GAME 36: RAPID REACTS

Brooklyn Nets 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -15

I said it before and I’ll say it again.  Lavoy Allen’s nickname should be “Mr. Softee” if you’re talking about his play so far this season.  He’s disappeared and been owned in the paint in nearly every game this year.  His best defensive effort came in the 18 minutes he played against Dwight Howard and the Lakers on New Years day…since then he’s gone back to being the player that we know and haven’t loved. I’m praying that there’s a spot open for him in the Do(u)g house.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -23

This was easily Thad’s worst performance of the season and the Sixers suffered immensely because of it.  Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche (I’ll get to him later) just absolutely dominated Thad on the blocks, combining for 22 points and 30 rebounds.  Lately, Young has seemed to have lost a little bit of the wind in his sails. This is  a very bad sign for a team who desperately needs his intensity every night.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -12

Not much to say here, just a very quiet game from Turner.  His two turnovers in this game were exactly the same and equally as maddening.  On both occasions, he tried to toss the ball from the half-court to an open Sixer near the basket.  Both passes were sniffed out by Nets defenders back in transition. Eight points, seven rebounds and five assists just doesn’t cut it in 36 minutes of playing time.  As pitiful of a stat as it is, his seven rebounds actually led the Sixers in this game.  Turner is another player who seems to be affected by the Sixers’ latest road trip.  He hasn’t been playing consistent basketball since the middle of December and his past four games have been consistently bad.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | -27

If anyone should be frustrated over this Sixers loss, it should be Jrue Holiday. His defense on Deron Williams left a lot to be desired (as he dropped 22 on Jrue), but offensively Jrue was the only reason the Sixers were able to keep the score close in the first half.  In the first quarter, Jrue was involved in all 24 of the Sixers’ points they were able to score in the quarter.  Jrue scored 12 while dishing out six assists for part of the other 12 points.  Jrue, however, came out flat in the 3rd committing three turnovers and only netting seven points the rest of the game.  He looked frustrated on the court and his play was evident of that.  He’s been saying the most prayers lately for Bynum to make a fast and healthy return.

Jason Richardson, SG 19 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -12

His six points in the second quarter and solid defense on Joe Johnson made me think that JRich would end the game with a nice stat-line.  Unfortunately, that was the only notable quarter for Richardson as he spent the majority of the rest of the game on the bench.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Well…On the bright side, Moultrie got a few minutes right?

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -6

DWRIGHTWAY played DNOTWRIGHTWAY in 20 wasted minutes.  Back to the Do(u)g house.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -7

If the offensive end of the court was the only side of the court you needed to play on in a basketball game, then I was highly impressed by Spencer Hawes.  He was hitting open shots, he drilled a couple three’s, he had a nice spin move in the post for a dunk and he was crisp on his passes.  On the defensive end of the court however, he was absolutely manhandled on the boards, he picked up four fouls and he couldn’t play a lick of defense all game.  That was not Hawesome.

Maalik Wayns, PG 9 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +1

From being cut, to being re-signed to a 10-day contract, to getting the most minutes he’s seen in nearly a month all in just two days.  Talk about a whirlwind start to the week.

Damien Wilkins, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -3

I was actually slightly impressed by Wilkins’ play in this game and his up and under in the second quarter was a top-play nominee in this game for me.  He was the top rebounder coming off the Sixers bench with four, which goes to show you just how dire the Sixers’ need is for a rebounding big.

Nick Young, SG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +3

Hopefully the haircut Swaggy is promising to his fans in the near-future will change his atrocious play he’s displayed this season.  He is all sorts of negative on the court and his shot-jacking style is raising my blood pressure levels everyday.

Doug Collins

All I have to say is…An 18-2 run by the Nets to start the 3rd quarter.  The Sixers were outscored 35-14 overall in the quarter.  A 48-47 halftime deficit was suddenly an insurmountable 83-61 drubbing by the end of the 3rd.  The Sixers have been outscored by a total of 67 points in their last three games. You can talk about rebounding and size in the paint all you want, but it’s obvious that one coach made his halftime adjustments Tuesday night and the other coach did not.  What got me the most was when Doug was shown laughing on the sideline during what should have been a highly infuriating 4th quarter to the coach.  Unless you were listening to Ed Helms’ pipes on your ipod, then you better have some good reasoning behind it.  It’s time to get back to the good ol’ drawing board Dougie.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  Brutal 3rd quarter: When I look back on this Sixers season, this quarter could be its defining moment.  The Sixers were holding their own against one of the top teams in the East through one half and seemed to look confident that they could get things in order and back on track.  That was until they were just completely dismantled from the start of the second half until the end as their starters were left with depression-riddled faces on the bench midway through the 4th.  I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a Sixers team in my lifetime surrender an 18-2 run, but the Sixers did just that Tuesday night.  It was hard to hold the food I had just eaten down by the end of it.  They were outscored 35-14 in all in the quarter.

