GM 7: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/12 10:45 am EST
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.


 
 
 

15 Responses to “GM 7: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Sloetry
    13. November 2012 at 11:02

    Think you’re being a little kind to Jrue with a B. Sure some great offensive plays, but those turnovers as you said…. but that D was non-existent.
    Very frustrating loss, and really came down to some poor shot selection and turnovers. As well as the Bucks played… a game we lost more than the Bucks won.
    Thad was heroic out of position all night but at times he was overwhelmed and we should have used our size better, but the bigs weren’t up for it.
    One of those losses where I think they’ll be many learning points and if coached well from them, we can move forward. But bad D on a screen and roll is becoming a theme and as you say rebounding is an issue.
    Would like to see Wayns given some defensive responsibility…I don’t know what he’s like as a defender, but give the kid a role to stick on someone, and he may have the speed to do it.

  2. Slap Dog Hoops
    13. November 2012 at 11:14

    For heaven’s sake! When is Andrew Bynum going to finally show up in Philly?

  3. Steve Toll
    13. November 2012 at 11:50

    Holiday now has the distinction of the most turnovers through the 1st 7 games in NBA History with 42. The 8 game record is 44….. He was flat out negative last night.
    As I have previously touched on in a minimal manner, Holiday is and continues to be a more effective SG than PG. Unless he is passing the ball to JRich or Wright on the wings or Thad/Hawes on a drive. Holiday needs to be shooting the ball.

    Turner had some nice assists, but as usual he had 0 effective rebounds this game. Defensively, Collins doesn’t see much from the kid as evidenced by Thad on Ellis to start the game and Wright covering Pierce the other night.

    Dorell Wright was again impressive, Who could have predicted that???

    Jason Richardson looks like he got into D12′s medicine cabinet!!!

    Royal Ivey is continuing his career year!!!

    Nick Young is the worst, Who could have predicted that???

    Thaddeus Young again had a good night, unfortunately, he is in a no mans land of sorts. Thad grabs offensive rebounds like a PF, but that is about it. I have a serious issue with Doug Collins’ steadfast refusal to allow Thad to shoot the 3. 2 years is enough, DC, let him shoot the trey.

    Hawes took at least 3 shots that he didn’t need to and missed more than a couple in close. I don’t have an issue with Spencer shooting jumpers as long as they are 3pt jumpers. I really didnt watch him on the defensive end but he seemed to be ok.

    Lavoy can’t be this bad, can he?

    Kwameeeeeeeeee, he should be much improved…..next season.

  4. Lennix
    13. November 2012 at 15:13

    I agree with smith about not letting moultrie and wayns playing, how could it have hurt? If larry sanders is being effective on the bucks on the inside, why dont we counter him with moultire? and if jennings is just running all over the place why not use wayns to at least relieve jrue from some pressure and energy?
    Our rotation needs to be figured out. Everybody should be getting run early on shouldnt they be? I just dont see how moultrie and wayns can be efficent on the bench in those types of situations. I get why collins gives vets more minutes but this trend needs to stop.

  5. Steve Toll
    13. November 2012 at 16:16

    The team also missed two opportunities at a 2 for 1. They got an offensive rebound to bail themselves in the 3rd quarter but weren’t so lucky in the 1st half.

    There is no excuse for the 76ers lack of situational awareness as this has been going on the past 2 season, except when Lou was in the game.

    Over the course of the season, it could potentially be 308 possessions lost.
    4 quarters x 82 games. Obviously, that is unrealistic but it shows how missing 2 for 1s can cost a team a massive amount of possessions by the end of the season.

  6. LCK
    13. November 2012 at 16:20

    Hey Smith, I’ve had a calf strain before, and it hurt like hell for two weeks. Have you ever had one before? If not, be wary of your criticism, even though Kwame has a bad rap.

  7. Larry Smith
    13. November 2012 at 19:06

    And keep your dumb mouth off Nick Young. Stop picking on the nice guys. AND NICK YOUNG is a great shooter. and a great all around basketball player. Let me come grade you on talking stupid. Watch your self.

