GM37: Rapid (Tank-a-rific) Reacts

New York Knicks 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +2A fast start by Thad did not produce the big night I was looking for from #21.  He was solid on offense and had two great hustle steals that led to FB lay ups in the 2nd Q and another in the 3rd, but that’s all I have in my notes for Thad.  He had trouble guarding Amare, which was to be expected.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | 0ET drilled a 3-ball in the st Q and totaled 6 points in the opening Q and then he went MIA.  Turner only attempted 1 FG in the deciding 2nd Q. In the post game media time, he was one of the first to complain about the slippery condition of the floor.  Go figure.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -15How Spence managed nearly a double-double last night is beyond me.  He was 1-for-his-first-5 from the field and at another point in the game missed 6 straight FGAs.  In addition to poor shooting, he spent the majority of the game riding the refs.  Eventually he got T’d up.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -2There’s nothing wrong with the game MCW had last night (a near triple-double), I just thought he would have more success against the NYK backcourt.  The dunk he flushed in the 1st Q was nice.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -5I really felt Anderson had found a role as the a scoring guard off the Sixers bench, so I was not a big fan of moving him back into the starting lineup.  But he has produced during his first 2-games back in the first-five (13 & 7 per), so I tip my cap to him. 10 of his points came in the 4th Q.  However he is 1-6 from deep in the last two Sixers L’s.

Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -4In the 1st Q the Sixers ran an iso play for Davies.  He took the ball to the rim with authority, missed the bucket and than missed the follow put back that fell right into his lap.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -8Thompson had a couple of nice plays last night including a smooth take to the rim in the 1st Q.

Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 9 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10Williams did the most with the limited minutes he was given, including a 3PM in the late 1st Q.  His terrible foul on a NYK fast break in the early 2nd Q produced an AND 1 for NY and jump started their huge run.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 12 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-5 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -8Wroten was the only member of the Sixers bench that helped much at all last night. He made an immediate impact when he went into the game s Twroe splashed a 3-ball in the 1st Q and also had a coast to coast drive at the end of the opening Q. He opened the 2nd Q with a beautiful lay-in in the 2nd Q and a nice dime to Williams, but than he disappeared.  Better shooting from the FT line would be nice.

Lavoy Allen, PF Shot Chart DNP RIGHT CALF MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Who gets back in the line up first — Allen or Moultrie?

Brett Brown
Brown has no bench and he really needed some help from that portion of the team last night as the starters looked gassed during the second game of a back-to-back set.  The defense is spiraling down hill again, so I will be interested to see what, if any, improvements 4 days of practice brings on that end of the floor.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. After a solidly played 1st Q by the Sixers, this game turned drastically in the 2nd Q when the NYK put on a 25-6 run that gave them an 11 point advantage.  Leading the way for the Knicks was JR Smith who put up 11 points thanks to some hot shooting. During that run by the Knicks, the Sixers shot 1-16; Coach Brownand Spence each got hit with a T.  They shot just 5 for 22 (22.7 percent) during the Q.
  2. That NYK spurt produced a 52-40 halftime lead which I thought the Sixers might be able to overcome.  However, the Knicks came out of the locker room and scored the first four points to open their lead to 16 points.  The closest the Sixers would get again was 8 points.
  3. The refs did not have a good game last night.  Let’s just leave it at that…
  4. After the Sixers’ defense showed signs of improving during the west coast trip, the team has taken a huge step.  They have allowed 113.3 points during the current 4-game losing streak which is more than their season average of 111 ppg.
  5. We all know the Sixers depth is worse than thin and last night the reserves were of very little help…again.  The Sixers’ bench was outscored 40-20. 11 of those points came from TWroe.
  6. If you are wondering why the WFC looked so full last night on TV, it was because a huge contingent of Knicks fans to the train down to Philly for the game.  There was so much orange and blue last night it was sickening.


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