|Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 12-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +1
Yes he could have grabbed a few more rebounds, but overall another tremendous performance for Thad. His loose ball, dive on the floor steal in the late 2nd Q was just another example of how important his energy and hustle are to this team.
|Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -22
The slump continues for “The Enigma”…Turner is now 15-52 (28%) in his last 4 games.
|Spencer Hawes, C 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -10
A very respectable effort from Hawes and his new haircut last night. He got off to a quick start by scoring 8 in the 1st Q. That led to 13 & 7 in the 1st half and a double-double on the night. However, outside of an ill-advised 3PA in the 3rd Q Hawes was invisible in the 2nd half of this game. That can’t happen if you are going to win on the road, especially in Miami.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 13 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +4
Jrue’s shooting woes continue, but I have to say that he did a nice job of not forcing things last night. A lot of primary options would have hoisted up 20 FGAs trying to shoot their way out of the slump. Instead he got others involved and picked his spots to get shots. His 5 points were key to the run the 7-6 made in the early 3rd. Still he’s got to get his stroke going again.
|Charles Jenkins, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1
Outside of one filthy crossover and hoop in the 3rd Q he did not capitalize on his first start.
|Arnett Moultrie, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4
Moultrie did a nice job of keeping the ball alive on the O-glass on several trips. He also may be the only Sixer who actually boxes his guy out when the ball goes up. However, he is still struggling on the defensive end and the play where lost “Birdman” on pick-and-roll that turned into a reverse alley-oop was embarrassing.
|Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -18
Wright’s offense was a key part of the Sixers ability to stay in this game, but it came in one quick flurry. He had a tip-in and two 3PM (9 straight points overall) at the end of the 3rd Q which was exciting to watch, but where was he the rest of the game?
|Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6
Offensively, Ivey did all I can ask of him. However, it was mentioned in the TV broadcast that the reason he didn’t start was because Collins wanted Ivey to guard Ray Allen. That didn’t work out so well…Allen scored 5 straight at the end of the 1st Q and 12 overall on 5-8 shooting.
|Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +3
Wilkins stretch of solid play continues. Although I would like to have seen him challenge Ray Allen a little better on that FB dunk Allen threw down. So the question for me is at what point does Collins start this guy?
|Lavoy Allen, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
It’s official, Lavoy has entered the Do(u)ghouse.
|Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
At least he got to work on his tan down in South Beach.
|Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
What has Pargo done wrong that Charles Jenkins is getting the start over him?
I liked that the Sixers got off to a fast start in this one. I also liked the effort and tenacity the team showed all night. Collins deserves some credit for those items. I did not like that he started Jenkins over Pargo. I also didn’t like that Moultrie saw only 15 mins. of burn. And having Holiday on the bench during the start of the 4th Q in this game was simply stupid (IMO).
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…
1. The Sixers got off to a great start in this game and played very respectable basketball in the 1st half. The thing I was most impressed with is that they got to the rim for easy hoops and shot 51% from the field. They were also 7-10 on 3PAs and 8-9 on FTs. Their defense was solid as well. However by my count the Sixers had 8 TOs in the 1st half.
2. The Heat had a couple of big runs in this game that simply killed the Sixers. In the 1st Q a 17-4 run negated the great start by the Sixers. A 13-4 run in the 3rd put the Sixers down 3 points and a 13-2 run in the early 4th KO’d the Sixers in this one. The Sixers can not allow numerous swings in momentum like those if they want to win on the road.
3. I thought the awful charge call on Hawes at the 7 min. mark of the 3rd Q was a huge play in this game. Haslem was clearly inside the charge-block semi-circle and that blown call basically produced a 5 point swing that triggered the 13-4 MIA run discussed above. The Sixers were leading 62-56 at the time and if Hawes gets that AND 1 play, we go up by 9. Instead the call goes MIA’s way and Bosh scores quickly down the other end to start the Heat’s run.
4. Trailing 76-75 to start the 4th Q and playing well, the Sixers had a sequence of plays in the early the 4th that simply buried them…Turner got stripped by Coles; Turner missed a 10 foot jumper; then a shot clock violation; Wright missed a 3PA (air ball) and Wilkins missed a 15 footer. The Sixers went nearly 3 mins. without a point and that produced a 13-2 run by MIA and a 10 point lead for the home team. Game over!!.
5. Two frustrating sequences for me in this one…the possession where James had three offensive rebounds — two off his own misses — before scoring…”Birdman” blocked consecutive shots by Turner to set up a possession down the other end where James got an alley-oop dunk.
6. The Sixers are now 6-22 on the road. They won 3 road games in a four-day span during November and are 3-21 away from the WFC since that stretch.