GM68: Rapid (Da Bulls) Reacts

Chicago Bulls 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 38 MIN | 10-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -13It’s fun to watch Thad now that he has the green light on every trip down the court.  Last night he rained threes, scored in transition and on hustle plays.  A quick start (11 pts in 1st Q; 9 straight in one stretch) and an impressive 2nd half produced a solid scoring night.  His 3PM that tied the game at 85 all in the 4th was sweet.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -8An 0-7 shooting start doomed Sims to his worst game as a 76er.  It also didn’t help that Sims got abused by Carlos Boozer at the other end of the court.  Still, the flip hook he rolled home in the 3rd Q was silky smooth.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -2A near double-double by the ROY candidate was highlighted by 43.7% shooting from the field (7-16) and only 3 turnovers.  Now if he could just learn to play defense and knock down his FTs.  His floater in traffic during the 3rd Q was ridiculous, but on the next trip he hoisted up and ill advised 3PA and that killed the Sixers.

Tony Wroten, SG 43 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-6 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -8When a career 22% 3-point shooter has a night like TWroe did on Wednesday, you just have to sit back and laugh. However, I wasn’t laughing too much when he bricked a 3-ball late in the 4th Q with the Sixers down only 3 points. FYI…the play-by-play sheet from last night has Wroten down for missing 4 lay-ins in the 4th Q.  Uggghh

Hollis Thompson, SG 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1After his best game in months against the Pacers, “The Keeper” comes crashing back to reality.  When you get rocked by Mike Dunleavy, Jr., it’s not going to be your night.

Brandon Davies, PF 3 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1Moving on…

Jarvis Varnado, PF 16 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +5Jarvis was very active last night and his weakside block on Joakim Noah in the 2nd Q was a great athletic play. Additionally, he hit a nice jump hook in that quarter.

James Nunnally, SF 21 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -2Nunnally came to the 76ers with a rep for being a knock down perimeter shooter, but last night he showed that he has the ability to get to the rim.

Byron Mullens, C 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +1Its kills me that Mullens played well last night and was a huge part of the 76ers keeping this game close in the 4th Q.

Elliot Williams, SG 24 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -13A horrible shooting night by Williams was capped off when he threw up an ill advised 3PA early in the shot clock on a crucial trip for the Sixers with 5 minutes remaining in the game.

Brett Brown
I have to give Brown credit for getting this group to play hard and well for two consecutive games against playoff caliber teams.  However I still question a number of his personnel/rotation decisions.  I was really perplexed that he did not call Thad’s number in the 2nd Q to keep #21’s hot hand going.  Another move that confused me was when he did not put Thad back in to a two point game (79-77) coming out of that timeout late in the 4th Q.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. There’s no doubt in my mind that Joakim Noah should have been called for goal tending on Wroten’s layin.  That was a HUGE play because if the bucket had counted, the score would have been 98-96 (Bulls) with nearly 35 ticks remaining.
  2. You have to tip your cap to the 76ers players and coaching staff for last night’s effort.  For the second straight game they played highly competitive basketball against a much more talented and playoff bound Eastern Conference team.  The Bulls never led by more than 11 last night and if the Sixers hit their FTAs (9-19) they win this game.
  3. Despite his very solid numbers, it was an odd game for #21.  After 11 points in the 1st Q Thad did not attempt a shot in the 2nd Q (7 mins of play). Brown did not call his number even one time.  He then came out in the 3rd and scored 5 straight to open the stanza and 8 overall in the 3rd.  When Brown finally put #21 back in the game during the 4th Q he quickly scored another 5 points.  Literally the only thing holding Thad back is Brown.  That makes me wonder…
  4. The Sixers have lost three of four by less than 10 points after losing each of the previous 10 games by double-digits.  I know the Pacers (98.6 ppg.; 21st in the League) and Bulls (93.4 ppg.; 30th) aren’t exactly the Showtime Lakers when it comes to offense, but I have seen much improved team defense from the 7-6 in the last two games.
  5. Last night the Sixers also lost their 17th straight home game since beating Charlotte on January 15th.  They were 8-11 at home at that point and had already defeated Miami, the Bulls, and Houston in Philadelphia.  My how times have changed…
  6. “I think Brett’s done a great job with them,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said.  “They’ve got a lot of moving parts. I give a guy like Young a lot of credit for his professionalism — how hard he plays.  They shot the ball well.”
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