GM 40: (PUMPED UP) RAPID REACTS

Toronto Raptors 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7

One of Lavoy’s best games in a long, long time.  He was aggressive offensively — taking and hitting open shots that he had been passing up of late.  His 6 points in the early 3rd Q were huge.  Which is why I am a little curious about how little tick he got in the 4th Q and OT.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 13-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +8

A mammoth game form Thad.  On top of the usual energy and hustle he delivers, Thad also was a huge part of the Sixers 19-5 run in the 3rd Q and his 14 4th Q points were a big key to completing this amazing comeback.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +11

He really struggled in the 1st half (1-4 for 3 pts.) and IMO Turner is still a little lost.  I am especially concerned with the way he continues to pound the rock into the ground and does not move the ball quickly in the face of a double team.  However his dime to Lavoy in the 3rd Q was a thing of beauty.

Jrue Holiday, PG 46 MIN | 13-23 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 14 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 33 PTS | +7

Simply put, Jrue was ridiculous last night and may have played his way into the ASG.  Two things really stick out for me.  First, on the final play of regulation Jrue took the ball to the tin and did not settle for a long J or off balance runner (I’m looking at you Dre and Louis).  That was refreshing to witness.  Second, he wanted to be “the man” last night and simply took over this game down the stretch.  He scored the Sixers final 14 point and all 12 of the team’s points in OT.

Jason Richardson, SG 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +13

Ugggghhhh…But we’ll give him a pass b/c of the knee problems he is apparently battling.

Dorell Wright, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

I guess it’s back to the Do(u)g-house.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4

A solid night from Hawes, but the 3PAs he keeps launching are ripping up my insides.  The 3PA he launched in the 4th Q with Sixers down 1, was just brutal.

Royal Ivey, PG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Jrue needed a quick breather and Ivey did a nice job of getting him just that.

Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Wilkins did not stuff the stat sheet, but I thought his pressure defense was excellent last night.

Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +13

Aside from a few ill-advised shots, I thought Swaggy contributed nicely last night.  DC must have thought so as well because he left Young in the game for most of the 4th and the OT session.  However, I wouldn’t mind if had hit a few more 3PAs last night.

Kwame Brown, C DNP SINUS INFECTION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

So J-Rich gets his knee drained and still takes the floor, but a sinus infection keeps Kwame sidelined?!? C’mon man…

Shelvin Mack, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Welcome aboard…enjoy your seat.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure what was said at half-time, but he should bottle it up and keep it in his pocket for future use.  Still DC has to be held responsible at some level for the terrible 1st half the Sixers played and I would like to have seen Lavoy in the game during the late 4th and OT.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  Let’s get the bad from last night out of the way…The Sixers defense in the 1st half was atrocious.  TOR shot 58.5% from the field, racked up 60 points thanks to 41 FGM on 19 assists.  The result was that the Sixers trailed by 19 at half.  Most shocking was the inability of the Sixers to stop Terrence Ross — 12 points in 12 mins on 4-4 shooting from 3.

2.  Jrue Holiday (33 points, 14 assists) was the 1st player with 30+ points and 14+ assists in game since “The Answer” last posted those numbers in 2005-06.  Jrue is the 3rd Sixer in last 28 years with 30 or more points and 14 or more assists in a game.  Sir Charles did it in 1986 vs. Indy and Iverson did it three times.

3.  The Sixers almost didn’t complete this comeback.  Trailing by 1 in the 4th Q, Hawes launched a wide open, but IMO ill-advise 3PA and missed.  The Sixers then went two minutes without a bucket and that helped produce a 11-4 run by the Raptors and that gave them the momentum back.  They stretched their lead to 8 points and all looked lost.  Until the Sixers mounted their second and final comeback.

4.  Thad & Jrue were simply unreal in the 4th Q.  Thad carried this team on his back in the early going and again tallied 14 in the Q.  In addition to the game tying bucket at the horn, Jrue also had a huge play in the Q were he penetrated the TOR zone and slipped a pretty pass to Thad for a bucket.  His defense was also fantastic.  Both were key in the final 8-0 run the Sixers made to get this game tied.

5.  As exciting as the comeback was last night, the Sixers can not afford to play like they did in the first half vs. a beat up and struggling team (lost 3 in a row and 5 of 7) like the Raps.  Despite a depleted lineup (Toronto was missing forwards Andrea Bargnani (torn right elbow ligament) and Linas Kleiza (sore right knee) along with center Jonas Valanciunas (broken right ring finger), the Raptors led virtually the whole game and by as many as 19 in the early second half.

6.  The Sixers who rank 26th in the League for points scored in the lane netted 56 points in the paint last night.

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