GM16: Rapid (Big Nik) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Orlando Magic
Lavoy Allen, PF 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -3Overall not a bad game by Lavoy.  Allen grabbed a couple boards in the 1st half and he scored 4 points in that critical stretch of the 3rd Q.  However, last night he also fumbled away two great dimes that should have been convereted into dunks and at 5:33 of the 4th Q Glen Davis blocked a Lavoy jumper.  That play was simply embarrassing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -6After an 0-3 start, ET recovered to have a nice, but relatively quiet game.  I know the Sixers staff is working on his 3-point jump shot form and footwork, but 4 3PAs from #12 is too many for my tastes. FYI…Turner is now 4-for-his-last-26 from deep.
Daniel Orton, C 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -13If you think about how little NBA basketball this kid has played in the last two years (19 games total) than you would realize how thankful we should be that he can contribute at all.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -11Overall I thought MCW had a solid game.  I especially liked his defense on Oladipo for most of the 2nd half.  However, 23 points on 21 shots is not the most efficient scoring night; he threw up a complete brick on a key possession in the 4th Q and I’d like to see more than 3 dimes out of my starting PG.
James Anderson, SG 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -12Anyone else had enough of this experiment?  In the 7 games since his 36 point outburts, JA has scored a total of 69 points — or 9.8 ppg.
Thaddeus Young, PF 28 MIN | 9-15 FG | 6-11 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 26 PTS | -2Young didn’t start, but entered the game for the first time at the 7:42 mark of the 1st Q and youngs moves went to work.  Thad knocked down a bucket on his first touch of the night, then grabbed a steal and hit 2 FTs.  You’d never know he had missed a week of action.  He scored 5 straight in the closing minutes of the 2nd Q and 6 points in 3rd Q including a 3-ball.  #21 hit another trey and scored 5 straight in the 4th Q.  He didn’t get the A+ because of the a critical bunny he missed in the 2nd Q and 50% shooting on FTs.
Brandon Davies, PF 17 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | -4Solid defense on “Big Nik” in the 2nd half earned Davies a nice grade.
Hollis Thompson, SF 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -4Hollis had a great assist to Orton in the 2nd Q.  He also drained a 3-ball in that same Q.  But the highlight of the night for Hollis came in the 3rd Q when he rose up, grabbed a reb and layed it back in all in one motion.  However, he came crashing back to earth when he threw up an air ball on his next touch.
Brett Brown
I have mixed emotions about the job Brown did last night.  The Sixers were short handed, but the Magic played in ATL on Tuesday night and lost Jameer Nelson early in this one, so IMO that balanced things out.  The Sixers had a number of ops to grab the lead in this one and couldn’t get the job done.  Some of that has to fall on the coaching.  But I also liked that Brown fed Thad’s hot hand and the move he made of putting Davies on Vucevic in the 2nd half.

Six Things We Saw From the Sixers…

  1. “Big Nik” simply killed the Sixers last night and his effort only further supported my belief that Doug Collins and Tony DiLeo had no right being in charge of the 76ers player personnel decisions last year.  Vucevic hit on 8-8 from the field to open the game (10-13 overall).  He racked up 17 & 10 in the 1st half as he ended the night with 21 points; 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks. You’re going to tell me this kid showed no signs of being a solid NBA post player in practice.  I disagree.  In fact after he put up 18 points and 8 boards in Houston 2 years ago, I proclaimed that he should be made the Sixers starting center.  Instead DC sent him back to the bench for the rest of the season and than traded him.
  2. The Sixers were trailing by 15 late the 2nd Q when they put on a 10-0 run to end the half at 55-50.  They opened up the 3rd Q playing well and extended that run to 20-8.  That closed the Magic lead to 61-60.  Unfortunatley thanks to 3 turnovers and 0-3 shooting in the next 2 minutes, Brown & Co. never got any closer the rest of the night.
  3. Still the dagger in this one didn’t come until the 4th Q.  With the Magic leading 85-83 and the Sixers on offense, MCW chucked up a brick of a 3PA early in the shot clock.  After a turnover by ORL, Anderson missed a 10-footer.  ORL grabbed the rebound and at the other end, Afflalo got and AND1 — 88-83.  The Sixers never got within 2 points again.
  4. The 76ers have done a much better jon of getting to the charity stripe this season, but last night they had 3 starters who did not attempt a FT (JA, Orton and Lavoy)…The up-tempo 76ers only managed 4 FB points last night.  The Magic had 19.
  5.  The 76ers have now lost two straight; six of seven; 6 straight on the road and 17 of theirlast 20 meetings with the Magic…Yikes!
  6. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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