03/03/12 3:11 pm EST
|Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +13
This is the Elton Brand we’ve been waiting to see all year. Brand had a strong double-double(14 points, 14 rebounds) as well as played with high intensity on the defensive end (two steals, two blocks). He had the team fired up all game and the team responded. It’s a good thing to see and hopefully he can keep it up.
|Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | +14
Andre has been playing some of his best basketball of the season after the All-Star break. Maybe he finally wants to play the leadership role for this team. Andre had a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while also dishing a team-high six assists. His improved play this season is a great thing to see. You can tell he wants to win more than ever and will do anything he can for that to happen. He also hit a three to give fans free Big Macs and put the Sixers over the century mark late in the game (For the 1st time in 19 runs). That’s a clutch shot in my book.
|Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +6
Lavoy had himself a solid game. 10 points and seven boards in 20 minutes is all the team’s asking for. They’re the type of numbers he’d put up nightly for the Temple Owls. Maybe he’s got March Madness on his mind?
|Jodie Meeks, G 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +5
Jodie was…well Jodie. He played little minutes as Doug Collins found other options to take his spot on the floor. Is there a worse starter in the NBA right now?
|Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +24
Jrue played some pretty good D on shot machine Monta Ellis, holding him to 10-22 from the floor. He also added 13 points while dishing four. Once again this wasn’t a great performance by Holiday, but enough to get the W. We’re all waiting for him to step up.
|Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 9-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | +13
This game was Lou’s apology for not showing up in the 4th in the teams loss to the Thunder. Lou hit for 25 on 9-15 shooting. He also dished three assists, which seems to be a skill he’s been using more often. His 25 points was a game-high, well…he was a fourth of the way to Wilt’s 100. We’ll get to that after the jump.
|Thaddeus Young, F 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +14
Thaddeus has been playing some inspired basketball lately. Young had 16 points and seven rebounds, however he did have a tough time guarding a bigger David Lee who hit for 24 and pulled down 15 rebounds. Since the ASB Young is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds for the now famous “Night Shift” (Although it was hilarious that ESPN announcer mark Jones did not know the Sixers bench had that nickname). It could be time for Collins to plug him into a starting role.
|Evan Turner, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +12
When is Evan Turner going to get more PT? In seven of the teams last 12 games, Turner has seen the court for less than 20 minutes. During that same time-span the Sixers are 4-8. When Turner has played 25 or more minutes this season the Sixers are 9-7. The Sixers aren’t dramatically better with Turner on the court (Except for at rebounding.), but better nonetheless. He would definitely put up better numbers than four points and five rebounds.
|Nikola Vucevic, C 15 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +9
Nik wasn’t used much in this game. Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen did enough to stay in the game. Still love whenever Malik Rose does this call, unfortunately it didn’t happen in this game:
After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night