GM51: Rapid (Steve Nash) Reacts

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 delawareonline.com, 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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