GM 3: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/12 8:57 am EST
New York Knicks 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Dorell Wright, SF 34 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -18D-Wright got the start last night and had mixed results. Wright scored 5 points in the first 4 minutes of the game and was a key part of the Sixers fast start, but he was a non-factor the rest of the night.
Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -16Thad was the Sixers most reliable offensive player all night against the NYK and it’s great to see that he added bulk without giving up any of his speed or energy. The problem is his defensive skills are still improving and he especially can’t guard elite scorers like Carmelo Anthony at this point.
Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -18Forget about his “solid” stat line from last night as most of his points came in garbage time. The Kid looks lost and is forcing things badly. When was the last time you saw an NBA player have to short jumpers blocked right back into his head? Well, it happened to ET last night.
Kwame Brown, C 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +2Wait…A player who spent the entire preseason on the bench got hurt (strained a muscle no less) in his first start of the season??? That’s shocking (sarcasm here).
Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | -17Despite some cold shooting, Jrue filled the stat sheet up again last night, but he was not his usual self at the defensive end. The NYK’s Raymond Felton abused Holiday for most of the evening.  Also Jrue (with some help from the Sixers bigs) did not handle the pick-n-roll game well at all last night.
Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -4Would the Lavoy Allen of the 2012 Playoffs please report for duty?!?
Arnett Moultrie, PF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0So the Sixers trade a 1st round pick to acquire the long and bouncy rebounding machine and Moultrie has seen 3 mins of action in 3 games.  Does that make sense to anyone??
Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -20Hawes comes crashing back to reality (again).  After racking up 16 & 12 in the season opener, he now has 10 & 12 combined in the last two games.
Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -2If Ivey continues to receive 19 minutes a night, the Sixers are in big trouble this year.
Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -7I wouldn’t have minded seeing Wilkins earlier in the game.  He’s a physical, defensive minded player who possibly could have helped stop the bleeding earlier in this game.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10I wasn’t a big fan of the signing when it happened and after three games, I now hate it.  Everything you knew about Swaggy P has come true here in Philly.  He has a low basketball IQ, plays no defense and forces terrible shots.  Young was 0-3 before he had been on the court 2 mins. and that run extended to a 1-6 start and a 4-12 ice cold 1st half.  The less minutes he sees the better off the Sixers will be in 2012-13.  My favorite shot last night was this falling out of bounds chuck one up shot that hit the top of the backboard.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  After jumping on the NYK 9-0, the Sixers then gave up a 10-0 run to NY, 25 points in the 1st Q and 56 pts. in the 1st half.  They were outscored 110-78 after their hot start and it wasn’t that close.

2.  It seems that just like in 2011-12, this group of Sixers prefers to settle for jumpers instead of taking the ball to the tin. The only difference is that instead of missing long 2’s, the 2012-13 Sixers are now missing 3PAs (8-22).  Take a look at last night’s shot chart and you’ll feel ill.

3.  If you don’t have a full appreciation for the defensive abilities of Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand after these last three games, then you simply should stop watching basketball.  I know it’s early and there will be a learning curve, but the difference for the Sixers at the defensive end so far this season is scary to witness.  They can’t guard the perimeter or the pick-n-roll.  Quick question…Who plays worse defense — the Sixers or the Eagles?

4.  One positive item from last night is that the Sixers are knocking down there FTs which is a refreshing change from last season.  The Sixers were 22-26 last night (84%) and are now shooting 82.5% over the first 3 games.

5.  I think we can all acknowledge that with a host of new players and Bynum on the sidelines, that we expected there would be some growing pains for the 7-6 early on this season. However, I thought those issues would be primarily at the defensive end.  I did not anticipate that the 7-6 would have so much trouble scoring the ball, especially in the half court offense.  Especially disturbing was 17-49 shooting in the 1st half (34%) and the 0-9 streak in the 4th Q.  FYI…they’re 28th in the League in scoring at 85 ppg.

6.  Great line from Malik Rose last night after Philly native Rasheed Wallace chucked up a brick that hit nothing but the low backboard where the NBA logo resides.  Rose exclaimed, “He might have broke Jerry West’s foot on that one”…I knew the NYK would play better defense and be improved overall under Mike Woodson in 2012-13…But are the Knicks really this good or are the 7-6 this bad or is it just too early to tell either way?  Discuss…


 
 
 

9 Responses to “GM 3: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Sloetry
    6. November 2012 at 09:15

    2 embarrassing losses for me….I’ve been slating the Knicks and bigging up the Sixers for a few weeks now lol.
    Dreadfully frustrating games to watch. The only thing I can say is the Knicks were setting moving/illegal picks all night and they weren’t being called.
    Unfortunately there is now a blueprint on how to beat us early in the season, and I don’t know what we can do about it til Bynum comes back.
    That said… we weren’t hitting outside shots. Players who couldn’t miss in the preseason have got something in their heads right now. Until they do, that middle is going to be clogged up by the likes of Chandler.
    Early days.

