GM 25: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/12 10:04 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Dallas Mavericks
Evan Turner, PG 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -3

Honestly I don’t know what to think about this kid’s play anymore.  One minute his play is stellar play — 5 straight points and 10 overall in 1st Q — and the next minute you want to bench the kid — in the 4th Q he had a stretch where he missed an ill-advised FG; then had a TO; next he air balled a 3PA and followed that up by dribbling the shot clock out.  I’ll have more in depth thoughts on Turner after the jump.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -14

After a slow start (0-5 on FGAs), Thad recovered to have a decent game.  His solid 3rd Q kept the Sixers in this game.  However he had significant trouble on the defensive end of the floor vs. DAL.

Kwame Brown, C 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Again, I am grading this on “The Kwame Curve”, so 7 rebs in 19 minutes is just a sick outing for this guy.  Still the smooth dime from Wayns that he blew in the 2nd Q drove me crazy and Kaman abused him.

Jason Richardson, SF 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +7

Sooner or later J-Rich going to find his stroke, right?  It amazes me how hard it is for career jump shooters to score when they have to create their own shots like Jason is being forced to do this year. Still he hits two shot clock buzzer beaters that bailed the 7-6 out and he provided some defensive presence on Mayo in the 2nd half, so not a terrible night.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -9

He had a 4-point play and scored 6 straight in the 1st Q…That’s about all he did last night.  His defensive effort on Mayo was pathetic

Lavoy Allen, PF 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +6

Not sure what he has done wrong, to apparently end up in the Do(u)g-house, but the Sixers could have used him on the floor last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -7

This is the D-Wright I was looking for when we acquired this guy.  I even thought he did a decent job of taking the ball to the cup last night.  He kept the Sixers in this game all by himself in the late 4th Q and if we can get efforts like this more frequently from Wright, this team could do some damage when Holiday gets back.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Spencer.  I love that he got to the FT line 8 times and knocked all of those freebies down.  His 10 straight in the 4th kept the Sixers alive in this one.  However his help defense on Mayo (Blew by Hawes 2x) and his man-to-man on Kaman in the final minutes was brutal.

Maalik Wayns, PG 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 3 PTS | +2

I realize that his shooting last night was atrocious and that can not continue, but I thought the Sixers offense flowed much better with Wayns at the PG (more on this later).  His behind the back dime to Allen in the 2nd Q capped off a 9-2 run.  And when DC put him at the point with 3:55 in the game, he (w/ a lot of help from Wright) pushed the Sixers to make this game entertaining down the stretch.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Mehhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9

I would like to have seen DC give Wilkins a chance to guard Mayo for a longer stretch.

Jrue Holiday, PG DNP SPRAINED LEFT FOOT MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Please come back soon!!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  Let’s talk about Turner as our PG.  For me, this experiment can end fast enough.  The offense is simply stagnant (or more stagnant) when Turner is at the point.  I’m not saying it’s his fault, it’s just a fact of the type of player he is at this time.  Turner loves to pound the ball into the floor and too frequently last night he did so to the point where the shot clock hit single digits and no one else on the Sixers had touched the rock.  He’s also does not excel in the pick & roll game which has become a staple for Collins and the 7-6 this season.  There’s simply not a lot of movement in the offense when Turner is the floor general.  While Wayns certainly is not a better overall player, I wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of him at the point while Holiday is out as I thought the team moved the ball much better with him in the game.

2.  A little more on the ET front…He needs to get his emotions in check.  I love that he is a fierce competitor, but he needs to channel those emotions for the good of the team.  We have seen an outburst from him nearly every night and it’s gotten annoying.  Last night in the 3rd Q he was fouled and didn’t get the call, so he pouted and complained to the refs and did not get back on defense.  On the Sixers next possession he was visibly pissed, got out of control with the rock and was whistled for an O-foul.  Later in the Q, the cameras caught him complaining in a very animated fashion to asst. coach Aaron Mckie on the bench.  There was also an exchange the cameras caught between him and DC during a timeout where he refused to talk to Doug.  Time to grow up ET.

3.  Despite a nice run in the 4th Q to make this game interesting/entertaining, I thought the Sixers let this one slip away in this stanza.  DAL was primed for an L last night — especially after Brand got scratched and Fisher was injured in the 1st Q.  IMO the Sixers blew this one because they relied to heavily on the jumper during the final Q of the game.  Excluding D-Wright’s FGAs and hot hand, the rest of the Sixers took 11 shots from 16 feet or deeper in that Q.  They made just 2 of those FGAs.  OUCH

4.  In the opening Q, the Mavs scored 16 points in the paint, shot 55% from the field and 66% on 3PAs.  It was a sign of things to come for the Sixers defense which struggled all night to get stops (Dallas shot 54% for the game and scored 48 points in the paint.).

