12/23/12 6:10 pm EST
|Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +6
LA got off to a great start and fell just shy of his second career double-double. He beat Brook Lopez to a handful of rebounds (okay, no great accomplishment there) and posted four points and five rebounds by the midway point of the first quarter. He also made a tremendous extra pass to Thad Young in the middle part of the third.
|Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -7
The third quarter belonged to Thad. He scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and near single-handedly kept the Sixers within striking distance in a game that threatened to get away from them.
|Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | 0
Though his midrange game was on point in the early going, ET missed all but two of his last eight shot attempts.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 24 PTS | 0
Though saying a guy outplayed Deron Williams doesn’t quite carry the same rhetorical heft it did in, say, 2009, Jrue Holiday got the better of his counterpart tonight. With nine fourth quarter points and three assists, he closed strong in the losing effort.
|Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14
After a promising performance against Atlanta, Richardson returned to form tonight; which is to say he played badly. He had the worst plus/minus of anyone in uniform on Sunday and struggled, again, to find his shot. JRich has been JPoor lately. * Ugh*
|Dorell Wright, SF 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +16
Dorell Wright is not making his shot attempts this season, yes, but he’s also doing really, really helpful things in every other area of the game. Tonight was more of the same. DW used his length to grab three steals and pull down six rebounds.
|Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -4
A vanilla performance. Sorry for the racial overtone.
|Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -5
Swaggy hit a 3-pointer that ended the Nets 18-0 first quarter run, so…well, at least he did that.
The good: More Dorell Wright. Clever zone defense sets. Keeping the team’s head together after the 18-0 BKN run. No fast food controversy. The bad: Calling a timeout nine points into an 18-0 run and making adjustments that allowed the Nets to immediately score nine more unanswered points.
After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw
1. The inexplicable decline of Deron Williams continues. Despite a fourth quarter flourish—he scored nine points on 3-of-5 shooting in the final period — dude just does not look like the same basketball player people used to, with straight faces, argue was up there with Chris Paul.
2. Brook Lopez, who bears disproportionate responsibility for both the Nets great start and the skids they’ve since hit, was dreadful around the basket on Sunday. The center was 1-for-7 from within six feet of the hoop and finished just 5-of-14 overall. The last time he shot 50 percent in a basketball game was November 25th.
3. That 18-0 run. With the 7-6 leading 12-4 and up to that point holding Brooklyn to just 2-of-11 shooting, at the 5:50 mark of the first quarter the blitzkrieg began. Coming out of a timeout, Joe Johnson hit the first of seven-consecutive Nets makes and jump-started what eventually became an 18-0 run. It put the Sixers in a ten-point hole they never quite managed to crawl out of.
4. The Sixers make the second fewest free throws per game in the Association, so even glaring disparities between their line totals and their opponent’s don’t usually draw much notice. Today’s did. The Nets attempted 30 FTs; the Sixers ten. This has to stop.
5. I watch enough basketball that it’s stunting my development in other areas, and I’ve still never seen a team miss more potential tying or go-ahead buckets than the Sixers did this afternoon. After, admirably, weathering the 18-0 Nets run, Dorell Wright cut the Brooklyn advantage to 41-37 with a 3-pointer 3:04 away from the half. The Sixers then proceeded to play almost the entire rest of the game never leading or trailing by more than six points.
6. If you have some time to spare — and if you’re reading a basketball blog 36 hours from Christmas morning, I’m assuming you do — check out the terrific The Brooklyn Game for a pregame conversation I had with Devin Kharpertian about what’s wrong with out respective teams.