|Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +22Another game, more hustle and effectiveness out of Thad. This guy just competes every single night and every single play. While he’s undersized at the PF, his heart lets him play like he’s three inches taller. This guy should be a starter in Philadelphia until he retires.|
|Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +18Turner did a great job rebounding the ball today, but he again put up another dreadful shooting performance. At this point of the season, you would think Turner would be balling out to try and spark a contract extension discussion. But, that’s just not happening.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +20Spence had a solid game offensively, but he was seemingly nowhere to be found on the glass. Of the 76ers’ 39 team rebounds, Hawes only had 5 and he’s by far the tallest on the roster.|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 6-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +21Jrue continues to struggle shooting the ball, but I’m giving him an A+ for being the only Sixer to recognize the need to tank! With each missed shot, it’s as if Jrue is screaming, “I need some help! Give me a high pick!”|
|Damien Wilkins, SG 30 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +10At 33 years old, for Wilkins to go out and play 30 min, shoot 56.5 percent from the field and hit the glass is phenomenal. We all know this Sixers team needs a veteran locker room presence with their large crop of young players. Adam Aron should really think about retaining this savvy vet.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10With more minutes comes more production from Moultrie. This young man knows how to play around the basket and plays hard. He had three offensive rebounds and also was extremely efficient. But, he does need to keep the turnovers down.|
|Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -4Is Wright playing for a new contract? Over his last five games, the sharpshooter is averaging 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game — both well above his season averages. This team needs efficient role players and he could potentially be one.|
|Lavoy Allen, C 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4He said he didn’t learn anything during his first two seasons under Doug Collins. Maybe he learned something while he was sitting on the bench.|
|Justin Holiday, SG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -3Justin went out there and had fun. You can tell he’s trying to make the most of his opportunity with this franchise and he’s bringing great energy. That’s all you could ask for from a guy in his situation.|
|Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Great hustle out there, big guy!|
|Charles Jenkins, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | In a blowout game this late in the season, you would have liked to see Jenkins get some run here. But this is clearly a Holiday town.|
|Royal Ivey, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Ivey has now played 3 minutes in the past 4 games. He’s come along way from throwing the game-ending turnover against Milwaukee back in February.|
|Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Swaggy P has just dealt with injuries all season long. Hopefully he can get healthy over this summer and prove to another team he’s worthy of a contract.|
He played both Moultrie and Holiday (the younger half) for at least half of the game. He also has handled the pressure and rumors of his fate with this team very well. For that, I’m giving old Collins his first A from me…. ever.
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…
1. The Sixers played with the well-balanced offense of a division leader today and beat a team they were supposed to beat by double-digits. We haven’t seen that in a while.
2. “What have I learned? I mean, what have I learned? That’s a good question. Uhh, nothing really. I didn’t have to do any rookie duties this year, so that’s good, I guess.” That was Lavoy Allen’s quote earlier this week. He got a nice reaction for his good ol’ coach, eh?
3. The Sixers had a comfortable lead all game against the Cavs despite getting crushed on the boards. Collins’s crew held a 23-point lead entering the 4th Quarter, yet the team was out-rebounded by 10. How does that work?
4. Jrue Holiday put in another poor shooting performance today, 6-17 from the field, or 35.3 percent. He’s shooting just 37.5 percent from the field over his last five games overall.
5. The Sixers were +6 in turnovers and scored 7 points off of turnovers. However, the Cavs scored 21 points off of the Sixers’ 12 turnovers and the boys from Philly were only about to score the aforementioned 7 on the Cavs’ 18 turnovers. Hmmm…
6. The 76ers are ahead of Toronto in the Eastern Conference standings by one game with just two left to play. If they can manage to drop both of those games (at Detroit, at Indiana) and the Raptors can win out (at Atlanta, vs Boston), TOR would claim the 9th spot in the East, increasing the Sixers’ number of ping pong balls.