GM9: (Shocking) Rapid Reacts

Houston Rockets 117 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 41 MIN | 5-15 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | 0Thad has been unable to find a consistent flow to his offensive game and at times he looked lost last night. Still he managed to score 15 points because he hustled for buckets as well as got to the FT line often and converted which coach Brown and I both like. Thad also had a great double team & steal in OT that was key to the W.
Evan Turner, SF 46 MIN | 9-23 FG | 5-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +3Turner now has five straight 20-point games, but last night he needed an inefficient 23 FGAs to reach that mark. ET was also 0-4 on 3PAs and is now 4-for-his-last-18 on 3’s. “The Enigma” should stop settling for 3’s and continue driving the ball to the tin.  It’s what he does best.
Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +4Two items really impressed me last night with Spence. The first is that in the 4th Q & OT he played good post D on Howard. The second was that after a slow start, Spence didn’t hang his head and kept playing hard. Obviously he had a huge put back slam in OT off of ET’s miss. But he missed an easy lay-in in the 2nd that he should have slammed home and he also missed a dunk in that Q.
James Anderson, SG 44 MIN | 12-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 36 PTS | +7Waive me!! Forget that, Waive you! Anderson played inspired ball against his former team to score a career high 36 pts. Anderson started the game 6-6 on FGAs and never looked back. If he hadn’t blown those two bunnies in the 2nd Q and played weak defense for most of the night, he would have gotten the A+ from me. As an FYI…at Oklahoma State Anderson once scored 37 pts. in a game.
Tony Wroten, SG 41 MIN | 7-18 FG | 4-7 FT | 10 REB | 11 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +4When he started the game with 2 TOs on the Sixers first 2 possessions, I was nervous that this game was not going to well for #8. But TWroe was able to turn things around and it led to the best night of his NBA career. I knocked his grade down to an A- for stretches of suspect defense. FROM ELIAS: Tony Wroten is the first player since the ABA-NBA merger (1976) with a triple-double in his first career start.
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +1Allen is literally playing his way out of town.
Darius Morris, PG 19 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +510 FGAs is too many shots from Morris for my coaching tastes, but he came off the bench and gave the Sixers a lift, which is something this team needs every night if the tanking plan is now out the window.
Kwame Brown, C DNP STRAINED RIGHT HAMSTRING MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | I heard he asked Cole Hamels for an autograph and Cole asked, “Who the hell are you?”
Brett Brown
I’m still very unhappy with the perimeter defense being played by his team, but outside of that I thought Brown coached a nice game. The decision to double team D12 in OT after playing him straight up during all of the 2nd half was a stroke of brilliance.

Six Things We Saw from the Sixers…

  1. This was one of the worst defensive games I have ever seen from a group of NBA guards.  Neither the Sixers starting back-court (plus Turner) nor their Houston counterparts could defend an 8th grader last night.  Look at the #’s…For HOU: Beverly and Lin shot a combined 14-27 from the field (51.8%); drilled 10 threes (9 by Lin); and scored 46 points.  For the Sixers: Wroten and Anderson combined for 19-35 shooting (54.2%); 6 threes (all by Anderson) and 54 pts.  “It was my worst defensive game of the season,” Lin said after the game.  You weren’t alone Jeremy.
  2. The 4th Q & OT were not kind to the Rockets last night.  In the 4th Q posted a 12-0 run that allowed the home team to tie the score at 103.  The Rockets also missed 10 straight shots from late in the fourth quarter into overtime before Howard’s AND1 tied the game with 2:21 left in overtime.
  3. No doubt that Anderson was the star of the game for the 76ers, but I think he could have posted an even bigger night.  Here’s why…There was a stretch from the 8:52 mark of the 2nd Q to the 6:11mark of the 3rd Q in which Anderson went scoreless.  During that 8:57 span of game time, he attempted only 1 shot.  The Sixers could have done a much better job of feeding the hot hand during that portion of the game.
  4. The 3rd Q was an absolute disaster for the Sixers.  They started the 3rd Q with 2 for 7 shooting and at one point they shot 7-23 in the Q.  HOU outscored the Sixers 33-20 in that Q and a 3-point halftime lead turned into a 10-point deficit headed into the 4th.
  5. On the tanking scale I give this game a “B”.  Sure the Sixers played well for long stretches and it was exciting as hell to watch, but MCW didn’t get any better last night and the Sixers brought home a W on a night where the Suns lost while BOS and Utah won.  DAMN…
  6. Even though the Sixers went 3 mins. of the 2nd Q without a hoop, overall in the 1st half the Sixers shot 49% on FGAs and 50% on 3PAs.

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