  2. Chris L.
    6. November 2012 at 11:08

    Way too early to tell, especially playing a team with the kind of momentum the Knicks have going right now. Not to mention Carmello finally embracing the game he “should” be playing than the game he “wants” to play. He belongs in the low post position and that opens everything up for the Novak’s of the world to do their thing and it killed us.

    The Sixers have a host of problems and most of them begin with the word Swaggy. However, I have a feeling that the Wright and the Young pickups this offseason were really lottery tickets (like late-round fantasy picks), and if one of them panned out then it would be worth it. Personally, I think we may have struck gold with Wright, especially if he can find his groove with Jrue. Turner just needs to slow down and play his game. I wish Collins would tell Turner to forget about points and just go for rebounds and assists until his offense levels off. I still have high hopes for this team, and I think they’ll settle down and hit a stride in a couple weeks.

  3. Lennix
    6. November 2012 at 12:10

    i think we should credit the knicks looking like an actual team with chemistry on both ends of the floor… There were times it was frustrating seeing the calls the refs made and the calls that they didn’t, as well as Sundays game but with a defensive anchor in chandler the knicks knew how to pressure our team on the perimeter. basically tempting us to go in the middle. it worked, good for them. it wont be like that when we have bynum. when we have bynum we can do the same thing to their perimeter offense, bait them into challenging bynum.
    I also hate to say that losing jrich is sort of detrimental to this team for these two games. we have no vets while the knicks have half their roster filled with them. Moultrie getting no run makes no sense either. the second half shouldve been for players like moultrie and turner.

  4. Justin
    6. November 2012 at 12:31

    It’s too early to tell… You’re condemning players in a new system, missing multiple starters on less than a hundred minutes of total playing time. The season is young, so try not to throw the team under the bus until we get at least 20 or so games under our belt.

    The Lakers are 1-2. Maybe they should dismantle and rebuild (sarcasm here)

  5. Hank
    6. November 2012 at 12:48

    Glad everyone is aware that Nick Young is terrible and shouldn’t have been signed in the first place. This realization took too long.

  6. RYN_JAY
    6. November 2012 at 14:12

    We don’t look good on either ends of the floor right now. On defense, we’re just not communicating and late on all our rotations. It’s hard to watch this team on offense right now. It’s like everybody is scared of the paint. We need to start slashing to the hoop and getting to the line. Like you said, we’re shooting a good %. That will also open up better 3pt shots.

  7. freezer
    6. November 2012 at 14:35

    Until bynum comes back the sixers have nothing to stop easy buckets, lavoys a nice role player but i think the player we saw in the playoffs is probably not coming around until the end of the year. he probably capitalized off of the overall fatigue level in the playoffs and made a name for himself. his biggest asset was probably his fresh legs. Spencer is not the guy. spence is a very talented player but he just doesnt have the conditioning he needs to be consistent night in night out.
    i wouldnt freak yet this a team built to get points in transition and the only way were going to do that is to get stops. And were not protecting that basket without bynum. We still have the same putrid halfcourt setup although jrue is showing alot more than i thought he would so far. everybody needs to chill and wait for bynum the dynamic of the team will fall together. Im trying to look on the bright side with that too, even if he doesnt play this year we will suck and get a good pick which we desperately need. hopefully we can get him at some type of discount, which i think will be possible.

  8. Steve Toll
    6. November 2012 at 15:33

    Everything about the Rapid React is pretty spot on.

    The Knicks have a great roster and unfortunately for the 76ers, George Karl doesn’t coach every team.

    Felton>Holiday

    Dorell Wright couldn’t buy a call in the Garden on Sunday, his stroke is off but he is getting good shots

    Thad is a work in progress but I have faith he can be a good wing if he turns those long 2s into 3pt attempts.

    Hawes had a tough assignment and had trouble playing in space, we weren’t winning either of these games even if he played as well as in the Denver game.

    Turner and SwaggyP, well you know……

  9. Jeff McMenamin
    6. November 2012 at 18:59

    5 things…

    1. Maalik Wayns has one of the ugliest shots in the NBA.

    2. Lavoy Allen is playing like Mr. 500 this season.

    3. Why is Royal Ivey playing again coach?

    4. SwaggyP needs to stop taking bad shots.

    5. Evan Turner should have a new 50th anniversary commercial made for him at a pregame shoot-around with Marv Albert, where Albert constantly yells, “he couldn’t hit the backside of a barn.”

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