GM 17: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/12 10:33 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 88 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Chicago Bulls
Lavoy Allen, PF 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Has Lavoy rediscovered his 2012 Playoff game??  Let’s hope so.  He came just 2 boards short of posting back-to-back double-doubles.

Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 10-16 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -4

Another solid game from Young.  Thad just punches the clock each and every night.  Although his missed FTs had me pulling out my hair.

Evan Turner, SF 43 MIN | 6-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -4

A horrible shooting night kept Evan from a third straight 20+ point game, but it was the play in the 4th Q where he got his pocket picked from behind by Noah that had me throwing the remote.  That exchange was a huge 4-point swing in this game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 23 PTS | +3

Jrue scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half (9 in the 3rd Q) and committed only 1 turnover all night.  I am loving the $41million extension more and more.  He is averaging 21 ppg. and 10.5 apg. over the last 4 runs.

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +3

So far I have been very happy with J-Rich’s play this season, but last night that was not the case.  He has two jobs on this team — hit jumpers and provide veteran leadership.  Against Chicago he failed miserably at one of those jobs.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -9

With Swaggy P out, Wright got some decent burn.  His shooting was of great help off the bench, but his 3 TOs will keep him in the Do(u)g-house for the near future.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -5

A bad shooting night and 3 TOs have me wondering if this guy will ever return to the form we saw from him early in the 2011-12 season.  I also wonder at what point his pride will kick-in and this 7-footer will go out and grab 10 or more rebs in a game?? (He’s done that once all season.)

Maalik Wayns, PG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

The first bad game in this rookie’s short career.

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

DNP-CD….Really???

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

I am certainly not a big Kwame supporter, but couldn’t he have at least gone in and fouled Noah 5 or 6 times??

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  The home/road back-to-back is one of the toughest elements of the NBA schedule, so I was shocked when the Sixers came out with a lot of energy early and grabbed a 13-6 lead before the Bulls got going.  Still at times I thought the Sixers looked tired and that could help explain the 25% shooting on 3PAs.

2.  The Sixers fast start did not last long as Loul Deng scored Chicago’s final seven points of the first quarter to contribute to a 21-6 Bulls run and a 22-19 Chicago lead after one quarter of play. 

3.  The Sixers got out rebounded (AGAIN) 50-37 last night and yet DC chose to keep nearly 14 feet of bigs on the bench all night — Moultrie and Kwame were both DNP-CD.  Again I really feel the Sixers need to address this rebounding issue by making a roster move ASAP, but these two should have seen some minutes last night.

4.  Loul Deng had a great game last night as scored a game-high 25 points and also had a season-high seven assists.  Even though I was in favor of trading Iguodala and his huge contract, last night I couldn’t help but think about what a great job Dre always did keeping Deng under wraps. 

5.   Nate Robinson and Richard Hamilton each missed one of two free throws with under 30 seconds left to keep it a one-possession game.  On Rip’s miss, Noah went over Turner and batted the ball out; Hamilton grabbed the loose ball, got fouled, went to back to the line, this time hit two FTs and sealed the win.

6.  Turner reached double digits in scoring for a ninth straight game…The Bulls are 6-0 when holding teams to fewer than 90 points…The Sixers have won three in a row three times this season, but have not been able to win a fourth…The non-continuation call on Jrue’s drive to the tin at the 2 minute mark of the 4th Q was an absolutely huge blown call by the refs.


 
 
 

7 Responses to “GM 17: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Adam
    2. December 2012 at 11:16

    Deng had less to do with this loss than the sixers simply being overmatched physically by the toughest frontcourt in basketball.

    This is why we need andrew bynum.

    Shocked that kwame and moultrie got DNPs they both could have been usefull last night.

  2. LCK
    2. December 2012 at 12:31

    The offense went cold whenever Holiday was out

  3. Jonathan
    2. December 2012 at 13:19

    I can only imagine how good this team can be once we switch out Lavoy for Bynum and thus Spencer for Lavoy.

  4. Adam
    2. December 2012 at 20:50

    Lck,

    Totally agree, if waayns is gonna play in holidays spot, turner should be running the offense.

    Jonathan, yup!

  5. Ross
    3. December 2012 at 01:51

    Steve Toll believes Hawes is better than Jrue. lol

  6. Dave Long
    3. December 2012 at 15:03

    The thing to remember game in and game out with this team is they are still so young. Expectations have to be tempered by their lack of experience. This isn’t… maybe can’t… even come close to being their year.

    But the building blocks are there, man. They’re there. This is a squad that’s moving toward great things, IMO. Optimism should always reign when you’re hanging with good teams night after night with a lineup you know is small.

  7. Dan Robinson
    4. December 2012 at 01:52

    Damn, Ross you beat me to it. So when does Steve Toll write his retraction. Holiday: 22 years old, averaging 9 assists and 18.5 points a game, and plays good defense. Best part is, his contract extension is for 11 million a year every year, so when he is 27, when most players peak, he’ll only be making 11 million a year. The contract looks better every day.

    I guess we should have locked up the 7-foot mullet-head who doesn’t defend and can’t rebound though.

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