GM12: (Ellis’d) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Dallas Mavericks
Thaddeus Young, PF 31 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +7Thad did get a double-double, but he was visibly outmatched by Dirk Nowitzki for the majority of the game. He did have a nice fourth quarter where he scored eight of his 12 points, but his scoring and defense could’ve been used more in the early portion of the game.
Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 10-22 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | +9This was an incredible game from Turner. 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists is something that he and all Sixers fans should be happy with. He’s continuing to show his maturity on the offensive end and, if the refs in Dallas weren’t so skewed with their whistles, he would’ve notched an A. But, the late technical by Turner was a game-changer. The Sixers found themselves down seven with just over three minutes left in the fourth. They never recovered.
Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +9I’m glad Spencer’s trade value continues to rise, but this wasn’t exactly a strong double-double performance from him. He finished on a couple sweet looks from Turner and Wroten…But other than that I’d like to see him be more active on the blocks.
James Anderson, SG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2No-defense James stunk up the American Airlines Arena last night as Monta Ellis torched him for 24 points…19 of which that came in the second-half. I’ll give him credit for hitting a couple late trey’s to keep the Sixers in the game, but he was otherwise a cancer on the court.
Tony Wroten, SG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-9 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -1Tony Wroten’s been making the most of his starter minutes…I would’ve liked to see him take better shots however at times and knock down his FTs. There was one play in the second where early in the shot-clock Wroten launched an ill-advised three rather than setting up the offense. I loved his hustle and drives to the tin for the majority of the game though.
Brandon Davies, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11He used a couple nice post moves to score a couple baskets on Dirk Nowitzki and hustled in his minutes on the court. All I can ask of him.
Lavoy Allen, PF 12 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -11Lavoy played ok…If I got a dollar for everytime I’ve said that statement…I’d have Lavoy’s salary.
Hollis Thompson, SF 18 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -17He played 18 minutes…..
Darius Morris, PG 11 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -2I don’t really know what to make of Morris…He did have a sick And-1, but other than that he was non-existent on the court.
Brett Brown
It seemed to me that coach Brown out-coached Rick Carlisle for the majority of the game. The only problem was stopping Monta Ellis, which ended up costing the Sixers the game. For the most part the Sixers spread the ball around well and attacked the zone. Missed FTs down the stretch were also a big part of the loss.

Six Things We Saw…

  1. Slow start: The Mavs recorded a season-low 43 points in the first half. Luckily for them, the Sixers only notched 47 in that span. If the Sixers had capitalized and stretched the lead by halftime, this could’ve been a Sixers W. At least it was good for the #Tankadelphia campaign.
  2. Charity woes: The Sixers didn’t hit their freebies…Especially late…Which stopped any kind of rally the team had in the 4th quarter. At one point Evan Turner and Tony Wroten combined to miss four consecutive FTs with close to six minutes left in the 4th. Had they gone in it would’ve been an 86-85 Mavs lead…After a Samuel Dalembert dunk following Wroten’s second miss it was instead 88-81.
  3. Paint night: The Mavs were outscored 54-26 in the paint by the Sixers, despite the Sixers being clearly undersized. The attack was led by Turner and Wroten who attacked the rack at will. See ya Doug Collins offense…It wasn’t nice knowing you.
  4. Doubling-down: Spencer Hawes recorded his seventh double-double of the season in just 12 games. It’s safe to say that his trade stock is rising with each passing game.
  5. Block party: The Sixers have now been blocked an astounding 27 times in the past two games (16 vs. NO; 11 vs. DAL). It’s great that the team is trying to attack the rim, they just need to find a better way to adjust or to find an open man if there’s nothing there.
  6. Tough road: The Sixers fell under .500 (5-7) going 0-3 on their road trip. The teams defense has been exposed and it seems like the tank campaign is officially on. The Sixers return home on Wednesday to face the Raptors…Followed by the Bucks on Friday.

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