GM44: Rapid (KD’d) Reacts

Oklahoma City Thunder 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 8 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -16Thad’s energy and hustle last night were amaizng and the physical beating he took reminded of watching Iverson play. He posted a double-double and just missed a triple double (8 steals).  Howver #21 had a terrible night shooting the ball.  Is it me or is Thad suddenly fading away on almost every 3PA he takes?  FYI…Thad is 3 for his last 26 from deep.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -3Since Turner’s career high 34points against the NYK, “The Enigma” has returned to action vs. Toronto on Friday and last night against OKC. Turner has his best games when he scores early in the 1st Q and gets into the flow.  Last night he only attempted (and missed) 2 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -8Except for his one scoring bonanza in the 3rd Q, Hawes looked intimidated and hesitant most of the night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -11MCW has collided head first with the rookie wall.  Of course it would be stupid not to acknowledge that OKC’s smothering defense had something to do with his poor performance Saturday night.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7Last night JA shot 43% from the field and 14% from three.  I thought he was brought here to be a big 3-point threat?!?  But he has stepped up his scoring since being put back into teh starting lineup — 15 ppg. in his last 3 runs.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -5A big night on the glass by Lavoy, especially in the 3rd Q.  #50 also drained a nice turn around J in the 4th Q that gave the Sixers some energy and kept them in the fight.

Dewayne Dedmon, C 10 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +3I really like this kid and last night the way he ran the floor (for a 7-footer) impressed me.  I would argue that he deserved more minutes in the 4th Q with the Sixers down 9 and plenty of time lremaining.  At that point in the game Brown should have come back with the starters minus Hawes and left Dedmon on the court.

Elliot Williams, SG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -2A solid night by Williams and he gets to tell his grandchildren that he once guarded Kevin Durant.

Tony Wroten, SG 17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -6Can we just stop with the 3PAs?  If you take those ill advised shots out of the mix, Wroten would have played a solid game last night.  Wroten is shooting 24% on the year from deep and has knocked home only 4 of his last 23 attempts from three.

Hollis Thompson, SG 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -5Watching him guard KD was hilarious, but other than that Thompson had a decent night.

Brett Brown
There’s only so much Brown could do against the much more talented Thunder squad…I liked that he kept his team motivated and into the game despite falling behind by double-digits at several points.  However with 7 minutes left in the game the 76ers only trailed by 9 and most of OKC’s key players were on the bench.  Instead of putting his the starters (minus Hawes) back in to the game, Brown chose to continue with a lineup of all reserves for the Sixers.  IMO it was a terrible move and it made me wonder how hard this franchise is trying to even give the appearance that they want to win games.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. Obviously Kevin Durant is playing at an all-world level right now (41.5 pppg. over his last four games) and he was amazing to watch last — 32 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists.  So how hard to do you think laughed to himself last night when he got the rock and the likes of James Anderson, Hollis Thompson and Elliott Williams were between him and the basket.
  2. I have to give the 76ers credit for competing hard last night despite shooting 37% from the field and an embarrassing 14% from deep.  They hung around in this one against a much bigger, more talented and deeper OKC sqaud.  Their big effort made for an exciting contest to watch.
  3. Speaking of hanging around last night…The Sixers put on a big rally in the 3rd Q thanks to a brief sign of life from Spencer Hawes. Hawes scored 7 straight points on a 3-ball; a big dunk over Thabo Sefolosha; and than a nice floater.  Spence’s outburst helped the Sixers to a 9-0 run and they got within 4 of the Thunder at 69-65.
  4. However, that ray of hope didn’t last long…A Durant driving dunk put the Thunder back on track and sparked a 14-5 run to once again open up a comfy double-digit lead.  The Sixers never got closer than 8 points for the remainder of the game.
  5. It was the second night in a row that the Sixers have given up a triple-double.  On Friday night they allowed Philly native Kyle Lowry of the Raptors to post one — 18 points and 13 assists and 10 rebounds.
  6. How about Serge Ibaka last night.  I know he has drastically improved his offensive game in the last year, but c’mon. Last night Ibaka displayed a lethal touch from outside the paint as he poured in 25 points on 12 of 16 shooting…The Thunder scored 53 points in the 1st half last night even though they shot 1-12 on threes. 50% shooting form the field and 10-14 from the FT line helped their cause a great deal.
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