GM 37: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/03/12 3:11 pm EST
Golden State Warriors 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +13

This is the Elton Brand we’ve been waiting to see all year.  Brand had a strong double-double(14 points, 14 rebounds) as well as played with high intensity on the defensive end (two steals, two blocks).  He had the team fired up all game and the team responded.  It’s a good thing to see and hopefully he can keep it up.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | +14

Andre has been playing some of his best basketball of the season after the All-Star break.  Maybe he finally wants to play the leadership role for this team.  Andre had a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while also dishing a team-high six assists.  His improved play this season is a great thing to see.  You can tell he wants to win more than ever and will do anything he can for that to happen.  He also hit a three to give fans free Big Macs and put the Sixers over the century mark late in the game (For the 1st time in 19 runs).  That’s a clutch shot in my book.

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +6

Lavoy had himself a solid game.  10 points and seven boards in 20 minutes is all the team’s asking for.  They’re the type of numbers he’d put up nightly for the Temple Owls.  Maybe he’s got March Madness on his mind?

Jodie Meeks, G 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +5

Jodie was…well Jodie.  He played little minutes as Doug Collins found other options to take his spot on the floor.  Is there a worse starter in the NBA right now?

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +24

Jrue played some pretty good D on shot machine Monta Ellis, holding him to 10-22 from the floor.  He also added 13 points while dishing four.  Once again this wasn’t a great performance by Holiday, but enough to get the W.  We’re all waiting for him to step up.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 9-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | +13

This game was Lou’s apology for not showing up in the 4th in the teams loss to the Thunder.  Lou hit for 25 on 9-15 shooting.  He also dished three assists, which seems to be a skill he’s been using more often.  His 25 points was a game-high, well…he was a fourth of the way to Wilt’s 100.  We’ll get to that after the jump.

Thaddeus Young, F 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +14

Thaddeus has been playing some inspired basketball lately.  Young had 16 points and seven rebounds, however he did have a tough time guarding a bigger David Lee who hit for 24 and pulled down 15 rebounds.  Since the ASB Young is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds for the now famous “Night Shift” (Although it was hilarious that ESPN announcer mark Jones did not know the Sixers bench had that nickname).  It could be time for Collins to plug him into a starting role.

Evan Turner, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +12

When is Evan Turner going to get more PT?  In seven of the teams last 12 games, Turner has seen the court for less than 20 minutes.  During that same time-span the Sixers are 4-8.  When Turner has played 25 or more minutes this season the Sixers are 9-7.  The Sixers aren’t dramatically better with Turner on the court (Except for at rebounding.), but better nonetheless.  He would definitely put up better numbers than four points and five rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic, C 15 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +9

Nik wasn’t used much in this game.  Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen did enough to stay in the game.  Still love whenever Malik Rose does this call, unfortunately it didn’t happen in this game:

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  Remembering Wilt the Stilt:
As you probably know, last night was the 50th Anniversary of Wilt’s 100 point game in Hershey, PA.  Fans attending the game received a 2×2 inch piece of the hardwood from that famous court.  One of three sisters of Chamberlain who attended the game, Barbara Lewis, had plenty to say about the special event.  “This is amazing. It’s special. I never expected this night to be this fabulous.  The people of the 76ers organization and the people of Philadelphia did so many things tonight to say,  ‘Wilt, we love you.  We’re all at home.  You’re our guy.  We do appreciate everything you’ve ever done.’  It was all so perfectly planned.”  Wilt was undoubtedly the most talented athlete to ever put on a Sixers uniform.  Allen Iverson, Julius Erving, and Charles Barkley were all great, but none of them were blessed with the talents that Wilt possessed.  I know this because my dad is a constant reminder of this fact, and I’ve watched the Sixers complete history on DVD several times (for those of you who don’t have this, get it on Amazon right now).  It’s hard to put into words how great of a player Wilt was, but his records can kind of sum it up.  He averaged a record 50.4 ppg for a season, not to mention the two next highest scoring averages for a season with 44.8 and 38.4.  He recorded 45, 50-point games in one season.  No other player has had more than 10.  Only Michael Jordan (39 including playoffs) and Kobe Bryant (25 including playoffs) have more than 20 in their careers!  He averaged a record 27.2 rebounds in a season, as well as holds the next two records of 27 and 25.7.  In one game Wilt grabbed 55!  Wilt also has the record for consecutive triple-doubles in a season with nine straight, he led the NBA for a record eight straight seasons in minutes, he won two NBA championships(1967, 1972), he won four MVP awards, and the oddest and most proud records of Wilts playing career were when he led the league in assists with 8.6 in 1967-68 and that in 1,045 career games played he never fouled out. Here’s a good tribute video: and a good interview with the man, the myth, and most certainly legend.

2.  Speaking of 100 points:
The Sixers broke 100 points as a “team” for the first time since January 23rd (20 games) and it was a fitting way to honor the great Wilt. The Sixers are 8-2 when breaking the century mark.

3.  Defense wins Championships:
The Sixers held to Warriors to just 83 points on 40% shooting.  The Warriors were playing without the sharp-shooting Steph Curry however.  The Sixers defense though is continuing its strong play after the ASB and if coach Collins can find a way to fix the team’s half-court offensive woes, the Sixers will be dangerous come playoff time.

4.  Night becoming Day?
The “Night Shift” for the Sixers accounted for 49 of the Sixers 105 points.  Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young combined for 41 of that.  Is it time for a member of the “Night Shift” to be plugged into the “day shift”?  It could be the answer for some of the teams offensive woes. Maybe they’ve been listening to some Citizen Cope lately.

5.  Finally some free-throws:
The Sixers shot 16 free-throws last night and made 13!  I think everyone who follows the Sixers have pulled out their hair a little bit every time the team hesitates to drive the ball to the hole.  Increasing team free-throws attempts will put this Sixers in a better position to win and there are three players (Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, and Thaddeus Young) who have that asset to their game.  Hitting them is another story…

6.  Did you notice, Collins inserted Evan Turner at the point guard spot for a big stretch to open the 4th quarter, allowing Holiday and Williams to play off the ball.  The move worked as the Sixers went on a 10-2 run to break the game open, led 85-67 and never looked back.

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One Response to “GM 37: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Kmac
    3. March 2012 at 21:02

    Yes!!!!! to number 6. Maybe now Doug has his eyes opened. Free E.T.

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