GM61: Rapid (Thunderstruck) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/05/14 9:42 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 125 Oklahoma City Thunder
Thaddeus Young, PF 23 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -29Thad is going to have these night once in a while down the stretch of the 76ers tanking effort.

Henry Sims, C 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -20Sims played some decent defense and gave a solid effort in the 1st half, but only 2 of his points came when this game was competitive.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -16It’s hilarious to me that MCW was talking smack to Russell Westbrook in the 2nd half.  The Sixers are getting blown out; Westbrook is playing at half speed and having you for lunch; you can’t hit a shot and yet the rookie has the stones to run his mouth.  Gutsy, but just stupid.  FYI…7 of those points came in the 4th Q.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -24JA scored 14 points in a red hot 1st Q and than 6 the rest of the night.  Yet another night that shows he does not belong in this League.  If only the Sixers could play the Thunder (Oklahoma State guy) or Rockets (36 points earlier this year vs. his former team) every night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -26Thompson had a couple of nice back door cuts that led to a dunk and an easy lay-in, but I have no faith in his jump shot and this team needs guys who can stroke it from deep.

Jarvis Varnado, PF 18 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -8Varnado showed again that he can play with a ton of energy and that he’s a bouncy, long athlete.  Four of his 6 points came in the 1st half.  He was impressive on the defensive boards in the 2nd half.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Maybe #5 should go back on the injured list and just start over with training camp next year.

Byron Mullens, C 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -2A big 3rd quarter (13 pts.) for a big stiff who will not be here next year.  Mullens even threw down a dunk in traffic last night.

Lorenzo Brown, PG 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -7I know he did not play very well last night, but I’d like to see all of Maynor’s minutes go to Brown.  Brown was putting up ridiculous numbers in the D-League and we need to see if this guy can play backup PG for the Sixers next year.

Eric Maynor, PG 13 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -15Moving on…

Elliot Williams, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -9Williams actually looked good at times last night.  To bad those times came in the 2nd half when this game was over.

Tony Wroten, SG 22 MIN | 3-12 FG | 2-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -7I don’t share the love for TWroe that many in Philadunkia nation seem to own.  Missed 3PAs and bricking FTs are not what I am looking for in my 6th man.

Brett Brown
Do you think Brown had any idea it would be THIS BAD?!?

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. Westbrook finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists for his eighth career triple-double. He left the game with just over 4 minutes remaining in the 3rd Q.  According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last NBA player to get a triple-double in fewer minutes was Jim Tucker in 1955.  Westbrook had eight assists in the 1st quarter, tying his own Oklahoma City record, done three times previously.  FYI…Westbrook didn’t score a bucket until he made a layup with 1:50 left in the 1st half.  FYI to MCW…you don’t trash talk Wetsbrook because he is a fearless competitor and he will eat you up, rookie.
  2. I know the Thunder are an offensive juggernaut and the Sixers defense sucks, but allowing OKC to shoot 56.6% from the field; score 58 points in the paint and 125 overall as well as place 5 players in double figures and cover the 22 point spread is just pathetic.
  3. Durant scored 21 of Oklahoma City’s 37 points in the 3rd quarter.  He made 14 of 20 shots from the floor overall in the game and did not play in the 4th Q.
  4. James Anderson scored 20 for the 76ers on the strength of 6-12 shooting from behind the 3-point line and 7-16 overall.  The remaining 76ers shot 25 for 78 from the field (32%), while the other 4 players in the first-five were 12-36 (33%).
  5. You know the League has lost all respect for the 76ers when lottery flop Hasheem Thabeet receives 18 minutes of run.  The 7-foot stiff hit all 3 of his FGAs and the OKC crowd went wild ever ytime he drained a shot.  The 18 minutes of play tied a season high for Thabeet and the 7 points were a season high.  In fact, when you combine all of Thabeet’s points from December, January and February the stats total 7 points over that 3 month span.
  6. After the game MCW commented on Westbrook’s chirping, “I don’t think it took me out of my game at all.  It just makes me want to play harder, still stay in my game, but use it as motivation.”
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2 Responses to “GM61: Rapid (Thunderstruck) Reacts”

  1. Alex Hootan
    5. March 2014 at 12:19

    Are Hinkie /Brown doing simulation here?
    “Simulation is the imitation of the operation of a real-world process or system over time. The act of simulating something first requires that a model be developed; this model represents the key characteristics or behaviors/functions of the selected physical or abstract system or process. The model represents the system itself, whereas the simulation represents the operation of the system over time.”, Wikipedia

    Hinkie uses player’s with specific skills (e.g., shot blocking, rebounding, etc.) over a short period of time to assess how to build a real team to compete. For example, no need to activate Noel, just sign a shot blocker (Varnado) and see the effect through advanced analytics. He has done a few time this season for a short time period.

  2. NBA Genuine Draft
    5. March 2014 at 14:04

    If Hinkie were running a simulation exercise, he’d be better off using claymation.

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