Game 5: (Reality) Rapid Reacts

Washington Wizards 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -21Is there any doubt to you that the Sixers would’ve lost if Nene was healthy for the first time around? He simply took Thad out of this game and bodied him in the paint to an awful 3-11 shooting night, after he dropped 29 against the Wiz just five days ago. Thad couldn’t get in rhythm all night and his tweener status showed through.
Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 9-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | -20If not for defense, the stat-line for ET would point to great success from No. 12. 24 points on 9-13 shooting, seven boards, four assists and six trips to the charity stripe show how much Turner has improved on the offensive side of the ball. Yet his play defensively — allowing the trio of Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Al Harrington combine for 39 points with nine three-pointers — was torture to watch. Sorry Evan.
Spencer Hawes, C 39 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 23 PTS | -9A common trend in this rapid reacts is how skewed the box score made some Sixers players look from this game. Spencer Hawes is one of them. He notched a double-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 9-16 shooting, but he was simply awful on defense and lazy with his passes for the majority of the game. Marcin Gortat got everything he wanted from Hawes this game with 19 points on 8-12 shooting. His defense also forced Hawes into a game-high six turnovers. Like Turner, Hawes’ flaws brought his grade down dramatically in this one.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -18See Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes…Michael Carter-Williams had an absolutely atrocious first-half, shooting 1-10 for five points. He than had a solid second-half going 7-11 for 14 points, but they all seemed like garbage time buckets to me. John Wall simply had his way all night with the rookie in this one, scoring 24 points with nine assists as Carter-Williams’ efforts were too little too late. He’s still the leading candidate for ROY at the moment, but this game was not one of his bright spots.
James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -5James’ defense on Bradley Beal was simply awful in the first half. Beal had 13 points on 5-10 shooting as well as five of his eight assists. He really sparked the Wizards offense out of the gate. I give credit to Anderson for keeping him in check the rest of the game though where he shot just 2-10. I actually Tweeted that Anderson is like Willie Green, but unlike Green he knows his role for his team. For a team of misfit shooting guards, it was a decent performance from Anderson.
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | 0Lavoy has quietly had back-to-back games of seven rebounds for the Sixers. For him that’s all I ask.
Hollis Thompson, SF 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2Next…
Daniel Orton, C 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +2I really like what I’ve seen from Orton this season, but unfortunately he left the game and did not return minutes before the first-half ended with a right knee injury. Apparently wearing No. 33 is a bad omen for your knees in Philly.
Darius Morris, PG 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -2I will say that he’s a better backup PG then pretty much anyone the Sixers had on the squad last season, but he’s nothing more than an athlete on the court. His best play of the game was finishing a beautiful assist from Tony Wroten.
Tony Wroten, SG 18 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +5Tony Wroten had his worst game of the season this game and really just couldn’t find a rhythm on the court. Shooting 1-6 from the field isn’t going to cut it for coach Brett Brown.
Kwame Brown, C DNP STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Kwame-palooza continues…
Brett BrownIt seems to me like the Sixers defensive schemes have been exposed. After the Heat weren’t able to take advantage of notching 16 three’s against the Sixers in the first game of the season, the Sixers have now given up 15 and 18 three’s in consecutive double-digit losses to the Warriors and Wizards. Going into the season, the lack of post-defense was supposed to be the issue, but it seems like teams how now picked up on the Sixers true weakness and are exposing it to the max.

Below Are 6 Things We Saw…

    1. A fast first-quarter: The Wizards scored 39 points in the first-quarter while shooting an astounding 6-7 from the three-point line. Marcin Gortat and Nene also pounded the ball inside and just simply had their way in the paint. After the 1st, the Sixers were down 39-27 and never recovered.
    2. The Eddie Jordan era shows its face: The Sixers just couldn’t guard the perimeter, something that hasn’t truly shown its face since the Eddie Jordan era. The Sixers allowed the Wizards to shoot 18-33 (54.5-percent) after allowing the Warriors to shoot 15-38 from deep on Monday. It’s something that needs to be addressed immediately if the Sixers want to have any chance of keeping games close down the stretch.
    3. Out-rebounding? This is not a typo…The Sixers out-rebounded the Wizards 50-40 on Wednesday night, but it didn’t matter. Physically the Wizards’ big’s looked dominant all game and clearly affected Sixer guards’ ability to drive to the cup.
    4. A dull-roar from Sixer-ville: The crowds early advantage in games against the Heat and Bulls was clearly not evident in Wednesday’s game against the Wizards. The official attendance was 10,117, but it looked even worse than that. You could pretty much sit anywhere you wanted to in the upper-deck which is a clear sign that #Tankadelphia has begun in the mind of Philadelphian’s.
    5. A tribute to Millman: The Sixers wore black bands across their jerseys to honor Jeff Millman — a long-time employee of the Sixers who died of cancer on Tuesday. Last week, the likes of Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, Bobby Jones, Pat Croce, Wali Jones and others converged in a back room of the Wells Fargo Center to pay tribute to Jeff Millman. The locker room was dedicated to him before the season opener against the Miami Heat, and he was introduced to the near sellout crowd in the first quarter.
    6. Bynum visits Friday: Andrew Bynum makes his return to Philly on Friday and claims that it’s, “just another game”, for him with the Cavaliers. For a player who has now suited up in four games for the Cavs after sitting out in 82 for the Sixers last season…Expect the boos to shower down on the big man from the fans in attendance. To add fuel to the fire, Bynum also stated that, “It wasn’t my choice to get rid of me. I don’t feel bad at all”, when speaking about his departure for Philadelphia. Get your afro’s ready…


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