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Now That’s Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/14 3:34 pm EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyAfter dropping both ends of a back-to-back set this weekend, the Sixers have now lost six of their last seven games.  The last two defeats  – Friday’s loss to a motivated Heat squad and last night’s ass whopping by the Bulls — were simply too embarrassing to warrant a Rapid Reacts post.

At the end of the 2013-14 season, we may look back at this lost weekend in mid-January and recognize it as the moment when the season of the tank became unwatchable.

After the jump, a look at some of the disturbing trends and numbers from Friday and Saturday night.


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GM 38: Rapid (Lucky 13) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/16/14 10:27 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +3As I mentioned in my preview post for this game, I was looking for a fast start and a big night for Thad.  That didn’t happen as #21 only got one look at the hoop in the 1st Q and had 3 TOs in that portion of the game.  He played decently the rest of the night, but was headed for a disappointing run until he drilled the GWing 3-ball.  It was his only made FG of the 4th Q (1-4). FYI…Previous to that 3PM, Thad was 2-for-his-last-11 from deep….Lastly, Thad is averaging only 11.6 ppg. in his last 4 runs.  Hopefully hitting that big shot pulls Thad out of his mini-slump.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +17A stellar 4th Q (11 points on 5-6 from the field) turned an okay night by Turner into a real crowd pleaser.  50% shooting from the field and 100% from the FT line last night.  Holy sh**!

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +8A very solid double-double by Hawes was tainted by 5 turnovers and an inability to provide any resistance on Al Jefferson.  However the 3-ball hawes splashed home in the late 4th Q was huge and he handed out 7 dimes.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +9A near triple-double for MCW was highlighted by 12 points in the 1st half and a beautiful assist on Thad’s GW’er.  However, his missed FT with the Sixers up 92-90 nearly killed me and he (as well as others) got lit up by Kemba Walker.

James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1I still would prefer if JA was coming of the bench and providing a scoring spark, but last night he played fine (as long as we don’t talk about defense). When he scored 4 points early, I actually thought he was headed for a big night.  I was mistaken, but there’s nothing wrong with the way he played.


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GM37: Rapid (Tank-a-rific) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/14 9:23 am EST
New York Knicks 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +2A fast start by Thad did not produce the big night I was looking for from #21.  He was solid on offense and had two great hustle steals that led to FB lay ups in the 2nd Q and another in the 3rd, but that’s all I have in my notes for Thad.  He had trouble guarding Amare, which was to be expected.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | 0ET drilled a 3-ball in the st Q and totaled 6 points in the opening Q and then he went MIA.  Turner only attempted 1 FG in the deciding 2nd Q. In the post game media time, he was one of the first to complain about the slippery condition of the floor.  Go figure.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -15How Spence managed nearly a double-double last night is beyond me.  He was 1-for-his-first-5 from the field and at another point in the game missed 6 straight FGAs.  In addition to poor shooting, he spent the majority of the game riding the refs.  Eventually he got T’d up.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -2There’s nothing wrong with the game MCW had last night (a near triple-double), I just thought he would have more success against the NYK backcourt.  The dunk he flushed in the 1st Q was nice.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -5I really felt Anderson had found a role as the a scoring guard off the Sixers bench, so I was not a big fan of moving him back into the starting lineup.  But he has produced during his first 2-games back in the first-five (13 & 7 per), so I tip my cap to him. 10 of his points came in the 4th Q.  However he is 1-6 from deep in the last two Sixers L’s.


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GM35: Rapid (Tanking is Back) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/08/14 11:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25I did not think Thad looked tired last night.  I believe it was just one of those nights where his shot was not falling and that is going to happen occassionally if you play in the NBA long enough.  Unfortunately the Sixers are not going to win / compete in many games when Thad is off this badly.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11Turner couldn’t play his way out of a 1-5 1st Q funk and that was one of the big reasons the Sixers were doomed last night. That’s now two straight games where Turner has been MIA.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -19His bucket early in the 1st Q came as a surprise to me and I thought we might see a “big night” out of Thompson.  I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -23Despite his 5 points early in the 1st Q, I thought Hawes looked very sluggish and his quotes post game about needing a day off supported my observations.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | -30Forget that MCW scored a career high 33 points on 52% shooting. The most amazing item from last night is that he only turned the ball over once. ONCE!  The kid is special.