  8. Sun of Man
    13. November 2012 at 19:47

    Sixers have a relatively young team. There will be good games and bad games. Nick Young will shoot the lights out one game and the next might shoot you out of a game. That’s just the way he is. That’s a gamble you have to take. That’s always been his game.

  9. Philadunkia
    13. November 2012 at 20:06

    LCK,

    The fact that you are defending Kwame is laughable.

    Kwame played in 9 games last year and spent the summer “rehabbing”. He was a mediocre player to begin with and the Sixers brass had no idea what kind of physical condition the guy’s body was in this last off-season, yet they gave him $2.8 for this year and a player option for $2.9 next year. That’s sheer stupidity.

    He was in and out of training camp with injuries and played 32 minutes of preseason action total. The guy was obviously not in “basketball shape” yet the Sixers decided to compund this ridiculous signing by trotting his injury prone and out-of-shape butt out for action in an early regular season game. The result — 11 minutes of tick later he’s out of the lineup (AGAIN) for who knows how long with a strained calf.

    FYI…I have never strained a calf before. You know why? Because unlike Kwame, I workout consistently to stay in shape and stretch properly.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    – C. Smith

  10. MattSg
    13. November 2012 at 20:27

    As proud as I am of jrues play so far, his turnovers are just crazy. Hes leading the league I hope he can significantly cut down . 6 turnovers a game is unheard of .

  11. Corey
    13. November 2012 at 22:58

    Ivey played as well as can be expected and given how terrible Turner was playing I’d rather have him out there anyways, actually hustles. Holiday lost us this game with his ridiculous cross court passes and lose dribbling, Hawes lost us this game on that ugly 3 ball he attempted and countless other terrible shots, Turner lost us this game with his typical Turner-esque performance, Allen lost us this game because he’s a chill, out of shape, body that does as little as humanly possible.

    Nick Young was awesome, he hustled on defense and made things happen for us, actually had 4 assists which were a huge reason that we got back into the game, did you really not notice that? You obviously didn’t notice that Holiday almost single handedly lost us the game last night in the fourth. Wright is getting that shot back, really like his all around game, JRich makes his return felt, beautiful game from him.

    Basically the Sixers that were Sixers last year sucked and the new Sixers played stellar, hopefully that’s the case with Bynum as well.

  12. Sloetry
    14. November 2012 at 05:50

    Are Jrue’s turnovers a necessary part of his development as a PG? I’ve said before I don’t think he has the natural instinct to be a 1. I hope it’s about him learning to see the floor and the coach giving him the green light to do it…. and he can learn by his mistakes. An instinctive PG just “does” and doesn’t hesitate. For Jrue to be more effective he has to make much quicker decisions and a consequence of that will always be turnovers while he’s on a learning curve. His screen and roll D is of a bigger concern to me, but again…coachable. I reiterate, I think he is a great player, and people are right to point out his young age and development ahead of him.

  13. Philadunkia
    14. November 2012 at 08:44

    Sloetry,

    I think that is part of the issue. It has been a long-time (his high school days) since Jrue was asked to play the PG and carry a heaving scoring load. That’s what DC is asking him to do during Bynum’s abscence. So for me, part of the TO issues Jrue is having is adjusting to his new role on this team and another part of it is him maturing in general as a player. TOs caused by the above I can excuse. But there is also a part of the problem that is being caused simply by bad basketball decisions on his part. Those are inexcusable and he needs to concentrate on correcting those mistakes.

    – C. Smith

  14. Steve Toll
    14. November 2012 at 10:01

    Larry Smith and Sun of Man,

    If either of you think that over the course of a season, 12 to 15 good shooting nights are worth being terrible in every other facet of the game, LOL U.

    Sloetry,
    Something that I have hinted at before but will explore more: Holiday is a 2.

  15. Sloetry
    14. November 2012 at 10:41

    one other question…. with Lavoy so off form at the moment, rather than make do with such a small line up, wouldn’t the better angle be to let Moultrie take his minutes. That gives Moultrie a chance to develop and try and get us some boards. More importantly, it says to Allen… this guy is gonna take your minutes unless you claim them back, rather than….oh you’re playing poorly, so we’re forced to go small ball.

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