|Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -21
I hope that last night’s shooting woes were just a matter of Thad still getting himself back into game shape. Thad was also noticeably late on several weak-side rotations.
|Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -8
I honestly don’t know what to write about “The Enigma” anymore. Turner comes out on fire — 5-7 in the 1st Q and then outside of a nice alley-oop to Moultrie in the 2nd Q, he just disappears. He continues to pound the ball into the floor until late in the shot clock (more on this later). One sequence in the 4th drove me nuts…After jacking and missing a wing 3PA, the Bulls grabbed the rebound and set up their half court offense down the other end. Long story short, Turner is late on a rotation and then weakly fouls Noah on a lay-in for an AND 1. At the time of the ill-advised 3PA, the Sixers had a chance to cut the Bulls lead to 6 or 7 and instead ended up down 12 after Noah’s FT.
|Spencer Hawes, C 37 MIN | 7-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -6
Hawes recovered from a horrible start offensively to post a double-double. Still he got absolutely worked by Noah at both ends and that’s all I or anyone else will remember from this game.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 10-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -13
Jrue’s scoring outburst in the 2nd Q (7 points) kept the Sixers in this game. He also had 7 points in the 3rd Q that helped the Sixers claw back into this one after falling behind by 16. So he had the offense going last night. However I thought he had some trouble guarding Hinrich at times and that hurt the Sixers.
|Nick Young, SG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1
Nick is 2-16 in his last 3 games. Where is the Swaggy P fan club now?
|Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0
4 points in 6+ mins during the 1st half and DC can’t find any burn for this kid in the 2nd half. Simply stupid Doug.
|Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -7
If Wright could have knocked home his FTs, he would have gotten a better grade. I’m ready to try this guy in the first-five again as it is obvious Nick’s hot streak is over.
|Jeremy Pargo, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -5
What the hell has happened to this guy since putting on a Sixers uniform?
|Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
I guess DC’s big, physical presence couldn’t have gone into this game and attempted to keep Noah off the glass? Money well spent…
I’m still recovering from the post game meltdown DC had the other night, so I’m going to leave this one alone except to say this…Perhaps no team has had more injury issues then the Bulls this year (Rose, Hamilton, Gibson, etc.) and yet Thibs has figured out a way to win and has never given the ‘woe is me’ comments like Collins has done this year.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last night…
1. Considering the Sixers play against ORL and the ensuing drama caused by DC’s post game meltdown, I wasn’t sure which way it was going to go for the Sixers in Chicago. So I was pleasantly surprised when they didn’t stink up the place last night. When three of your starters (Thad, Turner & Swaggy) shoot 11-35 and the opponent gets a historic performance like the Bulls got from Noah last night (23; 21;11 blks — first player to have 20+ points; 20+ rebs., & 10+ blks., while shooting 60% in a game), you can expect to lose by 11 on the road.
2. In addition to Noah’s spectacular triple-double, the Sixers also allowed Chicago’s Carlos Boozer to post a double-double…Boozer added 21 points and 12 rebounds. Noah and Boozer had 44 points and 33 rebounds combined and were 18 for 21 from the foul line. The Sixers as a team were 12-21 from the charity stripe.
3. Did anyone else watch the halftime show on TNT last night? In case you missed it, Kenny Smith jogged over to the huge TV screen on the set and did a nice job of analyzing how Turner has a tendency to pound the ball into floor until late in the shot clock. Smith pointed out that on one trip, Turner dribbled the ball 9-10 times until the shot clock was in single digits and then turned the ball over. Needless to say, as a former NBA PG, Smith was disgusted. Welcome to my world Kenny. Someone should make Turner watch Smith’s analysis from last night.
4. This one got away from the Sixers in the 3rd Q as they went ice cold with a 2-for-their-first-12 stretch. The Sixers also had 2 shots blkd shots and 3 TOs in that portion of the game. Shooting 1-6 from the FT line did not help either. The brick laying led to a 16 point defecit that the Sixers could not dig themselves out of last night.
5. Of course the 8-0 run the Bulls put up in the 4th Q did not help things much. After a beautiful high-post to low post pass by Thad, Hawes threw down a dunk and the Sixers had cut the bulls lead to 74-71. The Sixers then went 3+ minutes without a hoop. During that stretch Noah blocked 2 layups and the Sixers went 0-2 on long jumpers. Before they knew it, the Sixers were down 12.
6. The media finally had a chance to talk with the Sixers players about DC’s meltdown during the pregame last night and In case you are wondering if DC’s meltdown had any impact on the players, check out these quotes. When asked about Doug’s strong criticism Hawes commented, “(that’s) just Doug being Doug.” Turner said, “I didn’t read into it to much. When it rains it pours.” Still think DC has that locker rrom?