PLAYOFFS, GM 11: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/22/12 10:53 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | -10

After scoring 17 total in the first four games of this series, the “Ol’ Skool Chevy” put up an electric performance last night that unfortunately went to waste.  EB came out aggressive and looking for his shot.  The result was a 6-7 start on FGAs. He played with energy and passion and it seemed to catch on with the rest of the team (until the 3rd Q).  He still had a ton of trouble guarding KG and that caused some issues for the Sixers.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -13

Just when you thought he had become a big game player, Dre goes out and lays an egg like this one.  But the thunderous dunk he had in traffic during the 2nd Q will certainly make SC.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +4

10 & 5 is a serviceable night from Hawes, but if you watched this game closely, you know Hawes was a roller coaster on offense last night and could have had a bigger impact.  One moment he’s hitting a J, the next he’s bricking a bunny.  On one trip he puts the ball on the floor and drives to the rim for a nice lay-in.  Two possessions later he throws the ball away.  Such a frustrating game from Spence.  Of course, he also has to do a better job with KG on the defensive end if the Sixers are to win this series.

Evan Turner, SG 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -10

Even though his shooting touch still seems to be off, a solid night from Turner.  We love that he posted up Allen on several occasions for buckets and routinely drove the ball to the rack against the C’s.  The Sixers should have gone to ET vs. Allen more in the desperate 3rd Q.  He did struggle to contain Rondo in that 3rd Q, but what Sixer didn’t struggle in that stanza?

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 10 PTS | -11

A great first half — 10 & 5 — including an ice water in the veins 3PM with Ray Allen all over him is overshadowed by the disappearing act ‘The Jruth” pulled in the 2nd half.  Unfortunately hot starts and weak finishes have been a trend for Jrue in this series.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -9

One game after carrying this team to a W, Louis craps the bead in Boston.

Thaddeus Young, F 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -14

After excellent performances in Game 3 and Game 4, we thought Thad had found his game.  We were wrong. His two TOs during the game breaking stretch of the 3rd Q were simply brutal for the Sixers.

Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 6-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -15

So Collins doesn’t want to disrespect Brand by starting Lavoy in his place.  Does the same hold for Hawes?  The kid has been the steadiest player on the Sixers in this series.  FYI…As soon as KG got rolling in the 2nd Q I would have put Lavoy back in the game — even with his 2 fouls.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  We don’t need six items to analyze the 7-6′s debacle in Boston last night.  The Sixers were playing very solid basketball until everything went south at the 8:00 mark of the 3rd Q.  Leading by 5 points, Dre was awarded a clear path foul by the refs — two shots and the ball.  The Sixers had a major op to go up by 9 at this point. Dre missed both FTs, the Sixers turned the ball over on the free possession and Boston was off the hook.  The following stretch of basketball was simply ugly by the Sixers.  The 7-6 turned the ball over on 4-of-their-next-5 possessions.  The C’s scored 8 points off those TOs.  They allowed Rondo to run wild as well as Bass to go off (18 pts. in Q) and before you knew it Boston had put together a 14-2 run and led 63-57.  The Celtics grabbed all the momentum in this game right there and a sleepy Garden crowd suddenly came to life like it was the 1980s.  Despite a 5-0 run by the Sixers after a smart timeout by Doug at the end of this C’s run, the Sixers never got even in this game again.

2.  While that stretch of the 3rd Q put the proverbial nail in the Sixers Game 5 coffin, there was actually a stretch in the 2nd Q that raised a host of red flags for me that the Sixers were on the edge of losing this one.  With the Sixers leading 29-24 at 10:57 mark of the 2nd Q and the Sixers playing very well, EB checked in for Lavoy and KG went wild.  Neither Thad nor EB nor Hawes could check Garnett and “The Big Ticket” scored 10 points in the Q.  But it wasn’t just KG’s break out that made me nervous.  Outside of ET’s post up of Allen, look at most of the Sixers buckets from that moment on in the Q and you’ll see a disturbing trend.  Turner with a long two; Dre hit a 3-ball; LW hit a long two; Jrue drained a wild 3-ball; EB with a 15-footer; Dre had a FB dunk.  I didn’t list all the missed FGs in that stretch, but in short, we stop taking the ball to the rim.  We committed several TOs in that stretch and gave up six 2nd chance points.  These trends continued in the 3rd Q it came back to haunt us — big time.


 
 
 

10 Responses to “PLAYOFFS, GM 11: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Chris
    22. May 2012 at 11:13

    I hate to be one to complain about officiating, but they clearly had a hand in swinging that 3rd quarter. KG blatantly kicks EB across both legs while he’s driving to the basket, and there’s no call. Also, there was a Brandon Bass double-dribble under the basket that the ref even made the signal for but never actually blew the whistle! They should be embarassed for their performance. While it’s certainly not the reason the Sixers lost, it absolutely handcuffed them and limited what they were able to do defensively. Also, the few “make up” calls at the end of the game to even out the foul numbers after the game has been clearly decided were fooling absolutely no one.

  2. Philadunkia
    22. May 2012 at 12:12

    Chris,

    I agree with you 100% that the zebras were favoring the guys in green last night, but I didn’t wnat to seem like a whiny homer.

    The foul (tripping call) on KG should have been a T as he blatantly tried to take EB down after he got xrossd over and embarassed.

    There were also several late whistles that went BOS way on borderline plays in that 3rd Q.

    Thanks for reading & commenting.

