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Sixers Hit Rock Bottom

Posted by: C. Smith
12/17/13 10:30 am EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyAfter the loss on Saturday night to Portland I decided to pass on the usual Rapid Reacts analysis of the game because I had nothing positive to write about the 76ers.  In a string of bad L’s, the loss to the Blazers stood out as simply embarrassing – possibly the worst of the season.

And then last night’s debacle in Brooklyn happened, and the Sixers established a new low for this tanking team.  So again, with nothing constructive to say, I will skip the Rapid Reacts format and go straight into rant mode.

Just to be clear, I remain firmly committed to the tanking process.  I realize that the key to a better future for the 76ers relies heavily on securing a top 5 pick in the 2014 Draft.  So I was prepared to lose a ton of games in 2013-14.

Still, I didn’t sign up for the garbage I have witnessed from the Sixers in their last two contests.


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GM24: Rapid (DeRozan / Ross) Reacts

Posted by: Alex Gorge
12/14/13 9:08 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Toronto Raptors
Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +2Thad had the most efficient game of any 76er on the offensive end of the floor.  One of Philadelphia’s mistakes may have been not going to Young more often. High point of his game was back to back baskets in the 4th quarter cutting the lead to 87-82. Low was his post defense although that is not entirely on him.  Young was the only 76er to shoot over 50% from the floor excluding Lavoy Allen’s 2-3 performance.
Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 7-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +4“The Enigma” had a solid game stat wise but was inefficient in his mid range shooting.  Obviously the shots will continue to come for Turner but at this point I would have no problem trading him for Dion Waiters.  The only con to that trade would be that the 76er’s tanking regiment is better suited with Turner on the floor.
Hollis Thompson, SF 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7The former Georgetown Hoya looked very unimpressive in 26 min of action tonight.  Thompson’s offensive game has looked unreliable in recent games and if he doesn’t improve his learning curve soon he may start seeing a lot less playing time.
Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -10The Yeti had a good game considering the fact that he was the entirety of 76′s post defense friday night.  Hawes had his hands full and couldn’t do the job of guarding Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson alone.  Valanciunas and Johnson ended up with a combined 29 points and 23 rebounds.  If the 7-6 can find a way to help Hawes out on the defensive side, it may open him up for more explosive offensive games.
Tony Wroten, SG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 23 PTS | -5Wroten is doing his job in a Josh McCown like way other than the whole getting the win thing.  A lunch pale type effort with a below average shooting percentage, Wroten led the Sixers in scoring.  The low shooting percentage is a little understandable, in that Wroten probably has more duties than he’s capable of handling when he is the lone true PG.

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GM23: Rapid (Blown Lead) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/12/13 10:01 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Minnesota Timberwolves
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -3A fast start by Thad (8 pts in 1st Q) didn’t produce the huge night I thought he would post agianst the suspect defense of the Wolves.  I really like that he was aggressive and drove the ball at the hoop for buckets.  Still he was 0-2 from deep and the late 4th Q TO he committed in the backcourt was the dagger in this game for the Sixers.
Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 9 TO | 13 PTS | -7See what had happened…A solid and efficient 1st half by Turner (11 pts. & 4 rebs) simply disappeared into the frigid Minnesota night. “The Enigma” returned and went 0-4 in the 3rd Q with numerous TOs.  Coming into last night’s game, ET was 8 for his last 28 on 3PAs (28%), so he decided to hoist up 4 more 3PAs vs. MIN.  The last ill advised 3PA came in the closing minutes of the 4th Q with the Sixers only trailing by 4.  Unreal.  ZERO FTAs!!!
Hollis Thompson, SF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -13HT is a nice player, but he is not a starter in this League and that’s becoming more apparent with each night.
Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -7Spence recovered from his worst outing of the season to post the type of numbers we have seen from him all year.  His 11 points in the 2nd Q fueled the Sixers solid play heading into halftime.  The pump fake to Euro-step floater he scored in the 3rd Q was a great move as well.  Spence also fed a nice dime to Lavoy in that same quarter.  Still if he could have played some D and grabbed a defensive rebound once in a while, the Sixers would have won last night.
Tony Wroten, SG 28 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -5If Wroten could lay off the 3PAs he could be a nice backcourt mate for MCW.  TWroe was 1-3 last night and is now he is 3 for his last 25 from deep.

