CSNphilly just completed performance reviews & the most interesting part to me were the "signature games" I agreed with some & disagreed with some & wanted to know what you guys thought(I am not going to include bench warmers in this post).
Doug Collins- Game 4 against Boston Eastern Conference semifinals link
Sometimes a head coach in the NBA needs to do a little more than put together the Xs and the Os. Other times it’s about putting together rotations in which the players work well together, as well as a little bit of motivation, too. Often a coach has to juggle all of those elements, which is exactly what Collins did during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Celtics. Trailing by 18 points in the third quarter and at risk of falling behind 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, Collins kept his team motivated to mount an inexplicable comeback despite shooting just 18 percent in the first quarter and a slightly improved 26 percent in the second quarter. The Sixers were able to win the game and tie up the series at 2-2 because of a defensive scheme that limited Rajon Rondo to just six points in the second half and forced Kevin Garnett to shoot 3 for 12 for just nine points. Moreover, the Sixers’ defense forced Garnett and Rondo into 11 combined turnovers (seven for Garnett). Meanwhile, the Sixers stayed in the game with the turnovers, chances at the foul line (36) and offensive rebounds (17) with players like Thad Young and rookie Lavoy Allen playing in the low post, while completely taking the Celtics out of their game plan.
Agree but it's kinda harder to do this with the coach then the players in my opinion
Forcing a game seven against the Celtics was possible in large part because of Holiday's play. The third-year point guard was crafty and assertive in getting to the rim, leading the Sixers in scoring with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting and going 6-for-6 from the foul line. He also had six assists.
Agree, not because of his offense though he played some good defense in this game too holding Allen to 9pts on 4-11fg
Evan Turner- March 10th against New York link
Turner caught fire when he was placed into the starting lineup during the second week of March. He scored 26 against the Celtics on 11-for-19 shooting on March 7 and followed that with a 16-points, 12-rebounds effort against the Jazz on March 9. However, the coup de grâce came on March 10 at Madison Square Garden where Turner scored 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting with 15 rebounds. He scored 13 points during the third quarter in which the Sixers took a 16-point lead over the Knicks. Add in the 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting against Indiana on March 14 and Turner put together a four-game stretch in which he shot 36 for 57 (63.2 percent) for 87 points.
Agree, I was going to say the Celtics game because I thought he had 12rebs & 6ast in that game but it turned out that happened in the Jazz game
The Sixers would not have made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals had it not been for Andre Iguodala and the two free throws he made with 2.2 seconds remaining in Game 6 against the Chicago Bulls.
Chicago big man Omer Asik missed not one, but two free throws with seven seconds left on the clock. Iguodala rebounded the second miss and drove end to end, attacking the rim and getting fouled in the process.
It seemed a bold move at the time because Iguodala shot a career -low .617 from the foul line during the regular season – and was even worse than that during fourth quarters. But In Game 6, he had a calmness to him and a confidence shooting those freebies from 15 feet.
The first free throw tied the game at 78. The second brought the final score to 79-78 in favor of the home team. Iguodala led all scorers that night with 20 points, and for the first time in his eight-year career, he advanced to the second round of the postseason.
Agree because of the 2 free throws & his son
Reeling after a loss on the road to the lowly Washington Wizards, Brand piled the Sixers on his back the next night and led them to a 95-90 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. In the game, Brand shot 10 for 12 with 25 points and 10 rebounds in 37 minutes. He got 13 of those points and five rebounds during the pivotal fourth quarter.
Disagree, I am going to go with our only win against the Magic. Probably seems like an odd choice since he didn't have a lot of pts or rebs but if I remember correctly he had some big defensive plays against Dwight and if he didn't make those we might not win that game
Spencer Hawes- his profile isn't coming up so I'll say his signature game was game 4 against Chicago
When the Sixers needed a high-energy player to battle with the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Young stepped up. In 31 minutes off the bench, Young scored 12 points on eight shots, got to the foul line six times and snagged five of his nine rebounds on the offensive glass. Better yet, in the fourth quarter of the game Young deftly dished to rookie Lavoy Allen on drives to the hoop and then hustled from the weak side to block the game-tying shot by Rajon Rondo with 36.6 seconds left in the game to seal it.
Disagree, only time I remember Thad on KG he was getting abused in the post Lavoy was the one going to battle with him. Anyways the game I chose was our first against Chicago he had 19 and 8 on 7-12fg
Lou Williams- March 11th against New York link
When looking at a scorer it is easy to identify their best contribution in the course of a season by simply targeting the game they scored the most points. Williams had 28 points in a Sunday matinee at Madison Square Garden in New York City March 11. He was tremendous, shooting 10 of 19 from the floor and 5 for 6 from the foul line.
Disagree, I'd go with the game against the Lakers he shot better & helped us comeback when at one point it seemed like we had no chance because it seemed like Kobe couldn't miss a shot
Mired in a shooting slump in which he shot 9 for 27 from the field and just 3 for 14 from three-point range, Meeks broke out in the home opener on Jan. 6 for 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting with four three-pointers to lead the Sixers to a victory over Detroit.
Disagree, I'd go with the game against the Wizards on January 13th. Meeks shot 10/11fg(6/7 from 3) had 4reb 2ast 2stl & 0to
Lavoy Allen- Game 2 against Boston Eastern Conference semifinals link
Coming off the bench for big men Spencer Hawes and Elton Brand in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Allen scored 12 points with eight rebounds along with three offensive rebounds in 31 minutes. But more than that, Allen was coach Doug Collins’ answer for Celtics center Kevin Garnett when the Sixers went to a four-guard lineup.
Agreed, without his defense on KG I'm not sure that series goes 7 games Collins should of played him 20-30 minutes every game which he didn't the last 3
Nikola Vucevic had two double-doubles -- points and rebounds -- this past season and both came against the Celtics. The 6-foot-10 rookie appeared in 51 games and made 15 starts, but in those two games against Boston he was aggressive and shot the ball extremely well (13-for-25 combined). In both contests, he came off the bench, a role he said he prefers. He scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds on March 7 at the Wells Fargo Center and then on Easter Sunday at TD Garden made 6 of 10 field goal attempts for 14 points and grabbed 13 boards.
For as well as Vucevic played against Boston in the regular season, he saw just two minutes and 51 seconds of playing time against the Celtics during the seven games the Sixers played against them in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Agreed, if I had to choose one I'd go with the win, still don't understand why he didn't play more against them in the playoffs when Hawes couldn't do anything & Brand was ineffective.
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