GM65: Rapid (So Close) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/15/14 12:13 pm EST
Indiana Pacers 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 45 MIN | 10-31 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | -1A double-double as well as career high in dimes and FGAs for Thad were over shadowed by the fact that #21 shot 30% from the field and was 0-6 from deep.  His 10 points in the 4th Q (14 total in 2nd half) kept the Sixers competitive.  To be honest it was a good thing Thad was off last night or the Sixers may have won this game.

Henry Sims, C 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -7Sims faced a solid frontline for the first time in his NBA career and what we learned is that he has some work to do.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 41 MIN | 5-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 9 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -7The rookie posted a near triple-double and for the third time in the last four games, MCW was the Sixers leading rebounder. However, his shooting woes continue and he scored only 2 points in the 4th Q.

James Anderson, SG 39 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -7This was a “heat check” game for JA who had been averaging 18 per over his last 4 games.  Anderson scored only 3 points in the 2nd half when the Sixers climbed back into the one.

Hollis Thompson, SG 33 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -1This was the first solid game Thompson has played in some time.  He scored 5 points in the 3rd Q and helped keep this one close.

Jarvis Varnado, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -56 mins…..Ughhh…..

Byron Mullens, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -1I despise the idea of giving Mullens this much run, but I have to give the guy credit, he played his ass off last night.  The 3-ball he hit in the 4th Q was huge.

Elliot Williams, SG 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3Well done…Have fun in Europe next year.

Tony Wroten, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 6-6 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -3Obviously TWroe did not shoot the ball well last night, but he was aggressive to the rack and that resulted in a host of FTAs — which he knocked down.  His 4 points in the early 4th were a key to the Sixers push in that quarter.

Brett Brown
How he keeps this bunch motivated is beyond me, but his X&O’s as well as substitution patterns still need work.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. I have to tip my cap to the Sixers for their effort last night.  The Pacers established a 17-point lead in the first half, but the 7-6 never gave up.  This rag-tag bunch (sorry Thad) put on a run that sliced the Indiana lead to five by the mid-4th Q.  However the Sixers could not get a bucket on five straight possessions.  Finally, Thad hit two free throws to make it 87-84.
  2. However, Indiana responded with a 6-0 run of its own to go up 93-84 with 3:21 remaining.  Once again the Sixers did not hang their heads.  A 7-0 Sixers run was capped when Thad hit a jumper and made it 93-90.  Was the losing streak about to end? Nope…7 unanswered by the Pacers put the game away.  But it was a great effort by the Sixers last night.
  3. The 76ers earned the respect of the Pacers as well…”This game could have easily been a blowout-type of game,” Paul George said. “You’ve got to give them credit, they kept battling.”
  4. Former Sixer Lavoy Allen scored a season-high 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting.
  5. The Sixers defense was its usual suspect self as the Pacers shot 58% from the field and 42% from three…However the Sixers only had 10 turnovers in this game and that’s what kept them close last night.
  6. The 76ers paid tribute to “The Enigma”, their former No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, with a 1:00 minutes (or less) video tribute that did not draw much of a reaction from the WFC faithful.
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