2.  Reg-gie, Reg-gie: Boy, for a team who’s in desperate need of rebounding, how much did it hurt for a player like Thaddeus Young to see his former teammate first hand playing the role of Windex-Man for the Nets?  Former Sixer Reggie Evans grabbed an insane 23 rebounds in just 27 minutes.  In the third quarter, Evans had 20 rebounds himself to the Sixers’ 19 as a team.  I always loved Reggie as a Sixer and I’m glad he was able to get his revenge from the useless Jason Kapono trade back in 2009.  Reggie didn’t even play a tick of the 4th quarter, but the damage and embarrassment he imposed on the Sixers had already been done.

3.  Andray Blatche: Nets power forward Andray Blatche was one of three men questioned by Philadelphia police early Tuesday morning regarding an alleged sexual assault at the Four Seasons Hotel.  He did not appear in the locker room to speak with media before Tuesday’s game.  He was still given the go-ahead to play in the game however, by coach P.J. Carlesimo, and pretty much dominated in the time he did.  Blatche had 20 points, seven rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes off the bench.  I was a little appalled by the decision of Carlesimo to play him.  First of all, it’s a distraction to the team and secondly because he should have had some sort of punishment regardless of if he’s found guilty or not.  That wasn’t the case and he in fact did the opposite and lifted his team to another level.  Deron Williams had words of praise for Blatche after the game. “He was huge. He came out and played great for us,” Nets guard Deron Williams said.  “He stayed focused.  I talked to him about that today, just staying focused, and (he) came out and played great basketball. … He’s been great all season, but in the face of adversity he came and battled and played well.  This was one of his best games, I think, today.”

4.  Hot seat: I never thought I’d say this, but I think this could be the start of coach Doug Collins being on the hot seat. Since going 10-6 to start the season, the Sixers have now fallen to 5-15 in their last 20.  In their latest three losses, the Sixers have been outscored by a combined total of 67 points.  When both your defense and offense can’t get going on a consistent basis, it’s a team that’s either lacking talent or a team that’s not well coached.  Obviously the Sixers are lacking size in the paint, but  it’s Doug Collins’ job to implement a game-plan that will work in spite of this.  If he’s unable to then his coaching clock may just run out as far as the Sixers are concerned.  Bynum will definitely make his job a lot easier, but there’s no excuse for what’s transpired in the Sixers’ last three losses.

5.  Rebounding: It’s time to make a trade.  Whatever the Sixers need to do to bring in an effective defender/rebounder in the post has to happen now.  Reggie Evans’ performance is the wake-up call that the front office needed to finally make some phone calls or texts, however that process is done these days.  The Sixers were out-rebounded 50-32 and it didn’t even look that close.  The Nets also had 15 offensive boards which led to 20 second-chance points compared to the Sixers’ six.  It’s been clear for the last month, but it’s never been more evident then it is now.  It’s hurting the entire team’s confidence and you could visibly see it on everyone’s face Tuesday night.  No more waiting for Bynum to return. If the Sixers ownership is looking to make the playoffs this season, a trade has got to happen now.

6.  Lost fans?  John Gonzalez of Comcast SportsNet tweeted during the Sixers game, “So far: 1 Let’s Go Flyers chant, 0 Let’s Go Sixers chants.”  The chant John is referring to was started when Flyers Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Matt Read came up on the big screen as attendee’s of the game.  As everybody already knows, the NHL lockout has finally ended and games are set to resume next week.  I think John is on to something that I’m afraid has already started happening to the Sixers.  The Sixers are about to completely lose their fan base to the Flyers and in turn become the afterthought in Philadelphia that they once were.  Fittingly, this takes place just in time for the Sixers’ large upcoming string of home games as well.  As if Ed Snider hadn’t already done enough damage…

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