GAME 41: (FRUSTRATED) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/22/13 2:06 pm EST
San Antonio Spurs 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Lavoy was taken to school by Tim Duncan in this game, as Duncan finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two steals. On most nights I’d be happy with Lavoy pulling down eight rebounds, on this night not so much.
Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -6Last year Jodie Meeks was given the name Captain Streaky for the random production he would give you on any given night. This season Dorell Wright seems to be that guy for the Sixers. Being in the Do(u)g House for the majority of the season is probably a major factor in this as well.
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was a key player in the Sixers’ second-half surge to get back into the game. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the second-half. He also had a couple big misses down the stretch, however, which had me spiking my remote against the floor. Tiago Splitter’s 12 boards were equally as depressing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -10Turner had one of his best games of the season against the Spurs. He came up just three assists shy of a strong triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. He looked confident with the ball in his hands (for most of the game) and was drilling the mid-range shot which critics have been hammering him for all season. Yet, two huge turnovers down the stretch, missing a wide open three to regain the lead with just a minute left and leaving Kawhi Leonard open on the perimeter for a couple huge treys in this game will have critics rightfully hammering him again.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -16Jrue Holiday was relegated to the bench by Doug Collins for close to five minutes of the 4th quarter. He entered the game when the Sixers held a four point lead over the Spurs with just seven minutes to go. Where in the previous game against the Raptors Jrue thrived to close out the win for the Sixers, Holiday struggled mightily against Tony Parker and the Spurs. He had two huge turnovers to add to his game total of six and seemed to not want the ball when the game was on the line. It could’ve been that Tony Parker had already ruined his confidence, who finished with 20 points and eight assists. Or, Doug Collins has some explaining to do.
Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +14Spencer played huge in this game on the offensive end. It could’ve been the new blue arm sleeve that he was showing off, or it could’ve been that he was pissed off about Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration earlier but either way Spence had one of his best offensive performances of the season against the Spurs. Once again it was his defense which left a lot to be desired, although he did register three blocks.
Shelvin Mack, PG 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0He got his first two points in a Sixers uni, then quickly made his return to the bench. Welcome to the team Mack daddy.
Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5Why did Ivey play 16 minutes and why was he in the game in the 4th quarter with the game on the line? The sequence where he was stripped by Kawhi Leonard for a fast break dunk was a momentum changer. The Sixers were up 82-77 at the time, but that dunk combined with a Leonard three in the Spurs next possession tied the game at 82-82 and the Spurs finished their business down at the WFC.
Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0I would’ve liked to see some more Damien “Defense” Wilkins at certain points in this game and less Ivey and Lavoy.
Nick Young, SG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +8Swaggy had it going on late in the 4th as the Sixers pushed their lead to seven. His new haircut, named the Sonic the Hedgehog by teammate Royal Ivey, was awesome. Overall a solid performance where I was not screaming for Swaggy to be sent down to the D-league.
Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | This was the worst game for Richardson to miss. He could’ve proved to be the difference maker in its outcome.
Doug CollinsI’ll give Doug credit for yet another second-half comeback. But what was going on with his rotations? Also, did he design plays in the 4th to keep the ball out of Jrue’s hands? Make no mistake, playing the Spurs as tough as the Sixers did for four quarters is commendable, but turning a win into a loss when the game was in the balance was infuriating to watch. The Sixers offensive game plan in the last seven minutes looked more like the And 1 Mixtape Tour then the 7-6.

