Posted by: C. Smith
01/13/13 11:54 am EST
Houston Rockets 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

3 points and 4 boards in 21 minutes is not encouraging for a guy who really has not found his groove this season.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +9

Thad has been simply tremendous this year and last night was no different.  Energy, rebounding and defense, plus 18 points.  How is he not getting any All-Star talk??  IMO we need to get out a run more when he is on the floor as very few forwards can keep up with him.  I only hope that under these type of minutes and the nightly pounding that he holds up physically for the entire season.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -8

I’m okay with this outing by ET last night as I thought he much more under control then in the previous 10 games.  Hopefully this will be a springboard to ending his recent struggles — over the last 12 games, Turner has averaged 10.6 points while playing almost 36 minutes per night.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 11-22 FG | 7-7 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 30 PTS | +5

A stellar night by “The Jurth”.  Jrue made 11 of 22 shots — some would say 30 points on 22 FGAs isn’t the most efficient night — but I liked what I saw.  He sank all seven attempts from the free-throw line and had nine assists.  The six turnovers were a little disturbing, but I’ll take it if the Sixers play at that pace every night.  I also thought Jrue did a solid job on a tired Lin last night.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +7

I know he missed a number of wide open looks in the 4th Q (and that has to change), but I really liked what I saw from J-Rich last night.  He grabbed a couple huge rebounds, he brought a lot of energy and he did make two key jumpers.

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +13

He missed some wide open looks and that can’t happen for the Sixers to succeed.  But I was impressed again last night with his ability to defend and rebound.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

This is all I want from Spence — but we need it every night.  Any chance that happens???

Royal Ivey, PG 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | 0Solid in limited minutes…That’s his role, so well done.
Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 5-6 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2I loved what Wilkins brought top the floor last night, especially his knack for getting to the line.  If he has to play 11 minutes a night for the Sixers to get an additional 6 FTAs per game, then I say play him.
Doug Collins

I thought he pushed all the right buttons last night.  Including pushing the pace of play (I believe that was done on purpose) and giving increased minutes to the physical (on both ends of the floor) and defensive minded Wilkins.  Plus after J-Rich’s effort last night, he looks like a genius for giving him off vs. Toronto.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  Again, I’m not sure if this was done on purpose — I’m hoping it was — but I really liked the Sixers up-tempo pace of play last night (24 FB points).  The Sixers entered the game 27th in the NBA in scoring (92.2 points) and their pace of play ranks in the bottom 5 of the League.  However, last night they got out a ran with the Rockets and I think they should continue to push the pace of play.  Even with Dre and Louis gone, this team is still very athletic and fast and Collins should use that advantage more often.  Plus it made this team watchable last night which they are not on most evenings.

2.  When Hawes hit a J early in the fourth to make it 91-82, I Thought the Sixers might cruise home.  Of course I was wrong.  Harden took over — scoring 6 straight points, including that ridiculous between his legs transition bucket (That was followed by a Hawes tech.  Well done Spence.) and then an AND1 over three defenders.  Harden’s three-point play pulled Houston to 96-93 and suddenly I was nervous as hell…

3.  But give the Sixers credit as they held them off…J-Rich hit a big basket; ET found Thad with a long outlet pass for a slam; Lavoy and Thad worked the OREBs for a FG by Thad; and Holiday got a breakaway slam.  The result was a 104-94 lead.  Of course it also helped that the Rockets missed eight straight shots from the field once they got within 3 points of the Sixers.

4.  The Sixers got off to a much needed fast start last night.  They scored a season-high 58 points in the first half and led the Rockets, 58-50 at the break.  Evan Turner (12 points, six assists, seven rebounds) and Holiday combined for 25 first-half points.

5.  The scheduling gods finally did the Sixers a favor last night.  Houston lost a close game to the Celtics in Boston on Friday evening during in which Harden (40) and Jeremy Lin (36) both played heavy minutes.  IMO HOU looked tired at times last night.  If you recall back in December HOU knocked around a very tired Sixers team (125-103) that was on the second game of a road-back-to-back . 

6.  The Sixers are 15-0 with a lead at the start of the fourth quarter…It was the first time in six games the Sixers had scored more than 89 points…The Sixers win last night was only their fourth W in the last 17 games.


11 Responses to “GM 38: (NOT SO) RAPID REACTS”

  1. MattSg
    13. January 2013 at 17:55

    I woulndt trade jrue for vasquez calderon AND draft picks ..
    Steve toll

  2. gabe
    14. January 2013 at 11:20

    TROLL-La-La-La-La, La-La-La-La

    how does jrue get an A- for this game? i think steve troll is getting to you craig

    he shot 50 percent from the field and made all 7 free throws but somehow he wasn’t that efficient…dropped 30, dished 9 assists.

    scored i believe the first 7 points for us when no one else could buy a basket.

    his six turnovers are more than offset by his 4 steals and 1 block. he shut down whoever he was covering. lin looked like a child and when jrue switched onto harden or came over to help he did a great job on him. stole the ball from him as a help defender and took it all the way once and later blocked harden’s 3 point attempt leading to another easy layup.

    and yes craig this team destroyed us last time, and yes it was on a back to back. but what u failed to mention is that we were without jrue holiday on that night. we went 0-4 without him.

  3. Steve Toll
    15. January 2013 at 01:26


    You wrong and nobody agrees with you as evidenced by your lack of support in the comment section and that you are just flat out wrong

    Thanks for thinking of me though

  4. Ugh
    15. January 2013 at 07:38

    I agree with mattsg

  5. steve toll
    15. January 2013 at 09:32


    Last nighy was the 10th time this year than Jeremy Lin had 2 or less buckets in a game.


    Probably best to keep that to yourself considering that Calderon is flat out better than Jrue

  6. gabe
    15. January 2013 at 11:44

    did u watch the game ya troll?

  7. Steve Toll
    15. January 2013 at 12:02


    You watch the game, I see it. Big difference

  8. Ugh
    15. January 2013 at 17:07

    How is it that you get the idea that everyone agrees with what you say? Even younger admit that 90% of commenters dislike you.

  9. gabe
    15. January 2013 at 17:29


    have u ever touched a basketball in your life? i’m sorry but u sound like a nerd, devoting all your time to crapping on our best player, who by the way, is going to be voted in to the all star game by the coaches.

  10. Steve Toll
    15. January 2013 at 23:58

    People usually don’t like what they don’t understand. Being right is enough for me, I don’t need fanboys.

    If we played 1 on 1, I’d cross you over like I’m AI, dunk on you like I’m Blake Griffin, block your shots like I’m Dikembe Mutumbo, get all Zen Master on you like I’m Phil Jackson and play with the killer instinct of MJ

    That is my bball resume.

  11. Ugh
    16. January 2013 at 14:12

    Then why do you care so much about what we think. You are the most active commenter on your staff. I thought being right was enough for you, which is why I believe you’re just trying to rile us up so that Philadunkia gets more viewers.

    Also, I thought you disliked ai’s game( did u play for a high school team)

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