GM 7: RAPID REACTS

Milwaukee Bucks 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 96 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Lavoy is caught in a vicious circle right now.  He’s in a slump, no doubt.  That slump has put him in DC’s doghouse (13 mins last night) which of course makes it hard to shake out of said slump.

Thaddeus Young, SF 35 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -5

I would like to have seen Thad’s number called more often last night.  But with how quickly the Sixers were hoisting up jumpers, calling sets was a tough task vs. MIL.  Thad’s hustle-dive-on-the-floor rebound in the 2nd Q was simply awesome.  I feel like he is on the verge of really breaking out if he can just get some more looks.

Evan Turner, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16

Two steps forward one step back, but not an awful night for The Kid.  The most disturbing part of last night’s game was that ET was on the bench for almost all of the 4th Q.  Why must DC toy with this guy’s head?  However his lob to Thad for a dunk in the 1st Q showed great court vision.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 10-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 25 PTS | -4

If it wasn’t for the 8 turnovers Holiday would have gotten and A+ and continued his push for elite guard status in this League.  However 8 TO’s from your starting PG is simply unacceptable.  Holiday has to know that and needs to improve in this area.  I was particularly disturbed at the trouble he had with MIL’s trap action.  Even my 9-year old knows you pass out of a trap, you don’t attempt to use the bounce to split it.  It was his fourth straight game of at least seven turnovers.  Still I was very pleased with the way he took the ball to the tin in the 2nd Q and wish more of the Sixers would follow his lead.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +12

Jason’s 10 points in the 1st Q was the only thing that kept the 7-6 from getting blown out of this one early.  He also flashed some classic J-Rich hops with his 360 dunk in the same Q that made me leap off the couch.  But he only scored 10 the rest of the way and had zero in the 4th Q when the Sixers offense went MIA.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -17

After every game I become more pleased with his signing.  When Wright caught fire in the late 1st / 2nd Q and helped the Sixers claw back into a game they had no right being in, I thought they might actually pull out a W.  But like all of the Sixers, Wright disappeared in the 4th (zero pts.) and this one got away from the team.  His defense continues to be better then expected and his block on the Sanders lay-in attempt in the 4th was huge.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +1

I know, his game is in the 12-17 foot range, but right now he’s our only legit big and he needs to give us some sort of an interior presence.  With all the shooters we have on this team, the last thing we need is Hawes jacking up 3PAs.  Spence (along with his mullet and patriotic headband) need to stay closer to the paint, which would help our post scoring and rebounding as well.  FYI…there was a 3 minute stretch last night where Hawes shot an air ball; got called for 3 seconds and then bricked a “hook” shot.  That series reminded me of why Hawes drives me crazy.

Royal Ivey, PG 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14

Ivey just brings the lunch pail and goes to work very night.  That’s his role, he knows it and fills it nicely.  But that’s it!  And my back-up PG has to bring more to the table then that if he’s going to see 18 mins a night.  Not signing a more productive back-up for Jrue will haunt this team all year.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | +2

I’m done on this front.  I knew he was a high volume shooter that took a lot of bad shots, but his low basketball IQ astounds me.  In the 2nd Q, he led a 4-on-1 fast break and took the ball to the rim for a tough finger roll instead finding one of the 3 other open guys for an easy lay-in.  His defense is simply brutal, especially his rotations.  FYI…Swaggy was 0-4 in the 4th Q when the Sixers offense went MIA.  And they were key misses — all 4 of his missed FGAs came with the score tied or the Sixers trailing by 3 or less.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

He did a great job cheering on the team last night.  Unfortunately that’s all he got to do.  Even though the Sixers were getting murdered on the boards, DC chose not to play this rebounding machine.

Kwame Brown, C DNP LEFT CALF STRAIN MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

How long can a calf strain possibly take to recover from?!?

Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

I know that DC doesn’t love rookies, but with Jennings simply killing Holiday and Ivey, how could it have possibly hurt to have given Wayns, the quickest guard on the Sixers roster (bar none) a chance to slow down #3 on MIL?  What’s the worst thing that could have happened?  Jennings scores 35 instead of 33.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  Let’s take a minute to recognize how good Brandon Jennings was last night.  He scored 33 points on 12-21 shooting (4-9 from deep); handed out 8 dimes, grabbed 5 boards and had 4 steals.  Ohh yeah, he had only 1 turnover.  You read that correctly — 1.  He was 5-5 on FTAs and registered a +25 on the night.  Jennings has turned himself into a very nice player by adding a smooth outside stroke to what was one the most lethal floor games in the League.  Well done sir.

2.  In case you could not tell from the individual player grades, the 4th Q was simply brutal for the Sixers last night.  Tied at 83 after three Q’s, the Sixers scored only 13 points in the fourth quarter on 4-20 shooting.  They had a 1-10 stretch in the 4th and attempted only 6 FTs.

3.  The Sixers did not get off to a great start in this one either, especially on the defensive end.  MIL put up an 8-0 run in the opening Q thanks to 66% shooting.  The Sixers helped the Bucks by committing 4 TOs, shooting far too many jumpers and playing simply terrible defense.  The Sixers also did not make it to the FT line for a single shot in the 1st Q.  However, by some miracle they only trailed by 8 after one Q, thanks to J-Rich and D-Wright’s contributions.

4.  As bad as the 1st and 4th Qs were for the 76ers, the 3rd Q was a pleasure to watch.  A balanced scoring attack, several trips to the FT line and decent defense for a stretch provided the Sixers a 14-3 run to cut the lead to 78-73.  They closed the Q with another 8-0 run and ended with +12 scoring margin in the 3rd.  When Hawes hit a bucket to open the 4th, it gave the Sixers a 2 point lead at 85-83, but they went ice cold and brain dead from there and that would be the 7-6’s final lead of the game.

5.  I know it’s early, but the poor defense and lack of rebounding are a big concerns for me.  The Sixers don’t guard the perimeter well, they get killed with the pick-n-roll and last night their transition defense was awful.  On an opponent’s break out, the most important thing is — STOP the ball ?!?!  That was a surprising issue for the Sixers last night.  The rebounding has been non-existent.

6.  With Bynum out until lord knows when and Kwame taking his sweet ass time healing up, shouldn’t the Sixers brass be looking for another big who can defend and rebound???  Just a thought.  Unless of course we all think Thad should be playing center as he did last night on a regular basis.

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