YOUNG INFLUENCE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/18/12 9:40 am EST

What’s the difference between professional athletes in the United States and United States citizens?  The reality is that they’re one in the same, but for young fans of the NBA often times that may be too hard of a concept to grasp or to understand.

As a young fan you see these towering figures who can soar through an arena sky like a model airplane, eventually landing gracefully to the hardwood until the next flight.  You see them on television, in movies, in video games, in commercials, on billboards and maybe even on your favorite cartoon.  It’s hard for a young fan to comprehend that these men were once just like them – a small child watching their heroes take the court in a game in which they love.  They once had posters which lined the walls, jerseys of their favorite players hanging in their closets and sporting cards in their drawers which they were hoping to one day have signed.


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GM 18: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/05/12 10:04 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | 0

I actually thought Lavoy did a respectable job on both ends of the floor last night, but he was one of the few who came to play.

Thaddeus Young, SF 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -8

In the 3rd Q Thad made a valiant effort to pull this game out in the for the Sixers. He put up 7 straight and 9 overall in the Q, but even his high energy on defense and his scoring burst was not enough to get the Sixers over the hump.  I also thought he did a decent job of defending Love by fronting the big man.  Still, he has to grab more then 2 boards a game.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -12

Don’t let the stats fool you, this was a very inefficient 19 points (on 20 FGAs) by ET.  Too many times he jacked up shots early in the clock without moving the ball via the pass even once.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Arguably the worst defensive game I have ever seen Jrue play.  He looked clueless at times vs. the Wolves guards.

Jason Richardson, SG 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -12

J-Rich came out early and established a nice rhythm for himself — 8 quick points.  He scored in a variety of ways — posting up Ridnour; grabbing an OREB as well as hitting a jumper.  Unfortunately none of the other Sixers cared to follow his lead.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3

I know it was garbage time, but I like what I saw from this kid. He had 3 OREBs which is more than I can say for any other 76er.

Dorell Wright, SF 12 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -10

Eventually this guy is going to get his jumper popping, right?!?

Kwame Brown, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -13What would like me to say here? He takes up space and that’s really it.
Maalik Wayns, PG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1

If Wayns would just slow down a little on (or pass up entirely) the long jumpers, I think he would be much more effective for the Sixers. We have enough jump shooters on this team, his job is to push the ball up the floor on the break or take it to the rim in the half-court. Let’s stick to that, thanks.

Royal Ivey, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

He was simply awesome in his 2 mins. of play (Sarcasm here).

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -3

I liked his physical defensive effort in this game (as I always do) and I’m not sure why DC didn’t throw him into the game a little earlier in an attempt to slow down the Wolves.  Why not try it???

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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/02/12 8:29 pm EST

Allen Iverson’s Answer VI’s were re-released on Friday.

Undoubtedly the most polarizing figure to the Sixers organization over the past 25 years was guard Allen Iverson. It’s hard to believe that the organization is now three seasons removed from Iverson’s last game with the team back on February 20th, 2010 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Just because the Answer is now years and miles away from his playing days with the Sixers, doesn’t mean he can’t still make headlines in the city where he used to do it on a daily basis. As always with Iverson, there’s some good news and bad news to report to you on the sports icon as he’s miles away in China still trying to fight his way back onto an NBA roster.


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TRIPLE THREAT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/30/12 3:00 pm EST

Jrue Holiday (left) and Evan Turner have been crucial to the Sixers success this season.

As everybody already knows, the NBA is a star-centered league. It was never more evident then when one of the NBA’s most respected coaches, Gregg Popovich, was chastised for deciding to sit four of his star players in a game last night against arguably the NBA’s best team in the Miami Heat.

For the 2012-13 Sixers, it’s been more of the same. From the start of the campaign up until now, there’s been one man drawing the attention of the national media, while next to nothing has been said of the “team” that stands at 9-6, good enough for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The focus has been on Andrew Bynum, the All-Star center who hasn’t been able to play a minute this season for the Sixers as he recovers from offseason knee procedures.

