GM32: Rapid (3 Str8 Wins) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 113 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Sacramento Kings
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-16 FG | 9-9 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 28 PTS | +9Simply amazing again.  Young had 11 points in the third quarter (including 7 straight) when the Sixers pushed their lead to 15 points.  Thad also had a great follow dunk on TWroe’s misssed lay up in the 4th Q.  In his past nine outings, Young is averaging 22+ points per night on 55% shooting.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 11-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +21ET got off to a quick start with a couple of nice left handed buckets and put up 10 pts. in the opening Q (13 1st half points). He was steady the rest of the night and racked up a double-double.  Is it me or is Turner suddenly on a mission to score the ball in bunches?

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +2I have nothing against Hollis personally, I just find it hard to believe that Hinkie can’t find a better player for the Sixers first-five somehwere out there in the basketball world.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 17 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -10Hawes, who played his first 3 seasons with the Kings, was booed all game. Apparently the Sacto faithful were not happy with Spence’s comments last season when the city was trying to keep the team in Sacramento and he publicly stated he wanted the Seattle group to buy the Kings and move them. The reception seemed to have an impact on Hawes’ game last night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +3MCW looked tired last night and I wonder if the rookie’s first ever west coast swing has gotten to him.

Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Moving on…

Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +11That’s two very nice efforts in a row out of Lavoy.  I especially liked the way he got to the rim with dives and filling the lane on the break.

Daniel Orton, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +10Considering Orton had not played in weeks, this was an outstanding effort from the big fella.  Called into duty after Demarcus Cousins was abusing the Sixers’ starting bigs, he did a solid job guarding Cousins and frustrating the hell out of him. The block shot he had in the 4th Q was huge.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -5A quick look at the stats and one would think that Anderson had an off night.  But I wouldn’t say that JA played poorly.  He simply didn’t have many ops to contribute vs. Sacto.  He shot 50% from the field and from deep on the few looks he did get vs. the Kings.

Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8What would you like me to write here?

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 8-13 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +14That’s more like the Tony Wroten we know and love.  However, IMO he’s still shooting to many threes and there were a couple of times where he could have dished th ball off to an open teammate rather than put up a difficult shot.

Arnett Moultrie, PF Shot Chart DNP LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | The talk of Moultire getting close to playing makes me giddy, but could really do some damage to the #WinlessforWiggins / #SorryforJabari campaigns.

Brett Brown
Brown has guided the Sixers to 3 wins in a row vs. suspect competition. The defense appears to have improved.  But most impressive to me is that he’s gotten Lavoy Allen to make positive contributions for two consecutive games.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. Despite scoring only 2 points in the first 3 minutes of the 2nd Q, the surging 76ers took control of this game in the 2nd stanza. Brown & Co. recovered from that poor start with an 11-2 run in the mid-2nd Q, took a 42-37 lead and never trailed again in winning their third consecutive road game after losing the previous 13.
  2. “We are really making an effort on the defensive end,” Thad said during the post game media gathering.  I agree with Thad that the defensive effort has been better over the last three games, but let’s not forget that in those games, the Sixers have faced three of the worst offensive teams in the League.  I’ll be interested to see how the 76ers “improved” D holds up vs. Portland (who scored 134 on CHA last night) on Saturday.
  3. With the Kings trailing 94-79 a minute into the final period, Jimmer Fredette — scoreless up to that point and averaging a meager 4.7 points on the season — went off.  In just less than 120 seconds, Fredette scored 10 unanswered points to narrow the Sixers’ lead to five.  The 76ers responded with nine straight points to increase their lead to 14 at the 3:56 mark, and Sacramento never threatened again.
  4. It would an have been interesting night if Cousins could have stayed on the floor.  Cousins (14 rebounds on the game) got off to a hot start — scoring 8 in the 1st Q & 22 in the 1st half — but then ran into foul trouble.  He picked up his fourth foul early in the 3rd Q and sat out the remainder of the period.  He was called for his fifth foul less than 3 minutes into the fourth.  Without Cousins, the Kings had no flow to their offense.
  5. The 76ers shot 50 percent in the 1st half and scored 60+ points before halftime for the second time in a week…The Sixers scored 58 points in the paint and got 41 points from their bench…Their defense limited the Kings to only 7 3PM…Hvae no fear tanking fans, the Sixers won last night but so did fellow bottom dwellers Utah; NYK; BKN and CLE.
  6. FYI…The Raptors are 8-3 since trading Rudy Gay, while the Kings are now 4-8 since acquiring the high volume shooter.


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