GM 18: RAPID REACTS

Minnesota Timberwolves 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | 0

I actually thought Lavoy did a respectable job on both ends of the floor last night, but he was one of the few who came to play.

Thaddeus Young, SF 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -8

In the 3rd Q Thad made a valiant effort to pull this game out in the for the Sixers. He put up 7 straight and 9 overall in the Q, but even his high energy on defense and his scoring burst was not enough to get the Sixers over the hump.  I also thought he did a decent job of defending Love by fronting the big man.  Still, he has to grab more then 2 boards a game.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -12

Don’t let the stats fool you, this was a very inefficient 19 points (on 20 FGAs) by ET.  Too many times he jacked up shots early in the clock without moving the ball via the pass even once.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Arguably the worst defensive game I have ever seen Jrue play.  He looked clueless at times vs. the Wolves guards.

Jason Richardson, SG 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -12

J-Rich came out early and established a nice rhythm for himself — 8 quick points.  He scored in a variety of ways — posting up Ridnour; grabbing an OREB as well as hitting a jumper.  Unfortunately none of the other Sixers cared to follow his lead.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3

I know it was garbage time, but I like what I saw from this kid. He had 3 OREBs which is more than I can say for any other 76er.

Dorell Wright, SF 12 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -10

Eventually this guy is going to get his jumper popping, right?!?

Kwame Brown, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -13What would like me to say here? He takes up space and that’s really it.
Maalik Wayns, PG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1

If Wayns would just slow down a little on (or pass up entirely) the long jumpers, I think he would be much more effective for the Sixers. We have enough jump shooters on this team, his job is to push the ball up the floor on the break or take it to the rim in the half-court. Let’s stick to that, thanks.

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

He was simply awesome in his 2 mins. of play (Sarcasm here).

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -3

I liked his physical defensive effort in this game (as I always do) and I’m not sure why DC didn’t throw him into the game a little earlier in an attempt to slow down the Wolves.  Why not try it???

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  A ridiculously poor start buried the Sixers in this game.  Of course the Sixers slow start was compounded by the fact that the T-Wolves, one of the worst offensive teams in the League, hit the floor and proceeded to shoot the lights out.  In the 1st Q and early 2nd, the Sixers were 3-13 on 3PAs; had a 4-20 stretch on FGAs, took too many jumpers without making a single pass and hoisted up ill-advised shots.  Meanwhile, the Wolves scored 34 points in the 1st Q on blazing hot shooting from all over the floor.  They made 11 of their first 19 3PAs.  UNREAL for a team that shoots 27% from deep. The result was a 17-point lead for Minny in the early 2nd Q (That eventually became 23) and they never looked back.

2.  It’s the NBA, so every team makes a run…and the Sixers did just that at the start of the 3rd Q on the strength of 7 straight points from Thad and conscious effort to push the pace in this game.  The 7-6 cut the lead to 14 with 6 mins. remaining in the Q, but their poor shot selection killed them again here.  On consecutive offensive trips Turner and Holiday threw up and missed questionable shots without a single pass being made.  Down the other end Barea hit a bucket, the Sixers run was over and they were toast in this game.

3.  Josh Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double in more than three years.  He hit five of his first seven shots and scored 10 points in the first quarter to help Minnesota build a quick 13-point lead.  What’s my point?  Howard was not on the Wolves roster last month, he was “on the street” when he got the call from Minny (Much like the list of rebounding bigs I wrote a post about yesterday.).  The T-Wolves had the vision to recognize a need and go out and address it quickly by signing a non-active player.  Why the Sixers refuse to do the same is beyond me.

4.  While I realize that the Wolves were unconscious last night, the Sixers weak effort on defense (outside of the early 3rd Q) certainly helped the Wolves last night…Minnesota’s 65 points in the first half were the most scored against the 76ers in any half this season… Minnesota’s 13 3PM were a season high as well.

5.  After the game, Collins said the Sixers would consider sending Moultrie to the NBDL.   The Sixers have been out-rebounded in nine of the last 12 games and yet DC wants to send a long, athletic, high energy kid to the D-League. FYI…In his 11 minutes of garbage tick last night, Moultrie had more rebounds then Kwame (4 vs. 3) and the same number of boards as Hawes who saw 22 mins. of action.  Moultrie had more OREB then either of those two.  So yeah, sending the kid to the D-League sounds like a brilliant idea.

6.  An already sparse crowd at the WFC,  booed the Sixers repeatedly during another listless performance at home and exited in mass early from this one.

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