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GM22: Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/13 10:37 am EST
Los Angeles Clippers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -7A 2-for-7 start prevented Thad from having a really big night as he got a lot of great looks against the defensively challenged Blake Griffin.  Despite foul trouble (lousy calls), Thad racked up a double-double.  I especially like the way he went right at Griffin and pushed the NBA’s poster boy around the paint.  However, 16 points on 16 FGAs is not an efficient scoring night (yeah I know he shot 50% from the field).  Also zero FTAs is not a stat I like to see from my starting PF.
Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 11-23 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | -11Typical 2013-14 night for Turner…He stuffs the stat sheet and looked awesome at times.  But there were moments last night where he made me throw the remote.  He scored 13 points on 12 FGAs in the 1st half (Bad!); but ET also scored 7 straight points in the 4th Q (Good!).
Hollis Thompson, SF 39 MIN | 1-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -12I love that HT got to the FT line and converted.  He also put together a nice stretch in the 3rd Q where he scored 5 points.  But 1-7 shooting is about as cold as a baller can get.
Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -14A season-low 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting and missed both of the 3-pointers he attempted, snapping at 20 his streak of games with at least one trey
Tony Wroten, SG 36 MIN | 2-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -8Unfortunatley TWroe has no off switch when it comes to shooting and last night that killed the Sixers.

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GM20: (Now That’s Tanking) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/13 12:03 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

105 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -18Thad scored the Sixers first 6 points and than was limited by injury the rest of the way.  After a great steal off of Zeller, Thad looked like he tweaked something in his back as he went in for an awkward layin.
Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -516 points on 18 FGAs is not the type of efficiency Bret Brown is looking for out of Turner.  1 FTA is not a great stat either.  He also got clowned in the 3rd Q by a Kemba Walker around the back dribble.  So not a great night for Turner.
Hollis Thompson, SF 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | 0HT got off to a quick start last night by drilling 4 out of his first 4 shots.  He was also 2-2 from deep in the 1st half.  But he, like most of the Sixers disappeared in the 2nd half.
Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -10Obviously last night was not Spence’s best shooting performance and IMO he’s now hoisting up too many 3′s.  I know he was 2-2 in the 1st Q, but still…I don’t have any other notes on him from last night and he racked up a double-double.  Which means it couldn’t have been that impressive.

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GM19: Rapid (2OT) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/13 9:46 am EST
Orlando Magic 125 FinalRecap | Box Score 126 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 48 MIN | 10-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +9Thad’s play since his return from a personal leave of absence has been outstanding. #21 put up 7 points in the 3rd Q; his intense block/pin at the 1 minute mark of the 4th Q was a game saver; he scored huge baskets in the 4th Q; splashed a 3-pointer in the first OT and had a smooth drive to the hoop in 2OT.  It’s fun to watch Thad playing so well.  The only issue I had with his play last night is that Thad had significant trouble guarding “Big Baby” Davis.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 10-13 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 24 PTS | +12 He still dribbles to rock too much for my tastes, but for the most part, I really liked what I saw from Turner last night until the 4th Q.  In that Q, Turner was 2-5 with 4 TOs
Hollis Thompson, SF 33 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +10It was only his second game in the starting lineup and Hollis produced a very efficient effort.  He was 3-3 for 8 points in the 1st Q and HT’s dive on the floor, hustle play for a loose bal in the 2OT was a key to this W.
Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +1Without Vucevic in the lineup, Spencer was able to concentrate on his offensive game and nearly put up another double-double…Hawes supllied the Sixers with needed scoring in the 3rd Q when he threw in 9 points.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 47 MIN | 11-19 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 27 PTS | +12MCW was simply amazing last night.  Some highlights…He scored 4 straight in the 2nd Q and 11 overall in the 1st half to keep teh Sixers in this one early.  The rookie had a huge reb & put back with :55 remaining in the game.  The dime he dropped to Anderson in OT was fantastic.  As was his drive and finger roll in that same quarter.  He had another amazing assist in the 2nd OT and his lefty layin during that stanza was clutch. With his triple-double, MCW joined Tony Wroten an exclusive 76ers club.  Wroten’s came on Nov. 13 in an 123-117 overtime win against the Rockets.  Previous to Wroten’s and now MCW’s tripled-double, the last Sixer triple-double was by Andre Iguodala on March 23, 2005.

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GM18: (Drumm’d) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/13 10:47 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, PF 29 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -7Thad was awesome last night and appeared to be the only Sixer willing to mix it up with the Pistons bigs.  His second effort AND1 in the 3rd Q was simply awesome.  Thad posted 10 points in the 3rd Q.  In the three games since his return from a personal leave of absence, Thad is playing great ball and averaging 21.6 ppg. and 8 boards.  He is also shooting 46% on threes (6-13).
Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1I liked a lot of what I saw from Turner last night including the 13 points he scored in the 3rd Q and that he got to the FT line.  But his defense is getting worse and when he got picked by Andre Drummond in the backcourt and than fouled him, I nearly lost my mind.
Hollis Thompson, SF 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13With how well he has been playing of late, I expected a little more from Hollis in his first start.  Hopefully it was just a case of nerves and Brett Brown sticks with him in the first-five, because he certainly has earned a shot at starting.
Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -3Spence provided no resistance to any of the Detroit bigs and his shot was off last night.  To be honest it was one of the worst games I have seen him play all year and he still almost recorded a double-double.  Hawes has not made 29 threes this season after hitting 31 in all of 2012-13 under Doug Collins.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8MCW got schooled by Brandon Jennings in the 1st half and he really never recovered.  I have a feeling that smaller, quicker guards will give Carter-Williams trouble for the frest of the season.  That’s to be expected given MCW’s length.