Before the Sixers’ first nationally televised game this season against the New Orleans Hornets, the Sixers were on ESPN.com’s front page. Instead of a story focusing on the promising youth and acquisitions the Sixers were able to make in the offseason, it was a story focused on questioning the Sixers ownership, calling the moves they made this season a “risk”. All of the negativity was built around the status of Bynum, the Sixers’ most talked-about offseason acquisition since Elton Brand.

Just 10 days later, as the Sixers stood at 5-4, another article came out about Bynum damaging cartilage in his knees while going bowling. Most recently, as the Sixers sat at 7-5, out came yet another article on Bynum only this time about him being out indefinitely for the 2012-13 season.

As the national media now steers its way away from Philadelphia (due to Bynum’s playing status being much clearer), maybe the NBA’s fans will be able to focus on the Sixers in a positive light and see who they really are this season as a team rather than who they’re not.


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GAME 11: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/21/12 8:21 am EST
Toronto Raptors 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +10While another “Young” may have grabbed the most attention in this game, once again Thad played tremendous down the stretch in this one.  Thad’s strip of Andrea Bargnani late in the 4th (who had gotten the better of him for most of the game) was a huge moment in the game.  Thad scored 10 of his 18 points in the 4th, including a steal and dunk sequence to seal the game.  His energy late in games has been crucial to the team’s 7-4 start.
Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -5Turner put on a solid effort, but disappeared for large stretches of the game.  He also looked slow at times guarding Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.  It definitely wasn’t his best game and after shutting out DeRozan when the teams met a little over a week ago I had expected more from him on the defensive end.  Had Turner not been replaced by Jason Richardson with 9:30 left in the 4th, this post could’ve been a reaction about a Sixers loss.
Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -10He got to start.  That counts for something right?
Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 19 PTS | +1After an ugly start to the night shooting the ball and the combo of Jose Calderon/Kyle Lowry getting the better of Jrue for most of the game, Holiday did everything right down the stretch for the Sixers and nearly posted a triple-double. His drive to the hole and kick to a wide open Jason Richardson to give the Sixers are 6-point cushion late was a thing of beauty and the type of play which should make every Sixers fan happy with his recent contract extension.  Jrue was simply clutch and he’ll need to be exactly that for the Sixers to succeed this season without Bynum.
Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | +17The oldest player on the team showed that he’s got more than enough left in the tank.  Subbing in for Evan Turner in the 4th, he was the spark the Sixers desperately needed as he hit 6-straight points to turn a tie ballgame into a crucial 6-point lead with just 1:20 left in the game.  His four three’s are exactly what the team expects from him on a game-by-game basis and especially three’s in the clutch. After all, he’s one of the few leaders on this young Sixers team.
Lavoy Allen, PF 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6Not a pretty stat-line, but one of the better defensive performances out of Allen this season.  Still waiting for him to make headlines for a breakout game rather than over tweeting to “Clueless” movie stars.
Dorell Wright, SF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +19D.Wright is officially in Doug Collins’ dog house.  Good luck getting out of it, it’s a tough thing to do. Although Wright did make one of the funniest quotes of the season so far before the game. When asked on what he’s contributing to this years Thanksgiving dinner, Wright responded by saying, “I put rolls in the oven.”  If only he had a few more opportunities to roll a couple shots in the net. I’d be lying if I said that quote didn’t bring his grade up higher for this game.
Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3Spencer, can you please just put the headband back on?  Spencer Hawes can’t seem to find consistency this season for the Sixers.  Hawes has just two games where he’s registered 10 rebounds or more in 11 contests.  Through 11 games last season he had six.  Without Bynum, it’s unacceptable for a seven footer like Hawes to come up small on the boards.  The Sixers are going to have a rough season if they keep getting out-rebounded like they did against the Raptors, 48-41.
Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0It seems like Royal Ivey has finally come back down to earth and is back where he belongs, warming a seat on the Sixers bench.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +5“Swaggy P came and delivered,” said Nick Young after by far his best performance of the season.  He even had his off-balance fade-away going in this one as Swaggy did everything he wanted against the Raptors defense.  What impressed me more than his scoring was his defense against DeMar DeRozan to close out the game and his ability to get to the line.  If he can add these aspects to his game this season, then the Sixers front office will look like genius’ for letting Lou Williams walk in the offseason.
Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?
Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?

