GM18: (Drumm’d) Rapid Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 115 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, PF 29 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -7Thad was awesome last night and appeared to be the only Sixer willing to mix it up with the Pistons bigs.  His second effort AND1 in the 3rd Q was simply awesome.  Thad posted 10 points in the 3rd Q.  In the three games since his return from a personal leave of absence, Thad is playing great ball and averaging 21.6 ppg. and 8 boards.  He is also shooting 46% on threes (6-13).
Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1I liked a lot of what I saw from Turner last night including the 13 points he scored in the 3rd Q and that he got to the FT line.  But his defense is getting worse and when he got picked by Andre Drummond in the backcourt and than fouled him, I nearly lost my mind.
Hollis Thompson, SF 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13With how well he has been playing of late, I expected a little more from Hollis in his first start.  Hopefully it was just a case of nerves and Brett Brown sticks with him in the first-five, because he certainly has earned a shot at starting.
Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -3Spence provided no resistance to any of the Detroit bigs and his shot was off last night.  To be honest it was one of the worst games I have seen him play all year and he still almost recorded a double-double.  Hawes has not made 29 threes this season after hitting 31 in all of 2012-13 under Doug Collins.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -8MCW got schooled by Brandon Jennings in the 1st half and he really never recovered.  I have a feeling that smaller, quicker guards will give Carter-Williams trouble for the frest of the season.  That’s to be expected given MCW’s length.
Brandon Davies, PF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -3Mehhh
Lavoy Allen, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -15The lazy inbounds pass that he threw in the backcourt which was stolen by Andre Drummond summed up Lavoy’s time in Philly.  He doesn’t play with smarts, heart or energy and successful reserves in the NBA possess all of those items. I’m done here…
Daniel Orton, C 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -2Foul trouble limited Orton’s ability to help the Sixers interior defense.
James Anderson, SG 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -6In his first game off the bench (where he belongs), JA did a nice job of contributing — in garbage time.  6 of his 11 points came in the 4th Q when this game was over.
Tony Wroten, SG 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -14TWroe’s rope pass to Davies on a FB was the highlight of an otherwise quiet night for the Sixers 6th man.
Brett Brown
Your team is giving up a League worst 110 points per game.  The Pistons who average 99 points per night scored 115 on your squad and hit a season high 35.7% on 3-balls.  Your team also gave up 52 points in the paint.  I know the Pistons are a terrible match-up for the 7-6, but this defense needs to be fixed and fixed quickly.

Six Things We Saw in the Game…

  1. I’m going to kick off this portion of the reacts with something positive. Despite trailing by as many as 2 points in this game, IMO the 76ers never gave up on this game until Brett Brown waved the white flag late in the 4th Q.  That shows me that even though the Sixers have lost 4 straight as well as 8 of 9 and can not stop anyone on defense, coach Brown has not lost this locker room and the players are still working hard for him.  So I wouldn’t wager against them on Tuesday night at home vs. the Magic when reviewing NBA odds and betting at
  2. Headed into this match-up, I knew the 76ers were going to have trouble with the Pistons size (Greg Monroe, Josh Smith and Andre Drummond).  I also was very aware that Drummond is one of the rising talents in the Association.  However, the Sixers’ interior defense was simply pathetic vs. DET.  Drummond outstanding performance put him in the record books as the first player to have 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals in a game since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1990.  I had no idea Drummond was that athletic.  Drummond picked Thad’s pocket on one play and his theft of a Lavoy inbounds pass in the backcourt left me shaking my head.
  3. The post defense wasn’t the only culprit in this L. The perimeter D was just as pathetic. Brandon Jennings dominated his matchup with MCW scoring him 13 points and dishing out 11 assists in the 1st half. Jennings finished with 20, 12 and 5 rebs. Pistons SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit for 10 points. The Pistons — who shoot a league-worst 29 percent from downtown — hit all six of their 3-pointers in a 40-point first quarter and shot 35.7% from deep on the game.
  4. The Sixers play at a much higher pace than the Pistons, so a up-tempo first half should have played right into their hands. Instead, it was Detroit that dominated, scoring 40 points in the first quarter and leading by as many as 25 on the way to the 70-46 lead. The Pistons outshot Philadelphia 55.1 percent to 39.1 percent. 20 Sixer turnovers and a 31-14 advantage on the boards helped DET keep pace with the 7-6.
  5. The Pistons had five players score in double figures in the half, while Sixers didn’t have any…The Pistons jumped on the Sixers 13-2 in this one and the 76ers never led in this game…DET shot 61% on 3’s in teh 1st half; had 14 FB points and 27 FGM on 19 dimes.
  6. The Sixers have now lost 4 straight and 8 0f their last 9. They are 1-7 on the road this season and have lost 7 straight away from the WFC.


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