Six Things We Saw…After the Jump…

  1. A game of runs: The Spurs ended the game on a 15-3 run after the Sixers held a 82-75 lead with just under six minutes left in the 4th quarter. It gave me flashbacks to last season where this type of thing would happen on a nightly basis. The Sixers couldn’t close (insert joke here) and the Spurs’ veteran resilience turned a seven point deficit into a five point win. The hardest part about it is that the Sixers had gone on a 18-4 run themselves to start the 4th. I’ve never seen a period turn for the worst as bad as it did for the Sixers last night.
  2. Tim Duncan: Say what you want about Tim Duncan’s age, the guy is still one of the best players in this league on any given night. His 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two steals showed that he’s still the fundamental master in the NBA and his play was the reason the Spurs won this game.
  3. The Villain: Why can’t Evan Turner play this well every night? His 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists were a thrill to watch. There were even a couple occasions late in the game where he seemed to be moving at a faster pace than he had been all season. Does Turner thrive when the team is in the run-and-gun offense? If so why hasn’t Doug Collins emphasized this style of play until now? Is this the end of the half-court, slow-it-down garbage we’ve had to sit through all season? I for one hope so. Even though it was in a losing effort, much like the game against the Thunder in December, Turner showed you the type of player he can be.
  4. No encore for Jrue: Why was Jrue sitting to start the 4th quarter and why wasn’t the ball in his hands for every possession to end the quarter? Jrue obviously struggled against Tony Parker, shooting just 7-of-20 and committing six turnovers, but for a guy who’s been carrying the team on offense all season to not be taking every shot at the end of this game boggled Philadunkia’s collective minds (well maybe not Steve Toll’s). Like I said earlier…Doug, you’ve got some explaining to do.
  5. Back-to-back: The Sixers face the Bucks tonight on a back-to-back. Apparently the weather is about -5 degrees up in Milwaukee. Hopefully the stadium’s heating works, the Sixers couldn’t be much colder than they were at the end of last night’s game. Tip is at 8 o’clock on CSN.
  6. National spotlight: I don’t know about everyone else, but it was a joy to watch Chuck, Reggie and TNT’s crew broadcast last night’s game. Barkley made some great statements and at times was spot on about his assessments of the Sixers. Barkley also claimed that Kwame Brown is reviving his career though. Unless he knows something we don’t know…That’s a complete pile of crap. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sixers organization hired a designated tire slasher at this point in the season to make sure Kwame doesn’t make it down to the WFC in time for game’s each night. He Sir Charles, has been turrrrrible.

 
 
 

16 Responses to “GAME 41: (FRUSTRATED) REACTS”

  1. Steve Toll
    22. January 2013 at 14:16

    Tiago Splitter would be the best player (by a large margin) on the 76ers if he suited up tonight against Milwaukee.

    Holiday played 37 minutes last night and wasn’t exactly effective. He isn’t anywhere close to being good enough to have the ball in his hands to end a game where he has been bad.

    ET is still atrocious, but that was a fine game. Pretty bad from an Expected Value kinda way, but let’s be results oriented and give ET a big thumbs up.

  2. Larry Smith
    22. January 2013 at 14:27

    holiday should’ve got a f, his play at the last 5 minutes of game cost us a win, plus DOUG cant coach,telling holiday he is super star, is a lie.

  3. Steve Toll
    22. January 2013 at 15:03

    Larry, i want to agree with you but because SwaggyP is so bad, and you love him so much; i disagree out of spite

  4. Joe C
    22. January 2013 at 15:05

    More Up-Tempo! If they are going to lose the majority of their games, it would be better if they would at lose in a faster pace game that is enjoyable to watch.

  5. Larry Smith
    22. January 2013 at 16:15

    Where i come from bad mean good, u aint seen bad but its coming.

  6. Larry Smith
    22. January 2013 at 16:21

    Steve do u watch games or just read somebody else opionion,do u all get the same memo.

  7. Larry Smith
    22. January 2013 at 16:29

    We have a 7ft. SG in hawes and a 7ft. center sitting on the bench getting paid, at least make him earn it, he cant be worse than ALLEN, and HAWES, HE WANT RUN FROM CONTACT.

  8. Mike
    22. January 2013 at 16:53

    Lmao. You put the blame basically on Royal Ivey for ONE play. Nevermind the big three he made right? I’m sorry, I forgot he was the reason we didn’t score on 13 straight possesions.

  9. MattSg
    22. January 2013 at 17:43

    Steve , you were right about holiday on this one smh . We played better when he was off the floor in the 4th .
    He looked scared /clueless at times . & I wish we had tiago splitter .

