GM49: Rapid (Entertaining) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, PF 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -3A 9-point first half (4-7 on FGAs) triggered a solid game from #21.  He rolled home a 3PA in the 2nd Q and also had a nice steal and lay-in during that Q.  Thad’s big slam in the 4th Q helped ignite the Sixers 4th Q push that made this game enjoyable to watch.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -12“The Enigma” is back and that’s not going to help his trade value.  Turner did not hoist up his first FGA until there were 2 mins. remaining in the 1st Q and we all know he is at his best when he scores early in the game.  In the 3rd Q there was a Sixers possession during which Turner dribbled the shot clock out and than attempted a shot with 3 Nets on him.  KG blocked that weak s***.  On the next trip he had a TO that led to a Nets FB bucket.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -6Don’t let the stat line fool you.  If you watched this game closely, you know that Spencer was his usual ineffective self when KG is present. He hit a 3-ball in the 3rd Q and another in the 4th — that’s about all folks.  Unless you want to discuss his 6 turnovers.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -12MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke (2-8 in 1st half) and last night he was also a little careless with the ball — 6 turnovers.  However despite those woes, he kept the Sixers in this game all night with big plays.  11 points in the 2nd Q; a big 3PM to open the 3rd Q; a steal an lay-in in the 4th as well as a 3-ball in that Q. Without #1 last night, the Sixers would have gotten blown out.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -12A nice 7-point scoring burst in the 2nd Q included a fantastic lay-in.  His 3PM in the 4th Q made the score 104-102 and gave the Sixers one last shot of hope in this one.  However, JA couldn’t guard anyone last night and that’s not helping the Sixers’ defensive issues.

Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | 0Lavoy scored 4 straight in the 4th Q and got the Sixers to within 97-95.  Pretty sure my man Dedmon could have done the same thing. However, he did have a ncie dime to Williams on a backdoor cut in the 1st Q.

Elliot Williams, SG 11 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13A decent night for Williams, but I only have one note for him and that was the nice backdoor play he scored on in the 1st Q.

Tony Wroten, SG 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 6-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +12Twroe scored eight points in the 1st half thanks to 2-2 on FGAs and 4-6 from the FT line.  A rather efficient scoring night for Wroten was plagued by 4 turnovers that all seem to come in big moments including the final posssession of the 3rd Q (AWFUL PASS).

Hollis Thompson, SG 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -10There’s nothing wrong with the way Thompson played last night, I just have come to expect more, which may be my problem.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP RIGHT ANKLE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | His quote prior to the game was a gem, “I’m sick of all the excuses.” (referring to the idea that his ankle and conditioning are not reasons he’s been told he’s not playing yet.)

Brett Brown
Another slow start for his team, but he kept the Sixers in this one by mixing and matching the line ups; giving extended minutes to Wroten; leaning heavily on Thad adn MCW and limiting the MIA Turner’s minutes in the 2nd half.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. After falling behind 21-6 thanks to throwing up bricks early in the 1st Q, I thought for sure we were going to see another tank-errific performance from the Sixers last night.  But to their credit they hung tough, staged a a 10-1 run to close the opening quarter.  They got back in this game (26-24 Nets) thanks to a 8-2 run to open the 2nd Q and managed to keep it interesting until the final horn.  I’d like to see more of that type of effort from this team.
  2. Trailing 84-69 to start the fourth quarter, the 76ers made nine of 10 shots and went on a 10-0 run that cut the lead to 97-95.  A 7-0 mini-run by the Nets put them up 107-95.  Another run by Sixers extended their solid 4th Q play to a 24-10 advantage and when Anderson buried a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left, the Sixers were again down by only two at 104-102.  But that was a close as the Sixers would get as they did not score again.
  3. Mirza Teletovic was a major spark off the bench, killing the Sixers from deep — 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and 5-for-9 from downtown.  This was Teletovic’s fifth game of five-plus 3-pointers on the season.
  4. 26 turnovers by the Sixers last night (14 in 1st half) led to the Nets scored 32 points off those turnovers.
  5. The Nets knocked home 34 of their 39 FTAs, while the Sixers hit only 20 of 28 (71%).  “The Truth” was 14-14 from the line for BKN.
  6. I know Shaun Livingston is having a solid season for the Nets (7.8 points and 3.1 assists over 24.6 minutes per), but the Sixers suspect defense make Livingston look like the dynamic 21-year-old point man who played for the LAC before that awful knee injury almost ended his career seven years ago.  If you include the 1 one preseason game with the 3 regular season games between the Sixers and Nets, Livingston is averaging 9.7 ppg.; 7.7 apg.; 5.7 rpg. on 77.5% shooting from the field.
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