|Thaddeus Young, SF 41 MIN | 13-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 26 PTS | -10
He may be from Memphis, but man does Thad love Florida. After hanging 25 on the Heat, Young recorded his 16th double-double of the season against ORL. He was huge in the 3rd Q with 8 points. However it was the stretch in the 4th Q where he scored 4 straight pts. and then grabbed a steal that blew my mind. I didn’t love the 20-footer he hoisted up with 1:37 left in the game, but that’s being very picky.
|Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +7
Turner’s run of awful play continues and thus he found himself on the bench during the clutch minutes of the 4th Q.
|Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +4
I had a hard time grading Hawes tonight. He had a solid offensive game, but he still goes to the tin too softly for my tastes. The play in the 3rd Q where he had a bunny blocked and then fell to the floor like someone shot him was an example of what I am talking about. Also he got simply worked over by Vucevic on both ends.
|Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 4-16 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6
I’m running out of patience with Jrue’s recent struggles. He’s relying on the jumper too much. To get out of this funk he has to get to rim for some easy hoops or trips to the FT line. He really pressed in the 3rd Q tonight and it was not pretty. I did love the dime he hit Thad with in the 4th Q that gave the Sixers the lead. His steal and hoop to tie the score at 85 was also nice, but that’s about it.
|Damien Wilkins, SG 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -5
I said after the Heat game that Wilkins getting the start was coming. To his credit, he delivered with another great effort. I really like that he gets to the rim on the break and in the half-court. Wilkins had great energy in the 3rd Q and scored 7 pts. in that Q.
|Arnett Moultrie, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -1
Why does Collins insist on playing with this kid’s minutes?!? Play him 25 a night and let Moultrie develop.
|Dorell Wright, SF 15 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -2
Isn’t this guys supposed to be a 3-point specialist? Plus he missed 2 FTs.
|Lavoy Allen, C 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -11
A brief escape from the Do(u)ghouse did not go all that well for Lavoy.
|Charles Jenkins, PG 13 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -5
Jenkins lost his the starting job he held for one night, but didn’t sulk. His jumper in the 3rd Q was huge at the time, but in the end it turned out to be just an insignificant note in the box score.
|Royal Ivey, PG 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11
|Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
I hope Kwame enjoyed spring break down in Florida.
|Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |
It’s killing me that Collins is not playing Pargo.
I understand that Wilkins earned the right to start tonight, but that doesn’t help the future of this team. Neither does playing Moultrie only 15 minutes and slapping Pargo with a DNP-CD. Sooner or later it’s going to sink in with Collins that he needs to play the young guys — right??? I did like that he benched Turner in the 4th Q.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…
1. Say what you want about the first 3+ quarters of this game, but the whole thing turned on one series in the 4th Q. With the Sixers down 2 and Holiday on the charity stripe, Jrue proceeded to brick both of his FTAs. ORL got a hoop down the other end to go up by 4. Thad then forced an ill-advised 15 footer. Down the other end ORL missed and the Sixers grabbed the rebound. But Wilkins then threw an awful outlet pass to Jrue that was stolen and led to an Afflalo 3PM — Sixers went down 7 and it was game over.
2. IMO the 16-8 run by the Magic to close out the 2nd Q and put ORL up 5 pts. at the half was a huge momentum swing in this game. Prior to that run, the Sixers were up 40-38 and had the ball. On that possession, Vucevic blocked a Holiday shot and that started the whole swing for ORL.
3. The Sixers have now lost 5 straight games and 12 of their last 13 overall. The 7-6 have also dropped 13 straight on the road. What happens first, the Sixers win on the road or the Heat lose a game?
4. The Sixers shot 10 FTAs…The Magic took just 5…However, the Magic hoisted up 27 3PAs while the Sixers fired up just 12.
5. Former Sixer and everybody’s favorite double-double machine Nik Vucevic post 14 & 17 tonight. Hawes, Allen and Moultrie combined for 9 rips.
6. Collins on Vucevic’s game…”I saw him at draft camp and said, `That’s my guy,” Collins said. “Skilled, big, strong, and got a good feel for the game. A great kid. I love Nik. When he got minutes for us last year he performed very well.” Ohh lord. If you loved him so much, why did you play him so little last year?!?