Posted by: C. Smith
03/22/12 10:01 am EST
New York Knicks 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 79 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -2It’s a shame that the Sixers wasted a solid night from the “Ol’ Chevy” as Malik Rose has dubbed him.  Still the fact that he has no lift at all was further proven when his dunk attempt on a pretty cut and pass from Dre was rejected from behind by Amare.  The five blocks were impressive.
Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | -9As the “leader” of the Sixers, you have to make something happen during your team’s 0-14 stretch in the 1st Q.  Dre did NOT do that and went scoreless in the 1st Q.  At times he simply looks lost. Hey Dre, you have like a 40-inch vertical leap…TAKE THE BALL TO THE HOOP WITH AUTHORITY!  Ohh yeah and hit your FTs.
Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -7A simply ugly night for Hawes (See Vucevic).
Evan Turner, SG 26 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -2Any confidence that was built over that tremendous 3-game stretch is now gone.
Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | -5Jrue was the only Sixer who showed enough gonads to put the ball on the deck and go to the hoop.  His defense on Lin was also tremendous during the quarters 1-3, too bad Collins didn’t have enough sense to keep him locked on Lin during the 4th.  He hoisted one or two ill advised 3PAs, but other then that a good night.
Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -4LW also hoisted up a number of ill advised jumpers, but I expect that from #23.  The two 3PAs he drilled were huge in the Sixers comeback.  It’s a shame he can’t play a lick of defense, because if he could he would be a very solid player.
Sam Young, SF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2Sam took a horrible shot, but also had a filthy block.  Those were the only two plays he was involved in all night.  Either play the guy for significant minutes or leave him on the bench.  It’s simply unfair to give him this type of tick.
Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +3A decent night from Thad, that good have become his usual great night if he had seen the floor over the last 8 minutes of the game.
Jodie Meeks, G 25 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +9That’s more like it Capt. Streaky.  Hell, Meeks even took it to the rack on one play for a bucket.
Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Your bigs are getting crushed and a young, athletic and physical PF sits on the bench???  Lavoy is officially in the dog house.
Nikola Vucevic, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | “Big Nik” did a hell of a job cheering for his teammates while on the bench.  Too bad Collins did have the sense to put that energy out on the floor, especially with Hawes having a nightmare game and the NYK bigs steam rolling us in the paint.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  CLANK, CLANK, CLANK…the 0-14 start the Sixers suffered last night was horrible, but it was their own fault.  Once again they settled for too many jumpers and did not put the ball on the floor or cut to the basket for easy buckets or in an attempt to get to the FT line.  6 TOs, including two 3-second calls didn’t exactly help either.  The scary part was that the NYK are so bad that they only led by 8 during this cold streak by the Sixers.

2.  Hats off to Sixers color man Malik Rose who was right on with his criticism of the Sixers passively settling for jumpers.  Rose was especially hard on Dre, and rightfully so.  On his few and infrequent drives to the hoop, Dre elected to make a last second pass or pull up half way to the tin or finger roll the ball in traffic.  Go strong or go home!  Hopefully Rose sits in on the Sixers next film session and points out these issues to this bunch of softees.

3.  I don’t like blaming coaches, but does anyone else think Doug Collins has lost his way a bit?  Zero minutes for Vucevic.  Thad didn’t play in the last 8 minutes of the game.  He’s simply toying with Turner’s minutes and mind right now.  Playing Sam Young only 2 minutes.  And the small lineup of Dre / LW / Meeks / Holiday / Thad that Collins went with in the early 4th Q was a ridiculous idea.  Look, Doug has done a HoF job with this team over the last two years, but right now, he’s not pushing the right buttons with this roster.  C’mon Doug, you’re better then this…

4.  However, Collins is correct in the post game presser when he said that the book is out on how to beat the Sixers — be physical with them.  This group of nice guys does not like to be banged and bumped around.  Especially glaring last night was the physical nature with which Shumpert blanketed Louis in the 4th Q.  LW was visibly frustrated with Shump’s play on him.  Time for this roster to man-up!

5.  We realize that on the defensive end the Sixers have the unique ability to switch all picks on the perimeter and prefer to do so.  But Holiday had done a great job of smothering Lin all night, so when the NYK point man finally got going in the 4th, why can’t the Sixers adjust, quit switching all over the place and simply tell Jrue to lock him down?  This also drives us nuts with Dre when an opponent’s wing player gets hot in the 4th.

6.  How ugly was that 3rd Q last night?  It may have set basketball back 20 years.  The Sixers came out of the locker room and went 1-7, including a missed dunk by Turner.  Of course the NYK kept the 7-6 in the game by going on a 1-11 stretch later in the quarter that actually allowed the Sixers to grab a 49-49 lead at one point.


