GM 34: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Houston Rockets
Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -14

Despite 4 first half TOs, another solid night from Dre.  But again we need more.  As the “leader” (notice we did not write “star”) of a team that is in the middle of a 4-game losing streak, you have to be more assertive and carry your team to a W if necessary.  Scoring 2 points in the 4th Q of a very close game is not acceptable for an All-Star selection.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -3

Lavoy’s surprising rookie year continues.  What has amazes us is how strong this kid is on the blocks.

Tony Battie, C 18 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1

What do you want from this guy?  He’s like 40 and has no right starting in the NBA.

Jodie Meeks, G 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -3

Capt. Streaky was set to have a huge game only his 3-point stroke went MIA last night.  Meeks had some wide open looks from deep and the Sixers desperately needed him to drain one or two of those 3PAs, but he couldn’t find the bottom of the basket.  Still, he hit a bunch of 2’s, played decent defense and got to the FT line, so all and all an okay night

Jrue Holiday, PG 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -12

Foul trouble plagued Jrue all night and it’s a shame because we wanted to see more of him vs. Lowry.  Also his shot was off, Jrue only dropped 2 dimes and had zero FT attempts.  That’s 3 straight games where he has failed to get to the FT line.  He did however have a nice 4th Q, including a stop of Houston’s red hot Martin and a quick bucket at the other end. His left hand finish at the 2 min. mark was also a thing of beauty.

Lou Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 9-11 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +6

Jrue’s foul trouble produced a lot of minutes for LW and that meant a lot of ill advises shots for LW.  His 2-7 start from the field did not help things in the 1st half.  Still he did drive the ball to the hole and get to the FT line 11 times last night, which is something we have been begging the Sixers to do.  But he also hoisted his fair share of long 2’s which is what the Sixers need to stop doing.

Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5

Mr. Consistent had another solid night.  It’s just too bad his energy and offensive punch weren’t given the chance to bring this one home for us in the final stanza.  The refs also handcuffed Thad as he was the victim of a horrendous charge call (it was flop by Lowry) in the 4th that stopped some momentum the Sixers had going.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1

His defense in the 2nd and 4th Q’ was stellar, but 1-6 from the field in 19 mins. is not going to get you out of Doug’s doghouse.

Nikola Vucevic, C 28 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +3

“Big Nik” kept the Sixers in the 1st half all by himself.  Included in his career high 18 points was a 6 point outburst in the late 1st Q (12 pts. in the 1st half), some solid post moves and a host of impressive offensive rebounds that he capitalized on.  Why the hell Collins took him out of the game in the mid-second Q for Battie is beyond comprehension.  Collins should have stuck with Nik’s hot streak all the way to half time.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

 

1.  It may have been the fact that the Sixers have played 5 game in 8 days, but the Sixers got off to another awful start last night.  The 7-6 were 1-for-their-first-6 and shot 7-22 overall in the 1st Q.  The issue continues to be a lot of long 2’s.  Until the 7 minute mark of the Q, the Sixers only had one shot that was taken from inside 15 feet and that was an 11-foot J by Holiday.  If HOU could have hit any of their shots, this game would have been over quickly.

2.  After the 1st Q, the 7-6 did a much better job of getting to the FT line.  As you all know that is something we have been pleading with this team to try and do.  The Sixers were 21-27 from the charity stripe and were especially good at getting some freebies in the 2nd Q when they attempted 14 FTs and hit 11.

3.  The Sixers had and odd start to the 2nd half.  Did you notice that they started 0-4 in the 3rd Q?  The Sixers then went on a 10-0 run to grab a 2-point lead at 56-54.  Sensing that the momentum in the game had swung big time, Houston called a TO.  With the Sixers leading by 2, their next 3 possessions went like this: a 3PA by Dre; a 26 footer by LW and then a 17 footer by Dre.  They missed all 3 shots.  The run was over and the Rockets scrambled back into this game.

4.  Rockets:  The Sixers did a very solid job of keeping Lowry and Martin under wraps until the 4th Q.  Martin went off for 14 of his 16 points in the 4th Q, including 10 straight at one point.  Lowry hits for 6 points in the period on two AND1 plays….A lot of readers have wanted the Sixer to bring back “Big Sammy” to bolster the Sixers depth.  Well, Sammy hasn’t changed at all.  Yes, he grabbed 8 rebs, but he looked lost on offense frequently (2-6 on FGAs) and to be honest at times he seemed to be going at half speed.  We still think he could be a nice role player for a contender, but 28 minutes of his lackluster effort is just too much for any team.

5.  Does anyone need this All-Star break more then the 76ers?  We suggest that everyone just get away from basketball for a while and recharge.  Hell, pull a Tony Romo and grab a smoking hot “starlet” and head down to Mexico.  Do something, anything, away from the court in order to shake this funk from your memory.

6.  It’s time to start “Big Nik”.  We know that Collins is not a big fan of change and that he likes to establish roles for players and keep those roles locked in, but it’s time for a shake-up of some sort.  In his last five games, Nik is averaging 10.8 points (61% shooting), 5 boards and 1.2 blks. while getting only 19.8 mpg.  It’s our theory that Vuc’s additional offensive punch could help solve the slow start issues that have plagued the Sixers of late.

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