GM20: (Now That’s Tanking) Rapid Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

105 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -18Thad scored the Sixers first 6 points and than was limited by injury the rest of the way.  After a great steal off of Zeller, Thad looked like he tweaked something in his back as he went in for an awkward layin.
Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -516 points on 18 FGAs is not the type of efficiency Bret Brown is looking for out of Turner.  1 FTA is not a great stat either.  He also got clowned in the 3rd Q by a Kemba Walker around the back dribble.  So not a great night for Turner.
Hollis Thompson, SF 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | 0HT got off to a quick start last night by drilling 4 out of his first 4 shots.  He was also 2-2 from deep in the 1st half.  But he, like most of the Sixers disappeared in the 2nd half.
Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -10Obviously last night was not Spence’s best shooting performance and IMO he’s now hoisting up too many 3’s.  I know he was 2-2 in the 1st Q, but still…I don’t have any other notes on him from last night and he racked up a double-double.  Which means it couldn’t have been that impressive.
Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 10-22 FG | 1-4 FT | 8 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -5Has Twroe ever met a shot he didn’t like?  I’ll give hime credit for being one of the few 76ers that actually “brought it” from the opening tip, but at times he was out of control.  Wroten needs to learn that you can’t drive the ball into traffic every time you have it.  He racked up 4 points in the 1st Q; 7 points in the 2nd Q; 6 in the 3rd, so Wroten tried to push the Sixers to a win last night, but it wasn’t enough.
Brandon Davies, PF 10 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +4Moving on…
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7A decent performance by #50 last night.  The spin dribble and jump hook he scored on in the 4th Q may be the best move I have seen Lavoy make all season.  Lavoy also made a nice cut to the rim in the 2nd Q — Orton hit him with a smooth dime and that combo led to a nice bucket.  Still that tip-in he missed in the 1st Q was brutal and caused me to throw the remote.
Daniel Orton, C 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +1See above for Orton’s only contribution of the night…
Lorenzo Brown, PG 13 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -12LB was 1-4 in the 1st half and yet still went out and jacked up another 4 FGAs in the 2nd half.  Bring back Darius Morris, please.
James Anderson, SG 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -23In the 1st Q JA pulled off a great Euro-step for a nice tansition bucket.  However he was a -20 in the 1st half.  That’s all I have to say here.
Brett Brown
This team still plays no defense…The Sixers were not ready to play last night….The squad had no energy after halftime…And they looked ill prepared for Jeff Taylor’s assault.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The Sixers defense reached rock bottom last night…As I mentioned in the game preview, the Cats came into the Friday’s game last in the NBA in scoring average (88.8), field-goal percentage (40.9) and 3-point shooting (29.4), and had reached 100 points once.  None of mattered.  In some sort of Festivus miracle, Charlotte torched the 7-6’s D for a season high 105 points (62 in 1st half).  The Cats scored 36 in the 1st Q; hit on 54% of their FGs in the 1st half and shot 46% for the game.  They scored 58 points in the paint; posted 22 FB points and placed 6 guys in double figures.  Only the Sixers “pick your poison” defense could make such a woeful offensive team look so lethal.
  2. Considering how well the Cats played in the 1st half, it was a shock that the Sixers were only down 11 and were still in this one at half.  Then the 3rd Q opened with Al Jefferson scoring the first two baskets of the third to give the Bobcats a 15-point lead in the quarter.  They never looked back after that and owned a 15 point lead several times in the 3rd.
  3. Of course it helped Charlotte that the 3rd Q was a disaster for the Sixers.  Brown & Co. had two, 2+ minute spans where they did not score a FG; committed 4 turnovers and shot 9-21 overall in that stanza.
  4. Opponents continue to rack up records and career bests against the 76ers.  As was mentioned above, CHA scored a season high 105 points.  Also last night Jeff Taylor matched a career high with 20 points while he filled in for the injured MKG in the starting lineup.
  5. Thad, Turner and Hawes combined to shoot only 13-for-36 (36 percent) and the Sixers bench got outscored 31-16…The Sixers have now lost eight straight road games by an average of 12.89 points. 
  6. On the tanking scale, I give last night a C…The Sixers did not play exciting basketball nor did they play well. MCW was out, so he didn’t get any better last night.  The Sixers got embarrassed by one of the worst teams in the League.  But they lost!

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