Posted by: C. Smith
04/09/12 10:06 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 79 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -14

This is what happens when the Ol’ Chevy plays 35 minutes vs. Orlando getting beat down by D12 and then has Boston looming the next night. Collins could have helped Brand out by giving “Big Nik” and Lavoy Allen some minutes vs. Howard on Saturday night.  But that would have made too much sense.

Andre Iguodala, SF 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -14

On three occasions in the half court offense Dre had a clear path to the basket for an attempt at a strong finish and on all three chances he chose to not even drive to the rack, let alone go strong. ‘Nuff said.

Spencer Hawes, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -14

Just go back on the injured list, please.  One night after getting abused by D12, Hawes gave KG so many open looks from 12-16 feet that I thought it was a Boston shoot around session.

Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -25

At least he managed to get to the FT line.

Jrue Holiday, PG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -22

Moving Jrue in and out of the PG spot is clearly having an impact on his play. It’s time for the lead guard merry-go-round to stop.  Of course it would help if Jrue just grabbed the job by the throat and made the decision easy for the Sixers.

Lou Williams, PG 17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -6

It’s a scary thought for this team when even LW is looking tired.

Sam Young, SF 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -3

Good thing we traded for Young so that Collins could never give him any “real” minutes.  Didn’t he do a respectable job vs. SAS when Dre was out?  I thought so…

Thaddeus Young, F 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Thad has simply looked tired of late and after he carried the 7-6 vs. Orlando on Saturday night, you knew there was a strong possibility he would have nothing left vs. Boston.

Jodie Meeks, G 27 MIN | 0-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -2

16 points vs. Orlando.  4, count ’em 4 in Boston.  That’s why we call him Capt. Streaky.

Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -3

Glad to see you’re still alive.  By the looks of things, we’ll need your fresh legs down the stretch.

Craig Brackins, SF 2 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -4

You know things have gotten bad if CB is getting some burn.

Nikola Vucevic, C 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -4

The only Sixers big man who actually showed a pulse Sunday night.  Don’t worry Collins will probably continue to turn a blind eye to Spencer’s awful play and then bury “Big Nik” on the bench again.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  This team has lost 4 straight, is 3-7 in their last ten and is now clinging to 8th playoff seed by 1 game over Milwaukee. In short the 7-6 is on the edge of an epic collapse.  You saw the lack of effort on Sunday.  We saw it.  No doubt Coach Collins saw it.  We only hope that the Sixers brass is willing to fix things this coming off season.

There’s no need to write five more things about last night’s game.  We’re lost and uninterested, just like the 76ers.


6 Responses to “GM 56: RAPID REACTS”

  1. rob
    9. April 2012 at 10:30

    So that was my sixers game this year. The one game I got to see. Wow.

  2. Sloetry
    9. April 2012 at 11:33

    Never thought I’d say this, but I now want us to miss the playoffs and get in the lottery.

  3. Joe
    9. April 2012 at 12:08

    I think at this point the best thing for the 76ers is to tank the rest of the year, get into the lottery, dump Brand’s contract, trade Iggy and Jrue, somehow try to move up in the draft and somehow try to get a top-notch PF and a top-notch SG and start over next year. Maybe resign Hawes on the cheap, but have him come off the bench in favor of Nik, who I think will be the much better player, especially after a full training camp. Start Thad, who is probably the best offensive player on the team.

    And as much as I love Collins, I think he’s over-coaching this team right now.

  4. KRS1
    9. April 2012 at 12:33

    Dont deserve to be in the playoffs, might as well take our chances in the lottery. Have a better chance at winning in that then the playoffs. ill take the risk of getting anthony davis over winning any game against any team in the playoffs this season.

  5. matt.G
    9. April 2012 at 16:04

    Lottery please

  6. Alex Brandão
    9. April 2012 at 17:33

    Yeah, I’m jumping in the “Tank the season” bandwagon also. I don’t see any chances of a turnaround coming anytime soon…at least not with this group…oh well…

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