik’s most extensive minutes of the season against the Mavs, he had his ups and downs but ultimately showed that he can be more than effective for the team this season. He had eight first half points and showed that his speed is something that could be dangerous to an opposition. He was crossed up to the floor by Collison, but came back with a three. He was blocked by Brand, but came right back at the rim and was hacked for two. He left Collison wide open for a three, but attacked the rim right after and got two more from the line. Inconsistency is supposed to come with being a rookie, give Maalik some playing time to get comfortable and he could be dangerous.
|Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2
Horrible game. Should’ve played at least 10 minutes less than he did. His only points came off of a runner/floater where he almost turned the ball over. He also made a careless pass for an easy two and simply took his eyes off a pass on another occasion. Despite the crowds “swag” chants, this guy deserved some bench time.
After the jump, Six Things We Saw…
1. A quick start: The Sixers were 7-of-7 to start the game from the field. All of the field goals came off of wide open looks except for a pretty pull-up by Jrue in the lane. What they could’ve used though was a little more defense as their quick 17-8 lead to start the game turned into a 31-28 lead by the Mavs to end the quarter.
2. Free-throws: The Sixers as a team shot a season-high 32 free-throws against the Mavs while making 24 (75%). Their average as a team this season is 18.6 per game, good for 27th in the League. Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Maalik Wayns slashed to the lane and drew the whistles in this game and hopefully they can keep up the tempo in the future.
3. Out-rebounding: Somehow the Sixers out-rebounded the Mavs in this game 40-37. In a game where the combination of Shawn Marion, Chris Kaman and Elton Brand combined for 54 points, I would’ve never expected the Sixers to come away with the higher rebounding totals. A lot of the credit should be given to Kwame Brown, who battled his way to a season-high eight rebounds in just 16 minutes. Jason Richardson also registered a season-high of 8 and Thad continued his consistent play with seven. The way in which the Mavericks post-trio dismantled the Sixers on the offensive end, it didn’t seem like the Sixers had the rebounding advantage, but the numbers don’t lie.
4. Speed kills: The Sixers registered 19 points off of nine Mavs turnovers in the first half compared to seven off of three for the Mavs. In the fourth quarter the Sixers went on a 12-0 run off of five Mavs turnovers. Needless to say, if the Sixers can force turnovers then they are one of the most dangerous teams in the League in transition. Yet, they have to limit their own turnovers first. The Sixers committed 17 of their own (6 by Holiday) which led to 28 Mavs points. The Sixers as a team had 25 points off of 15 turnovers.
5. A second chance? The Sixers had 18 second chance points off of 13 offensive rebounds compared to 14 for the Mavs off of nine rebounds. While it’s not a huge difference, I think a lot can be attributed to the Sixers team decision to attack the basket against the Mavs. Thad had a couple put backs, Kwame nearly had a put back in the second quarter but made up for it with one in the third. Attacking the basket drew enough defenders out of the paint for these plays to happen. These are the types of plays which Iverson gave the Sixers on a nightly basis in his playing days. It was a pleasant surprise for a team that hasn’t especially been too great with offensive rebounding this season. In fact, the Sixers rank 19th in the league with just 11.3 per game.
6. “The Old School Chevy” had a big night in his return to Philly. Brand scored a season-high 17 points (5-10 on FGs) for the Mavericks in his first game against the Sixers. He also grabbed 8 boards and and looked great overall.