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GM34: Rapid (Heat Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/07/14 10:58 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 126 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -22The Eastern Conference Player of the Week got off to a qucik start with 13 points in the first quarter.  #21 also had a great swat in the 1st Q.  Unfortunately Thad had little support from his teammates and this one got away from the Sixers in the 2nd Q.  Brown rested Thad for most of the 2nd half.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -27ET only scored 5 points in the 1st Q last night and his first FGA/bucket did not come until the 7:56 mark. During the 4-game win streak, Turner was much more aggressive during the opening minutes of the game. Turner was 0-2 during the deciding stretch of this game (mid to late 2nd Q).  He recovered to shoot 3-5 and score 8 points in the early 3rd Q, but it was too late for the Sixers.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -19Arguably Thompson’s best game in weeks. That tells you all you need to know.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 7 PTS | -21Spence scored 5 points in the 1st Q and there’s not much else to say.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -23MCW scored 8 points in the 2nd Q, unfortunately he got zero help from his teammates during that stretch and the Wolves put together a 24-8 run to end the 1st half and essentially the game.  In the future, I’d like to see more trips to the FT line from my starting PG.


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GM33: Rapid (SMH) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/14 12:24 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Portland Trail Blazers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 41 MIN | 14-20 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 30 PTS | +6I’m not sure I have any words for how well Thad plaayed last night against one of the best teams in the NBA.  He matched his season high with 30 points, thanks to a quick start (8 points in the 1st Q) and 70% shooting.  He closed strong as well — 10 pts. in 3rd & 8 pts. in 4th.  Thad had a huge lay-in with 1 min left in the game and his tip-in with :36 remaining was a game saver.  Young has at least 25 points in six of his last seven games.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +8It seems of late that Turner is making an effort to be more aggressive on offense after the opening tip and it is working.  last night his 10 points in the 1st Q helped the Sixers to an early 18-4 lead.  ET also posted 7 pts. in the 4th Q including 2 huge FTs in the final ticks.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4I realize his defense is solid, but again, I have to ask, “Isn’t there someone in the D-League or Europe with enough talent to bump this guy out of the first-five?”

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +11When Hawes bruied that early 3PA in front of a host of family members and friends in attendance, I thought he was going to have a huge night.  Instead Hawes was simply solid and came close to a triple-double.  In Spence’s defense, with Turner, Thad and MCW shooting the ball a combined 56 times, there just weren’t that many looks for Hawes last night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -5Not a great shooting night for the Sixers’ rookie, but I like that he got to the FT line and knocked down the freebies. Hopefully he does not have a concussion.


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GM32: Rapid (3 Str8 Wins) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/14 10:24 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 113 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Sacramento Kings
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-16 FG | 9-9 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 28 PTS | +9Simply amazing again.  Young had 11 points in the third quarter (including 7 straight) when the Sixers pushed their lead to 15 points.  Thad also had a great follow dunk on TWroe’s misssed lay up in the 4th Q.  In his past nine outings, Young is averaging 22+ points per night on 55% shooting.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 11-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +21ET got off to a quick start with a couple of nice left handed buckets and put up 10 pts. in the opening Q (13 1st half points). He was steady the rest of the night and racked up a double-double.  Is it me or is Turner suddenly on a mission to score the ball in bunches?

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +2I have nothing against Hollis personally, I just find it hard to believe that Hinkie can’t find a better player for the Sixers first-five somehwere out there in the basketball world.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 17 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -10Hawes, who played his first 3 seasons with the Kings, was booed all game. Apparently the Sacto faithful were not happy with Spence’s comments last season when the city was trying to keep the team in Sacramento and he publicly stated he wanted the Seattle group to buy the Kings and move them. The reception seemed to have an impact on Hawes’ game last night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +3MCW looked tired last night and I wonder if the rookie’s first ever west coast swing has gotten to him.