  10. Rick
    22. January 2013 at 18:02

    Two hall of famers in Reggie Miller and Charles Barkley call Jrue Holiday an all-star, and all of the rest of the Philly fan base except Steve Toll and Larry Smith. Learn basketball so you can understand what a star player looks like. Steve you claim this team is horrible and Jrue averages 19-9 on this team. Name me two other point guards averaging this in the NBA. He’s only going to get better once the team gets better and he’s only 22! Steve, Jrue must have not signed an autograph for you or something because the hate you have against him I just dont understand it. Tiago splitter……… Enough said

  11. Larry Smith
    22. January 2013 at 22:54

    How did he play tonight.

  12. Steve Toll
    23. January 2013 at 01:51

    Rick,

    Reggie and Charles are barely keeping it together. They are clearly inept at evaluating NBA talent which is plainly obvious to anyone who listens to their commentary.

    Being a good basketball player and being a good talent evaluator are completely different.

    Jrue Holiday isn’t even average at this point, get over it.

    Tiago Splitter is quite awesome, U mad

  13. Rob Y
    23. January 2013 at 09:53

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8866347/lebron-james-carmelo-anthony-more-nba-all-star-selections
    -Zack Lowe on Eastern Conference Starters for All-Star game. A guy who clearly follows and understands more basketball than anyone on this blog. No offense:

    “Starters:
    G Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
    G Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
    FC LeBron James, Miami Heat
    FC Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
    FC Tyson Chandler, New York Knicks”

    “Two things on Holiday getting the starting nod over Irving and Rondo:

    1. It’s very hard to argue Rondo has been better than Holiday this season. The only pieces of evidence are these: Rondo is shooting 48.7 percent, compared to 45.8 percent for Holiday, and he’s dishing two more assists per game.

    Beyond that, it’s all Holiday. The shooting percentage gap vanishes when you consider Holiday is hitting 37 percent from deep — an above-average number — on three attempts per game, grabbing a much larger scoring role in Philadelphia’s offense,1 and getting to the line more than Rondo. That last thing is damning for Rondo as Boston desperately seeks more assertiveness from him; it’s hard to find a heavy-minutes point guard who gets to the line significantly less often than Holiday, but Rondo is one such player.

    Holiday has also been especially good in the clutch, shooting 20-of-45 in the last five minutes of close games as Philly’s only reliable creator. He single-handedly destroyed Toronto on Friday at the end of regulation and in overtime to cement his case.

    2. Rondo’s defense has slipped into Kobe Bryant/Kyle Lowry aimless freelancing territory, while Holiday continues to soundly hound guys at both guard positions. Rondo is still a worthy All-Star, obviously. He combines Andre Miller’s professorial understanding of spacing, angles, and timing with turbo speed and creative finishing — when he actually chooses to finish. But Holiday has been better this season.”

  14. Rick
    23. January 2013 at 11:11

    He had two bad games. He’s pressing because of all this all-star talk he’ll be back to normal on Saturday watch. Oh yea, but I dont think a 25 point 12 assist game is good enough for you steve, at least not from Jrue. If it was jose calderon or somebody like that it’s a good night.

  15. Paolo
    23. January 2013 at 12:56

    Steve Toll must be young because he thinks he’s more knowledgeable than GMs, expert commentators, every coach in the NBA, etc. “Doug Collins can’t coach because he doesn’t let Thad take threes… Jrue Holiday (probable coach’s decision for the all star team) is below average! – Why can’t anyone understand my brilliance – must be because they’re all stupid.”

    I was like that too when I was younger (before you’re actually exposed to people that have real knowledge and experience in whatever field in which you’re involved), but luckily I didn’t have a public forum with which to embarrass myself. Too bad that Steve for some reason has access to this one. It legitimately takes a toll (pun, get it?) on the blog.

  16. Oscar
    23. January 2013 at 20:25

    Haha and Steven Toll will still find out a way to argue..too funny.

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