PLAYOFFS, GM10: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/19/12 8:19 am EST
Boston Celtics 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Again, we know there is a shoulder issue and that Boston is presents serious match-up issues for the “Ol’ Skool Chevy”, but EB looks cooked (He has 17 pts. & 11 rebs total in his last 4 gms.).  Still his defense on KG was much better last night then has been during the first three game sof this series.  For the rest of this series, we basically just need him to go out there, beat the crap out of KG in the 1st Q and use up 5 fouls.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | -2

The second half heroics were awesome and no doubt he was a big part of the comeback, but let’s not forget that Dre was a non-factor for a large portion of this game.  Dre didn’t attempt a FG until the 5:43 mark of the 1st Q and went 0-4 in the 1st half.  He also bricked several FTs and blew a dunk before halftime.  Luckily he shook off all that ugliness and had a huge second half (including clutch jumpers) that helped push the Sixers to the W.

Spencer Hawes, C 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -4

Can we just start Lavoy Allen and stop this craziness?

Evan Turner, SG 36 MIN | 5-22 FG | 6-9 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | 0

Obviously 5-22 shooting as well as 3 missed FTs is not good.  And to say that @thekidet was forcing things last night is an understatement.  Still we liked a lot of things that we saw from Turner in Game 4.  First and foremost, he showed some moxy last night.  He got into two dust ups with Boston players and refused to back down — the Sixers need that edginess.  Turner also continually drove the ball to the cup, played tenacious defense and cleaned the glass.  If a few more shots could have gone in for ET, he would have had a monster night.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

The Jruth was plagued by foul trouble all night and that limited his effectiveness after a fast start (10 pts. in 1st half).  He still had a decent game, but Collins (& Jrue) needs to figure out a way to turn these fast starts by Jrue into a huge game.  So far in this series he seems to be willing to take a back seat in the second half.

Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 15 PTS | +28

Welcome to the party Louis!  This is the LW we need in this series.  He scored 13 of his 15 points in the 2nd half and honestly was the key to getting the Sixers back in the game.  He hit the C’s with a series of AND1’s that really turned the momentum in this game.  As a bonus he threw in some nice dimes and a few minutes of great defense.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +6

Glad to have you back Thad.  A second straight great game from #21, but this one was more about heart and hustle then filling up the scoring column up.  His energy in the 2nd half clearly bothered Boston and pushed the Sixers in their comeback effort.  His dime to Lavoyin the 4th was incredible and he also had a big block on Rondo in the Q.

Jodie Meeks, G 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +15

That’s what we need from Capt. Streaky — limited minutes and positive contributions. (A huge 3-ball once in a while is nice as well.)

Lavoy Allen, PF 33 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +11

His defense on KG alone was enough to earn him the “A”.  The fact that he also grabbed 10 boards is enough for us to overlook the 4-10 shooting.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  LL Cool J once proclaimed, “Don’t call it a comeback…”, but when you’r team is down 18 points in the 3rd Q and they rally to win by 9, we really have no choice.  And what a comeback it was.  The Sixers recovered from a brutal 1st half thanks to stellar defense, transition buckets, 51% shooting in the second stanza (61 pts.) and a few brain farts by Boston.  FYI…The Sixers’ 10 buckets in the 3rd Q were one more than their total for the entire half and their 28 points were three shy off their halftime total.

2.  The “Night Shift” finally went to work in this series and boy did they punch the clock hard in Game 4.  They simply bailed the Sixers out last night.  The Sixers bench put up 44 points (on 46.8% shooting), 24 rebounds, 11 dimes and 6 steals.  Again Thad’s hustle on rebounds and loose balls was incredible.  And again, LW got the offense cranking in the 3rd and 4th Qs with a series of dribble-drives and AND 1’s.  And of course Lavoy was huge at both ends of the floor.

