GM46: Rapid (Beating Boston) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Boston Celtics
Thaddeus Young, PF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -6I don’t understand how a player with such a smooth stroke shoots 0-4 from the FT line, but other than that it was another solid night for Thad.  He hit 2 clutch threes in the 3rd Q and had a nice dunk in the 4th Q.  Is anyone else worried about the physical pounding Thad has taken in the last couple of games?

Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +21A less than spectacular shooting night filled with ill-advised jumpers (especially from three) was erased when Turner scored the winning bucket on a leaning floater as time expired.  I tought he also did a nice job of seeing the floor and finding open teammates.  Turner had zero turnovers, but missed or was late on a number of defensive rotations.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +13Spence tied his career high with four 3-pointers and had his offensive game working last night.  The illegal screen he set on JA’s 4th Q drive down the left side for a dunk was the key to that huge possession for the Sixers.  He’s just soooo bad on defense.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +10MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke.  I was looking forward to seeing him face Rondo especially after the Boston PG’s pregame comments on the Sixers’ ROY candidate.  I can’t wait until the day MCW dunks on Rondo and asks, “What’s my name?!?”  The rookie only had 3 turnovers.  It had to be disappointing that MCW shot so poorly in front of his family and friends in Boston.

James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7Four points in the early 1st Q and a dunk by Anderson in 4th Q was that key to the Sixers comeback produced a very solid night for the Sixers shooting guard.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1Enuff of this guy already (See below)

Dewayne Dedmon, C 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6One of the rookie’s best performances in his short Sixers tenure.  Dedmon is so athletic and does all the little things that make a team successful.  I could see him being an important “glue guy” for this team moving forward.  I also think he should be getting all of Lavoy’s minutes.  The Sixers know what they have in #50 and hopefully he’s not here in 2014-15, so let Dedmon get more experience on the court this year and see how he develops.

Elliot Williams, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -4Moving on…

Tony Wroten, SG 14 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -16TWroe drove the ball to the rack frequently last night and I really like that effort from him.  Wroten scored 4 big points for the Sixers — a driving lay-in to close the 3rd Q and another bucket to open the 4th.  If he could just stop shooting 3’s Wroten would be a much better player.

Hollis Thompson, SG 17 MIN | 0-0 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -15Thompson didn’t do anything wrong last night and actually played decently.  It’s just that with how solidly he has played over the last 5 games, I thought he would have a bigger night against Boston’s weak 2nd unit.  Hollis didn’t even attempt a FG.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | When asked by @JakeLFischer when he planned on returning to the court for games Moultrie replied, “I don’t know. It’s not up to me.”  Together we tanlk!!

Brett Brown
After his squad looked unprepared for the Suns on Monday and getting badly out coached by Jeff Hornacek, I thought Brown held his own against one of the rising young coaches in the League. More minutes for Demon please!

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. MCW grabbed a rebound of a Kris Humphries miss with 10 ticks remaining.  The rookie dribbled up the court before handing the ball over to Turner.  Brett Brown did not call a timeout.  The C’s got caught in a switch and Jerryd Bayless ended up on Turner as opposed to Jeff Green.  “The Enigma” recognized the mismatch; drove to the tin and somehow put in an off-balanced floater at the buzzer to give the Sixers a 95-94 win.
  2. On not calling a timeout, Brown said…“It is one of the most difficult decisions because everything seems in be in slow motion,” Brown said.  “Do you call a timeout?  Don’t you call a timeout?  I have learned through the ages that the busted play, the broken play, the random play is probably as good an environment that you are going to get often.”
  3. To be honest, I would liked to have seen MCW keep the ball and take the final shot.  Nothing personal against Turner, but it’s obvious his days in Philly are numbered, so why not get the rookie some experience in those clutch situations.  In the post game, Brown noted, “I was kind of surprised Michael gave it up.  I thought Michael was going to try and win the day, but he gave it up, to his credit.”
  4. The Sixers won this game despite playing to -19 in the rebounding column; missing 11 FTS (56% on the night) and going 4-10 from the line in the 4th Q (3-6 in the closing minutes).
  5. Trailing 74-71 after the 3rd Q, the Celtics opened the fourth with a 15-4 run that gave them an 86-78 lead four minutes into the stanza.  They hit three 3-pointers during the surge, two by Chris Johnson and one by Green.  But the Sixers showed some stones and got back in the game thanks to a 12-4 run that tied the game at 90.  Teh run was capped with back-to-back dunks by Anderson and Young.
  6. On the tanking watch…This win really hurt.  Obviously the Celtics are a team the Sixers will be battling  for ping pong balls all season.  Additionally, fellow tank mode teams Orlando, Milwaukee and Sacto all lost last night.
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