GM51: Rapid (Steve Nash) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/14 8:59 am EST
Los Angeles Lakers 112 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -11 Thad scored 5 points in the 1st Q and that was it for him last night.  I don’t have a single note for him the rest of the game.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -10 Turner buried a 3-ball in the 1st Q, scored 9 first half points and looked to be headed for a big night.  That never materialized.  He played decently on offense, but his defense was brutal. In the 3rd Q, ET had a stretch where he drained a 3PA; than air balled a 3PA and finally bricked a 3PA.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -3 Hawes had a great night shooting the rock — 45% from the field and 50% from three. However, like a lot of the Sixers Spence did most of his damage in the 1st half — 11 pts. & 6 rebs.  He was MIA in the 2nd half.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -11 MCW’s defense was terrible last night and his jump shot continues to misfire…That’s all I have to say here.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -5 A solid night for Anderson who scored 3 points in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Q’s.  He broke the Sixers long 4th Q scoring drought by splashing home a 3PA, but it did not ignite a late push by the Sixers last night.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 4-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -14 Lavoy was also spectacular (for him) in the 1st half — 10 pts. & 4 rebs.  But he might as well have stayed in the locker room at halftime.

Elliot Williams, SG 16 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -4 One of EW’s best games went to waste.  Williams scored 6 straight during the 2nd Q and he got a bucket in the 3rd.

Tony Wroten, SG 18 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -3 When Wroten is hot, he can fill it up in a hurry.  The problem is those “hot” nights don’t come along that often. Last night he was “hot” and a joy to watch (except for the TOs).  TWroe banked home a 65-foot hail mary at the end of the 3rd Q that gave the crowd a spark.

Hollis Thompson, SG 21 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9 Hollis has suddenly gone MIA…

Brett Brown
I undertsnad that he is working with a less than NBA caliber roster, but I’m not a big fan of much that Brown is doing right now.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The 1st half the two teams played was one of the worst defenesive efforts I have seen at the NBA level.  Both teams hsot 52+% from the field; above 45% from three and scored over 60 points in the 1st half.
  2. This game was decided in the 4th Q. LA pulled away early in the fourth.  Kaman and Jordan Hill combined for all the points in a 10-0 run that put the Lakers up 101-90.  The Sixers went 5+ minutes without a hoop on 0-10 shooting. That Lakers run extended out to 19-5 and the Sixers never really threatened in the 4th.
  3. I’ve mentioned a numerous times this season that opponents and individual players are post franchise records, season highs and career bests against the Sixers at an alarming rate.  Last night was different.  Steve Nash, who was rumored to be on the verge of retirement because of injuries actually took the court last night.  The 40-year old former MVP looked awesome and scored a season-high 19 points.
  4. The Sixers scored 34 total points in the 2nd half — only 13 came in a poor shooting 4th Q.
  5. The Sixers led the entire first half, going up by as many as nine points a few times, but did nothing to help themselves in the 3rd Q where by my count, they turned the ball over 10 times.  According to Jason Wolf at, the Sixers have committed 20+ turnovers in 4 of their last 7 games & 15 times overall this season.  Last season?  5 times total.
  6. The seven straight losses at home are the 7-6’s longest streak since the 1996-97 season.
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3 Responses to “GM51: Rapid (Steve Nash) Reacts”

  1. Rzzzzz
    8. February 2014 at 12:20

    It’s a little early, but nailing down a loss against a depleted Laker team that is determined to make a run for a top draft pick is a very good sign we’re on the right track. Especially coming off our important loss to the Celtics. Tanking is not an easy experience for the fans, but Brown’s sneaky scheme of maximizing opponents’ firepower is probably as palatable as any to get the job done. Hopefully we’ll do well enough this summer that we won’t have to go through this again, and get to enjoy some real on court development next year.

  2. Philadunkia
    8. February 2014 at 13:56


    I agree that the tanking train is frimly on the right track.

    However, I fail to see how playing this poorly on offense and especially on defense against a terrible Lakers team is helping anyone develop. I know that Brown has limited talent at his disposal, but I see the job Hornacek has done in PHX with a similar talent level and I wonder if it’s not just the players that are the problem for the Sixers.

    I am all for tanking this year, but unless this team under goes a complete revolution on the court in 2014-15, the fans will not see any real development in the youngsters.

    Thanks for reading & commenting.

    –C. Smith

  3. Alex
    8. February 2014 at 21:10

    I see what Rzzz is saying and C Smith response as well and sort of agree with certain points in both. Tanking is not easy for fans. Every game nigh I watched (thanks to my NBA season pass) and sort of feel the humiliation but, at the same time I see that Sixers need good solid assets to built around and finally get out of mediocrity. So I imagine the Draft day in June when Silver announces ‘and with number one pick in the 2014 draft Sixers choose (hopefully Parker)…..)
    I surly agree that tanking is a good thing for Sixers now, but player development in this transition stage is so important and I think we have not seen serious level of player developments from Sixers staff yet. The revolving door of Orton, Dedmon, Morris etc. did not make sense to me unless advance stat has revealed issues with these players. Although Suns success for sure makes me wonder why we can not follow that model,I do not agree with the statement that Sixers have talent level similar to Suns because it is not true. With the exception of Thad, Suns are Better in just about every position with two solid point guards and have a better bench than Sixers. But I have a feeling that addition of Arnett and Noel in the front line can help the team defending. So perhaps all loyal Sixers fans may need to forget about Sixers for now until the draft night!!! At least there is some kind of light at the end of this tunnel and I hope it is not just a flash light that we have seen in past 10 years since 2001 finals.

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