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GM31: Rapid (B2B Ws) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/02/14 11:28 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Denver Nuggets
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +2A rare off night for Thad (and he still posted a double-double), who had scored 25+ in four straight games.  Luckily the Sixers didn’t need a huge night from #21 to beat the slumping Nuggs.  I know Thad has been stroking 3′s off late, but I am not sure I want him attempting 6 per night. He put up 8 points during the sixers huge 2nd Q and his spin move on the fb during the 3rd Q was smooth.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +11I really liked that Turner was super aggressive last night and got to the FT line.  ET also had a balanced scoring night, putting up 5 or more points in every Q.  My one knock is that I at times I thought he pounded the ball into the floor a little too long.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9I know Thompson is not going to shoot 5-6 every night, but if the Sixers are to win (and some of us may not want that to happen), they need production similar to this from their starting SF every night.  Thompson scored 7 points in the big 2nd Q.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +2A solid night from Spence who hit some big 3′s in this game and handed out some pretty assits.  It’s amazing that 13 & 8 night is now a bit of a let down from Hawes.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +1A very good night at the FT line helped off set a poor shooting performance.  MCW also put the game away with a clutch jumper late in the 4h quarter.


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GM30: Rapid (DVR’D) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/30/13 11:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Los Angeles Lakers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 10-21 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +1Thad is playing aruguably the best basketball of his 76ers career — 27.5 ppg. & 8.75 rpg. over his last 4 games.  He scored 7 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, including a incredible AND1 play.  Thad was huge on the fast break and grabbed a number of key rebounds last night.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 9-19 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +5I felt like last night was a classic “The Enigma” game for Turner.  He scored 22 points on 19 shots (not good), but shot nearly 48% from the field (good).  One minute Turner was making a clutch play, the next he had me throwing the remote.  For instance, in the 4th Q Turner scored 10 points, but a number of ill-advised FGAs produced 2-7 shooting in the Q to go along with 2 TOs and getting rejected by Ryan Kelly.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +3I am trying to figure out why Brown is still starting Thompson and not Tony Wroten.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 7-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +12Another solid night for Spence who is boasting an 18.6 ppg. average over his last 3 games.  In addition to scoring and rebounding last night, he really passed the ball well out of the high post. With his jumper working well this year, his trade value has never been higher.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +4MCW had a quiet night until he contributed some big points down the second half of this one — 5 pts in 3rd Q and 4 in 4th Q.  He was money from the FT line and the two he drained with 13 ticks remaining sealed the W for the Sixers.


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GM28: Rapi (No D) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/22/13 8:39 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 116 Milwaukee Bucks
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 11-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 30 PTS | -1It’s going to be a shame when Thad get traded as he really is a joy to watch.  He opened the game hitting 3 of his first 4 FGAs and really never took his foot off the gas.  Thad played with his usual high energy and did it all last night.  He drained 3′s, cleaned the boards, made a couple fantatstic outlet passes and tossed in a swat of an OJ Mayo bunny in the 3rd Q.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 2-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -8An 0-4 start from the field extended out to 1-6 shooting in the 1st half and “The Enigma” never recovered.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4How long can Brown continue to start this guy over the steady Tony Wroten?

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 10-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +3I hope Spence gets Brett Brown a really nice Xmas gift, because Spence has never looked better on offense.  Two big highlights for me last night: The pass he threw from the high post to a back door cutting Turner in the 2nd Q and the nice AND 1 he put on the board in the 4th Q. was th

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | 0MCW racked up one of the quietest double-doubles I can remember.  He had a vicious slam in the in the 2nd Q, but other than that play and a smooth dime to Hawes in the 3rd Q he just punched the clock last night.  On defense he continues to have trouble with small, quick point guards and last night he made Brandon Knight look like an All-Star.


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