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- I only saw the first through the third quarters, as I fell asleep while watching the replay on CSN at around 3:30, so that’s all I’ll be commenting on. Of course, that was the only time the game was actually relevant.
- Nikola Vucevic will be a contributor, especially if one thing that looked good continues to look good: his touch around the rim. While Thaddeus Young may be the king of finishing around the rim, Vucevic’s runner was something none of our bigs (re: Brand, Battie, Hawes, and Speights) can really do at all. Having someone other than Young who has some touch around the rim is definitely a good thing.
- The Sixers as a whole didn’t play exceedingly well, except for at the beginning of the third quarter. Even then, the Suns had some makeable shots – they just didn’t actually make them. That team is not that good, sadly.
- Spencer Hawes had another good rebounding night. So far, through two games, he’s averaging 12.5 rebounds in 32.5 minutes per game. Last year, he averaged 5.7 in 21.2 minutes per game. So, as of now, he’s averaging a rebound every 2.6 minutes compared to one every 3.7 minutes last year. This pace may be unsustainable, but if he can get halfway from 3.7 to 2.6 (or better) for the season, I’d be ecstatic. Also, contract year. Just a thought.
- The Sixers as a team gave up only 9 offensive rebounds, a major improvement over game one. But the Suns are a pathetic rebounding team. Length will still bother the Sixers when going for defensive rebounds, since Young and Elton Brand will still be playing. It remains my biggest concern, especially if Brand continues to labor up and down the court.
- Andre Iguodala had a wonderful first half – while he gambled for more steals than usual, he could afford to do that since it’s not like Grant Hill or Josh Childress are about to blow by him. He also hit all 3 threes he attempted.
- Jrue Holiday had seven free throws and way too many contested mid-range shots. There’s nothing worse to me than a contested 18-footer, because the risk is so high and reward so low. But the free throws were nice. He’s also good to go for tomorrow’s game, with a knee bruise.
- Evan Turner looked aggressive again. Nice to see, but I wish he could match it with more production. I think he can in time – he just has to get into the right lineups (those lineups being ones without Lou Williams controlling the offense).
- Next game will be against the Warriors. The Sixers are 1-1 on the season and their five game road trip. The Warriors shut down the Knicks last night, but I have a feeling it will be more difficult to combat this team.