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GM 33: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/13 10:42 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Phoenix Suns
Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

That’s three near double-doubles in the last week, but Allen (like the rest of the Sixers bigs) doesn’t play physical enough and he got eaten alive by Scola and Gortat.  When he cut the PHX lead to 60-59 on a 19-footer with 6:34 left in 3rd Q, I thought Sixers would pull this one out, but they simply could not get that next basket.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -10I’ve said it many times, Thad just punches the clock each and every night and along with Holiday has become part of the Sixers own “dynamic duo”.
Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -4

Last night I couldn’t decide overall whether or not Turner was forcing things too much or was simply unlucky.  He got a lot of clean/close/good looks and just could not get the ball to drop.  That’s unlucky in my opinion.  However I could be convinced that he was dropping his head too frequently last night and did a mediocre job of finding teammates.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A triple-double is amazing, but take a closer look at the stats and you’ll see why Holiday did not get an “A”.  He scored 16 points on an inefficient 16 FGAs (6-16 = 37.5%) and turned the ball over 6 times. And while his late 4th Q defense was outstanding, during most of the game, the tenacious Dragic made Jrue look slow and uninterested.

Jason Richardson, SG 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

Uggghhh…He’s only a starter because of DC’s respect for his veteran leadership.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -2

A solid outing from Wright who seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch after taking the night off vs. GSW a couple games ago.  The alley-oop he caught from Jrue that cut the lead to 87-85 with 2 mins. remaining was a thing of beauty.  He also hit a huge 3-pointer in the late 3rd Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -8

Just a terrible shooting night by Spence.  When you’re a big that doesn’t rebound well or play solid defense, you have to provide some scoring punch and Spence failed to do that last night.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Irrelevant.

Nick Young, SG 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +2

This is exactly the role I want to see NY cast in by DC.  One or two less running leaners and he would have gotten an A+ from me.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Did anyone else catch Kwame dancing to Gangnam Style??  That about sums up his time here in Philly.

Doug Collins

DC should not have waited until the 4 min mark of the 3rd to get Wright back into the game.  Also why the hell is Holiday on the bench for so long in the 4th.  I can’t believe I am saying this, why did Kwame get no burn last night?  DC claims he is the Sixers “physical” big man yet did not see fit to put him in the game as the PHX bangers were knocking our guys all over the place.  Finally, playing a short bench vs. LAL came back to haunt us last night in the 2nd game of the notorious road B2B.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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ANALYZING THE SIXERS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/02/13 8:44 am EST

A relatively new and popular way of analyzing sports teams and players is through the use of advanced statistics.

Around the NBA, you’ve seen teams hiring their own stat guru’s to better evaluate talent based on their findings.  Early in December, the Memphis Grizzlies hired ESPN’s highly popular analyst, John Hollinger, as their Vice President of Basketball Operations.  At the beginning of the season, the Sixers hired Aaron Barzilai, creator of the website basketballvalue.com, as the team’s director of analytics.

The most famous stat-guy in the front offices of an NBA team is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. He was the first NBA general manager to be hired through the Moneyball concept of thinking.  This past offseason, he famously signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while also trading for James Harden.  The Rockets are now one of the most intriguing and exciting teams to watch in the League, currently holding the NBA’s second-best offense.

Being relatively new to the subject of advanced statistics I couldn’t think of a better way to both enlighten myself about the topic and to give readers a better understanding as well then to interview one of the more popular number-crunchers out there today.

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GM 32: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/02/13 2:17 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Los Angeles Lakers
Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6

He was effective and efficient in limited minutes tonight.  He also deserves some propers for overseeing Dwight Howard’s dreadful 1-for-7 effort.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +6

Thad struggled from midrange on Tuesday.  Despite getting reasonably good looks throughout the evening, he was just 1-of-8 from beyond three feet.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +3

Tremendous night for Mr. Turner.  After a brutal three game stretch to close 2012 (he shot 7-of-25 and averaged just 5 points per game), he stuffed the box score in a way that he’s uniquely capable of; posting his eighth double-double of the season.  Plus: the 3-pointer he hit to push the lead to 92-85 after Kobe galvanized the crowd was super-sized.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | +2

In a triumphant return to his hometown, Jrue was terrific.  The driving dunk he made with 22 seconds left that put the Lakers down six and, effectively, iced it, might be my favorite Jrue Holiday moment ever.  Also: 10 assists against one turnover.  Think on that.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +1

Jason Richardson is three years younger than Kobe Bryant.  It didn’t look that way.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +4

While Wright was on the floor, he hit 3-point shots (especially helpful because of the extra point you get for them!) and grabbed rebounds.  Doug Collins, seeing this, played him a grand total of 23 minutes.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | 0

Spencer Hawes, sporting a fresh haircut that made him (finally) look more like a professional athlete than a cast member of MTV’s ‘Buckwild’, did good things against the Lakers for the second time in as many games.  He blocked Dwight Howard at least twice and has now shot 12-of-21 against the Lake show this season.

Kwame Brown, C 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Kwame Brown, who wasn’t (that) bad in LA, got booed when he stepped on the floor at Staples.  Kind of makes you wonder what the fans do when he returns to Washington: threaten his family?  Throw fruit at him?

Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | +2

Swaggy, who was playing for the home team the last time he played in front of an LA crowd, was unusually cautious against the Lakers, hazarding just three shots.

Doug Collins A 10:30 pm ET start, on the road, against a team with four future Hall of Famers: not exactly conditions conducive to victory.  It was a good win for a team that hasn’t had many of them this season.

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