GM34: Rapid (Heat Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/07/14 10:58 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 126 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -22The Eastern Conference Player of the Week got off to a qucik start with 13 points in the first quarter.  #21 also had a great swat in the 1st Q.  Unfortunately Thad had little support from his teammates and this one got away from the Sixers in the 2nd Q.  Brown rested Thad for most of the 2nd half.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -27ET only scored 5 points in the 1st Q last night and his first FGA/bucket did not come until the 7:56 mark. During the 4-game win streak, Turner was much more aggressive during the opening minutes of the game. Turner was 0-2 during the deciding stretch of this game (mid to late 2nd Q).  He recovered to shoot 3-5 and score 8 points in the early 3rd Q, but it was too late for the Sixers.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -19Arguably Thompson’s best game in weeks. That tells you all you need to know.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 7 PTS | -21Spence scored 5 points in the 1st Q and there’s not much else to say.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -23MCW scored 8 points in the 2nd Q, unfortunately he got zero help from his teammates during that stretch and the Wolves put together a 24-8 run to end the 1st half and essentially the game.  In the future, I’d like to see more trips to the FT line from my starting PG.

Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -8Garbage time glory…

Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3That’s the Lavoy we know and despise…

Daniel Orton, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -8I thought we would see Orton earlier and more of often last night to help battle MIN’s Nikola Pekovic.  However the only run he got when it mattered was a brief stint at the end of the 1st that bled into the mid 2nd Q.  Of course the game was over by the end of the 2nd Q, so Brown probably wanted to rest Orton for tonight’s game in CLE.

Lorenzo Brown, PG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -6Welcome back to the NBA…

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -10JA scored 9 points in the early to mid 2nd Q to keep the Sixers in this game for a bit, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Wolves from rolling over the Sixers as the 1st half came to a close.

Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -8Garbage time glory…

Brett Brown
Some portion of the team not competing in the 2nd Q has to fall on the coach.  Also, I know Kevin Love is a terrible match up for the Sixers, but we have to devise a better plan for defending the All-Star forward.  Finally, defending the 3-ball was an issue again last night.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. After 3-games of “improved” defense, the 76ers went MIA on that end of the court last night.  The T-Wolves scored 70 points in the 1st half, 126 overall and won by 31 thanks to 46% shooting.  FYI…Minny put up 100 FGAs last night.  Minnesota, which entered Monday ranked 25th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage also made 16 of 26 3-pointers (62%).  Love hit four, Martin had three and the Timberwolves hit 13 of 20 through the 1st three quarters.  If you did your NBA betting last night at and had Minnesota minus the 7 points…Congrats.
  2. Suspect defense wasn’t the only ill that returned to the court with the Sixers last night.  The turnover bug was back as well. During their 4-game winning streak the Sixers turned the ball over an average of 13.2 times per night.  Last night the 7-6 coughed up the rock 23 times.  Those TOs led to 30 points by the T-Wolves.
  3. Thanks to Thad’s hot start and 59% shooting as a team in the 1st Q, the Sixers only trailed by 3 after one stanza of play.  However, the Timberwolves ended any threat of the Sixers extending their streak by the 2nd Q.  Minnesota closed the first half on a 24-8 run with help from eight 2nd Q TOs and 6 straight missed FGAs by the Sixers.  They led by 16 at the half.  Love put the final nails in the coffin when he hit a pair of 3s in the 3rd Q to push the lead to 31-points.
  4. Speaking of Love…Despite sitting for the entirety of the 4th Q in the blowout, Kevin Love scored 26 on 12 shots, adding seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.  In his last 9 games, Love is putting up monster numbers…30 ppg.; 12 rpg.; 54% on FGAs and 41% on 3’s.
  5. With their win last night the Wolves sweep the season set with the 76ers (2-0).  Against MIN the Sixers averaged 24 TOs per night and gave up 28 points off TOs in those two games.  Love was good for an average of 26 points and 11 boards per night on 52.8% shooting in those contests.
  6. Apparently, the Sixers didn’t get back to Philadelphia until 5 a.m. on Sunday after flying all night following Saturday’s game in Portland, so there’s no surprise that they looked sluggish last night.  However, there’s no rest in the schedule for the Sixers.  They play Tuesday at Cleveland and back-to-back home games this Friday and Saturday.  “I’ve never seen a schedule like this coming back from a West Coast trip,” said center Spencer Hawes.  “It’s not like we’re just getting to stay home.”
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2 Responses to “GM34: Rapid (Heat Check) Reacts”

  1. Mike
    7. January 2014 at 13:43

    Did you watch the game??? Elliot Williams best moments did not come in garbage time.. The two shots he made were big buckets where he drove to the basket and hit a 3 at the top of the key. Definitely in the first half also. If you’re going to make fun of a guy at least be accurate about it

  2. Philadunkia
    7. January 2014 at 14:58


    Obviously I watched the game…Williams scored 5 points between the end of the 1st and early 2nd, so I made a mistake in writing that his points came in garbage time. However, it was a long & depressing game recap to write and anyone who watches the NBA know that Williams belongs in the D-League (at best) — so does it really matter?

    Thanks for reading & commenting.

    — C. Smith

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