GM63: Rapid (17 & Counting) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, PF 40 MIN | 8-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -11Thad started the game by scoring 9 points in the 1st Q, but he ended the 1st half shooting 4-12 from the field.  He scored only 2 points in the 3rd Q.

Henry Sims, C 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1I thought Sims played outstanding during the 1st half which included him shooting 4-4 from the field and playing with high energy. Which is why his limited minutes in the 3rd Q are so frustrating to me. I know he quickly picked up two fouls to open the 2nd half, but who cares. Leave Sims in there and let him play. If he fouls out, big frickin’ deal you are trying to lose games anyhow.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 6-9 FT | 13 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | 0We could look back at this night as the game where MCW got his ROY campaign back on track with a stellar triple-double (His 2nd of year).  Thank you Raymond Felton.  MCW did a great job of driving to the tin and finishing last night.  It’s also the 2nd straight game he has led the team in rebounding.  That’s good and bad news.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -8A solid shooting night from Anderson included 10 points in the 1st Q.  But don’t get too excited, the NYK are simply horrible on defense. However we should not that in his last 3 games JA is averaging 18 points per on 48.7% shooting.

Hollis Thompson, SG 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +3A return to the starting lineup by “The Keeper” has not helped his shooting stroke.  The two early in the shot clock, 3PAs he bricked on back-to-back offensive trips during the 3rd Q were simply laughable.

Jarvis Varnado, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -16Despite a broken jump shot, Varnado showed a nice touch around the rim, but 50% from the FT line is simply brutal.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 14 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -2I have started grading #5 on the “Lavoy Allen Scale” and by those standards, he had a fantastic night.  Moultrie scored 6 points during a 3rd Q where he looked like an actual NBA caliber player for the first time this season.

Byron Mullens, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | +3When he lost that jump ball to Iman Shumpert (6-foot 5-inches tall), I laughed so hard.

Eric Maynor, PG 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -5Maynor looks terrible.  There was a play in the 2nd Q where he was wide open, but was not ready to shoot the ball when he received it.  So he hesitated and thus turned the ball over.

Elliot Williams, SG 15 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13Moving on…

Tony Wroten, SG 29 MIN | 8-18 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 23 PTS | -15I am having a hard time grading Wroten these days.  He was agressive all night and took the ball to the rack frequently which I love. However his basketball IQ is low and thus his decision making is horrific at times.  So what you have is a scoring guard who needs the ball to be successful, but turns the rock over a great deal and isn’t an efficient shooter.  There was a play in the 2nd Q where Thad and Wroten were isolated on the right side of the court and Thad was wide open on the blocks. Instead of feeding #21 the pill, Wroten hoisted up a 3PA — CLANG.

Brett Brown
Brown designed a great play to get the 76ers a bucket right before halftime.  However I did not like his decision to bench Sims in the 3rd Q when he ran into foul trouble.  Again, who cares if Sims fouls out of a game in mid-March during a 17 game losing streak.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The 76ers competed hard last night and were actually in this one until the opening minutes of the 4th Q.  Down by only 6, the Sixers lost this one thanks to a 10-2 run the NYK put on to open the 4th.  Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 5 points in that stretch in what became a fantastic period for the rookie.  Hardaway made five of his eight shots, including three 3-pointers as the Knicks’ six-point lead quickly expanded to as many as 21.  Overall, Hardaway scored 13 in the final 12 minutes.
  2. The Sixers have now last 17 straight games.  In 8 of those games the Sixers have given up 120+ points.  They have not held a lead during the 4th Q in any of those 17 games.  They’ve lost those 17 games by an average margin of nearly 19 points per game. According to ESPN Stats & Info, that is the second-largest margin EVER for any single-season losing streak of at least 17 games.
  3. Despite changing the roster significantly at the trade deadline, the Sixers still can not guard the 3-point line.  The NYK shot 13-32 (40%) from deep.  Hardaway, Jr. hit 5 threes and JR Smith drained four.
  4. The New York Knicks scored 123 points last night which was their second highest total of the 2013-14 season.  They shot 54% from the field and had four players scored 20 or more points.  Basically the Sixers play AND1 mix-tape style defense.
  5. “People are going to see the numbers and the numbers are the numbers,” Brett Brown said of Carter-Williams in his post game media session.  “But he is just continuing to grow leadership-wise.  You look over and see him making a team huddle.  He is a voice in timeouts, he is a voice in the locker room…I see a point guard that is starting to figure some stuff out.  These stats may say that he played well, but I see something a little bit deeper.”
  6. Via Stats & Info…Carter-Williams became just the NBA’s 3rd rookie in the past 10 seasons with multiple triple-doubles. He joined Chris Paul (2) and Blake Griffin (2) in that exclusive group. Andre Iguodala (1) is the only other 76ers rookie with a triple-double in the last 30 years.
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