GM22: Rapid Reacts

Los Angeles Clippers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -7A 2-for-7 start prevented Thad from having a really big night as he got a lot of great looks against the defensively challenged Blake Griffin.  Despite foul trouble (lousy calls), Thad racked up a double-double.  I especially like the way he went right at Griffin and pushed the NBA’s poster boy around the paint.  However, 16 points on 16 FGAs is not an efficient scoring night (yeah I know he shot 50% from the field).  Also zero FTAs is not a stat I like to see from my starting PF.
Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 11-23 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | -11Typical 2013-14 night for Turner…He stuffs the stat sheet and looked awesome at times.  But there were moments last night where he made me throw the remote.  He scored 13 points on 12 FGAs in the 1st half (Bad!); but ET also scored 7 straight points in the 4th Q (Good!).
Hollis Thompson, SF 39 MIN | 1-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -12I love that HT got to the FT line and converted.  He also put together a nice stretch in the 3rd Q where he scored 5 points.  But 1-7 shooting is about as cold as a baller can get.
Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -14A season-low 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting and missed both of the 3-pointers he attempted, snapping at 20 his streak of games with at least one trey
Tony Wroten, SG 36 MIN | 2-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -8Unfortunatley TWroe has no off switch when it comes to shooting and last night that killed the Sixers.
Brandon Davies, PF 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -1I have no notes on Davies from last night, so I’ll just move on…
Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +5Lavoy seems to have found a clue, but 23 minutes and no FTAs from your reserve PF is unacceptable.  I did like that he mixed it up with DeAndre Jordan — briefly.
Lorenzo Brown, PG 12 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3Seriuosly…Does anyone have Darius Morris’ cell number?
James Anderson, SG 17 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1I actually like JA in his new role off the bench, but the “best” 3-point shooter on the team cannot go 0-4.  The lob he caught in the 4th Q was a great play.
Brett Brown
The Sixers had another slow start and were terrible coming out of the locker room after the half.  Some, but not all of that has to fall on the coach.  But, he also deserves some credit for not allowing his charges give up in this game.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. Even without MCW, I expected last night’s contest to be a fast paced and high scoring affair.  Instead we got to watch a mistake filled game that had no flow at all.  The Clips’ “Lob City” offense was stagnated for most of the night against the 7-6’s league-worst defense.  The Sixers couldn’t generate any offense either vs. a defense that is a work in progress under Doc Rivers.  The Clips half-court offense is borderline terrible and that will have to improve greatly if they plan to make a deep playoff run.
  2. Despite the unwatchable nature of this game (until the 4th Q) and falling behind by as many as 19 points in the early 3rd Q, I have to give Brett Brown and Co. credit for not quitting last night.  An 11-2 run that included 7 straight points by Turner got the Sixers within 83-76 with 5:24 remaining.  They never got any closer than 7, but at least it made for an interesting quarter of basketball to watch.  This group of Sixers is tenacious, I’ll give ’em that much.
  3. As bad as the Sixers were in the 1st half, they only trailed by 8 at the break.  However, the Clips came out of the locker room and quickly extended their advantage to 57-36 following a 13-0 run.  Helping the Clips effort was the fact that the Sixers started the 3rd Q 0-3 from the field and had 3 TOs.  This stretch essentially sealed the game for the LAC.
  4. The Sixers missed their first 13 3PAs; were 3-of-21 from deep and finished with a season-low 83 points…The Sixers are 1-6 without Carter-Williams this season…The Sixers bench was 2-16 on FGAs in the 1st half.
  5. I know there is not a single “star” name of the 76ers and I know how the officiating works in the NBA.  Still, the favoritism shown to the Clips last night by the refs was astonishing.  Can a tanking team get a whistle?
  6. The Raptors traded Rudy Gay yesterday and essentially raised the white flag on th 2013-14 season.  If this losing continues here in Philadunkia nation, I wonder how much longer Sam Hinkie will keep this roster together?
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