GM 45: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/20/12 9:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 80 Charlotte Bobcats
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +21

A very solid game for EB who had to be embarrassed by his performance in Chicago on Saturday night.  Brand started strong and his 8 points in the 3rd Q was a big part of the Sixers simply putting away the cats in this one.  Just more evidence that Charlotte is the cure for whatever ails your NBA team.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 3 PTS | +12

Dre looked disinterested at best and we wonder if he is simply exhausted.  Dre had zero points in the 1st half.  He was especially dreadful in the 3rd Q when he missed a 3PA badly and then two trips later he drove to the cup and instead of taking it strong, he clearly avoided the oncoming contact and ended up hittting the underside of the basket with a finger roll.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +13

He recovered nicely from a horrid first half and given the injury Hawes is struggling with, that deserves an A in my book. Hawes seemed to be moving much better last night and as a result his production (His first double-double since Jan. 16) in limited minutes was a big plus for the Sixers last night.  Hawes had several loose ball / follow buckets which is an encouraging sign. If he can give us this type of effort every time he is in the lineup, a lot of the Sixers offensive woes could go away.

Evan Turner, SG 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +14

That’s back-to-back dreadful performances by ET.  Any did anyone else notice that he was not happy about being removed from the game 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter?

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +20

Jrue is simply on fire right now having scored 50 points in his last two games.  Tonight he complimented the scoring with trips to the FT line, as well as 6 dimes and tremendous defense on DJ Augustin who has killed the Sixers in the past.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +15

He recovered nicely from a terrible first couple of minutes during the second quarter and helped ice this game during the third. His 3-point shooting was a welcome sight for this team.  His dime to Thad that led to a 4th Q slam was so sweet.

Sam Young, SF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

We’d like to see more minutes for Sam.  I am especially intrigued with the Dre – Louis – Sam – Nik – Thad lineup that Collins out out on teh floor at the end of the 1st Q.

Thaddeus Young, F 28 MIN | 10-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +12

We can’t say enough about how good he has been on 99% of the nights this season.  Just another night at the office for Thad.  The throw down yungsmoove had in the 4th Q was filthy.

Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +20

Better, but still not good enough for a guy who simply has one job — make open jumpers.

Lavoy Allen, PF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Needs more minutes.

Nikola Vucevic, C 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Absolutely needs more minutes.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  Lets not get too excited about this W last night. Yes it was exactly what the doctor ordered as the Sixers snapped their 3-game losing streak, the team had five double digit scorers and in general got back to playing Sixers basketball, but the Bobcats are awful and this was yet another case of the 7-6 killing a weaker opponent.

2.  Here’s an interesting observation about two key members of the “Night Shift” during the first half. Thad and Louis entered the game roughly around the 3 minute mark of the 1st Q and both played about 9 minutes. Each scored 6 pts., but let’s look at how each player got there. To get his 6 points, Williams put up 6 FGAs, including shots on 3 straight trips for the Sixers. LW also turned the ball over twice during this stretch and committed a foul. Thad on the other hand got his 6 points by going 3-3 from the field and grabbing 2 OREBs.

3.  A simply awful second quarter by the 7-6. They led 25-19 at the end of the 1st, but in the second, turned the ball over 6 times, had a 1-7 stretch on FGAs and allowed DJ White to score 8 points and grab 3 boards. The result was that the Cats grabbed a 39-37 lead with 2:14 remaining. The team’s traded the lead for the rest of the quarter, but only a Thad Young hustle put back saved the Sixers from trailing at half.

4.  The Sixers put this one away in the 3rd Q when they opened up with a 8-0 run and went on to out score the Cats 30-19 in the stanza. CHA shot 6-of-22 in the Q thanks to some tenacious D by the Sixers. EB had 8 points to lead the way, Holiday threw in 6 points and Louis caught fire late (2-2 FGAs) to seal Charlotte’s fate.

5.  In our opinion, Collins gave unnecessary 4th quarter minutes to Dre, EB, Hawes and others last night. This game was never in doubt at any point in the 4th and yet “Big Nik” only clocked 11 mins. for the game, Sam Young 9 and Lavoy Allen received two minutes of burn. Not a great job by Doug of keeping people rested with a tough stretch of games coming up.

6.  Loose Balls:  The Sixrs shot only 9 FTs last night. How is this not being addressed?…However they did score 50 points in the paint…Episcopal Academy graduate Gerald Henderson had 14 points, while Hatboro-Horsham alum Matt Carroll was held scoreless during his 5 minutes of play during garbage time.


 
 
 

One Response to “GM 45: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Will
    20. March 2012 at 18:20

    While I love Doug Collins (he’s the reason we aren’t a lottery team) I don’t think he does a good job with rookie minutes. We saw this last year when ET was very limited, and again this year with Nik, even though Nik is a great player, and could help us a lot. It’s pretty clear that the sixers as a team have been quite tired, yet Doug refuses to play the rooks, even in garbage time. Hopefully this will change. On an unrelated note, ET gets mad every time he is taken out…not sure whether to love that or hate it.

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