Posted by: C. Smith
12/22/12 9:22 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 36 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +10

I like the fact that Lavoy saw increased minutes in last night’s game (21.3 mpg over last 10) as I’d rather have him on the floor than Kwame. He did some nice things with those extra ticks, like the 2 OREBs he grabbed in one trip at the 3:40 mark of the 3rd Q. Or also in the 3rd, the help D that he supplied on which he tied up J-Smoove for a jump ball.

Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +23

He’s been simply amazing this year and last night he posted what might have been he best all-around game of the season.  Two stretches of his play really stick out for me.  In the 3rd Q he had a steal that led to a break; then he tipped in a Holiday miss and after that he drew a charge.  The OREB play in the 3rd Q where he battled for the ball 3 times on the glass before grabbing it and putting it back in was also stellar.  He’s now scored in double figures in 17 straight games.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 10-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 21 PTS | +29

Turner is so much better when he is not playing the point.  His stretch of play to open the 4th Q was fantastic — shot clock beating FG; slam on the break and then a beauty of a dime to Thad on the blocks.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +15

Jrue did a nice job of working himself back into the lineup without forcing things or trying to do too much.  What a difference he makes for this team.

Jason Richardson, SG 33 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 17 PTS | +30

J-Rich got off to a fast start — 8 points; 7 dimes; 3 rebounds and 2 steals — in the 1st half and had a very solid overall game.  His FGM made to open the 2nd half was huge.  His beautiful post up, spin move and kiss off the glass in the 3rd Q put the Sixers up 10 and IMO was the knock out blow for the Hawks (even though the run by Louis got them within 8).

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -4

I thought we learned in Texas that this guy needs more minutes and more looks.  I guess I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +5

I thought he would have more trouble against the Hawks physical front-line, so this was a surprisingly strong effort from Spencer.

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -7

If he can give us this production every night, we’ll make the playoffs (sarcasm here).

Nick Young, SG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

I’d like to see his minutes further reduced.


DNP — CD…That’s what I’m talking ’bout !!!!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  The 3rd Q put this one away for the 7-6.  They held the Hawks to 19 points (35 for the half) while the Sixers went 10-26 on FGAs and grabbed 10 OREBs.  Their energy caught the Hawks by surprise and the Sixers defense was outstanding in the Q.  The lead ballooned to 16 at one point before…

2.  Former Sixers guard (and the most polarizing player in Philadunkia history) Louis Williams gave us a reminder of what he can do offensively.  Louis scored 10 of the Hawks 19 points in the 3rd Q, including a stretch of 8 straight that took the Sixers lead from 16 down to 8.  DC got a timeout at this point.  The Sixers got a bucket out of the TO, ended the Hawks run and then went into cruise control.

3.  Is anyone else astonished at how much trouble the Sixers had with the Hawks zone defense in the 1st half?  I’ve seen high school teams recognize a zone faster and adjust accordingly.  When faced with a zone, ball and player movement is the key for any offense at any level.  The Sixers stood around like statues and pounded the rock into the floor too much.

4.  Some interesting numbers from the 1st half of this one…9 FB points for the Sixers; 9 OREBs for the Hawks…Both teams only attempted 5 FTs…The Sixers scored 13 points off of 8 ATL turnovers…Hawks only shot 42% in first half (YEAH)…The Sixers had 22 buckets on 18 assists in the half…The Sixers shot 52.5% on FGAs and 62.5% from deep.

5.  After playing terrible defense down in TExas, the Sixers gave a much better effort on that end of the floor last night. Outside of J-Smoove’s 13 point outburst in the 1st Q, the Sixers kept the Hawks under wraps — the Sixers held the Hawks to 39 percent shooting.  That’s s a 6% dip off Atlanta’s average.  I also thought the bigs did a much better job of supplying help defense and made quicker rotations.

6.  As you may have heard, The Sixers have assigned rookie forward Arnett Moultrie to our D-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.  Moultrie, who as we all know, the Sixers gave up a future 1st round pick in a draft-night trade from Miami to acquire, has appeared in 11 games for the Sixers, playing a total of 61 minutes.  “It doesn’t do any good flying around the country and staying in hotels and getting per diem,” Collins said.  “He has to play.”

