GM74: Rapid (LouWilVille) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/01/14 9:43 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -11A hot start included Thad drilling 3 of his 4 3PAs in the 1st Q and 11 points total in the Q.  But it was his play in the 2nd Q that really stood out for me last night.  In that Q Thad blocked shots; had a couple steals; handed out several pretty dimes and drained a 3-ball.  Thad hit another big three to get the 7-6 within 92-89 in the 4th Q.

Henry Sims, C 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +11The stat sheet says Sims played a decent game last night, but I don’t have a single note jotted down for him.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +1Three things really impressed me about MCW’s near triple-double last night. (1) He took smart shots and that produced a 50% shooting night; (2) He didn’t get his first bucket until the 7 minute mark of the 2nd Q and still contributed nicely to the Sixers scoring effort; (3) MCW had only 3 TOs…MCW’s drive and kiss for two in the 3rd Q was beautiful.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -3JA had 6 points in the 2nd Q and 10 overall in the 1st half.  He drilled a big 3PA in the 3rd Q, but could not make one during clutch time when the Sixers desperately needed a big hoop.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -4“The Keeper” played solid considering the few looks he got last night, but I need more from a starting SG.  Sorry.

Brandon Davies, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +3Moving on…

Jarvis Varnado, PF 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-7 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -16Varnado had a tremendous weakside block in the 1st Q and than another swat a couple of plays later.  He also did a great job on the glass, but he was responsible for 6 of the team’s 8 missed FTAs last night.

Casper Ware, PG 14 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -9A very tough shooting night for Casper.

Elliot Williams, SG 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5In 3 of his last 4 games, Williams has now scored in double figures.  In the 4th Q hee had a sweet AND1 and a nice garbage bucket.  I still don’t want him back next year.

Tony Wroten, SG 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 6 PTS | -7TWroe threw a tremendous dime to MCW in the 2nd Q, but did not facilitate much after that play.  Instead he fell in love with the 3-ball and when that happens, he kills the Sixers.

Brett Brown
I give him tons of credit for keeping this team together and playing hard each night.  However, Brown could not find a defensive answer for Louis Williams or Paul Milsap last night and that doomed the Sixers.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The 76ers played very well for the better part of three quarters last night and led from the opening minutes until late in the third. That’s when the Hawks staged a 13-2 run that eventually extended out to 19-5 and grabbed 75-73 lead after 3 quarters.  Former 76ers Elton Brand, Kyle Korver and Louis Williams scored a combined 14 points in that stanza
  2. Sweet Lou simply killed the 7-7 last night scoring 22 points in 24 ticks off the ATL bench.  In the 4th Q he hit for 11 points and drained a clutch floater as well as two 3PAs.  LouWil also added five rebounds and five assists.  An interesting note is that Lou recently was a DNP-CD for 7 straight games because of his poor efforts on the defensive end.
  3. “Lou did what Lou does — came out and hit two big 3s, and the game pretty much was determined at that stage,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said.  “He went back to the old Lou.”
  4. Speaking of the Atlanta bench…the Hawks reserves out scored the Sixers bench 41-24, but it was their defensive pressure in the 2nd half that turned this see-saw game into a W for the Hawks.
  5. Look at the stats the Sixers posted in the 1st half…51% shooting from the field; 21 FGM on 16 assists; 5-15 on 3’s and 6 blocks. Now look at this stat — FTAs 12-20 (60%) and you’ll see why the Sixers lost this game.
  6. Paul Millsap was a beast for the Hawks last night — 28 points and a season high 16 rebounds (Where have we heard that line before?).  Several 76ers attempted to slow Milsap down, but failed miserably.
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One Response to “GM74: Rapid (LouWilVille) Reacts”

  1. john w
    1. April 2014 at 20:08

    Games have been much more competitive as of late. Perhaps next year a bit more discipline shooting of the 3-ball…let’s not give the green light to everybody to shoot THREES and will do better. I don’t think this team will interest the big free agents yet, but instead I see Mr Hinkie investing in his type of free agents. With seven picks in a rich draft no doubt we should pull out a few winners. Should be fun to watch the hunted become the hunters…

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