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GM16: Rapid (Big Nik) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/28/13 10:14 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Orlando Magic
Lavoy Allen, PF 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -3Overall not a bad game by Lavoy.  Allen grabbed a couple boards in the 1st half and he scored 4 points in that critical stretch of the 3rd Q.  However, last night he also fumbled away two great dimes that should have been convereted into dunks and at 5:33 of the 4th Q Glen Davis blocked a Lavoy jumper.  That play was simply embarrassing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -6After an 0-3 start, ET recovered to have a nice, but relatively quiet game.  I know the Sixers staff is working on his 3-point jump shot form and footwork, but 4 3PAs from #12 is too many for my tastes. FYI…Turner is now 4-for-his-last-26 from deep.
Daniel Orton, C 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -13If you think about how little NBA basketball this kid has played in the last two years (19 games total) than you would realize how thankful we should be that he can contribute at all.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -11Overall I thought MCW had a solid game.  I especially liked his defense on Oladipo for most of the 2nd half.  However, 23 points on 21 shots is not the most efficient scoring night; he threw up a complete brick on a key possession in the 4th Q and I’d like to see more than 3 dimes out of my starting PG.
James Anderson, SG 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -12Anyone else had enough of this experiment?  In the 7 games since his 36 point outburts, JA has scored a total of 69 points — or 9.8 ppg.

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GM15: Rapid (Perfect Tank Night) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/23/13 11:02 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Indiana Pacers
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +3 Lavoy wasn’t awful tonight and really that’s all I can ask from him.
Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 8-26 FG | 5-7 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -6 Turner was a bit out of control in the 1st Q and started the game 3-8, but ET got his sh** together and had a very strong game.  He posted 8 points in the 2nd Q (15 overall in 1st half) and put up another 6 points in the early 3rd Q.  But your #1 option on offense can not get shut out in the 4th Q (0-4).  Additionally, the O-foul he got called for in the 4th Q with the score 80-79 IND, was a brutal mistake.
Daniel Orton, C 36 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -21 If you had told me in September that at some point this year Orton would be pressed into a starting role and that he would respond with a double-double that included a career high in rebounds…well, let’s just say I would have laughed until I crapped my pants.  However his missed bunny with 5:40 remaining in the game was large.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 11-21 FG | 6-11 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 7 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | -6 Forget about the career high in points and the way he took the ball to the rim.  What most impressed me was that tonight MCW actually showed that he has a clue on defense when guarding the ball.  His rip of George Hill and slam at the other end was a thing of beauty.  If he can put up this type of defensive effort more consistently, Hinkie may have to trade MCW to keep the tanking train on the tracks.
James Anderson, SG 37 MIN | 4-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | 0 In the 6 games since his 36 point outburst vs. Houston, JA is averaging 10.8 ppg. on 29% shooting from the field.  Hell, I could go 1-10 from deep in an NBA game.  But he did have a nice flush in the 4th Q.

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GM14: Rapid (OT Thriller) Reacts

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
11/22/13 10:34 pm EST
Milwaukee Bucks 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 10-18 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 27 PTS | +10Turner carried the team down the stretch and into overtime, providing offense when no one else could. He was aggressive in overtime and set the tone for the win.  He still tries to do too much, and is sometimes slow on defensive rotations, but his overtime play overshadows those items this evening.
Daniel Orton, C 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +3I liked his activity on the glass on both ends.  He goes up strong for rebounds and isn’t afraid of contact. However, Orton doesn’t offer much offensively, and tonight was no different.
Spencer Hawes, C 39 MIN | 11-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 25 PTS | +14What a performance from Spence.  He continued to prove that he is a legitimate three-point threat.  His game-tying three at the end of regulation was unbelievably difficult, and allowed the Sixers to win the game in OT.  He and E.T. willed the Sixers to this win.  11 of his 25 points in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 11 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | 0You love to see the point guard stuff the stat sheet, and he was very close to his first career triple-double.  He is at his most effective when he attacks and distributes as he did tonight.  The offense at his helm, however, struggled to score down the stretch.
James Anderson, SG 36 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +4Anderson struggled to score down the stretch and was marginal defensively.  Nothing to write home about; Average game for Anderson.

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