3.  As great as the Sixers were from the mid-3rd through the end of the game, they were historically bad in the 1st half.  They fell behind 16-2 in the 1st Q because they settled for jumper after jumper all of which went clank — 3-16 shooting in 1st Q.  The 7-6 also played no defense, committed 5 TOs, didn’t attempt a single 3PA and missed a couple FTAs.  The 2nd Q was slightly better, but still featured more poor shooting (5-19 on FGAs), 5 missed FTAs, a missed dunk by Dre and a 7-0 run by the C’s to close the half.  OUCH

4.  Here’s a look at a few of the key stats from last night — 17 BOS TOs led to 27 FB pts. for the Sixers.  The Sixers shot 36 FTAs (25-36) which kept them in this game during the dreadful first half; Boston only took 19 FTAs.  The Sixers grabbed 17 OREBs and 52 total boards.  The Sixers shot no 3PAs in the 1st half and made 5 three’s in the 2nd half. The Sixers shot 21% in the 1st half and 51% in the 2nd.

5.  Rondo’s dominance (15 & 15) is still a major concern for the Sixers, but they did limit him to 6 points in the 2nd half.  Also I’ll be interested to see how KG attacks Lavoy in Game 5.  You know he can’t be happy with being pushed around by a rookie.

6.  Anybody else still wondering if last night’s comeback was a dream?


 
 
 

5 Responses to “PLAYOFFS, GM10: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Mike
    19. May 2012 at 09:40

    Yes, I am still wondering if that game was a dream. I was there too. I agree that it is time for Spence to take his seat on the bench next to Vucevic and start Lavoy Allen. He is playing great D on KG and playing him tough, something Hawes can’t do.

  2. brennan
    19. May 2012 at 12:45

    This game felt like it, but it was a good birthday present. Call me crazy, but I firmly believe that philly can make the finals pending on the result of the pacer heat seris.

  3. Pete
    19. May 2012 at 13:58

    Yes! Great win and comeback. Lou gets props. Finally he stopped chucking contested fadeaway 28 footers and played like a real smart point guard. Love how he was unselfish and looked for his teammates. We locked in as a team and really got after it. Finally, Doug decided not to pair Thad and Spence because we can KILL the Celtics on the boards with Lavoy and Old Man Swag. ET was forcing like a mug but I liked how he continued attacking. 36 ft attempts? Who are we? The Thunder? Lol. Love it. If we continue to attack and keep one of our best rebounders on the court at all times, the Celtics have no answer.

  4. hk
    20. May 2012 at 06:53

    There are two reasons that Doug brings Lavoy off the bench, one is that he can’t afford for him to get into foul trouble early and the other is that Doug realizes that the final 42 minutes are more important than the first 6. For all intents and purposes, Game 3 ended when Lavoy picked up his 3rd foul in the 2nd quarter. If – and obviously after a 0-14 start in Game 4 it’s a big if – the 76 can hang for the first 6 or so minutes with Spence and EB on the court, it serves them best in the long run so that Doug can use Lavoy wisely over the last 42. Also, these NBA playoffs are resembling the Flyers playoffs in that the team that gets an early 7+ point lead – somewhat equivalent to scoring the first goal in the NHL – has seemingly lost more than its won. Amazingly, the team that scored first lost 10 of the 11 playoff games in which the Flyers participated and the 76 have been behind 9-0 and 14-0 in their two wins over BOS and held 7+ point leads in both losses. Now, I’m not suggesting that they spot the C’s a lead, but I’m not too concerned if they fall behind early with Spence and EB so that Doug can manage Lavoy’s minutes.

  5. Big Jules
    21. May 2012 at 10:08

    @hk – great post, and I agree 100% on your points concerning Hawes and Brand. Doug has to get whatever he can out of Hawes, and starting him saves Lavoy somewhat. The only problem I have with the strategy is prior to Game 4 Doug was trying to finish games with Hawes which made no sense. Also, Doug let Game 3 get out of hand with that stiff Hawes in the game instead of sending LA out there with the 3 fouls. What difference does it make whether or not LA’s in foul trouble if the C’s go up by 20? Finally, for some reason Holiday ended up guarding Rondo for long stretches last game, and that can’t happen. Turner is the only 6er who seems to be able to keep Rondo in front of him so we have to do a better job of protecting Holiday on defense.

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