GM 5: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Boston Celtics
Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -5The C’s seemed to have solved this riddle that was Allen on KG during the 2012 playoffs — go right at him and send Lavoy to the bench in foul trouble.
Dorell Wright, SF 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +9A number of NBA folks told me that I was going to like Wright a lot for this Sixers team and they have turned out to be correct.  He’s better defensively than I thought and he is scrappy as hell.  His follow bucket at the 3:33 mark of the 3rd Q was key for the Sixers at the time and capped his 12 point explosion in that Q.
Thaddeus Young, SF 41 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +13I can’t say enough about how well I think that has played to open this season.  His pure hustle AND 1 at the 8:30 mark of the 4th was just awesome and capped a 10-0 Sixers run.  Thad’s post up bucket late in the 4th out of the Sixers timeout was huge as well.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 9-19 FG | 5-7 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 25 PTS | +1That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Back-to-back solid nights for The Kid.  I don’t want to get my hopes up, but has ET finally seen the light??  I hope so, because he makes a huge difference in the Sixers offense.  The stretch at the end of the 3rd Q where he buried 2 FTs and then on the next trip down the court hit a big FG was awesome.
Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 21 PTS | +14Yes, Jrue had some stupid turnovers last night.  And yes, he still can’t keep Rondo in check (Really who can??), but overall Jrue was ridiculous last night.  We were especially impressed with how he did not force things and scored in the flow of the game.  The dime he dropped to Thad in the late 4th to put the Sixers up 6 was a thing of beauty. Then he followed that up with a clutch 3PM.  A career night for Jrue and possibly one that springboards him to that “next level”.  This is the type of performance the Sixers brass are looking for out of their $41 million man.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9Ohh DC does know who Moultrie is…Yeah I know he got beat badly on a pick-n-roll alley-oop to KG, but he also had a huge O-rebound in the 3rd Q and a blocked Rondo’s buzzer beater lay-up at the end of the same Q.  Also I think once he has a better understanding of the NBA game who could be a solution to the KG issue that plagues the Sixers.
Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +14A solid night for Hawes overall, with the exception of his headband which was an outstanding choice to compliment his mullet.
Royal Ivey, PG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -8Another good effort from Royal off the bench and I understand why DC likes him.  Still, a part of me would rather see his minutes given to Maalik Wayns in an effort to get the ball going towards the hoop more in the Sixers offense.
Nick Young, SG 18 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +1Has anybody else had enough of this guy?  I don’t care what his stat line reads, he is “turrible” as Charles would say.  There was a 3-play stretch in the 3rd Q where he hoisted up an ill-advised 3PA early in the shot clock, then followed that up with a missed FGA and finished it all off with a TO. J-Rich can not get healthy fast enough.
Kwame Brown, C DNP LEFT CALF STRAIN MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | So far this has NOT been money well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

 

1.  Let’s get one negative thing out of the way right now…The Sixers pick-n-roll defense is unwatchable.   And it’s not just that the ball/pick guy defenders don’t see to be on the same page.  The weak side rotation guys are frequently late on their rotations or just don’t rotate at all.  DC needs to put in some serious work in this area.

2.  When was the last time the 76ers starting back-court both dropped a double-double?  According to Elias SB it was October 31, 2009, Andre Iguodala had 32 points and 11 rebounds and Lou Williams recorded 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Sixers’ 141-127 overtime win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

3.  Last night, the Sixers actually scored a basket late in the 4th Q coming out of a TO.  In the past DC would have run an isolation play for Dre or Louis and typically that was a recipe for disaster.  However, last night we put the ball in Jrue’s hands and ran a play to get Thad posted up on the block for an easy look or a trip to the FT line.  The bonus — it worked as Thad knocked down a quick hook-ish shot.  The basketball gods rejoiced!!!!

4.  Look, I know it’s only one game and that Jrue and ET have teased us in the past with night’s like this, but did anyone else allow themselves to dream for a second of what could be if that back-court can continue to produce nightly at even close to the level they did vs. Boston on Friday evening?

5.  Last night was a huge win for the Sixers.  They scored over 100 points for the first time this year and put up 56 pts. in the paint. Still they are a little too jump shot heavy for my tastes (see shot chart).  Fortunately they were on fire last night — 48% on FGAs; 53% on 3PAs and 82% from the line, so it all worked out.

6.  With 26 fast break points, the Sixers made te revamped Boston lineup (except Rondo) still look old and tired at times.

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