GM72: Rapid (26ers) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/28/14 9:12 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 120 Houston Rockets
Thaddeus Young, PF 33 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -29A 9 point 1st Q nearly led a double-double for Thad, but if you watched the game last night you saw that he looked tired, did not shoot the ball well and was sloppy with the rock (6 TOs). There was a very un-Thad-like play last night where D12 blocked #21’s shot and Thad fell to the floor. By the time he got up, the Rockets were scoring at the other end.

Henry Sims, C 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -12Sims only scored 4 points while this game was competitive (in the 1st half) but he hustled all night and has likley earned a roster spot ofr next year. That of course assumes Hinkie is not going for the double-tank.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 28 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -17Casper Ware (5) scored more points in the 1st half than MCW (2)…Enuff said

James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 11-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | -15Congrats, you lit up the Rockets again. Now try and do it vs. a team you don’t have a grudge against and one that plays defense.

Hollis Thompson, SG 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7“The Keeper” started again and didn’t score a single point in the 1st half.

Brandon Davies, PF 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -5Moving on…

Jarvis Varnado, PF 22 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -2Moses Malone (who is like 100 yrs old) was at the game last night and told our girl Molly Sullivan that he could step on the court and get 20 & 20. Just a little FYI Jarvis.

James Nunnally, SF 18 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4The word on Nunnally was that the kid is a dead-eye shooter, so I was interested to see if he could help the Sixers score from the perimeter. Nope.

Byron Mullens, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4This is the type of minutes I want to see Brown give Mullens.

Casper Ware, PG 23 MIN | 2-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -10Ware played solidly for stretch and even contributed when the game was competitive. However his game came off the rails during garbage time and that could be an issue for him if he plans to stick in the League.

Elliot Williams, SG 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -13Can anyone on this team shoot the ball well?

Brett Brown
He’s basically been given a CYO team that can’t shoot for the last ten games of the season. How much blame can I place on him?

Six Things We Saw last Night…

  1. This was the first game in some time that I was not happy with the 76ers overall effort.  Except for a brief period in the 2nd Q, the team seemed disinterested last night and when the Rockets put on a huge run late in the 2nd Q, you could see the Sixers raise the white flag.
  2. Speaking of the 2nd Q…it certainly was an interesting roller coaster last night.  The Sixers had been trailing most of the 1st Q and suddenly staged a 12-0 run that got the them within 35-33 early in the 2nd Q.  An Anderson reverse layup knotted the game at 43-all midway through the Q.  At this point I thought the Sixers had found their footing and were going to remain competitive all night.  I was wrong.  Houston went off and posted a 20-6 run to take a 63-49 lead at halftime.  The Sixers were 0-9 in that stretch, missed a number of bunnies and and had four turnovers.  Good night Houston.
  3. The Sixers have now tied the NBA record for the longest losing streak at 26…but can everyone at ESPN get over this dubious stat. I am so sick of seeing this story on SC.  The 2013-14 Sixers were set up to lose and lose a lot.  After the trade deadline, who didn’t see this coming?  Move on…
  4. According to multiple reports, MCW addressed the team in the locker room after the game and implored his mates not to give up.  The speech impressed Brett Brown who said, “”He never would have done that two months ago.  He wouldn’t have done it two weeks ago.  All these things, all these small wins we find along the way, that’s our road map this year.  And life moves on.  The group will stay together and we will finish this thing out together.”
  5. James Harden finished with a triple-double — 26 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists — and he did it all in only 31 minutes of tick.  It was the sixth triple-double recorded against the 76ers this season — that number leads the NBA.
  6. Dwight Howard put up a double-double last night — 17 points and 13 boards — (in only 26 minutes) but it wasn’t his offense that had me captivated last night.  No, it was the way the athletic, 7-footer changes the game on defense that had my interest.  The Sixers were very aware of his presence and on a number of occasions they passed up FGAs in the paint or unnecessarily altered their shot on a drive to the tin for fear of getting swatted by D12.  It made me dream of next year when Nerlens Noel will provide the same type of defensive presence for the Sixers.
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8 Responses to “GM72: Rapid (26ers) Reacts”

  1. Brooke
    28. March 2014 at 11:58

    It would be soooo Sixers of this team to go out and win at home on Monday night vs. a Pistons team that is simply bad. We’re this close to catching the Bucks for the most pinpong balls. Don’t blow it now.

  2. steve toll
    28. March 2014 at 12:25

  3. Tony
    28. March 2014 at 12:52

    Will you please calm down about next year. The sixers are still going to be at the bottom of the heap:

    “…assumes Hinkie is not going for the double-tank” <— The double tank has been locked in since the trade deadline or earlier. You think 3 rookies, and a soph MCW will win games next year? Wish I had what you're smoking.

    "… dream of next year when Noel will provide the same def presence as Howard." <— You think a 215lbs, Noel is going to be a beast in his first year, ha!

    Best case Scenario: Parker stays at Duke 1 more year and we swipe him in the 2015 draft. Whoop Whoop.

  4. Philadunkia
    28. March 2014 at 14:04


    I remember this play from last night and it was pathetic…

  5. Philadunkia
    28. March 2014 at 14:06


    I don’t believe he’ll be a beast overall (as his offense is a work in progress), but I 100% believe he will block shots on the defensive end and provide the Sixers with a mistake eraser at the back end of the defense.

    Thanks for reading & commenting.

    — C. Smith

  6. MattSg
    28. March 2014 at 18:57

    You guys still think hollis thompson is a nba material? .

  7. Philadunkia
    28. March 2014 at 23:11


  8. alexhootan
    29. March 2014 at 01:17

    Before saying Sixers will be as bad as this year or perhaps a bit better with 20-25 wines, think of the business side of this as well with fans, tickets sales, TV revenue etc.
    Do we think that the Sixers brass are really that stupid? If we think that way, then we may be somehow clueless.
    I seriously believe Sixers will be a playoff team next year. Look at the East now, top teams like Indiana, Miami, started to fall a part as we speak.

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