GM 32: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/19/12 10:15 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Minnesota Timberwolves
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +6 

Sir Elton didn’t contribute much on the offensive end, but he did yeoman’s work defensively on Kevin Love before the bearded one’s fourth period transformation into a vicious mutant assassin.  All the same, Love was his charge and EB held him to 7-23 shooting.

Andre Iguodala, SF 34 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +3 

Iguodala did some nice things tonight.  Just not quite enough of them.

Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +1 

The young’un did some nice work on the boards and held his own against Kevin Love and the surging Pekovic.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +8 

A resoundingly ‘meh’ effort from Meeks.  He’s a shooter and his shots weren’t falling.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 10-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -2 

Holiday came out the gates strong–looking energized by the match-up with the energizing Rubio and though he hit a lull in the middle part of the action, he closed strong.  One critique: there are ways to contribute beyond scoring.  As a point guard, it’d be nice if Jrue learned some of them.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -8 

When Kevin Love came on in the final period, Williams looked for a while to be the only Sixer willing to counter punch.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6 

He made a brilliant block of Rubio, coming up from behind the Spaniard as he coasted for a layup in the third, and did a handful of other Thad Young Things–which is to say “wildly athletic plays that make me wonder why he isn’t better than he is.”

Evan Turner, SG 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -4 

With just 14 minutes of floor time, he’s apparently still in Collin’s dog house.  Evan Turner is a very good basketball player.  The Sixers would be well-served to give him more opportunities to play basketball.

Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3 

He wasn’t even the best Montenegrin named ‘Nik’ on the floor, so it’s hard to rate his game that favorably.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight

  1. Kevin Love is an absolute animal. It takes a special class of star to start a game 2/15 then dominate the fourth period. Kevin Love is that class of star.
  2. Good golly do the Timberwolves have talent. Love, Rubio, Wesley Johnson, Michael Beasley, Derrick Williams, Nik Pekovic, and JJ Barea make up a pretty impressive core. The future is bright for that team.
  3. The Sixers got hosed by the officials, again. The Wolves took 26 FTs to their 10, and some of the more egregiousness calls seemed to effect the team. The JJ Barea travelling no-call that sent Collins into a spell of some of the most intense arm-crossing this side of Bill Belichick comes to mind here.
  4. Punch, counterpunch. Punch, counterpuch. Sunday’s contest was–as difficult as the ending was to stomach–about as entertaining a back and forth as happens on a basketball court. Over the final 6:30 of play, neither team led by more than a point.
  5. With the Knicks surging behind some guy named Lin, and the Sixers losers of three in a row and five of seven, suddenly the Atlantic crown doesn’t look like the lock it did a couple weeks ago. The Sixers aren’t on the ropes, but they’re near them. It’ll be interesting to see how this still-young team responds.
  6. Hey Spencer Hawes: Get healthy man. Fast.

 
 
 

4 Responses to “GM 32: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Paul S
    20. February 2012 at 10:10

    This team must find a creative way to improve its roster while keeping the young core in place for the 2nd half of the season.

    Issues:
    – as much as I’ve been impressed with Hawes when healthy…he needs to be moved if the team doctors feel this will be a reoccurring theme.

    – Its clear that Evan Turner will not get better getting so few minutes. The Sixer’s ultimate success largely depends on him being a viable option come playoff time (IMO). His rebounding adds nearly as much as Iguodala’s defense so i’m of the mind of a time share. Less minutes for Iguodala and more for Evan (as long as the matchups are in favor of this).

    – There should be more plays ran through Thaddus Young. A slight change to who the offense runs through should support his consistent play. Can he be more of a focal point? I think so.

    – Holiday needs to continue to be aggressive driving the lane. He’s a good FT shooter and getting to the line more will help greatly.

    – If I was making the call, I would have to see if I could move Iguodala and take a chance on loosing something on the defensive end of the court. As good as the team is defensively, they’re not good enough to win anything significant with the current make-up offensively. Iguodala’s trade value won’t improve from here and the team would benefit more from adding offense to a good team defense. The defense won’t fall apart if Iguodala leaves (i truly believe that). I think having Iggy on this team will prevent Turner from progressing like I believe he could. Time to make the move.

  2. Hoops
    20. February 2012 at 11:01

    It is time to shack up the rotation. Here is what I think the starting 5 should be:
    1) Jrue
    2) Iggy
    3) Young
    4) EB
    5) Nik
    The first 3 off the bench would be Williams (scoring), Allen (size) and ET (versatility). With his continued high energy play and seeming mastery of the uncontested 15-18 footer, Young deserves to be a starter and collect the extra couple of minutes that will come with starting. The rest of the Meeks minutes go to ET and the pair of rookie bigs. The biggest winner in the above moves will be EB as it will mean more size on the court in 7-6 jerseys. He is consistently being asked to cover players both taller and faster than he is. Though his numbers are down vs last season, I think he has done a decent job since Spence went lame of using his strength advantage to help the 7-6 at least compete in the paint. His two-footed finish on the break against the Mavs on Fri night showed that those old legs have juice left in ‘em. That said, asking him to control the paint at the center position with an undersized PF (Young) and a medium sized SF (Iggy) is asking too much.
    And in terms of last night, WE WERE ROBBED! Iggy is all-star/ team USAer: he deserved the (non) call.

  3. nova
    20. February 2012 at 11:36

    sixers would be smart to try and ply Jason Thompson from sac town for a long term replacement for brand at a low cost. throw next years first rounder and maybe lavoy Allen at them.

    sixers are playoff bound so its not going to be a good pick and you get a guy who shown double double potential back and he can comfortably play the 5 when needed. his growth was stunted in sac town but he seems hungry and hasn’t nearly hit his ceiling yet.

  4. nova
    20. February 2012 at 11:42

    Jason Thompson is hidden behind black holes in cousins and tyreke, a lack of a pg, and ball movement. get him and amnesty brand next year and try to get the pure scorer at the 2 spot this team needs with the money. Lou is nice but too small for defense needed at the 2. turner provides the all around game but isn’t a pure scorer and his defense and decisions are suspect at times still.

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