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GM 6: (NOT SO) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/12/12 2:41 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Toronto Raptors
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +7I hate to rip on a guy from my Alma Mater, but Lavoy is by far the biggest disappointment on the Sixers team this season.
Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -16@DWRIGHTWAY1 continues to impress both offensively and defensively. When the Raptors climbed back into the game to just a 69-62 Sixers lead at the end of the 3rd, Wright displayed his shooting stroke in the 4th with back to back treys to put the Sixers up 75-63 which set the tone for the rest of the game. Has he proved enough yet to be a full-time starter? It may still be too difficult to tell at this point.
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +4Thad put on another Thad effort. Efficient from the field, solid on the boards and high energy all game. But…Andrea Bargnani had 23 points for the Raptors. I know you’re trying your hardest on defense Thad, but try harder.
Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -3There was a play early in the 3rd quarter where Turner drove into the lane, stopped and found a cutting Thad Young for an easy dunk on the baseline. These are the types of plays which makes my Turn-o-meter go towards the green. After easily his best game of the season against the Celtics, Turner played well against the Raptors and nearly got a double-double with 8 points and 12 rebounds. He had the tough assignment of guarding the Raptors best player in Damar DeRozen and was able to keep him to just 6-of-17 shooting from the field. It’s a phrase that’s been used before, but it looks as if Turner is Turn(ing) the corner.
Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -12Holiday should consider himself extremely lucky. Point guard Kyle Lowry who has been playing the best basketball of his career for the Raptors wasn’t able to suit up due to a sprained ankle, and Holiday found himself against a much easier assignment of Jose Calderon. Yet Calderon nearly single-handily brought the Raptors right back into the game with four second-half three’s, finishing with 14 points while dishing out 11 assists. Holiday finished with 16 points but with just five assists while yet again notching seven turnovers! Yup, Jrue Holiday was outplayed by Jose Calderon and he has to use that as fuel for a stellar performance tonight against Brandon Jennings and the Bucks.
Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +14No star-spangled headband? Let me show you how America does things Toronto.’ Spencer Hawes is becoming a legend in Philadelphia because of his personality both on and off the court. He had himself a nice game against the Raptors, notching a double-double in just 23 minutes. I’ve jumped on the Spencer bandwagon and agree that his salary might be a huge steal for the Sixers down the road. As long as Bynum is out, he’s going to have to rebound like this for the Sixers to stay competitive.
Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | +22I may have to retract my last comments pertaining to Royal Ivey. Ivey played mistake-free basketball against the Raptors where his counter-part Jrue Holiday nearly cost his team the game. He may not be the flashiest of guards, but as long as he can play efficient basketball while on the court I’m a fan.
Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +911 wasted minutes.
Nick Young, SG 32 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +25Swaggy was the man in the second quarter and now has back to back games of efficient scoring on the offensive end. He shot 7-of-12 for 16 points, including an impressive And-1 in the third to put the Sixers up 67-55. He played a season-high 32 minutes and did his best Lou Williams imitation for the first time this season.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw…