5.  This past off-season, I wanted OJ Mayo in a Sixers uniform so badly.  Last night you all saw why I was/am so in love with his game…The Sixers scored ZERO fast break points in the 1st half and did not get their 1st FB bucket until the 7:30 mark of the 3rd Q…DAL scored 13 points off Sixers TO’s in the 1st half.

6.  Dallas was holding on to an 88-82 lead when Mayo and Kaman took over late.  The new-ish members of the Mavs scored 17 of the team’s last 19 points to help Dallas win…Mayo had nine points and three assists in the final 6:17…He hit a 22-footer and Kaman made three shots in a row in an 8-2 run that made it 96-84.  After the Sixers scored the next six, the pair combined to hit three shots in a row to push the lead up to 11 and the 7-6 were done.


 
 
 

7 Responses to “GM 25: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Steve Toll
    19. December 2012 at 11:48

    Can someone explain to me why DC has not figured out the value of a 2 for 1 at this point in his coaching career?

    ET would certainly look better at the point with Jrue playing, but thats all I’ll say about that. He 5-9 this season from non-corner 3s, shooting a ridiculous 47.8% from downtown(one attempt was a half court-end of quarter 3) and at this point, I am surprised when they don’t go in.

    Thad needs to be given the greenlight from 3 and it’s so obvious why at this point. Truth is, there is NO negatives, only positives that can come happen from a game theory perspective. It’s just a question of whether he can hit them after being disallowed from shooting them by the best offensive mind in the history of the the league, DC for 2+ years.

    J-Rich has been off the past 6 games, the team is 1-5. He is running bad from 3 but his early season play was an outlier for sure. As for creating his own shots, I disagree, he just hasn’t been putting the ball in the hoop.

    Spencer Hawes has a pulse. Played decent in 6 of last 7 games.

    I expected the last Dorell 3 to sink, would have been an exciting finish.

    Kwame and Nick Young was 9 million well spent.

    In other news around the NBA, Lou Williams leads ATL, a top 10 team, in PER and WS48. He is the East-Side OJ Mayo, but better… as Mayo’s season is mostly a product of his absurd 3pt shooting, remind anyone of a current 76er player?

    http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/powerrankings/_/page/2
    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/sagarin/nba1213.htm
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/friv/playoff_prob.cgi

    Unfortunately, these next 10 games will effectively end any playoff hopes for the 76ers. The 2 easiest games are a 3rd game in 4 nights, 2nd game of a back to back against Portland and the 2nd game of a back to back on January 2nd against Phx. Fatigue and New Year’s Hangover from partying in LA, will make those very tough wins….. Unless they make a trade…

  2. Jon in LA
    19. December 2012 at 13:48

    I wanted OJ Mayo so bad for the Sixers. Could you have imagined if he, instead of Nick Young, replaced Lou? Or what about just keeping Lou and not signing Young and Kwame?

    Hell, imagine if we had Brand and Lou still on this team? Granted, I think Bynum was still the right thing to do, but to have bench scoring and a rebounder right now? We’d be so much better this year.

    Either way, I’m still excited for this team. This is a tough stretch for us, especially without Jrue, but I think we’re still a solid team.

  3. gabe
    20. December 2012 at 12:03

    jon in LA

    mayos a beast obviously. he’s also a free agent after this year, which is why it’s too bad the sixers picked up turner’s option for next season. the sixers miss eltons inside defensive presence but lou had to go i take nick young over lou in a heartbeat

  4. gabe
    20. December 2012 at 12:06

    and steve are u kidding me? already giving up on the 6ers playoff hopes? u telling me the 6ers cant beat atlanta and brooklyn this weekend if he plays? they’re that good, huh? get off of lou williams and your hollow stats. comparing louwill to oj mayo child please

  5. Dave
    20. December 2012 at 13:47

    That B+ for Spencer is pretty generous, as his help D and defensive rebounding were atrocious. It takes no skill to box out, and yet he was dominated inside by Chris Kaman and Brandan Wright time and time again. So frustrating.

  6. Steve Toll
    20. December 2012 at 21:03

    Gabe,

    Mayo is ~slightly above average. He will not continue to shoot 52% from 3 on 5+ attempts per game, similar to ETs 3pt shooting. Some fans and fromt office people will be very disappointed in a few years if they are paying Mayo $10 mil a season whomever that team is

    Of course, YOU would take Swaggy over Lou and Haaaaaaaa at any notion of Mayo > Sweet Lou.

    The season will be over from a playoff standpoint very soon. Now that Bargnani is out, Toronto will soon have a better record than Philadelphia, very likely within the next 10 games.

    Please let me know what record you think the 76ers will have over the next 18 games, look forward to you putting something on record

  7. Chris
    22. December 2012 at 11:16

    As much as people want to hate on Steve about his stats, he is 100 percent right about this next 18 game stretch. The Sixers will be lucky to go 9-9 over the next 18 games, but I really hope I’m wrong. It’s time to see what this team really is without Bynum…a team fighting for a bottom 2 playoff spot

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