GM 34: RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Oklahoma City Thunder
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -17

Lavoy started slow (2 TOs in 1st Q) but found his stride to have a decent game for the 7-6.  However the bunny he blew on a sweet dime from Holiday in the 3rd quarter had me throwing stuff.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -13

It must be tough to play at a high level on offense when you are continually being taken to the weight room by opposing bigs at the other end.  Thad had moments (see next line) of his usual high energy, but he looked worn out to me. FYI…That block (goal-tending call) he had on Westbrook in the 4th Q was amazing.

Evan Turner, SF 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | -14

It was hilarious watching him try to guard KD.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -12

A solid performance by Jrue, but I thought he (and the rest of the Sixers) settled for too many jumpers in the 1st half.  He had 3 outstanding assists in the 3rd Q and two dribble-drive plays that showed me he is capable of getting to the hoop whenever he wants, so he needs to be more assertive in doing so.  There was on trip in the 2nd Q on which Perkins got switched onto Jrue and instead of going to the rim, Holiday settled for a three.

Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -10

It’s a tough assignment when you have to guard the nearly 7-foot KD and produce some points for this team.  Which may explain why he scored all of his points in one stretch during the 3rd Q.  FYI…I actually thought J-Rich did a respectable job on Durant.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -17

A couple of ill-advised FGAs, but other than that a good night from Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -14

If his shot was falling, it could have been a big night for Spence.

Maalik Wayns, PG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Garbage time…

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6Ditto
Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | -12

In the 2nd Q, Swaggy was amazing — 11 points on 3-3 from deep.  He was also the ONLY 76er to get to the FT line last night.

Doug Collins

If the Sixers played any slower last night (by design) I would have fallen asleep on my couch. Wait…I did.  I’m sure he stresses this / works on this all the time, but DC has to figure out a way to get this team to the FT line more often, because it’s obvious this group won’t do it on their own.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  I know the Sixers did a great job of keeping this game competitive for nearly 3 Q’s…but was it me or did it feel like the Thunder could have taken this game over at any moment an run away with it?  They just chose to wait until the late 3rd to do so.

2.  Take a look at these 2nd Q scoring droughts for the Sixers…They did not get their first bucket until the 9:11 mark of the quarter…They had another 2 minute stretch (6:20-4:20 marks) where they did not score a hoop…Finally, they scored one FG in the last 2:18 before the halftime horn.

3.  After the Jrue Holiday to J-Rich lob in the 3rd Q, the Sixers cut the OKC lead to 4 points.  The Thunder quickly got a timeout. Coming out of the TO, OKC scored 6 straight points and the 7-6 never stood a chance after that point.  Their 11-2 run later in the Q iced this one.

4.  After an 8-2 run by OKC to close the 1st half, the Thunder made 8 of its first 10 3-point attempts in the second half and never trailed again.  They went 23 for 36 from the field, connecting at a 64% rate while outscoring our Sixers 63-43 in the second half.

5.  The 7-6 shot 5 FTAs in the 1st half, had 10 turnovers and hit 39.5% of their FGAs.  It was a miracle they were within reach of the Thunder at half.  They only shot 8 FTAs for the entire game and all of them were put up by Swaggy.

6.  The Sixers weakside defense and rotations borders on non-existent.

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