GM 5: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/10/12 9:44 am EST
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.


 
 
 

9 Responses to “GM 5: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Steve Toll
    10. November 2012 at 12:26

    The team played well tonight and ran into Boston at the right time. I found it interesting that Wright played on The Truth to start the game, while ET covered Courtney Lee.

    Thad really has to start shooting the 3 ball, it’s something that will open up the offense even more and allow the team more room to operate. The 2 years before DCs arrival, he shot 34.4% on 300+ attempts.

    Holiday did a good job operating the offense, and he is finally embracing the 3 ball, something I never could have predicted… In other news, Holiday has the 9th most turnovers in NBA history through 5 games.
    Holiday did a good job giving Rondo space which created a 4 1/2 (for the 76ers) on 4 for most defensive possessions.

    Jason Richardson needs to get healthy, which will allow for the team to send SwaggyP to the D-League.

    ET played well against a favorable defensive matchup. Taking away the technical free throws, he has almost doubled his FTA per game. His TOs are slightly down while his Usage is up, albeit slightly. Against good offensive rebounding teams, his propensity to go after defensive rebounds is going to be a real issue.

    Dorell Wright had another strong night on defense and his shots were falling.

    Royal Ivey is plying the best ball of his career

  2. Mike
    10. November 2012 at 14:43

    Big win!! And, thank you for finally realizing why Royal Ivey is getting them minutes instead of Wayns. Royal can ball. And yes, I’m sick of Swaggy P too. Get him outta here, but Dorell Wright can stay

  3. RYN_JAY
    10. November 2012 at 15:17

    A great all-around win last night. We were aggressive on both ends of the floor and that’s exactly how we need to play. I’ve been bashing Evan Turner after the first couple of games and I’m glad he’s finally proving me wrong. He’s been playing how I’ve expected him to play before the season started. Jrue is stepping up big time, and as each game passes it makes Steve look more and more like a fool for thinking it wasn’t a good move signing him. Nick Young is what he is. He’s gonna jack up shots. Some nights he’s gonna be cold but others he will light it up. You just gotta accept that. I still like the signing of him. After last year we needed more shooters and that’s what he is.

  4. Philadunkia
    10. November 2012 at 16:21

    RYN_Jay,

    I agree that we needed more shooters, but I got two words for you — OJ Mayo. He can shoot like N. Young, plus he plays defense, can ball at the PG spot for long stretches and isn’t a total knucklehead.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    C. Smith

  5. Steve Toll
    10. November 2012 at 17:25

    C. Smith,

    OJ is making $4,000,000 this season (with a 4.2 mil player option next year) and while he isn’t nearly as good as he as been playing, He was certainly a better choice than SwaggyP. There isn’t a reason in the world this front office chose Swaggy over him.

    While it would be nice to have Mayo, the team wouldn’t have him after this year anyway. No Cap Room is a problem

  6. Young C
    10. November 2012 at 17:40

    The problem is, OJ Mayo was offered more money by several teams but he took less money to play for Dallas because he liked the opportunity and thats where he wanted to play.

  7. Sloetry
    10. November 2012 at 17:49

    ET & Jrue…thanks for making me look stupid….that’s all I want…please keep doing it!!

  8. RYN_JAY
    11. November 2012 at 04:11

    All I can say is it’s not always about getting the guy that’s better on paper. Like Coach Collins said, he likes “high character guys.” You got to take in affect attitude and team chemistry. Is he going to gel with the other guys on the team? You can’t just look at stats and skill sets all the time. Plus, I’m pretty sure O.J. Mayo would have been alot more expensive.

  9. Philadunkia
    11. November 2012 at 20:00

    RYN_JAY,

    Just for comparison’s sake…

    Mayo gets $4mil this year and has a player option for $4.2mil next year.

    Swaggy P is on the books for $6mil this year on a 1-year deal.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    -C. Smith

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