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GM 3: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/12 8:57 am EST
New York Knicks 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Dorell Wright, SF 34 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -18D-Wright got the start last night and had mixed results. Wright scored 5 points in the first 4 minutes of the game and was a key part of the Sixers fast start, but he was a non-factor the rest of the night.
Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -16Thad was the Sixers most reliable offensive player all night against the NYK and it’s great to see that he added bulk without giving up any of his speed or energy. The problem is his defensive skills are still improving and he especially can’t guard elite scorers like Carmelo Anthony at this point.
Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -18Forget about his “solid” stat line from last night as most of his points came in garbage time. The Kid looks lost and is forcing things badly. When was the last time you saw an NBA player have to short jumpers blocked right back into his head? Well, it happened to ET last night.
Kwame Brown, C 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +2Wait…A player who spent the entire preseason on the bench got hurt (strained a muscle no less) in his first start of the season??? That’s shocking (sarcasm here).
Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | -17Despite some cold shooting, Jrue filled the stat sheet up again last night, but he was not his usual self at the defensive end. The NYK’s Raymond Felton abused Holiday for most of the evening.  Also Jrue (with some help from the Sixers bigs) did not handle the pick-n-roll game well at all last night.
Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -4Would the Lavoy Allen of the 2012 Playoffs please report for duty?!?
Arnett Moultrie, PF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0So the Sixers trade a 1st round pick to acquire the long and bouncy rebounding machine and Moultrie has seen 3 mins of action in 3 games.  Does that make sense to anyone??
Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -20Hawes comes crashing back to reality (again).  After racking up 16 & 12 in the season opener, he now has 10 & 12 combined in the last two games.
Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -2If Ivey continues to receive 19 minutes a night, the Sixers are in big trouble this year.
Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -7I wouldn’t have minded seeing Wilkins earlier in the game.  He’s a physical, defensive minded player who possibly could have helped stop the bleeding earlier in this game.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10I wasn’t a big fan of the signing when it happened and after three games, I now hate it.  Everything you knew about Swaggy P has come true here in Philly.  He has a low basketball IQ, plays no defense and forces terrible shots.  Young was 0-3 before he had been on the court 2 mins. and that run extended to a 1-6 start and a 4-12 ice cold 1st half.  The less minutes he sees the better off the Sixers will be in 2012-13.  My favorite shot last night was this falling out of bounds chuck one up shot that hit the top of the backboard.

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GAME 6

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/10/12 2:02 pm EST

We do not believe it’s an exaggeration or too much hype to state that tonight’s Game 6 match-up with the wounded Chicago Bulls is the most important contest this group of 76ers has ever faced.

A loss tonight by the 7-6, a team that when you combine the regular season and playoffs is 17-19 on the road and 1-3 in Chicago, would lead to certain elimination in Game 7 back at the “Madhouse on Madison”. 

So, seeing how this is a cliche “must-win” for the Sixers and especially the likes of Brand, Dre, Hawes, Meeks and Louis — current 76ers whose future with the franchise is uncertain — we thought it would be a solid post idea to have each of the Philadunkia scribes briefly point out a few keys for our 7-6 tonight and then lay out a prediction for this all or nothing Game 6.

After the jump, our Game 6 predictions…

 
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GM 12: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/12 10:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -5

Five games in six days for the 32 year old Elton Brand has to be tough on his body. Brand looked slow, out of it and simply worn down. But what can you expect from a player his age in a condensed season? There’s going to be nights like the one against the Wizards, where Brand’s legs are going to be heavy and he’ll struggle to perform.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -2

Iguodala was great. He was aggressive from the opening tip, looking to create shots for himself on the offensive end and setting up teammates in transition. AI9 was in a good rhythm against the Wizards and he continues to excel pushing the ball for fast-break opportunities. Collins also praised his defensive efforts following the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Remember when Spencer Hawes came out really hot to start the season? Remember when he had four double-doubles in the first six games and was equally impressive in the other two contests? Yeah, I miss that Spencer Hawes. I guess we’ll just blame it on the nagging back injury.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Meeks went from scoring a career-high 26 points against Washington on Friday, to hardly being relevant the next night. His five points all came in the first quarter of the ball game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

I still can’t tell if Holiday taking 17 shots is a good or bad thing. The positive: He’s being aggressive and attacked the lengthy JaVale McGee at the rim several times. The negative: The 7-6 have plenty of guys that can score, maybe 17 shots is too high. It’d be nice to see him create more as a passer (averaging 4.5 assists heading into Saturday’s game).

