Missed morning shoot around
Elton Brand was given the go ahead to play about an hour before game after suffering from gastroenteritis. If the Washington Wizards had their way the Sixers power forward would’ve been quarantined.
Brand scored 11 first quarter points in a contest where the home team led by as many as 34 points against an uninspired Wizards team in 103-83 laughter at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers were without big men Spencer Hawes and Nikola Vucevic but it didn’t matter as Elton Brand and rookie LaVoy Allen held things down in the paint as the Sixers ran away early and hid from the Wizards who failed to get into any kind of offensive flow. The Sixers now 12-5 bounced back from a tough loss in Miami to record their seventh win by 20+ points in tonight’s 103-83 victory over the hapless Washington Wizards who seemed out of it from the opening tip.
The Sixers stifled the Wizards offense early, as the Wizards shot 7 for 20 (35%) and committed five turnovers leading to twelve Sixers points. Jodie Meeks scored nine first quarter points, including two three pointers as the Sixers shot a blistering 62 percent in the first quarter outscoring the Wizards 33-14. John Wall was held in check by Jrue Holiday (17 pts., 4 assts.) Wall finished the night with 13 points on 5 for 11 shooting with five assists and four turnovers. Wall mentions how the Sixers always seem to show up on the schedule at the wrong time. “They do a great job of forcing us to going back to playing one on one basketball.” Wall continued, “The last three or four games we’ve been close but it seems like we always end up back at Philly.” Wizards long range sniper Nick Young was held in check going 4 for 10 for only 10 points, as the Sixers held the Wizards without a three-point basket (0 for 7) for the entire contest.
The Sixers had a season low seven turnovers and handed out 30 assists on 43 field goals. Andre Iguodala had as many assists at halftime (9) as did the entire Wizards squad. Iggy also added seven points and seven boards - far from gaudy numbers, but Iguodala’s game has to be seen with a true basketball eye to be appreciated. The bench was once again anchored by the play of Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young (14 pts. each) Evan Turner (7 pts., 5 assts.) logged heavy minutes and continues to compensate in other areas when he isn’t scoring. But the night belonged to LaVoy Allen (10 pts., 6 rebs.) who expressed some anxiety as he was expected the extra minutes, but was just fine once he got in the mix: “It felt great, I was a little nervous in the beginning, the starters did a good job of getting us a big lead early.” he credits the Sixers veterans with keeping him focused and encouraged. “They’ve been telling me to stay ready, that my time would come and that it was going to pay off.”
As for Brand the Sixers fast start has cut his minutes down, given some young bigs some needed NBA experience and increased his production. And despite the visit to the sick bay Brand still managed 17 points and 9 rebounds. “I feel good. Had to have this win tonight so you know, whatever it took.” Brand spoke about the needed rest: “When coach makes it so that I can be off my feet and not have a lot of practice, I have to keep going and keep on rockin’.”
Rock on EB!