GM64: Rapid (18 & Beautiful) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/13/14 9:43 am EST
Sacramento Kings 115 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 39 MIN | 5-18 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -16It was a roller coaster night for Thad who played with his usual high energy and thus scored some amazing buckets like his 1st Q tip-follow, but his shot was not falling and at times I thought he was forcing his jumper.  His 7 points in the 2nd Q kept this game interesting until the after half time.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 10-11 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +2Sims posted career-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double.  #35 was agressive on the boards all night and went right at the Kings defenders when he had the rock.  The great tip-in he had in the 4th Q was a result of hard work and tenacity, items this roster needs more of these days.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 7 TO | 13 PTS | -14One game after posting a triple-double, MCW’s shooting woes returned and it was not pretty.  Last night he missed a couple of bunnies and I felt that just drained the life out of the Sixers rookie.  MCW also turned it over 7 times.  However he did have a beautifeul dime to Thad for and AND1 in the 3rd Q and grabbed 7 or more rebs for the 3rd consecutive game.

James Anderson, SG 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -11I don’t know where JA’s shooting stroke has been all year, but if he shoots us to a win down the stretch, I’m going to be pissed.  In his last 4 runs, Anderson has been good for 18 ppg. on nearly 50% shooting from the field.

Hollis Thompson, SG 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -1Can a guy who scores 5 points in 28 ticks vs. the Kings really be a a “keeper”?

Jarvis Varnado, PF 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -17With Sims playing out of his mind last night Varnado’s minutes were limited.  He still did a couple of nice things.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3I’m not 100% sure why he is not playing more — I think it’s because he has been awful –, but I would like an explanation from Brown.

Byron Mullens, C 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | 0Why is this guy getting 10 minutes of run?  He’s a stiff who will not be here next year.  Give his burn to either Moultrie or Varnado.

Eric Maynor, PG 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3Moving on…

Elliot Williams, SG 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -12Williams did a nice job hitting all 4 FTAs he took in the 3rd Q adn that is all I have to say here.

Tony Wroten, SG 24 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10The crossover he put on Ray McCallum was amazing, but he blew the lay-in and that about sums up TWroe.

Brett Brown
I know he is handcuffed by this terrible roster, but my faith that he is the right man for this head coaching job dwindles with each blown substitution and terrible 3rd Q.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. After trailing by only 4 points at halftime, the Sixers lost this game in the 3rd Q.  The Kings used a 14-6 burst in the mid-3rd Q to establish a 12 point lead and never looked back.  Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the 3rd quarter to help the Kings extend their lead to 90-76 by the end of the Q.
  2. By my count the Sixers missed 11 shots in the paint during the 3rd Q and most of those were at point blank range.
  3. Any hope for a 4th Q comeback by the Sixers was dashed when the Kings opened the stanza with a 7-2.  Former Lenape High School (NJ) star Jason Thompson scored 6 points in that stretch.  The 76ers shot 4-13 during that portion of the quarter.
  4. As I mentioned on Twitter last night, Rudy Gay has owned the Sixers this season.  In three games vs. the 7-6 in 2013-14 (1 for TOR; 2 for SAC) Gay has averaged 21ppg., 7 rpg. and 5 apg.  Last night Gay scored 13 of his 27 points in the 1st Q.  He also set career-highs in free throws made (16) and attempted (19) in the Kings W.
  5. The Sixers losing streak ha snow reached 18 games.  They’ve lost 14 in a row at home, an ongoing franchise record.  The Sixers have given up 113+ points in 12 of those 18 games.  Additionally, the 76ers have been outscored by 18.8 PPG during their 18-game losing streak
  6. “My teammates were just trusting I’d make the right decision,” said Sims post game.  “A couple shots fell for me. I’m definitely proud, but I’d be more proud of a win.  I just try to go out every game and it’s a new day, a new season.  I try not to think about it. I just focus on the next game.”

 

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