GM13: Rapid (Raptor) Reacts

Toronto Raptors 108 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -7A 3-11 first half didn’t get any better after the break.  As Tuner scored 13 points on 13 shots.  But I did like that he grabbed 10 boards and got to the FT line. Turner has put up clunckers in 2 of his last 3 games.  ET has now hit 3 of his last 17 3PAs.
Daniel Orton, C 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | 0Not a bad effort for a player who is clearly still not raised his fitness level to acceptable standards.
Spencer Hawes, C 37 MIN | 10-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -9Damn.  I didn’t know Spence had this in him.  Hawes was perfect in the first half from the field, from deep & the FT Line which produced 14 points.  He extended that hot streak to hit his first nine shots and finished with 28 points (on 13 FGAs!!!) and 10 rebounds.  Spence had all of the tools on display last night — dribble drives, 3-balls, mid range and dives to the rim. Unfortunately all this means is his value has never been higher. Trade him. Trade him now.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 2-10 FG | 6-7 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 10 PTS | -12MCW showed some rust from his week layoff and that was to be expected.  I also thought I noticed him limping towards the end of the game, but in the post game presser, he said his foot felt fine. With a bad wheel, MCW had significant trouble guarding Kyle Lowry and TOR point man did whatever he wanted.
James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -8I see flashes of very good offesnive skills, but not enough to keep Anderson in the starting line up.  I also wonder if there is a chance Anderson learns to play defense before the All-Star break?
Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -7I’ll be honest and say I thought this was one of Lavoy’s best games of the year.  He threw in 4 points in the 3rd Q and grabbed a number of big defensive rebs during his 2nd half minutes.
Hollis Thompson, SF 14 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4Would you think I am crazy if I said I am starting to like Thompson’s energy, athleticism and offensive skills?
Tony Wroten, SG 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -11An off night for a player that entered the game red-hot.  T-Wroe started 2-8 and never got it going.  I am a little shocked that a player as aggressive as Wroten only attempted 3 shots in the 2nd half.  Typically a guy with his scoring mentality will shoot his way back into the game.  Look at Wroten’s dry spell in this one — he scored 4 of his 9 total points in the closing mins. of the 2nd Q and another 4 of his points came in the opening minutes of the 4th Q.
Brett Brown
I thought Brown was slow to adjust to the Raptors “four-smalls” lineup that torched the Sixers from behind the three point line. I also didn’t like the idea of moving Wroten to the bench.  When a guy is that hot, why not keep him in the first-five.  I’ve had enough of this “pick your poison” defense — the Sixers have now given up 13 or more made threes in 7 of their 13 games.

Six Things We Saw From the 76ers…

  1. First & Foremost….Kwame-palooza has played its last show for Philadunkia nation.  Prior to the game, the Sixers announced they had cut Kwame Brown, former #1 overall pick in the 2001 Draft.  During Kwame-palooza, Brown racked up 41 consecutive DNPs and last appeared in a game on 2/20/13.  Brown was paid $1.5 million during that stretch and has earned $67 million is his career.  Thank you Michael Jordan and Doug Collins…
  2. The Sixers defense continues to be woeful.  Basically 2013-14 is a perfect storm of bad defensive personnel and a suspect scheme.  The Raptors shot 12 of 21 on 3-pointers through 3 Q’s and hit 14 0f 29 overall.  The 7-6 entered Wednesday night’s game last in the NBA in opponent’s 3-point field goal percentage and 3-pointers allowed.
  3. More on the Sixers defense: The Sixers have allowed 100-plus points in 11 of 13 games this season.  They are giving up 109.8 ppg.  TOR leading scorer DeMar DeRozan didn’t make a field goal in the game’s final 18 minutes, 44 seconds.  So, he basically poured in 30 points in 2 1/2 quarters of play.  I said in the game preview that if DeRozan went off (25 or more) the Sixers were in deep trouble.  The TOR perimeter players (Lowry, Gay, DeRozan) combined for 64 points, 18 assists and 14 boards.
  4. Outside of Spence’s big game, here are a couple of things I really liked from last night: The Sixers got to FT line early in this one and shot 16-18 in the 1st half.  They had 31 FTAs on the night and hit 74% so that’s a drastic improvement…The Sixers had 24 FB points and 40 points in the paint…Tony Wroten’s cherry red/white Jordan 12’s were sick…Lorenzo Brown was picked up by the Sixers on Wednesday, drove 4 hours from  Springfield, MA to get to the game, took #7 from the freshly released Darius Morris and than when out and hit two buckets in garbage time.  You go son!
  5. The block party continues for the Sixers opponents as the Raptors swatted 9 of the home team’s shots last night.  That raises the Sixers total over their last 3-games to 36 shots blocked.
  6. 20 Turnovers is obviously too many mistakes for a team that plays bad defense.


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