8 Responses to “GM 47: RAPID PUKES”

  1. Sloetry
    22. March 2012 at 11:48

    I think you’re absolutely right about the coaching last night, and you’re right to say it acknowledging what Collins has achieved. That small line up wasn’t working in Q4. I thought at least have ET on instead of Meeks so that there’s some size and a rebounder. The way Jrue was playing D, add in ET and Dre, that’s a powerful combo of defenders.
    Vuc and Lavoy on the bench so much… I’m not feeling it.
    The other way teams know how to beat us… make us play a half court game. We suck in half court and that won’t change until there’s some coaching time around the playoffs. Until then we have to settle for beating bad teams with our D and outrunning them.
    I’ve not been able to see all games lately as it’s a late night here in London, but would I be right in thinking ET isn’t getting on now that Spencer is back in the line up clogging that room to drive to the hoop?

  2. JT's Hoops Blog
    22. March 2012 at 12:07

    I still don’t understand why Collins did not play either Allen or Vucevic. The Sixers certainly had the size advantage over the Knicks.

  3. Pete
    22. March 2012 at 14:44

    “There’s a reason Collins’ first two stops were a fast burn: He simply exhausts his players. Like a college coach, Collins fusses too much, weeps too much, over-praises good performances, over-condemns bad ones, chases off players he doesn’t like, and even alienates the ones he does—all in all, he’s an awful fit for the NBA. Still, the Bulls and Pistons would have forgiven his histrionics if Collins had done two things: developed his young players and then, just as important, kept them cheerful and focused. He sometimes did the former, but never the latter.

    ….More troubling is Collins’ propensity to unravel in front of his team. As one Piston explained, “He was smart, but when he took things personally, he lost it.” Problem is, Collins takes everything personally. Often, after regular season wins and losses, he broke down in front of his players…..After chasing Allan Houston out of Detroit, Collins told a stunned Pistons’ locker room, “As far as I’m concerned, Allan Houston can rot in hell.” He so poisoned the atmosphere in Detroit that Grant Hill—as unlikely a mutineer as you’ll find in the NBA—went to Pistons owner Bill Davidson and recommended that Collins be fired.

    ….With each stint tarred by his histrionics, how does Collins keep landing NBA jobs? Well, Collins uses his TV career—where his straightforwardly emotional style is an asset—to launch and re-launch his coaching one. Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause hired him away from a local station in 1986. After the Chicago debacle, Collins became the top color man on TNT, where he impressed the Pistons with his intelligence. For the last few years, he sat next to Bob Costas, and later Marv Albert, announcing every meaningful game for NBC. From his TV perch, Collins can evangelize his basketball ethos without contradiction. He looks smart. In a league that endlessly recycles losers, it’s no wonder general managers buy into it.”

    source: … of_id.html

  4. Kmac
    22. March 2012 at 14:47

    Jrue: should play more off the ball or get traded. Hes not a PG…

    Lou: Is not good enough to take the game over in the 4th qtr. Hes instant offense but not a game changer…

    Evan: I dont know whats wrong with Evan. I think hes that star caliber player that this team seem to lack but for whatever reason hes not performing.

    EB: I like Elton but his time is up. Hes too small and slow to bang with the other starting PFs’ in the league.

    Dre: Needs to get to the basket more. Thats all

    I really dont know whats going on with these guys.In all of these close games that I saw them loose they not only could have won but, given how the games were going, shouldve. I think that they just dont have any heart. There are no winners on this team. Thad and Evan are if anyone.

  5. Pete
    22. March 2012 at 14:54

    This is the right link.

  6. nova
    22. March 2012 at 15:02

    iggy hasn’t gone hard to the rim in years unless it is open transition. he prefers finesse or a sweet pass to his own detriment. that transition layup miss should have been a double clutch dunk. not like he can’t do it. and the ft is just insane. he shot 82% for a season before when he took more ft per game. i don’t get it. at least should be 75%. 4-5 point mixers should have had and the game is won and iggy is a 18 per game scorer.

    that said he wrecked melo on def and shut him down in the 4th and the whole game. wish jrue did the same with lin. though the nice thing about lin that the 76 don’t have is that he is cool as the other side of the pillow in crunch time. sixers press and panic mostly because of all their past troubles and reputation.

  7. Hoops
    22. March 2012 at 22:18

    It was a quintessential Iggy game. He shut down Melo, stuffed the stat sheet and briefly (during the come back in the 3rd quarter) played like a superstar . Unfortunately his misses at the line and that blown layup in transition late in the 4th will, deservedly, be both remembered by fans and commented upon by pundits more than what he did well last night. That has been the story of his career in Philly: a remarkably well-rounded talent that has been defined by his shortcomings.

  8. Sloetry
    23. March 2012 at 04:34

    Pete – very interesting analysis of Doug Collins. You can see each play means too much too him. I’m not going to over criticize him yet because the achievement to date outweighs the problems starting to creep in, and I think we have to remember the team has zero coaching opportunities with this schedule. That said, there are some obvious oversights in some players not getting minutes, and despite the money players earn they are still human and some are tough mentally, others think too much. The latter as a coach you have to learn how to stay out of their heads to get the best of them, and I don’t know that Collins does that.
    I’ve heard it said Collins has 2 valuable years in him when coaching young teams, and I can understand that statement. But lets hope coaching time post season puts all that right.

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