GM 30: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/29/12 10:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Golden State Warriors
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

How many almost double-doubles can one guy post in a year??  Despite his offensive output, Allen was part of a host of Sixers that had significant trouble with GSW’s David Lee.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -53

Hopefully it was just playing against his former team that threw Wright’s shooting stroke off for a night.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 9-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | -58

Another monster night for Thad on the stat sheet, but he too could not keep GSW’s Lee in check.  However, GSW had no answer for this dunk by Thad either.  One of the best Sixers dunks of the year.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -10

He’s scored 11 points in his last two games and is 5-18 on FGAs in those two runs.  ET is one more poor perfromance away from officially being in a slump.  He also was 0-2 from the FT line last night. But I did like the way he took the ball to the hoop, especially in the 1st half.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 7-19 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 21 PTS | -60

A solid night from Jrue on the stat sheet, but I thought he forced a couple of ill-advised shots.  Also if you combine Curry’s and Jack’s numbers, GSW’s point men accounted for 27 points, 12 dimes and 9 boards.  How much of that stat line was Jrue’s fault at the defensive end is debatable.

Spencer Hawes, C 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Coming off a season-high 20 points in the win over Memphis, Spence had two points last night.  Reality —  she is a cold hearted biyatch.

Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

As always I’m grading on the “Kwame-Curve” here and in that case 8 boards in 16 minutes is stellar for this guy.  However, David Lee treated him like an orange practice cone last night.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -39

The fact that he is playing 25 minutes for the Sixers is scary.  It also tells you why the Sixers are looking for a back-up point guard (see note after the jump).

Nick Young, SG 26 MIN | 5-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -46

For all you Swaggy P lovers out there, here’s a basketball fact…Scoring 13 points on 17 FGAs is not efficient offense and will NOT help your team win games.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure DC could have done anything to prevent the Sixers from losing this game. The Sixers looked tired, Lee was a beast and the GSW got a big night from their bench.  Although I would like to have seen the very athletic, long and quick Moultrie take a shot at guarding David Lee, but he’s playing for Sioux Falls right now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  This one got away from the 7-6 in the 2nd Q. Trailing by only 1-point after the 1st Q thanks to 6 GSW turnovers, the Sixers took a nose dive in the 2nd. During that stanza, GSW shot 53% from the field, scored 32 points and closed the Q with a 10-2 run.  The Sixers meanwhile scored just 18 points during the 2nd on 30% shooting and went 2-for-their-last-9 from the field.

2.  Despite out-playing the Sixers badly, the Warriors almost gave this one away last night.  They committed 18 turnovers and nearly blew a 20-point lead in the second half when the 7-6 made a big run.  The 7-6 pulled to 84-80 on Ivey’s 3-pointer with 6:23 left to play before David Lee scored six straight and crushed the Sixers hopes of stealing their second straight road W.

3.  I know that Lee absolutely owned the Sixers last night, but I felt the 7-6 could have survived his outburst if it wasn’t for the Warriors bench, especially Jarrett Jack.  Jack (11 points in critical 2nd Q) and Carl Landry (15 & 11), came off the GSW bench and combined for 25 points in the first half.  The duo was the key to the Warriors 16-4 run to close the 1st half (57-42 lead).  Every time I turned around it seemed Jack was making a big play (basket, rebound or assist) that stuck a dagger in the Sixers.

4.  Speaking of Jack…in the second quarter D-Wright had a sneaker blow out and Jack picked up the shoe and tossed it into the crowd behind the backboard.  After an ET lay-in, Jack then raced down the court and made a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 41-34 lead.  DC had to call timeout to allow Wright to retrieve his shoe.  It was a clever and funny play by Jack, but unsportsman-like at least and the refs should have stopped the action and allowed Wright to retrieve his shoe. One could argue that the incident should have resulted in a T for Jack.

5.  Last night’s W was Golden State’s 20th victory of the season.  It’s the first time in more than 30 years that the Warriors have reached 20 wins before New Year’s Day.  The team won only 23 games during all of the lockout-shortened 2011 season.  It’s amazing what good coaching can do for an NBA team.

6.  The Sixers have lost eight of 10 on the road and are now 4-11 in their last 15 games.  OUCH…The Sixers had significant trouble with dribble penetration last night and their defensive rotations by the bigs were a mess as well…Via Ric Bucher we have this little gem — the Sixers were hot for Shaun Livingston  (released by the Wiz) and had planned to sign him until the Cavs claimed him off waivers.


 
 
 

4 Responses to “GM 30: RAPID REACTS”

  1. CG
    29. December 2012 at 11:32

    Nick did well during the Sixers come back, however he was terrible the rest of the game and was responsible for them pulling away after the comeback. Holiday is my favorite player however he was also hugely responsible, when we pulled within 5 he turned it over twice and missed two shots, also for every play defensively he made Curry seemed to cross him up too often, it was a tough game to have to watch.

    DC needs to pull Nick Young as soon as he begins missing, not wait to see if he gets things going, but immediately. Also, I don’t understand why he pulled Lavoy when he was playing so well in the fourth, as soon as he got pulled Lee started abusing Thad in the post.

  2. es2300
    29. December 2012 at 15:31

    I put this loss on Doug, his management of substitutions inside of the 5min mark in the 4th is what cost us the game. not playing turner those final minutes in such a close game was a big mistake and it makes me wonder does Doug really know what he’s doing.

  3. Philadunkia
    29. December 2012 at 17:41

    es2300,

    While I agree that DC made some questionable moves down the stretch, I can’t pin this loss on him. As CG mentioned earlier, Jrue was horrible in the last minutes of the game and the Sixers had no answer for Lee in the closing possessions. DC had no control over those costly items.

    The Turner-Dc item is a bother to me however. It’s almost like DC can’t let go of whatever beef he has with the kid. I know Turner struggled again last night with his shot, but he needs to be in the game during crunch time. It’s time for DC to stop trying to “break” Turner and move on. Otherwise we may be better off trading him.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    – C. Smith

  4. Jon
    31. December 2012 at 11:14

    it seems the tide is starting to turn on dc

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