GM 23: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Indiana Pacers
Evan Turner, PG 42 MIN | 9-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | -8

Throughout this game I found myself bouncing between being thrilled with ET’s play and wanting to strangle him.  He hauled 42 solid minutes at the point, posted a double-double and I liked the way he responded after he got T’d up.  On the other side of things, he had 5 turnovers (including a killer one with 1 minute left in the gm), should never had gotten the T in the first place, his defense was suspect and I didn’t think he did a great job of getting others involved.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -11

A tough night for Thad as he had major match-up problems on the defensive end.  Still, his steal and dime to Turner in the 2nd Q was sick.  He also kept the Sixers in this one with 10 & 6; 2 steals and 2 blocks in the 1st half.

Kwame Brown, C 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -11

Obviously I am grading Kwame on a severe curve here, but this was the best basketball we have seen from him all year (That’s not saying much).  To open the 2nd half, he executed a nice pick-n-roll that led to 2 FTs.  His pump fake, drive and slam in the 3rd Q was awesome.  However if you think back to the 2nd Q, he also dropped a sweet behind the back pass from Hawes on which he was wide open and would have scored easily.  Lastly, in 21 mins. of play he grabbed 1 rebound.  That’s right 1.  Sad.

Jason Richardson, SF 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -13

Again he’s here to do two things — provide veteran leadership and hit open jumpers.  Last night he did not hit those J’s.

Nick Young, SG 37 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16Swaggy came out hot and hit for 6 points in the opening minutes, but it was all down hill from there. His shot selection was suspect all night and the runner / floater he missed in the 4th Q with the Sixers down 86-83 was a killer.  Hopefully his days in the starting lineup are now over.
Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not sure why he got the demotion to the bench, but he did a nice job overall last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -1

Overall, I really liked what I saw from Wright last night, but he did miss several WIDE OPEN jumpers last night and had 2 TOs in the 4th that were brutal.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +5

Hawes had a very nice night and posted a season high 18 points.  His FG at the 1st half buzzer was a momentum changer for the Sixers.  He also had several other clutch FGs for the 7-6 and a sweet behind the back pass to Kwame in the 2nd Q, but the fact that he only grabbed 3 rebs in 24 minutes just kills me.

Maalik Wayns, PG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | 0

A short and brutal stint in the 4th Q may bury Wayns in the Do(u)g-house.

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +8

He grabbed the same number of rebounds as Kwame in roughly 1/5th of the minutes.

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

REALLY?!?  We get killed on the boards in the 2nd half and DC can’t find a way to get this kid in the game.  C’mon man.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  I have to say that I am not that totally unhappy with the way the Sixers played last night.  Yes, they could have grabbed more rebounds.  And yes, J-Rich and Wright should have knocked down more shots.  But without their best player in Holiday, I thought the Sixers gave an overall solid effort and just did not have enough fire power to match Indy, especially when they shoot a season-best 57.1 % from 3-point range.

2.  The Sixers had no answer for Paul George last night.  He scored 14 of his 28 points in a game-changing third quarter and finished 9 of 17 from the field, 5 of 7 on 3-pointers, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots.  His block on Spencer’s layup in the final minute was simply unreal.

3.  In that tide turning 3rd Q, Indy as a team shot 77% from the field and put up an 8-0 run that turned into an 18-6 run. That stretch sent Indiana from a 46-42 deficit into a 60-52 lead.  The closest the Sixers ever got again was 86-83 in the late 4th.

4.  Speaking of that late moment in the game, the Sixers were down 86-83 and had the ball when Nick Young went into to Swaggy P mode.  Swaggy drove the lane on the edge of out of control and put up a running floater that missed.  Indy got the rebound (of course) and pushed the ball down the other end where they got an impossible 3PM from George.  The Sixers didn’t score another basket as the Pacers closed it out with a 9-2 run.

5.  The Sixers got out rebounded by the bigger, nastier Pacers 25-24 in the 1st half.  Not bad.  However in the second half, Indy was +11 in that category and it was a huge reason the Sixers lost the game as the Pacers had 20+ second chance points.

6.  George Hill was also a Sixer killer last night Hill had his first career triple-double with 15 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds…The 7-6 are 2-5 in its last seven games and has scored 90 or fewer points in all five of those losses.

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