GM 3: RAPID REACTS

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…

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