Tony Battie, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

In only his fifth game appearance of the young season, Battie showed why he rarely gets on the floor. Battie is simply a solid veteran guy who’ll warm the bench when Hawes and Vucevic are healthy. Tonight he received minutes once Collins felt uncomfortable putting Hawes in due to his back injury.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +13

After a 19 point performance on Friday night, Lou-Will did not disappoint in DC. Williams was feeling it from downtown and connected on four long distance treys. He finished with a team-high 24 points and is the Sixers leading scorer on the season.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +11

In the post game media questioning, Doug Collins mentioned only running a single play for Thaddeus Young the entire ball game. And yet, Young was still able to deliver with 18 points off the bench. When asked how he was able to score 18 while only being called upon once, “Just from having a natural feel for the game and knowing where the ball is at all times,” he explained.

Evan Turner, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +15

Turner never got in rhythm on the offensive end and although he made a few good passes, he rarely looked to create for himself. Turner’s thigh looked to be the reason for his lack of production. ET said he caught a bruise from JaVale McGee’s thigh during a moving pick. Turner said “I’ll ice it and rest it and be good to go.” So Philly fans should not be concerned.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

Just like Battie and Hawes, the rookie struggled to keep up with JaVale in the paint. However, he did grab a pair of offensive boards over him during the 2nd quarter.

Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

No, the rookie did not accumulate any floor time in the contest, but he did get an assist in the locker room after Lou Williams shouted “Hey Lavoy, this chicken ain’t going to cut itself.” Allen promptly found the veteran a knife to eat with.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Last Night


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GM 10: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/12 12:28 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 79 Final

Recap | Box Score

85 New York Knicks
Elton Brand, PF 38 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +10

Overall Brand had a solid night. The NYK bigs present some problems for Brand, but he did a decent job on the defensive end. He also had several very solid weak side help plays. He didn’t shoot the ball all that well, but he put in some big baskets when the 76ers needed them. Despite all the rest he got against the Pacers, EB still looked tired tonight.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -1

To be honest we were disappointed in AI9′s game tonight. He wasn’t horrible, just disappointing. We know he’s not going to shut down Melo, but at times he got simply abused by Anthony. On the offensive end, he waited to long to get going. Everyone in Philadunkia nation saw this as a big game as did all in the Sixers locker room. Your “star” player can not wait until 5 minutes left in the 2nd Q to get on the scoreboard in a “big” game.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -1

A surprising start led to a decent effort by Battie. Who knew he could still dunk?

Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -14

Do we have enough evidence yet that Meeks is not the answer at the SG spot? You have one job — hit open jumpers! Meeks doesn’t do it enough.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +9

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | +22
A rocky night for Jrue as well. He had a few moments of brilliance, but also some very troubling plays. Jrue seemed to have trouble with the pressure applied by Shumpert and Douglas and he settled for too many jumpers in the game. Your starting PG has to get to the FT line, especially when you are trying to claw your way back from a 14 point deficit. To have zero FT attempts for an entire game is unacceptable.

Lou Williams, PG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -16

See what had happened…

Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +3

A poor shooting night for Thad resulted from the fact that “yungsmoove” hoisted up too many 14-16 footers. However his energy and defense were great again tonight. His 10 fourth quarter points (including 8 straight) keyed the Sixers 12-2 run and made this game interesting for Philadunkia nation.

Evan Turner, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Another solid effort from Turner. We could have lived without one or two of his forced mid-range jumpers (especially the bad leaner in the late 3rd), but we’ll consider those as growing pains. We’re not in love with how much Collins is having ET handle the ball. There’s no doubt that Evan Turner can dribble for a player his size, but over the last two games we’ve noticed that he has significant trouble holding on to the rock when he encounters traffic on his way through the lane.

Nikola Vucevic, C 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -19

Decent effort by the rook. He was simply out classed down low tonight.

After the Jump….Six Things We Saw Tonight


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