Saturday, December 27, 2014

Ahoy, Lavoy!!!

Sixers are playing well with Lavoy Allen in the lineup.

Ahoy, Lavoy!!!

Temple's Lavoy Allen — capitalizing on the club's hampering injuries to the front line — has played himself right into a regular role off the bench with the Sixers.

In the last three games (all wins), the Sixers have outscored their opponents by 49 points in the 67-plus minutes he has played. More impressively, they have been outscored narrowly in the nearly 77 minutes they have played without him.

Wednesday night, he entered the game midway through the first period with the club down six to the Bulls. When he left, 10 minutes later, they were up eight.

 The club's numbers with and without Allen the last three games:

      WITH ALLEN WITHOUT ALLEN  
Date Opponent  Score Time Score Margin  Time Score Margin  Diff. 
Jan. 28  Pistons 95-75  23:51   57-31 +26 24:09   38-  43  -  5 +31
Jan. 30 Magic 74-69 16:46   24-17 +  7 31:14   50-  52 -  2 +  9
Feb. 1 Bulls 98-82 26:29   59-43 +16 21:31   39-  39 Even +16
  Totals 67:06  140-91  +49 76:54  127-134 -  7 +56
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