GM2: (2-0) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/01/13 10:37 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Washington Wizards
Thaddeus Young, SF 32 MIN | 14-20 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 29 PTS | +129 points on 20 FGs…Somewhere Steve Toll is smiling over that efficiency.  Thad started strong by hitting 4-0f-his-first-5 and ended strong by scoring 8 of the Sixers final 10 points. Most of his buckets in the 4th Q were simply a matter of hustle and strong will.  Thad scored 29 points and only took 2 FTAs.
Evan Turner, SF 35 MIN | 10-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +1“The Enigma” seems to have suddenly figured it out and is taking the ball to the cup with determination. Turner had 8 points in the 2nd Q and 10 in the 3rd Q when the Sixers made their huge push and recovered from a 12 point deficit.
Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +10After a slow 1-4 start, Spencer racked up a double-double that included 3, count ’em, 3 treys. His post defense is still atrocious, but we’ll leave that for another day.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +8MCW had a simply brutal 1st half.  He was 1-6 from the field and was bricking 3PAs.  Additionally, John Wall had the rookie on skates on his way to 23 1st half points.  But give MCW credit, he hung tough and turned it around in the 2nd half, including 7 points in the key run during the 3rd Q.  He also scored 5 straight during a stretch of the 4th Q.
James Anderson, SG 34 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +8I’ll give Anderson credit for the solid job he did guarding Bradley Beall (4-18 from field), but shooting night’s like this are the reason Anderson has had trouble holding onto a roster spot in the NBA.
Hollis Thompson, SF 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3Thompson was visibly nervous.  I have to believe that Royce White could have played better than this guy.
Daniel Orton, C 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4I love what Orton is giving the Sixers right now.  When Brown gets this kid into shape, he could give the squad 15 minutes a night and get a few buckets.
Lavoy Allen, C 19 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +7This is all we need out of Lavoy.  Come off the bench, bring some energy and get a few buckets.  He helped keep this one close (3-3 on FGAs in 1st Q) when the Wiz threatened to pull away early on.  Lavoy also had a great reb and put back of an air ball that tied the score at 76.
Darius Morris, PG 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +2Morris made two plays in this game that had me throwing the remote.  After the Sixers worked their asses off to get back in this game, #7 chucked up an ill-advised shot/air ball with the score tied 74-74. Then with the score again tied (76-76) he drove the lane out of control and short rimmed a terrible floater.
Tony Wroten, PG 19 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | +5I thought T-Wroe forced a couple of shots, but with a 6th man who plays this aggressively, you have to take the good with the bad. He scored 6 of his 10 during the key stretch of the 4th Q.
Kwame Brown, C DNP RIGHT HAMSTRING MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | What do Kwame-palooza and have in common?  Neither of them worked last night in the nation’s capital!
Brett BrownComing off the emotional W over Miami, I had hoped Brown could find a way to help this team avoid a slow start, but no such luck.  Other than that he pushed all the right buttons.

Below are Six Things We Saw in the Win…

1.  The Sixers won this game despite…missing their first 10 attempts from 3-point range and finishing 6 for 23 for the game (26%)…committing 19 TOs (Too many cross court passes) that led to 34 FB points…shooting 50% from the FT line (7-14) and playing horrible defense in the 1st half.

2.  After a very intense win in Philly on Wednesday night, the Sixers could not avoid the slow start I talked about in our Fo’ with the Foes preview post.  They came out flat, fell behind by double digits and trailed by 12 at half.  But give this group credit as they stayed focused and reeled the Wiz in during the 3rd Q (+10 in Q).

3.  The Sixers scored 74 points in the paint vs. the Wizards…That’s RIDICULOUS!

4.  As I Tweeted out, under Doug Collins last season the Sixers scored 109 or more points only TWICE (117 & 109).  The Sixers have put up 109 or more in BOTH of their games under Brett Brown.  Boy I sure to miss that mid-range offense that DC loved so much.

5.  In the 4th Q, the Sixers used an 18-4 run to take the lead at 92-89 and then a 9-1 run to close the Wiz out…After going off in the 1st half and talking a ton of smack, John Wall did not score a bucket in the 2nd half until there was 2:14 remaining in the contest.

6.  Back in July, I wrote a post asking “What if Tanking Goes Wrong?” loosely based on the Cleveland Indians from the movie ‘Major League”…I could be on to something with that post?!?.


6 Responses to “GM2: (2-0) Rapid Reacts”

  1. Alex
    2. November 2013 at 01:11

    MCW was better than C+, at least B-
    Also lets hope you are not on to something with that post?!?.

  2. eric5000
    2. November 2013 at 07:48

    Hey Smith your on to something! This team plays to its strengths and doesn’t have a coach who handcuffs its obvious advantages in coach Brown. The owner may have to go out and get some bench players, say a Nate Robinson and maybe a back up center for Spencer if they can fight for the last playoff spot. I know its way to early but Arnett Moultrie could possibly free up Thaddeus to play his natural position of small forward and have him play the power forward slot. Thad, Arnett, Spencer, Evan, and Michael not a bad starting five. Lets hope this bears out and the team suddenly realizes hey may its not so bad to play Nerlens this year! Go 76ers!!!!

  3. Tony
    2. November 2013 at 08:30

    If tanking goes wrong, Hinkie will have to not miss on his top 15 draft picks in the next couple years and try to sign big free agents. The difference from the past decade is that we have young talent that is very unselfish with the ball, and a solid head coach from the Popovich system, so why wouldnt a big free agent want to play here? We would end up with a very gritty underdog team with guys that care more about winning than stats… sounds like a team the city would fall in love with. There’s already a buzz after 2 games!

  4. blissedj
    2. November 2013 at 12:26

    You guys are doing this wrong. Gonna have to scrap that Wiggins Watch soon!

    Tone showing that over-aggressive side. Forcing the issue with bad passes and shots. One day he’s gonna find that balance and become an All-Star. Kinda like Gary Payton with no jumper when he first came in the league, and worse defense. So much to love though. What am I gonna do when free preview of NBA League Pass is done…..

  5. MattSg
    2. November 2013 at 16:32

    Man spencer hawes is severely underrated. I can’t think of a center that can pass as well as he can , he can shoot, has heart , can rebound.

  6. blissedj
    2. November 2013 at 17:36

    MattSg you are right on there. Hawes has some skills. He lacks the hops or strength to be a very good interior defender but creates mismatches with his outside shooting and nice passing.

    His one season here at UW was marred by injury and overall team under-perfromance. Along with Brockman and Brandon Roy, Hawes was one of the biggest recruits we had ever landed. The way everything played out in that season kind of left a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. Nice to see him fulfilling some of that big potential. I’m really getting a kick out of watching my UW boys getting a shot in a town with such a rich basketball tradition. After ignoring the NBA out of spite for 5 or 6 years I’m finally enjoying it again via the Sixers 🙂 And if you add Nate Robinson as eric suggests above………

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