GM 52: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/31/12 11:05 pm EST
Atlanta Hawks 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 10-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 25 PTS | +11

Elton Brand was phenomenal.  In the decisive fourth period that his team trailed for much of — and, for context, the Sixers were coming off not only their worse loss of the season, but one that knocked them into second place for the first time since December — the veteran went 5-of-6 from the floor for 13 points, and added five rebounds (three of which were offensive), two assists, and a block.  He hit big shot after big shot after big shot.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is clutch.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +10

His knee looked fine tonight.  His outside shot was falling — he went 3-of-4 from deep — and he did typically fine work defensively when he was matched up with Joe Johnson.  He delivered 43 very high-quality minutes.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3

He was productive on the glass, but for the second straight game his touch was shaky.  The last two nights, Spence has gone 5-of-17 from the floor.

Evan Turner, SG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -3

The Kid had a strong third period, scoring 11 points.  He also played the role of good solider for Collins — spending a lot of time at power forward in the dead-legged Thad Young’s stead.  Though Josh Smith scored 34, much of it came against Thad.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS | +13

In what has become an increasingly common occurrence, Holiday’s offensive game was shaky on Saturday, while his defense was just shy of extraordinary.  He held the underrated Jeff Teague to 8 points on 8 shots.

Tony Battie, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Moving along…

Lou Williams, PG 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -10

On night two of a back-to-back, Lou, like Thad Young, looked exhausted.  His effectiveness suffered for it.

Sam Young, SF 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

That’s a lot of zeros.

Thaddeus Young, F 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Like Lou, Thad struggled.  He looked thin, uncharacteristically unexplosive, and was out-hustled and out-muscled by Josh Smith all night.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +12

After following up his career night with a dud, Jodie bounced back with a strong showing for the Sixers.  He played all 12 fourth period minutes.

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