GM 10: RAPID REACTS

Cleveland Cavaliers 79 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +1

Thad had his hands full with Anderson Varejao and was invisible for most of the night.  Next to Detroit, his worst performance so far.

Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 19 PTS | +10

Wow. Just a superlative performance by ET.  His shot was falling early (he was 5-of-7 at the half ), and as it often does, it galvanized him.  He chipped in six rebounds (all in the second half) and a career high nine-assists.

Kwame Brown, C 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -8

“Kwame Brown is just a big body” I think I remember Mark Zumoff tossing off at some point.  That was the best you could say about him tonight.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +5

From the first quarter onward, Jrue scored 11 points with six assists against a single turnover and held Kyrie Irving to two points on 1-of-8 shooting.  He was, obviously, tremendous defensively. His strip of Kyrie with 1:50 left was the icing on the cake.

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +5

Another very good, very balanced performance by the guy who’s been, so far, the best piece the Sixers landed in the Iguodala trade.  Feels like it’s been ages since the Sixers had a consistent veteran perimeter threat, doesn’t it?

Lavoy Allen, PF 22 MIN | 0-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +12

After a pair of encouraging performances against the Pistons and Jazz (24 points and 14 rebounds in total) LA returned to form against the Cavs.

Dorell Wright, SF 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -7

After an occasionally terrific start to the season (better than advertised defensively; intermittently explosive on O) Wright seems to have found his way back into Doug Collins’ doghouse.  He’s played just 17 minutes combined the last two games after never playing fewer than 20 in the first eight. Someone please explain this to me.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Spence was an assassin down the stretch on Sunday, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter with a pair of blocked shots and a 3-pointer for good measure.  Each time the Cavs threatened, he did something improbable and helpful.

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

Everyone’s least favorite backup point guard scored just a bucket, but it was a big one.  With the Cavs charging early in the fourth he scored a layup off an Evan Turner assist to push the Sixer lead back to seven.

Nick Young, SG 16 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +5

It was falling tonight.  Swaggy was in the midst of his best performance of the season until what’s been reported as a “dizzy” spell took him from the game.  He scored ten of his 13 in 11 very good first half minutes.

After the jump, (7)6 Things We Saw…

1.  What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?  I don’t know.  The complete opposite of that looks like this though. In a matchup of the Cavs NBA worst defense and the Sixers anemic O, the home team shot just 42.5 percent from the floor but hit on nine of their 20 3-pointers to eke out the win.

2.  Jrue Holiday was a boss. Kyrie Irving, the Kyrie Irving who is the fifth leading scorer in the association, was held by Jrue to two points (!) in the last three quarters, including two stops in the final period that brought the WFC crowd to its feet and caused Byron Scott to furrow his brow with an intensity that would disfigure lesser faces.  It was awesome in the scientific sense.

3.  Anderson Varejao isn’t allowed to flop anymore.  But he can still rebound.  The Brazilian was, as he’s been all season, tremendous.  He pulled down 15 rebounds, five on the offensive glass, scored 14 points, and generally looked like a player who should be the most underrated guy on a contender.  The Cavs out-rebounded the Sixers 48-41.

4.  Speaking of stats: how about that ball movement?  The 7-6 had 27 assists, nine each by Turner and Holiday, and eight over their season average.  The Cavs?  Just 14.  Teamwork works.  Put that on a t-shirt.

5.  Non-game related thought: how angry should we be at Andrew Bynum?  Yes, the “injured superstar further injures himself bowling” headline is an unattractive one, but lets pull back a minute: Is there any reason Bynum should have assumed he would/could get hurt rolling balls?  Children bowl.  Arthritic grandmothers bowl in their spare time.  He wasn’t base-jumping.

6.  With a soft schedule for the rest of the month, it’s very possible the Sixers will be 11-5 entering December.  Not the way anyone had it drawn up, but not a bad first full month of the season.

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