Chicago Bulls 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +14

Lavoy had a very solid night on the boards, especially considering the front line he was up against.  He threw in 2 blks for good measure.

Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -14

A big 1st Q for Thad included a an amazing rejection of a Boozer shot.  However, Thad had some issues with guarding Noah (To be expected) and his missed FTs ripped my heart out.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A decent all around night by ET and I love the direction his is headed in overall, but IMO Turner has fallen in love with his own game and it is costing the Sixers at times.  Specifically with regards to last night’s game, he forced and missed two ill-advised mid range runners in the 4th Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 13-28 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -7

Jrue was one quarter away from possibly having his best game of the year.  Unfortunately the Q he went MIA in was the all important 4th Q.  During that stanza Jrue was 1-4 on FGAs, 0-2 on FTAs and had 2 turnovers.  Still he came out on fire in the 1st Q (8-2-2); in the 3rd Q he dropped a dime to Turner on the fast break that was ridiculous; he got into the lane at will (as planned vs. Nate Robinson); and killed it on the pick-n-rolls.  FYI…Holiday is 4 for his last 24 from behind the arc.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not a good night for J-Rich. Obviously he struggled with his shot and the 3PA he took and missed with 1 minute remaining in the game was a terrible decision.  But more depressing for me was the way Belinelli carved him up on the defensive end.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

A solid 4 minute run by Moultire. Now let’s triple those minutes and see what this kid can do for us.

Dorell Wright, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

The Do(u)g-house is a lonely place.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

My only issue in what was otherwise a very good night for Spencer is his 3-point shooting.  We have enough long range gunners on this squad, I don’t want my 7-footer launching from behind the arc.  The one he shot in the 4th Q with the game at 78-77, nearly killed me.  I thought he was especially active on the boards vs. CHI, which makes me wonder why he can’t play like that on a nightly basis.

Maalik Wayns, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It was a hell of a 1 minute…With the pace of the 2nd half falling right into the tired Bulls hands last night I would have put Wayns in the game to see if he could push a more favorable tempo for the Sixers.  But I’m crazy like that…

Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

He has one job — make shots.  Last night he did an okay job of that and that’s all I have to say here.


That’s four straight DNP-CD’s for Kwame. $2 million well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  Short-handed and dead-legged after a tough five-point loss to the LAC at home on Tuesday night and then a “red-eye” to Philly that got the Bulls to their hotel at 5am on Wednesday, I was surprised to see the Bulls come out with so much energy in the 1st Q.  I thought the 7-6 did a nice job in the 1st half of pushing the pace and trying to run the tired Bulls out of the building.  However, in the second half Collins & Co. allowed the Bulls to control the pace of play and turn this into a half-court slugfest.  Which is exactly what they wanted.

2.  “I thought fatigue was a factor.”…That is a quote which given the Bulls schedule, we would NOT have been surprised to hear Thibs blurt out in his post game presser.  Instead that quote is embarrassingly attributed to DC post game.  The Sixers had off on Tuesday and should have been well rested for the Bulls.  I did think Holiday looked a little gassed in the 4th, but when you are playing the Bulls who faced a brutal schedule in the last 24 hours DC can’t use that “fatigue” excuse.   That goes double when you choose to only play 7 guys (Wayns, Moultrie and Wright combined for a total of 7 minutes.)   C’mon man! 

3.  In the second half last night, the Sixers half-court offense was as stagnant as I have seen it all year.  I realize the game plan was to attack Nate Robinson no matter what, but IMO there was too much iso-play for Turner and Holiday.  By my count, the Sixers only had 9 assists in the second half (41 FGs on 19 dimes for the game).

4.  The Sixers made more FGS than the Bulls 41-34; had a better FG% 45-43; out-rebounded Chicago 44-29; scored more points in the paint 44-32 and had the same number of turnovers (13) as the Bulls.  So how the hell did they take an L in this game??  One big factor was the FT line.  The Bulls were 24-26 (94%), from the charity stripe while the Sixers were 5-11.  They were 0-2 in the first half of this game.  The Sixers average the 2nd fewest number of FTAs in the League every night and that has to change.

5.  For a team that is rebounding challenged, I thought the Sixers bigs did a nice job against the glass cleaners on the Bulls front line.  Hawes, Allen and Thad all showed a lot of energy and tenacity on the boards last night.  I was pleasantly surprised with their efforts on the O-boards.  In the 1st Q the Sixers had a trip where they grabbed 3 consecutive OREBs.  The Sixers had a 24-19 rebounding edge at half and continued that trend for the remainder of the game (44-29).  In their last meeting, the Bulls were a +13 on the boards.  Too bad we wasted those efforts last night.

6.  Just an odd 4th Q last night…The Bulls started the Q 0-7 from the field, but the Sixers could not capitalize because of their own poor shot selection / shooting woes (I’m looking at you Holiday, Turner and Hawes).   The Bulls got their sights righted, went 5-for-their-next-5 and produced an 11-2 run that gave them the 86-80 lead.  Still when J-Rich hit that 3ball to cut the lead to 86-83, I thought the Sixers would pull this one out.  Unfortunately from that point on the 7-6 went 2-for-their-next-7 from the field; 2-4 from the FT line and committed 2 TOs.  FYI…that may be an indicator as to why the Bulls are now 6-0 when leading after 3 Q’s and the Sixers are now 1-9 when trailing after 3 Qs.          

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