GM41: Rapid (MLK Matinee) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Washington Wizards
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -14After averaging onlly 11 ppg. over his last 5 runs, I was glad to see Thad get his career season back on track.  A slow start (1 FGA in 1st Q & 4 first half points) prevented Thad from having a really big game.  His 10 points in the 3rd Q helped pull the Sixers back into this game.  Unfortunately, his 1-4 start to the 4th Q also helped the Wiz put this one away.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -6Brett Brown said in his post game presser that Turner looked “tired”, but he’s looked the same to me for 3 games in a row now.  IMO during his recent slump, he simply has not been aggressive enough in the opening minutes of the game.  I did like that ET got to the FT line often today.  I also thought he should have gotten a couple more calls from the zebras.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +2Obviously Spencer did not shoot the ball well today, but he tied a season high with 14 boards.  If could have played a lick of defense on Marcian Gortat, the Sixers may have accidentally won this game.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 13-22 FG | 4-8 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 31 PTS | -10I loved most of what I saw from MCW today — especially during hsi stellar 2nd Q play — 17 points.  However, if you look at this game closely, you’ll see that he was MIA in the 1st Q (2 pts. & 2 TOs); shot 50% from the FT line and couldn’t contain John Wall (MCW was a -10 on the day).  Still, I’d like to have seen Brown put him back in the game during the late 4th Q.

James Anderson, SG 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +6An okay game by JA who scored 4 points in the 1st Q and another 4 during the Sixers to little, too late push in teh late 4th Q.  But IMO our second best 3-point shooter has to squeeze off 1 or 2 3PAs per game.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -9I can only assume that his injured calf is still hampering his play (Tons of sarcasm here.).

Dewayne Dedmon, C 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -7This may be my favorite Sam Hinkie in-season pick up. The kid is athletic as hell and gives us some presence on the glass. Dedmon grabbed the same number of rebounds as Lavoy and ET combined is roughly 30 less minutes of play.

Lorenzo Brown, PG 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +8All 3 of his points came in the last minute of the game.

Elliot Williams, SG 30 MIN | 0-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -7Hey Elliot, what number do you want to wear for the Sevens?

Hollis Thompson, SG 37 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -3Four points in the closing seconds of the game are making Thompson’s numbers look better than they actually were today.

Brett Brown
I hated that he did not put the starters (or at least MCW and Thad) back into the game when the reserves cut the lead to 8 points in the 4th Q.  Maybe he was trying to deliver a message to some of the first-five that the team needs a better effort from them.  However to me it signaled that Brown lost track of how rotations in the NBA are supposed to work.

Six Things We Saw

  1. Of course the defense was an issue again this afternoon as the Wiz scored 107 points; placed 5 players in double figures and shot 44% from the field.  Still for me the most disturbing element of the Sixers pathetic defense was the wide open cuts and dives to the rim that the Washington players experienced all afternoon.  John Celestand of CSN described the Sixers’ defense best in the post game show when he said, “It was like swiss cheese out there.”
  2. In the post game media session Brown was peppered with questions about why the starters and specifically MCW (31 points) were not reinserted into game during the 4th Q as the Sixers reserves slowly pulled the sixers back into the game (The Wiz were ahead 100-79 with 6:07 to play, but the bench scored 13 straight to trail by eight with 2:26 left).  Brown gave a bunch of coach speak about liking what he saw from the players on the floor, which basically told me what we all already know, it’s not about winning games this year.
  3. The Iwz put some cushion between themselves and the Sixers witha nice run in the 2nd Q. Bradley Beal scored 13 in the quarter as Washington posted a 13 to 5 run and than a 7-0 run to take a 61-51 lead at halftime.
  4. The Sixers made a push to make this a game during the 3rd Q as MCW and Thad scored the first 19 Sixer points in that Q.  The Sixers got to within 70-66 midway through the stanza, but a 3-ball by Beal; two dunks by Trevor Ariza; a lay-in by Gortat and 3-ball by Martell webster pushed the Wiz lead to 14 points.  FYI…all of those points were assisted buckets as the Wiz looked awesome at times while making the extra pass to the wide open man.
  5. By some miracle, the Sixers only turned the ball over 13 times today.  No player had more than 2 TOs.
  6. The 76ers shot 22% from three (4-18) and 67% from the FT line (21-31).  In short, despite the horrific defense they played today, I felt the Sixers could have pulled this one out if they could have gotten one or two more timely 3-balls and shot better from the FT Line.  For instance, in the 4th Q where they twice pulled within 8 points of the Wiz, the Sixers were 2-5 from deep and 5-9 from the charity stripe.
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