GM35: Rapid (Tanking is Back) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25I did not think Thad looked tired last night.  I believe it was just one of those nights where his shot was not falling and that is going to happen occassionally if you play in the NBA long enough.  Unfortunately the Sixers are not going to win / compete in many games when Thad is off this badly.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11Turner couldn’t play his way out of a 1-5 1st Q funk and that was one of the big reasons the Sixers were doomed last night. That’s now two straight games where Turner has been MIA.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -19His bucket early in the 1st Q came as a surprise to me and I thought we might see a “big night” out of Thompson.  I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -23Despite his 5 points early in the 1st Q, I thought Hawes looked very sluggish and his quotes post game about needing a day off supported my observations.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | -30Forget that MCW scored a career high 33 points on 52% shooting. The most amazing item from last night is that he only turned the ball over once. ONCE!  The kid is special.

Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 24 MIN | 3-4 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +10Brett Brown was looking for a spark when he inserted Davies into the game during the late 1st Q for the struggling Thad Young.  Davies immediately hit a bucket, but that was his last contribution while the game was still respectable.

Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -8Moving on…

Lorenzo Brown, PG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | +17Garbage time…

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -11Anderson entered the game in the late 1st Q and promptly missed his first 3 FGAs.  During that stretch, the Cavs lead swelled to 16 points.  With 6 points early in the 2nd Q, JA tried to help MCW keep the Sixers in this game, but the two of them could not get it done.

Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +10Williams drilled a 3-ball in the 2nd Q that brought the Sixers within 14 points of the Cavs and than didn’t score again until late in the 3rd Q.  The guy is a nice athlete with some solid skills, but his game needs polishing in the D-League.

Brett Brown
It’s time to do something drastic in order to wake up this squad.  Fatigue is part of life in the NBA, you can’t use it as an excuse in back-to-back embarrassing L’s.

Six Things We Saw last Night…

  1. For a second let’s forget that at halftime, C.J. Miles has already tied the Cavs franchise record for most 3-pointers made in a game (He was 5-5 from 3 in the 1st quarter alone and 8-10 in the half on his way to making 10 3-pointers made.).  What was most disturbing to me was how WIDE OPEN Miles was all night.  This wasn’t a guy the Cavs were running off screens all game.  On 90% of his 3PAs he was standing flat footed, yet wide open, when the ball was swung to him.  Simply inexcusable perimeter defense by the Sixers.
  2. “When somebody like that is rolling you have to be aware of where he is every second,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.  “He got away from us.  You give him credit, but we didn’t get the job done on him defensively.”  This quote drives me insane.  Hey coach, how about you challenge someone on the Sixers step up, show some pride and shut Miles down?  It works on my 5th garde CYO team.
  3. One night after the Sixers gave up 16 3-pointers and 126 points in a loss to Minnesota at home, their perimeter defensive rotations were non-existent.  Miles splashed in ten 3PM and the Cavs as a team shot 13 for 28 from the arc (35.7%).  We all know that the Sixers defense along the 3-point line defense has been awful, but when you have back-to-back months where an opponent makes 10 3’s in a game (Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson hit 10 threes against the 7-6 last month) it’s time to reevaluate what you are doing on defense.
  4. A 14-3 Cleveland run midway through the first quarter was enough to put the Sixers away.  The Cavs led by 23 at the half.  The Sixers (outside of MCW) showed no proof of life in the 2nd half and the lead grew to as much as 31 in the fourth quarter (For a second straight game).
  5. The lone positive I can take from last night’s game is that the Sixers bench outscored the Cavs, 43-29.  As I have mentioned above and many times in recent weeks, James Anderson is excelling in his role off the bench.
  6. The Sixers got blown out in this game despite scoring 52 points in the paint; committing only 10 TOs and being +11 in the FTM category.  Of course when the opponents out rebound you by 20; shoot 49% from the field; and 46% from 3, you can understand how they lost so badly.
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