GM 17: RAPID REACTS

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.

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