GM 39: (PISSED OFF) RAPID REACTS

New Orleans Hornets 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -9

A nice shooting night by Lavoy, but his defense was atrocious and he grabbed ZERO rebounds in 15 ticks.  Unreal.

Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -4

A terrible night shooting from Thad.  I’m not sure if the length of the Hornets bigs bothered him, but tonight he missed a lot of the mid-range shots he usually drills.  His energy and hustle were on par.

Evan Turner, SF 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9

Offensively tonight was an improvement over the way Turner has been playing over the last ten games.  However, his defense has become suspect at best.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -22

Coming off a great outing vs. HOU, Jrue posts an outstanding double-double (10th of the year) while committing only 4 turnovers.  The haters out there will say that he got toasted by Vasquez (IMO one of the most underrated PGs in the League), but I would argue that he had absolutely no help on the defensive end stopping the pick-&-roll and dribble penetration and that contributed heavily to Vasquez’s stats.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12

I guess J-Rich needs two nights in a row off to produce anything of value.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -9

21 minutes — 2 boards…That’s simply ridiculous to me.  When you’re 7-feet tall you should grab 10 every night by accident.

Kwame Brown, C 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9

(Graded on the Kwame curve of course) I’m not sure if I should make fun of Hawes here for grabbing the same number of boards as this stiff in triple the minutes or make a Kwame has a pulse joke.  I’ll just move on.

Royal Ivey, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -8

Mehhhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7

I was expecting more, especially on the defensive end.

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +6

All of you in the Swaggy fan club can puff your chest out for one night.  I will admit that he was fun to watch tonight, but let’s make a note that his scoring outburst came in the 4th Q with the game out of reach.  Even with Swaggy’s amazing display of scoring in the 4th, the Sixers were only able to get the Sixers within 9.

Doug Collins

I’m giving DC an “A” for simply putting up with this inconsistent group.  I would have lost my mind and quit by now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  The 76ers defense was simply awful tonight and I don’t want to hear about how “hot” the Hornets were in this game. Too many teams suddenly get “hot” vs. the Sixers.  They can not defend the 3-ball, the pick-&-roll or dribble penetration. It’s really sad to watch.  The NOH average 91 ppg. and the Sixers allowed them to put up 111points on 53% shooting and 55% from deep.  The Hornets shot 76% from the field in the 1st Q.

2.  Speaking of the 1st Q…Could the Hornets have gotten off to any better of a start?  I don’t think so.  They were 16-21 from the field and scored 35 points thanks to fast starts from Vasquez and Eric Gordon.

3.  Since we are on the topic of Eric Gordon…Did he look hurt to ayone else out there in Philadunkia nation?  IMO Gordon looked completely healthy and has not missed a beat — 19 points on 7-14 shooting.  Gordon looked quick and seemed to have his full offensive arsenal tonight.

4.  The Sixers bigs (hawes & Lavoy) grabbed 3 rebounds in 36 minutes of play.  That’s 1 rebound every 18 minutes. According to Jim Lynam in the post game show, NBA bigs should grab a rebound every 4 minutes.  So we’re way behind the NBA norm on that one.  For comparisons sake “Big Nik” grabbed 13 in 33 minutes on Monday night for Orlando.

5.  In case you missed it, DC absolutely lost his sh** in the post game presser.  To start with, DC took a long, long time to get to the podium tonight.  Not sure what was said in the locker room, but it could not have been good time for players.  Then at the post game presser DC was clearly frustrated, make that exhausted, by this team’s inconsistent effort (especially on the defensive end).  Then DC was sent over the top when one of the main stream media guys asked him if this team, “was tuning him out”.  I’ll post the video ASAP.  The death stare the offending media member received as DC left the podium was scary.  I fully expected DC to have some parting words with the guy, but unfortunately nothing materialized.

6.  After Swaggy’s 4th Q outburst (with some help from Wright) got the Sixers within 9 points, the NOH went on a 8-2 run and put this one away…The Sixers have not won two in a row since Nov. 30th…NOH hit 10 3PAs…The Sixers knocked down six 3-pointers in the 1st Q, a team high for any quarter this season….

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