IMO just a terrible decision.  DC — Yes, the kid needs to be playing every night — for the Sixers.


6 Responses to “GM 27: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Chris
    22. December 2012 at 11:07

    I took my girlfriend to the game last night (she knows nothing about basketball,) she says to me in the second quarter “Why are they just standing around.”

    Nice Lou tribute at the game.

    I think that Josh Smith is possibly getting worse as a basketball player as he reaches his physical prime. He hasn’t learned the game yet.

    The game showed how valuable Jrue is to the team. He makes everybody else better. He will lead them to the playoffs, bynums health will determine how far they go.

  2. Steve Toll
    22. December 2012 at 14:01

    Looking at the minute distribution, it would have been shocking to see Philly lose this game. Philly played 14 negative minutes, ATL played 63. Even still………………

    The 76ers had to win and it was the Best win of the year, headlined by Thad, our best player.

    It’s tough to make the case for an All-Star team when playing SwaggyP+Kwame only 10 minutes was more vital than your return to the lineup. 6th best 76er last night and All-Stars don’t make excuses.

    J-Rich had an awesome game, a welcomed return from a rough 7 game stretch.

    Lavoy and Hawes are starting to pick up production, DC needs to keep running them out and letting them go HAM

    Won’t be long before D-Wright is eating all of SwaggyP’s minutes

    Kwame and SwaggyP – 9 million well spentttttttttt

    As for Moultrie, he was sent to the D-League and its not because he’s better than Kwame…

    Other then the Magic, no team in the NBA benefits more than when the refs swallow their whistles

    The return of Lou Will, he made a few spectacular players, missed a bunch of wide open or lightly contested 3s and bricked some layups.

  3. Louie
    22. December 2012 at 15:52


    Maybe you aren’t realizing it, but jrich and Thad (actually the whole team in fact) benefits from jrue being on the court. He is able to move the ball so easily, which shows why he so important to the team, although I will say that Thad may be the best player if we gave him more touches.

    You’re description of Lou’s game is basically what he’s done his entire career in philly


    Our rookies ain’t that good. All moultrie does well is jump high. He would get murdered if we have him more minutes. Waayns needs to develop his game because as of now, his decision making is horrendous.

  4. Will
    22. December 2012 at 17:56

    A couple things: First off I disagree with Steve about Holiday (pretty sure you were talking about Holiday) because no matter what the stats say this team is better with him on the court. You say swaggyp and kwame were more vital, but that’s clearly not true because they won with jrue tonight, and not with kwame or young the past 4 games with jrue out.

    Secondly: someone needs to talk to DC about playing moultrie. Weve seen this before where DC refuses to play rookies. Look at big nik last year. DC hardly played him at all, and this year, the guy is averaging double doubles nightly.

  5. Steve Toll
    22. December 2012 at 20:20


    I certainly realize that Jrue makes the team better. The fact is Kwame+SwaggyP averaged 50mpg the previous 4 games, and Jrue had an ~average game last night when those 2 only played 10 minutes total, make of it what you want.

    You realize that Lou is a far more efficient scorer than any player on the 76ers and the refs swallowed their whistles last night?

    Correct about Moultrie, he is bad and whoever decided to draft him should feel bad. I can say with certainty that the other guys take turns abusing him in practice.

    Of course this team is better with Holiday on the court, look at the minute distribution when he is out. I didn’t say what you think I said. My claim is playing SwaggyP and Kwame only 10 minutes was more important than the return of Jrue. Those 2 are so terrible no team in the NBA would have given those guys 1/2 of what they are paid this year.

    Vucevic is actually putting up the SAME per minute numbers as last season but shooting at a 4% better clip and turning it over a bit more. I was the ONLY person to truly lament how terrible it was to give up Vucevic and was mocked incessantly for it. Right now, he would be the 3rd best player on the 76ers behind Bynum and Thad.
    Vucevic is 42 minutes away from last years total minutes, check out the totals

    Moultrie on the other hand, doesn’t play because he likely spends each practice getting punked close to 100% of the time

  6. Will
    24. December 2012 at 16:32


    Oh ok sorry about that, misunderstood you. And I was a fan of Big Nik last year as well, still agree with the trade though because Bynum is better and getting rid of Iggy had to be done.

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