Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/13 9:28 am EST
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.


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


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.


32 Responses to “GM 40: (PUMPED UP) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Sean
    19. January 2013 at 09:48

    cant wait to see how steve toll convinces us jrue is bad after this game.

  2. RYN_JAY
    19. January 2013 at 10:10

    Was it just me or did Jrue get killed on his final shot of reg and they didn’t blow the whistle?

  3. Ransom
    19. January 2013 at 10:26

    They never do in cases like that. Some “last shot takers” in the league has publicly lamented as much. The case can be made that it’s almost a bad idea to go into the lane for the last shot because of the noted ref’s bias to swallow his whistle. Work out great last night though, but Jrue did get hit.

  4. chris
    19. January 2013 at 10:29

    I believe the refs waited to see if his shot went in before deciding if it was a foul, if he had missed, he would have went to the stripe.

    Finally got to see some pick and ROLL, instead of always pick and pop. Great to see.

    Any chance Pop sends 4 starters back to San Antonio for Monday nights game?

  5. gabe
    19. January 2013 at 11:25

    what. a. game. and yes he was fouled at the end of regulation too.

  6. gabe
    19. January 2013 at 11:37

    calderon > jrue ahahahahahahahaha

  7. gabe
    19. January 2013 at 11:37


  8. cool whip
    19. January 2013 at 12:09

    I’m with you RYN_JAY, put Rondo, Westbrook or Paul in those shoes and they get the call everytime. It’s just part of earning the refs respect.

  9. Rick
    19. January 2013 at 12:15

    You forgot to add on Nick Young’s description, that tough defense he was playing to force the turnover, that got us that last possession to be able to go into overtime.


    Who do you think should back up the guards at the all-star game?

  10. MattSg
    19. January 2013 at 13:06

    Hmmmm a 22year old who drops 33pts on 23 shots and 14assist. Sends the game to OT Has the last 14pts of the game for us or steve tolls spanish speaking man crush .. whos better .. -_-

  11. Duane
    19. January 2013 at 13:06

    It is just you ……. And the rest of us that think that. But for some reason Refs don’t blow whistles if you have a Sixers logo on your back in crunch time situations

  12. Duane
    19. January 2013 at 13:07

    On your Chest, excuse me

  13. Steve Toll
    19. January 2013 at 13:36

    There is 1 thing that happened last night that was finally proved to us all, Thad is the best player on the team.

    Thad and Jrue play inspired ball, BUT why Dwayne Casey played Lowry 35 minutes on a hurt ankle when Calderon had been putplaying Jrue is something that everyone in Philly will just totally disregard.

    Thad was superb last night in every way, he is THE MAN on this team.

    Great comeback by Philly but 99/100 times a ref calls a foul on SwaggyP during that last inbound.

    From a results oriented perspective, this was a great win

  14. gabe
    19. January 2013 at 13:45

    hahahahahha at toll just stop posting dude

  15. MountainDrew
    19. January 2013 at 14:15

    Steve, Thad was amazing, but Jrue scored the last 14 points, every single point in OT and single handedly won the game for us. Oh, and Ed Davis played great against Thad, why do you disregard this? And how did Calderon play better than Jrue?

  16. Max
    19. January 2013 at 14:23

    First of all the reason calderon didnt play that much in the 2nd half is because he was getting torched by Jrue on the offensive side of the ball. Calderon was subbed out with 8 mins left in the 3rd because jrue was manhandling him bucket after bucket while the sixers were making their comeback. Casey decided to put lowry in because hes way better at defense than calderon. Granted calderon was doing more offensively but when your up double digits you should be more focused on offense.

    And that call would have been the weakest foul call on swaggy that Ive seen all season. That would be called 0/100 times especially for the home team. Not to mention it should have been a 5 second violation.

    And can we talk about that stupid jump ball call by the refs that was ridiculous.

  17. JimboJames
    19. January 2013 at 14:49

    Not sure what game Toll was watching if he thinks Calderon was outplaying Jrue – and Thad was great but come on, half his points were layups and open jumpers off Jrue’s assists, Jrue is the man on this team and is only going to get better. First guard of the bench for the ASG

  18. Ross
    19. January 2013 at 15:02

    Do you remember when Steve Toll said the Sixers should have traded Jrue for Kyle Lowry in the offseason? Haha!

  19. Jim
    19. January 2013 at 16:26


    If you think that Calderon outplayed Jrue last night then I just feel bad for you. You can’t appreciate how well he played if you don’t think he outplayed the oppossing point guard. Now I know how you calculated the number of times the oppossing point guard outplayed Jrue and it’s disgraceful. You’ve lost all credibility by writing that Calderon outplayed Jrue last night.

  20. Steve Toll
    19. January 2013 at 16:58

    As long as Bargnani doesn’t play, the Raptors are better than the 76ers with Bynum.

    Don’t be mad at me, I’m just a purveyor of truth

  21. Ross
    20. January 2013 at 01:18

    Steve, how can you say that when the Sixers are 3-1 against the Raptors this year without Bynum, and they have a better overall record than the Raptors

  22. Bob
    20. January 2013 at 11:53

    Steve Troll needs to stop posting. ‘Purveyor of truth’ just got me laughing.

  23. Abc
    20. January 2013 at 12:45

    Steve toll is clearly high, so we should just ignore him.

  24. Gordon
    20. January 2013 at 16:58

    steve troll is dumb… that is all

  25. Oscar
    20. January 2013 at 17:49


    You have dug such a deep hole with all of your dumb statistics that supposedly support all of your irrational claims. I feel as if you just say nonsensical things just to get people talking and to argue with you for no apparent reason. I just cannot take anything that you say seriously, you’re a big joke.

  26. Rob
    20. January 2013 at 20:43

    Steve toll,
    How many times has Thad been outplayed by the opposing pf I would assume a lot considering we get out rebounded and out worked down low every game, but he probably gets a pass because he’s your favorite or maybe he gets a pass because you think he’s a 3( in which case jrue has never been outplayed because he’s a 2 guard right?).

  27. Steve Toll
    21. January 2013 at 15:22

    Lowry+Calderon > Jrue

    Derozan, Fields, Anderson, Ross > Dorell, ET, J-Rich SwaggyP

    Bynum > Amir+ED Davis > Thad > Jonas > Hawes+Lavoy

    Like I said, Toronto > Philly with Bynum Healthy and Bargs doesn’t play

  28. Jeff McMenamin
    21. January 2013 at 18:24

    Steve Toll’s all-stars keep falling. First Kevin Love out 8 weeks, then Lou Will out for the year, now Varajeo out for the year. Look out Ryan Anderson.


  29. Steve Toll
    21. January 2013 at 21:04

    Don’t forget Kirilenko and Matt Barnes

  30. ken
    22. January 2013 at 09:07

    steve what I see from your comparison of Toronto to the sixers that lowry+calderon > jrue so doesn’t that mean that jrue with any sort of mediocre backup is better than that 2 person combo? same thing goes with the amir+davis > thad

  31. ken
    22. January 2013 at 09:10

    because from what im reading and how im looking at this and most other people on this site will prob see it the same way is that you need two players to match the effectiveness per game of one person so they will say that one on one jrue > calderon or lowry and thad > amir or davis

  32. Steve Toll
    22. January 2013 at 15:54

    Any combo EXCEPT Calderon+Lowry, of Calderon+Lowry+Davis+Amir makes the 76ers better than Thad+Jrue

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