GM48: Rapid (I’m Done) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, PF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was simply over matched on the defensive end, but did manage 5 steals. A decent night on offense was overshadowed poor FT shooting and an O-fer night from three.  In his last 5 games, Thad is shooting 7-24 (29%) from three. In his last 3 games, Thad is 4-14 from the charity stripe.  When a player with Thad’s silky shootin stroke is missing that frequently, it indicates to me that #21 is simply tired.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -17“The Enigma” is alive and well.  A 1-5 start from the field produced a typical inefficent scoring night for Turner.  And in a shocking turn of events, Turner got emotional and showed his temper last night.  Turner is now 13-40 from the field in his last 3 games and 0-7 from the 3-point line.  Add 8 turnovers in those 3 runs to the stats and you have player that is becoming increasingly difficult to trade for a 1st round pick.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -23I know the Pistons are a massive team down low, but have some stones and provide a little resistance.

James Anderson, SG 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -19Anderson started his night with two smooth drives to the rack for layins in the 1st Q.  After a couple of nice buckets — including a tear drop floater — in the 2nd Q, I thought Anderson was headed from a big night.  It didn’t pan out that way, but still a nice performace from JA.  Great draw of a charge in 2nd Q.  I thought the 3PA his missed at the 8:45 mark of the 3rd Q with the Sixers down 10 was the turning point in the game.  He can’t go 1-4 from three if the Sixers are to compete on a nightly basis.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 8-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -11Coming off a 1-13 shooting night vs. Atlanta, Wroten got his stroke going early with a 3-5 start in the 1st Q.  He ended the 1st half 6-12 from the field for 12 points.  TWroe also had a nice give and go with Lavoy in the 2nd Q for a hoop.  But Wroten’s hot hand stayed in the locker room at the break as he shot 2-7 in the 2nd half.  He also turned teh ball over 6 times and was out of control on a number of drives to the tin.

Lavoy Allen, PF 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5Well, at least he made his FTs…

Dewayne Dedmon, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -1More minutes please…

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -2Five points in the 1st Q included a great lay-in that should have been an AND1, but Thompson missed the freebie.  After that initial burst it was a pretty quiet night for Hollis.

Elliot Williams, SG 24 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | 0Williams splashed home a 3-ball in the early 2nd and that led to a productive night for the Sixer reserve.

Brett Brown
The Sixers were not ready to play in this game.  The defense is still awful and he has to take some of the blame for that, but not all.  Dedmon is the only center on this roster willing to battle on the boards and he played 19 minutes — unacceptable.  A legit back-up PG sure would be a nice luxury for him to have on this roster because Wroten and Turner have no right playing the point in this League.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. I have to admit that watching Sixers games is becoming very difficult for me.  Additionally, typing up these reacts is becoming increasingly tedious and boring.  My biggest issue is that this team is not fundamentally sound.  Their defense is non-existent. They don’t box out and rebound.  The offense is stagnant and contains too many TOs.   I’m not asking the players on this team to play like superstars, but if my son’s 5th grade CYO team can grasp the above fundamentals of the game, I have to ask, “Why can’t the men on this roster?”.
  2. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe combined for 43 points and 26 rebounds on 18-of-21 shooting against the 76ers.  Detroit’s twin towers combined for 22 points, 11 boards and 9-of-9 shooting in the 1st Q.
  3. The Sixers trailed only 57-49 at intermission but the game quickly got away midway through the 3rd Q when the Pistons made three three-pointers and produced a 16-2 run.  Singler and Caldwell-Pope made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 74-56, and another 3 by Singler capped the run and gave Detroit a 23-point lead.
  4. The Sixers were outrebounded 58-44 and Detroit had a sizeable advantage in second-chance points (32-12) thanks to 23 offensive rebounds.
  5. The Pistons are 3-0 against the 76ers this season. …The 7-6 is 3-22 when held under 100 points…The Pistons shot 25 FTAs in the 1st half, while the Sixers shot 10…the Sixers were 2-11 on 3pAs in the 1st half…
  6. At one point in the 1st Q the Sixers put a lineup on the floor that featured Dedmon/Allen/Wroten/Thompson and Williams. There’s only 2 NBA caliber players in that group — Thompson and Wroten — and one could argue that both of those guys could use some time in the D-League right now.
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