    - C. Smith

  3. Big Jules
    22. May 2012 at 12:44

    The officiating was atrocious, but you knew it would be 6 on 5 at the Garden in a Game #5, so the 6ers had to play mistake free ball. They did that until the bottom fell out in the 3rd Qtr, and I don’t get it. Why did they continue to make the same bad turnovers? What happened to the crisp ball movement by the 6ers in the first half? Why did Doug not call a timeout sooner in the 3rd Qtr to clean things up? Why did Doug not come back with Lavoy sooner? Why can’t the 6er guards keep Rondo in front of them when the whole world knows Rondo can’t shoot a lick? How did the 6ers give up three dunks in a row at the front of the rim to Bass and then another to Steisma? I don’t think the C’s made adjustments as much as the 6ers just imploded, and that’s extremely disappointing.

  4. Dave
    22. May 2012 at 12:55

    In the 7-6 halfcourt offense, there needs to be way better passing and movement in order to be successful against the Celts D (especially when they step it up in the 2nd half each game).

    Guys like Stiemsma, Garnett, and Ryan Hollins begin licking their lips when they see a guard driving to the hoop with his head down, determined to lay it up. Turner did that SEVERAL times last night – each time he takes it to the rack and thinks he has a little space, one of the Boston bigs comes from the weak side to swat his shot at the rim.

    What the 7-6 need to do is feed off of the aggressiveness of the Boston bigs. The penetration in the half-court O is key, especially if Turner/Iggy/Jrue/Lou Will can beat Rondo/Allen/Dooling/Pierce off the dribble. However, the 7-6 guards have to sense the help D coming from the weak side in the form of one of the Boston bigs. At that point, whoever’s man the Boston big left to help on the driver in the lane (normally Spencer/Lavoy/Thad) need to roll to the rim, where whoever is carrying the ball can distribute it after attracting the double team. There was way too much individual play in the halfcourt offense last night, and if the guards look to dish it off before turning it over or firing off a wild shot, they’ll find a ton of space within the Celts D that has yet to be exploited.

    If the 7-6 guards look to attack and dish it off before getting swatted repeatedly, they’ll force the Boston bigs to stay home more and eventually get some open looks right at the rim as the game progresses. If nothing else, the Celts bigs won’t be getting a ton of blocks and steals, leading to easy points for the guys in green going the other way.

  5. Gary
    22. May 2012 at 15:20

    Any predictions on game 6?
    What are you guys feeling?
    Do we show heart and passion and take game 6, or do we allow Boston to win this game?

    Personally I don’t see the Sixers allowing Boston to come in here and finish it in WFC. I believe it’s going 7, but this team is so inconsistent from quarter to quarter it’s too difficult to get a feel for them.

  6. Salis
    22. May 2012 at 19:43

    I agree but the game changed when the sixers just carelessly turned the ball over…And the refs gave the c’s all the calls that game but we usually get the calls the c’s got during this series

  7. gabe
    23. May 2012 at 00:50

    as far as officiating goes the KG failed pass then recovery and-one was total garbage, as were most of garnett’s trips to the line. spencer hawes was clearly pushed out of bounds under the basket in the 3rd but the refs whistled him out of bounds. and i feel like pierce had a few solid flops that were rewarded. no doubt the officiating was in boston’s favor, but the sixers completely stopped attacking the rim and moving the ball in the second half. we weren’t getting any calls in the first half attacking the rim, but that is no excuse for guys to start settling for outside or off-balance shots.

    However, what makes me most disappointed is Coach Collins and the players’ inability to recognize who the Sixers go-to-playmaker should be. It is obvious to me that when Jrue Holiday is the focal point of the offense, he either gets a great look for himself or for a teammate. while everyone else was settling for jumpers and going cold, we stopped running the pick and roll in the 3rd quarter, which we ran beautifully in the first half. guys started playing isolation basketball, which is not our strength.

    and what did collins do when the sixers went on a cold streak in the 3rd? He takes Jrue out with 4 1/2 minutes. it’s inexcusable.

    If collins pulls the same crap in game 6 or 7 i will be calling for him to be fired. he needs to take the leash off of the Jruth. He is ready to blossom into a star if given the opportunity. It’s amazing to me that Collins can’t recognize this, especially given the way he has performed this post-season.

    This is the same reason we blew game one, which we had in our hands until Doug decided to sit Jrue from the 5 to 2 minute mark in the 4th for no reason….

  8. Brian
    23. May 2012 at 09:25

    #SIXERSIN7… Or at least it is going 7. Sixers won’t lose tonight @ the Well! Book it!

  9. Laura
    12. June 2012 at 07:08

    It doesnt take a mcilrae for this team to beat the bulls I feel like their roster is so much better than the bulls.. 2 Superstars( Amare, Melo) and VERY VERY GOOD role plays such as Lin, Tyson Chandler, Steve Novak, Baron Davis, JR Smith, Landry Fields, and Iman Shumpert  With that roster, they should be considered as a top 5 team easily but of course we have D’antoni as the head coach smh . If they can come together and play to their potential, Bulls are gonna have a handful

  10. Ibini
    12. June 2012 at 10:08

    Are you watching these games??? If you are, you would know that this guy Dantoni has no clue when to rattoe players.. Look at the BUCKS game.. Blew 10 point lead in less than 3 minutes by resting the starters when they were red hot Also, Having a offensive minded coach and two stars who cant play d is not a good combo.. Whats the point of scoring 20~25 when your opponents are mathing your points?

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