Posted by: C. Smith
11/26/12 11:54 am EST
Phoenix Suns 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2

A solid night for LA overall, but his bucket at the 9:24 mark of the 4th was HUGE as it ended an 11-0 run by the Suns and kept the Sixers afloat in this one.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +11

I was expecting a bigger scoring punch from Thad last night, but with Holiday going off it wasn’t really necessary. His defense (along with the rest of this team) is still a work in progress.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Poor overall shooting aside, I thought ET played a very solid game.  I’m not sure I want him shooting so many 3-balls every night (career high three 3PM), but the one he knocked home in the early 4th was big.  Of course he also gave me at heart attack with the missed FT at the end.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 13-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 33 PTS | +11

Only two players in the last 35 years of Sixers basketball have put up numbers like ‘The Jruth” did last night.  The other one was “The Answer” — 38 points and 15 assists against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26, 2006. — and he’s headed to the HoF…Just sayin’ (More on Jrue’s night later).

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

Obviously the Sixers need J-Rich to shoot better, but still a decent night all-around.  His 3PM in the 4th that pushed the Sixers out to a 00-97 lead was clutch.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

He was probably so shocked at getting playing time that he didn’t know how to react.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Another effort by Wright that should help pull him out of DC’s dog house.  Love that his FT shooting is automatic.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

An okay night from Hawes, but he can not fall off if this team is to succeed without Bynum.  20 mins of play and only 2 boards is unacceptable.

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

My favorite stretch took place near the end of the third quarter and than into the 4th Q when Kwame air balled a FT; had his slam attempt blocked at the 3rd Q horn and then got called for an illegal screen to open the 4th (?able call).

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

The FG Swaggy P hit in the 3rd Q was huge as it allowed the Sixers to keep pace with PHX.  Other than that, he was a non-factor.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  Holiday was absolutely amazing last night. I’m not sure that my words can do him justice. Holiday had a career-high 33 points and 13 dimes, one night after scoring just six points in an overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 22-year-old, $41 million man made several big plays down the stretch, including a devastating spin move and bucket on the very quick on Telfair as well as a clutch fade away with 26 ticks remaining. I can only assume that Jrue read Steve Toll’s comments after the OKC game and used it for inspiration. Holiday now has five double-doubles compared to just one in the last year.

2.  The Sixers defense was slack last night and reached new lows during the Suns 34 point 3rd Q.  Six players reached double figures for the Suns — Michael Beasley 21 points; Marcin Gortat 18 points and Sebastian Telfair 12 off the bench led the way.  I am starting to question whether or not this group has the make-up to play the type of defense Collins expects on a nightly basis.

3.  Does anyone else feel the Sixers desperately need to add a serviceable big who can at least rebound??  I don’t care how, just do it.  Thoughts anyone???

4.  For the second game in a row, Dr, J presented the game ball.  Apparently Erving is now an “executive advisor” for the Sixers.

5.  The Sixers missed eight straight field goals from 7:05 to 2:54 of the first quarter, but have now scored 100 or more points in each of the past two games after doing that twice in the first 12 games.

6.  Because of a technical glitch, Maalik Wayns report card style grade did not appear on the home page, but he deserves an “A” from me.  Wayns had his most productive game of the season with seven points in 7:08 of run.


13 Responses to “GM 14: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Thomas Leffler
    26. November 2012 at 12:34

    Here are some notable names of current free agent big men:

    Chris Andersen, Tony Battie, Erick Dampier, Darko Milicic, and Ben Wallace.

    If Spencer and Kwame(Lavoy is doing just fine) don’t start crashing the boards, we may have to contact one of those players. Please, don’t let that happen. Playing Moultrie more for rebounding purposes may be another solution.

  2. Ryan
    26. November 2012 at 13:23

    Steven! I am excited to see his react to Jrue’s game!

  3. ken
    26. November 2012 at 13:32

    I say we try to get either varejao, hickson, or Thompson all of them are tall and can rebound unless theres somebody in FA that we can grab but nobody is poppin into my head

  4. Ransom
    26. November 2012 at 13:43

    Names: Cousins, Demarcus. Favors, Derrick. Monroe, Greg.
    Category: Bigs, under the age of 23, who can rebound and more. Likely have several All-star games apiece during their careers

    This rage brought to you by…

  5. Neal
    26. November 2012 at 13:46

    Playing Moultrie more would help. He is super athletic and crashes the boards. Collins needs to play him.

  6. Sloetry
    26. November 2012 at 14:30

    great game to watch. I thought Brown at least stopped the Sun feeding Gortat, because there was a point where Gortat abused possession after possession. There is an unquestionable need for a new inside player…a rebound specialist…I don’t even care if he can’t score. This is especially so with Thad playing as a 4. Of course I’d hoped that player was going to be Bynum. ET continues to improve…he’s up and down, but young, but his curve is upwards. Loved his defensive board and long pass to Jrue for the dunk. Jrue arrived yesterday. His passing at the 1 is starting to reassure me that he can learn to be a great scoring 1.
    Am I right in saying that Brand and Webber were supposed to be great signings like Bynum….but again we were sold short with injured players that had passed their peak? Was Webber the same? I didn’t have access to games here in London then, but memory is telling me Webber had health issues once he came over.

  7. Steve Toll
    26. November 2012 at 14:32

    Best game Jrue has played in the NBA and he did it against a guy who had been playing at an elite level this year. ET got worked by Beasley. The Wings were serviceable, Thad looked tired but still was quietly effective.
    Lavoy and Hawes were ok. Kwame was given a player option for next season, I can’t get over that.

    Moultrie impressively had a 0 stat line in 7 minutes, C. Smith said as well as could be done.

    Let’s be real, the MVP of last nights game was Alvin Gentry for keeping Gortat on the bench the entire 4th quarter.

  8. Ryan
    26. November 2012 at 16:47

    Thomas, you left off my #1 holiday wish: K MART !

  9. Jon
    26. November 2012 at 20:11

    I just love how Steve Toll writes his own rapid reacts for each game in the comments, but hey YOLO

  10. Rob
    27. November 2012 at 01:09

    Steve toll,
    You are not allowed to talk about holiday until u concede he is far and away better than Lou.

  11. Hank
    27. November 2012 at 10:10

    Hell of a game from Jrue, and as Steve said it’s even more impressive he put this up against Dragic while also limiting him on the other end. Serious kudos there. Not sure what’s going on with Hawes, maybe a confidence issue because of inconsistent minutes, but he needs to get back on track. His rebound rate has absolutely plummeted from last season, and we need it to return to previous levels badly.

    Turner looked decent on the offensive end (he’s continuing to be a pleasant surprise for me) but he got abused defensively. This many young players on the floor at the same time is yielding inconsistent defensive results at best.

    Still not sure why Wright isn’t getting more minutes. To hell with Collins’ seemingly random “dog house”, the guy is an above average defensive player and an efficient scorer. Get him on the floor.

  12. Tom
    27. November 2012 at 12:56

    Nick Yound and Lavoy Allen to Denver for Jordan Hamilton and Timofey Mozgov. Production for potential. Mozgov would make at least a top notch back-up if Bynum ever plays again and Hamilton looks to be the second coming of JRich.

  13. Tom
    27. November 2012 at 12:58

    Forgot we would probably have to take Anthony Randolph as well to make $ work. Could do worse and who knows maybe he suprises us. At least he has good length and agility.

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