GM1: (Shocking) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
10/30/13 10:23 pm EST
Miami Heat 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | +11Thad looked rusty in the season opener. His shot was off and he seemed to have trouble with the dribble as well. Most importantly for me, I didn’t like a lot of the looks he got. A number of them were of the long 2-point variety and that’s not Thad’s game.
Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 10-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +3“The Enigma” played out of his mind — but doesn’t he always vs. Miami — and I was ready to give him the A+ until that stretch in the late 4th (under 2 mins.) where he hoisted up two awful 3PAs early in the shot clock and then missed a lay-in. But if he can give coach Brown this every night, look out.
Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 10-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +5Spence had a big 1st Q — 8 points; he scored 9 in the 3rd Q and was key to the 4th Q stretch that pushed the Sixers to the W. Good lord, a balanced night from #00. What is the world coming to?
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 6-8 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 9 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +12What a debut! Simply amazing! Three point shooting and turnovers were supposed to be the kid’s weaknesses coming out of college. So were the NBA scouting reports just wrong or is Brett Brown that good at developing players? His length is a huge factor is slicing through the passing lanes on defense.
James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +2It’s beautiful thing to see a shooter rise up and feel a sense of confidence that he is going to drain the shot. I was also a little surprised at his ability to score off the bounce. The throw in 6 boards — well done!
Daniel Orton, C 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6Considering he was in camp for like 5 days and is still not in shape it’s amazing that he came out and made a positive contribution. This was a solid night by Orton.
Lavoy Allen, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -2During the 3rd Q, Zumoff said it best, “Lavoy is a player in search of consistency.”
Darius Morris, PG 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8Know your role and excel at it…
Tony Wroten, PG 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +3I loved everything that Wroten did last night. But what really stuck out for me was the number of garbage buckets he scored and how aggressive Wroten is when he puts the ball on the deck.
Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Kwame-palooza is back…
Brett BrownBrown has a plan of attack that works and the players put it into action vs. Miami. Most importantly for me was that his team was energized and ready for the game from the opening tip. That’s a delightful change from last year under DC.


Below are Six  Things We Saw from the 7-6 in the opener…

1.  Let’s address the big negative on the night and that was the Sixers perimeter defense. Yes, I realize that the Heat are a very talented offensive squad. Yes, I did see some better rotations than what I watched under DC in 2012-13. Yes, the Sixers came up with 16 steals. However when you give up 16 3PM on 40% shooting from behind the arc; allow a team to shoot nearly 50% from the field; leave your feet so often on pump fakes and allow dribble drive penetration ar will, there is a good deal of work to be done at practice on the defensive end.

2.  Obviously the 19-0 start to this game (extended out to 23-2) was exciting to watch and gave the Sixers some confidence that they could hang with Miami. That ridiculous 1st Q (33 pts. total) triggered these 1st half stats: 18 FB points; 50% shooting on FGAs and 36% on 3PAs.

3.  The key to the shocking W was that the Sixers were able to hang around until the 4th Q and then a 13-1 run late in the 4th Q that was triggered by Hawes who scored 5 straight points in stretch. Of course the other key to this run in the 4th Q was that the Heat shot 1-13 from the field during the last 4:31 of the 4th.

4.  The new additions to the Sixers roster (MCW; Anderson; Wroten; Orton; Morris) produced 50 points on 17 for 29 shooting (58.6%; 18 rebs and 13 steals.

5.  There was a stretch of this game that almost gave me a heart attack. Around the 8:00 mark, with the Sixers trailing 98-95; the 7-6 came up with 3 consecutive steals that led to fast breaks. Unfortunately, they turned the ball over on each of those FBs. At the end of the chaos, Rashard Lewis hit a bucket to give the Heat a 100-95 lead and I thought all hope was lost. I was wrong.

6.  A packed house down at the WFC delivered a definitive home court advantage for the 7-6 and the ovations that Iverson received produced goose bumps…The crowd was rewarded with free Big Macs as the Sixers scored 100+…Seen at the WFC last night: Barkley; Doc; Moses; Bobby Jones; Aaron Mckie; Meek Mills and others…


10 Responses to “GM1: (Shocking) Rapid Reacts”

  1. Alex
    30. October 2013 at 23:23

    Wow. Is this a tanking team or a contender? Totally unexpected. MCW was amazing. If he continues improving at a fast pace, he will be all star in 2 years much better than Holiday. But If.
    And Turner, he is balling.
    Daniel Orton was solid. Love this Kid. Why OKC let him go? And, why Memphis let Wroten go?
    By the way, I do not think NO will make the playoffs. We may get a good draft pick here.

  2. Alex
    30. October 2013 at 23:26

    By the way Watch Cleveland and Bynum. Cavs are solid. but Bynum, 20 games and he is back trying different hair styles.

  3. NBA Genuine Draft
    31. October 2013 at 00:37

    The Kwame grades (perma-grade of “F”!) are back…I love it!!!

    This was a perfect storm for a Sixers win – the electricity of a home opener, Iverson retiring, and the Heat on the end of back-to-back games on the road w/o Wade. Now, will MCW be one of these guys who plays lights out in the NBA regular season after more or less bricking it in summer league? We’ll see.

    In any case, this was the 76ers’ 2013 championship moment. Now, we return to our planned tanking program, already in progress…

  4. Dog
    31. October 2013 at 07:15

    I guess the Heat are tanking too.

  5. Alex
    31. October 2013 at 10:28

    Or maybe the Sixers have changed plans and are aiming for the championship this year. #soquenao

  6. George
    31. October 2013 at 10:55

    Drove down from CT last night to the game because I thought I was gonna see Iverson’s number retired… A little annoyed at the fact I found out during the game it wasn’t happening. That was the only complaint, my brother and I lost our voice screaming last night. The Iverson montage got us all misty eyed. The sixers played awesome, but definitely had spacing issues during the third and beginning of the fourth when Wroten and Morris were on the court. Honestly if they retired his jersey last night would have been the greatest game I’d EVER seen.

  7. Ms. Haygood
    31. October 2013 at 12:33

    The way the Heat play will soon be how most NBA teams play. A guy that can get to the rim at will and solid three point shooters when the defense collapses. This year is all about the future and what gave me the most hope is the possibility of what the 6ers defense can be with a stronger more experienced MCW and a bulked up yet still athletic big guy like Noel, add to that the possible draft pics in the next two years. And it’s become obvious to me that Hinkie will build this team with long athletic players who can run all day play defense all night and jump out of the building.

  8. blissedj
    31. October 2013 at 19:18

    Lifelong Seattle Supersonics / UW Huskies fan. You have a gem in Wroten. I’ll be following the Sixers all year just to watch him. You’ll probably get tired of his gambling on defense but this young man can PASS the basketball. Didn’t see him with the ball in his hands much. Standing around on the wing is wasting his talent. Hope he gets more opportunities to drive and dish as the season progresses. Can’t shoot a lick but will score plenty simply driving to the basket. Too big and strong with too good of handle to stop.

    Good looking group of youngsters you have there in Philly. Since the leagues stole our team hope you don’t mind if I tag along here.

  9. George
    31. October 2013 at 23:24

    I miss the sonics too for what it’s worth

  10. Joe
    1. November 2013 at 09:11

    Fun game to watch. Really liked the play of Wroten and his aggressive drives to the hoop. Turner might likely go out and score 10 points on 5-18 shooting next game but at least for this game he looked sharp.

    Nice post move by Orton in either the 3rd or 4th Q (can’t remember which).

    Also just for kicks, MCW’s WS48 is at 0.592 right now. Just a hunch, but that might drop, lol.

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