76ers Eliminate Bulls: Grades and Analysis

With Andre Iguodala’s two free throws with two seconds left, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 79-78, winning their first playoff series since Allen Iverson led them in 2003. Granted, they did face a weakened Bulls team with stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah on the bench, but an 8th-seed knocking off a deep 1st-seed is still impressive.

After a great series, let’s give out Game 6 grades:

Andre shooting his game-winning FTs.

Andre IguodalaA+

Iguodala played his best game of this series, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. When most of the other 76ers were struggling, he managed to come up with very clutch shots. Iggy had no turnovers, one steal, one block, and led the team in assists with 7 in 43 minutes. He also managed to score 20 points on 7-12 from the field, including two very crucial foul shots that won the game for the 76ers.

Jrue HolidayA-

Although Jrue wasn’t as efficient as Iggy and didn’t manage to make as many headlines, he did have the highest ± ratio in 41 minutes and was tied for second with Lou Williams in points with 14. Jrue shot 4-11 from the field and 4-5 from the line, had 3 defensive rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Overall, not amazing stats, but good enough to help get the win for the Sixers.

Lou Williams: C+

Lou Will wasn’t very impressive in Game 6.

One of the better bench scorers in the NBA, Lou Williams had a good season but has struggled in the postseason, especially this game. In 26 minutes, he shot a head-shaking 6-19 from the field, 4-7 from the line, and committed 3 turnovers. Fortunately, he made up it by recording 14 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 rebounds. This wasn’t his best game, but hopefully he can play much better against Boston.

Evan TurnerB

In 29 minutes, Turner shot 4-12 from the field and 2-2 from the line, scoring 10 points. He snatched 5 rebounds and blocked one shot and had no turnovers, yet had a -10 ratio. He could have done a better job setting up the offense when Holiday left the game, but overall his performance was okay.

Spencer Hawes: B+

Hawes had a nice game, grabbing a team-high 10 rebounds, dishing out two assists, and scoring 10 points on 4-11 shooting from the field. However, he did have two turnovers, had a ± ratio of -4, and had 5 personal fouls, nearly causing him to foul out. This foul trouble limited him to only 31 minutes, but after incredible performances in Games 3 and 4, Philadelphia has nothing to complain about here.

Elton Brand: C-

Elton Brand may have played the worst on the Sixers, scoring only 5 points on 2-9 shooting and 1-2 from the line in 35 minutes.  He struggled to make easy shots when the Sixers did execute nicely, and his inability to be a paint presence made this win much tougher than it should have been.

Young had a decent game and could be crucial for the Sixers against Boston.

Thaddeus Young: B

In 30 minutes, Thaddeus didn’t play that bad of a game, scoring 8 points on 4-8 shooting from the field. He also snagged 6 rebounds, 3 offensive, and blocked two shots. He was really dominated at points by Taj Gibson, but if he can recover against the Celtics the Sixers could really make a statement against the Celtics front court.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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One Comment on “76ers Eliminate Bulls: Grades and Analysis”

  1. Sam Dyer
    May 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    If Scalabrine was in it would be an easy bulls win. Sixers got lucky with that one.

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