GM 64: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/24/12 10:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 New Jersey Nets
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +11

A very solid night for EB on the offensive end and he provided some significant resistance on the interior for the Sixers.  Still he had two plays where he should have flushed the ball through the hoop with authority, only he doesn’t have the ups to get the job done and instead he ended up with a missed reverse lay-in and a layup.

Andre Iguodala, SF 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +19

He was hot from the start — scored 7 points in 1st Q and that caused him to fall in love with his 3-point shot, but other then that a very good game out of Dre.  For the third straight game he was assertive offensively and took the ball to the cup.

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

Does anyone understand what Collins is doing with this kid?  Who handles a rookie like this???  Nobody except Doug (see Evan Turner last year and Lavoy Allen this).

Jodie Meeks, G 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +11

In the 1st Q, Meeks hit his first 3-pointer in his last 7 games.  It was his only FG of the night.  ‘Nuff said.

Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +4

Yes his shooting touch was off tonight, but Jrue drove the ball to the hoop regularly and the result was 6 FTAs. Which is a recipe for success in the post season.  When the NJN had cut the lead to 9 with 3+ minutes remaining in the 4th, Jrue did a nice job of closing out this game with back-to-back buckets around the 2 minute mark and then a beauty of a dime to EB.  He also gets a tip of the cap for playing through a brutal shot to the honker which the trainer plugged with a bail of cotton.

Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +14

When the Sixers desperately needed a hoop, Louis hit some big buckets during the 4th Q (8 pts. on two 3PM & a FG), but he was MIA for much of the game outside of the 4th.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +9

Just another night at the office for Thad.  He scored all his points in the 2nd half as he made his first seven shots after the half.  His And 1 in the 4th Q was the back breaker for the NJN.  Now get some rest @yungsmoove21, we’re going to need more of these nights from you if we plan to make any noise in the Playoffs.

Spencer Hawes, C 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +9

We know Kris Humphries is a beast on the boards, but 1 rebound.  ONE.  C’mon, you’re 7-feet tall.

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +5

Lavoy entered the game just 2 mins. into the contest and his impact was immediate as he scored a bucket and grabbed a couple boards.  The pick-n-roll he ran with Jrue in the 2nd Q was arguably the Sixers best attempt at that play this season.  Collins rewarded him with a start in the 3rd quarter and Lavoy promptly went out and knocked down a FG.

Evan Turner, SG 20 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +10

A nice night by ET.  He had a sweet assist on a Hawes bucket in the 1st Q and followed that up with a bucket on his next trip down the court. He used that momentum to start the game 3-3 on FGAs.  He also dropped another great dime to EB in the 2nd Q.  In the 4th, he was part of the lineup that seized control of this game for the 7-6 and built a double digit lead.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  It was the last game in NJ for the Nets and among the numerous celebs and past NJN players in the house were former 76ers Derrick Coleman and Todd McCullough.  Ahhh the memories.

2.  A 14-2 run by the Nets in the 3rd quarter cut a 15-point Sixers lead to one late in the quarter. After a TO by Collins, Thad went to work, scoring 10 of his points from this point forward and the Nets never got closer then 6 the rest of the way.

3.  Should we be worried that the Sixers had some issues putting away the Nets and keeping them down even though they were missing All-World point man D-Will.  Probably!!

4.  For the game, the Sixers put 6 players in double figures (Dre, Turner, Thad, Jrue, EB and LW), but even more impressive was that as a team they got off to a solid start in this game.  They scored 31 points in the 1st Q and at the half four players had 8 or more points.

5.  Is there a consultant we can have Doug meet with on how to properly handle rookies?  Because the way he has managed ET (last year) as well as “Big Nik” and Lavoy this year leaves a lot o be desired.

6.  Loose Balls: The Sixers got 56 points from their bench and shot 54% for the game…They were 5-14 on 3PAs, handed out 25 assists (43 FGM) and only had 7 turnovers..


 
 
 

3 Responses to “GM 64: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Will
    24. April 2012 at 11:13

    The nets had something to play for, and with a lot of NJ fans behind them they were playing bigger than usual. Also I suggest that we get a different coach to handle the minutes and Doug Collins can just work with whoever is out there. I mean, seriously? Jodie Meeks 21 minutes, Nik starts and plays TWO.

  2. Ray
    24. April 2012 at 16:45

    It’s because Vucevic is horrible. He is just as soft as Hawes, so why not play him only 2 minutes? Especially when Allen played great once he was put in.

  3. rob
    25. April 2012 at 09:13

    Going back to the pacers win, a good win but just a couple of points.
    -it was good to win a close game but I really think we were lucky. In OT Lou hit the 4 pointer and than the three. Awesome but lucky. How many close games have the same shots been bricks?
    – I would very much like to see a lot more pick and rolls. I don’t understand why this simple effective play isn’t our main weapon. We have several guards and wings with great handle and we could run this from many angles. Telling you jrue and thad should be rocking this all night.
    – coach was furious there at the end of the night. He was screaming curses in the direction of the pacers. I caught f*** you a**hole. Haha. Yeah coach. Anyone know what that was about.
    -I remain optimistic about a first round match up with the bulls. Withch rose not a 100% I think well match up okay with them. Rip is a shell of his former self and we have good guards to throw at rose. Andre has a chance to be the best player on the floor for the first time in the playoffs (not the high scorer but the best player). As good as the bulls bench has been ours is better. The only problem is the boards. Fingers crossed. I want my promised first round series win.

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