GM66: Rapid (Lucky 21) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/14 10:05 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young, PF 41 MIN | 9-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -1Thad started the night by burying 2 threes in the 1st Q.  He also had 10 points in the 3rd Q.  #21 was over-matched trying to guard David West, but he hung tough all night on the defensive end.

Henry Sims, C 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +8Sims did not have his shooting touch last night, but it is a pleasure to watch a big who understands defensive rotations and is willing to do the grunt work down low to help his team.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 43 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-5 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -7A solid (But IMO quiet) double-double from the ROY candidate. He has now led the Sixers in rebs in 3 straight games and 5 of the last 6.  I am not usually one to complain about the refs, but when MCW starts getting respect from the guys wearing the stripes, his life will be a lot easier and his stats will go through the roof.  Still, he has to slow down on the 3PAs, cut back on the TOs (6) and you must make those FTs.

Tony Wroten, SG 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -3Outside of shooting too many 3-balls, a solid night by Wroten who scored 7 points in the 4th Q to help the Sixers stay close in this one.  I just don’t understand why a career 21% shooter from three continues to jack up 3PAs.  FYI…TWroe is averaging 15.6 ppg. in March.

Hollis Thompson, SG 41 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -6A 10 point 2nd Q by Thompson set up his biggest night in months.  He was money from deep and helped out on the boards against Indy’s big frontline.

Brandon Davies, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3It’s simple, when you are a deep reserve playing for your NBA life…make FTs!

Jarvis Varnado, PF 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9I thought Varnado would see more minutes and have more of an impact against the Pacers bigs.

James Nunnally, SF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3Welcome aboard…

Byron Mullens, C 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -13A 5 point burst in the 2nd Q was the highlight of the night for Mullens.  The fact that this stiff is getting 15 minutes of tick is pissing me off.

Elliot Williams, SG 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8Not an awful night by Williams who is fighting for his NBA life and made his FTAs.

Brett Brown
The fact that he can keep this group motivated and playing decent basketball is amazing to me.  His game management needs to be addressed in teh off season.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The Sixers came out ready to play in this one and jumped out to a 15-6 1st Q lead by shooting 6 for 9 from the field and 3 for 4 on treys.  TWroe who was in the first-five last night posted 4 points during that stretch and Thad scored 5 points.
  2. However, the lead didn’t last very long as the Pacers closed the 1st Q on a 15-9 run to pull within 24-21 at the break.  They opened the 2nd Q with a 10-4 run to grab the lead, but the Sixers battled Indiana hard in this Q and the teams were tied at 48-48 with 1:48 remaining in the half.
  3. That’s when the Pacers exploded for a 10-2 burst and grabbed an 8-point lead at the half.  Paul George had 5 points during the last 1:48 of the 1st half.  Overall, the 2nd Q was entertaining to watch as the Q saw seven lead changes and seven ties.
  4. Despite the Indiana surge right before the half, Brown & Co. did not give up in this game.  The 76ers fought extremely hard, never allowing the Pacers lead to swell past 10 points and grabbing a brief lead of their own at 63-62.  In fact, with 2:51 remaining, the Sixers cut the Indy lead to 88-85 on a pair of Wroten made FTs.  On the very next trip, MCW hoisted up an ill advised 3PA.  David West grabbed the board and at the other end, they left George Hill wide open for a dagger 3-ball.  The Sixers never got closer than 6 points after that bucket.
  5. “We were there,” Brown said after the game.   “I think it’s a great example and learning lesson for Michael Carter-Williams, leaving the corner, George Hill hits a 3, it’s a 3-point game.”
  6. Pacers C Andrew Bynum sat out the game with more knee issues and is day to day (where have we heard that story before). Indiana coach Frank Vogel said Bynum had an MRI on Monday. “We’ll know more in the next couple of days,” he commented.
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2 Responses to “GM66: Rapid (Lucky 21) Reacts”

  1. Steve Toll
    18. March 2014 at 12:08

    MCW scored 15 points on 28 possessions plus 5 assists and played terrible defense more often than not. He deserved a big F and that’s without even factoring in his inability to get Hollis Thompson involved in the 2nd half.

    I also noticed that Nerlens Noel didn’t play tonight and his agent hasn’t filed a grievance against the team…. which means he is still hurt.

    Stinkie Hinkie better draft a Hall of Famer or he’s going to be working at Subway

  2. Bill
    18. March 2014 at 14:44

    With the Sixers showing patience in allowing MCW to progress in maintaining his position of defensive play; is there some reason why Brett does not attempt a taller lineup with Thad at small forward? We have lost 21 games in a row we know with the small lineup.

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