GM60: Rapid (Close One) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/03/14 11:00 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Orlando Magic
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 13-25 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 29 PTS | -3Thad continues to fight the good fight and it’s fun to watch #21 whenhe has the green light on every trip down the floor.  His dribbling skills in the open court continue to impress me as did the two tough buckets he scored with his right hand last night.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -1After witnessing years of Lavoy Allen’s act, it’s an absolute pleasure to watch a Sixer big play with energy and heart.  As a bonus he has a nice shooting touch, plays physical and owns a high basektball IQ.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 8 TO | 17 PTS | -9Carter-Williams got off to a red hot start in this one draining his his first five shots of the night.  However, his 8 turnovers were alarming and he missed all 4 of his FGAs in the 4th quarter.  In defense of MCW I would say that he could have posted a triple-double if his teammates could have converted his passes into buckets.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1Somewhere Khalif Wyatt is just having a laugh that this guy made the Sixers roster over him.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Thompson is quickly playing his way back to the D-League.

Jarvis Varnado, PF 15 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2I need to see more of Varnado, but a long and athletic shot blocker is the type of player the Sixers can us down the road and so he might be worth stashing on the Sevens down in Delaware.

Byron Mullens, C 14 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12Moving on…as will Mullens will at the end of the season.

Eric Maynor, PG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -2Somewhere in the basektball world there has to be a young PG that Hinkie would rather evaluate on a nightly basis .

Tony Wroten, SG 25 MIN | 5-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -12It’s well documented that I prefer when Wroten lays off the 3-ball and that was not the case last night.  He did have a nice 2nd Q (5 pts.) and 8 pts. overall in the 1st half, but he was MIA for the rest of the game and his 5 TOs were not what the Sixers needed last night.

Brett Brown
There’s only so much Brown can do with this roster, but I did think he waited too long to bring his starters back in the 4th Q.  It was obvious to me that the Sixers reserves were not up to the task of keeping the team in the game last night and yet he stuck with them for a long stretch of the early 4th Q.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The Magic dominated the Sixers in the 4h Q.  O-town’s second unit jumped all over the Sixers with a 12-2 run and the Magic as a whole outscored the Sixers 26-12 in the Q to cruise to the win.  Orlando reserves E’Twaun Moore, Kyle O’Quinn and Andrew Nicholson combined for 14 points in the final period on 6 of 9 shooting.  The Sixers started the 4th shooting 1-6.  Wroten was 1-3 on FGAs and had a turnover during that early stretch.  Overall the 7-6 were 5 of 18 from the field (27%) and committed six turnovers in the 4th.
  2. Tobias Harris scored a career-high 31 points, which should not come as a shock to anyone who has followed the Sixers all year nad their habit of giving up career/season bests and franchise record marks.
  3. The 76ers’ 14 game losing skid is their longest since 1994, when they lost 15 straight.
  4. Former 76er Nikola Vucevic posted another double-double against his the team that drafted him…”BigNik” is a fearless competitor and had 18 points as well as 17 rebounds for Orlando last night.
  5. Magic guards Jameer Nelson (sore calf) and Arron Afflalo (illness) were out with injuries and yet the Sixers still could not grab the W.  Well done Sam, you devious devil.
  6. “We had 19 turnovers and six came from our point guards,” Brett Brown said after the game.  “A lot of that happened when we had three of five guys on the court who have only been with each other four days.  Our offense hurt us more than our defense.
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5 Responses to “GM60: Rapid (Close One) Reacts”

  1. Joe
    3. March 2014 at 12:03

    Hollis Thompson had a 25 trillion – now that’s tanking!

  2. Alex
    3. March 2014 at 22:05

    Now that is tanking!
    I read today that Stan Van Gundy let Sam Hinkie have it in Sloan Basketball Seminar. I understand what Stan is saying here (and I respect Stan a lot) regarding demoralization of players etc. etc.
    However, tanking is a business model for a basketball organization that has over $500 mil invested for the sake of making profit via wining and selling tickets.
    I do not understand what this tanking cry is all about. After all, it seems to be the best business model given the league existing salary constraints. Sorry Thad.

  3. Skywalker
    4. March 2014 at 09:37

    Very “winnable” game last night……..if any one is paying attention this was ANOTHER coaching loss……..

  4. Steve Toll
    4. March 2014 at 11:26

    WTF at giving MCW a B+

    17pts on 30 possessions + 6 assists

  5. Skywalker
    5. March 2014 at 08:38

    “MCW” should get a “C”…….8 Turnovers…….from your starting Point Guard……..

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