GM 44: (RELIEVED) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/31/13 9:26 am EST
Washington Wizards 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +2

I have no real complaints about Thad’s night vs. the Wiz, but to my eyes he looked tired at times and lacked his usual ultra-high level of energy.  DC confirmed my suspicions in the post game PC when he described yungsmoove as “simply tired”.  He did however drop his first 3PA of the year (1-4 on the season).

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | 0

The roller coaster continues.  Poor shooting night and in the 2nd Q especially the offense came to a screeching halt with ET at the helm.  Even Malik Rose was exasperated with the way Turner pounded the ball into the floor last night.

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -2

If his stroke had been “on” at all last night and he could have defended Okafor better, this could have been a scary good game for Hawes.  All I ask is that he continue to grab 10 boards a night.  FYI…the breakaway dunk he had blocked by Wall was simply embarrassing.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 10-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | +6

Not the most efficient scoring night for Jrue (21 points on 22 shots), but a solid effort overall.  The left handed dunk he had blocked back in his face was hard to watch as well.  Still Jrue was steady for most of this game and he stepped up in the 4th Q.  He scored the Sixers final 7 points.  He also ended the Wiz’s big run during the very late 4th Q with a FT and a FGM.  That combo delivered this game to the W column for the Sixers.

Nick Young, SG 36 MIN | 7-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | 0

Enjoy your moment in the sun all you Swaggy P lovers.  He shot 7-17 from the field (not awful) and produced a solid all-around game.

Lavoy Allen, PF 22 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +14

Is it possible that all the trade talk on Philadunkia yesterday inspired Mr. 500 to go out there and dominate?  There were two stretches of this game where he simply took over.  He scored 6 straight in the early 2nd Q and then did the same thing in the final minutes of the 3rd Q.  Any chance this production can be sustained?  I say NOPE.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Considering he received two straight DNP-CD this was an amazing effort from Wright.

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +10

He played some tenacious defense and handed out a few dimes.  I’d love it if my back-up PG could add some scoring to the stat sheet, but I’m happy with this from Ivey until we locate a legit back-up PG.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

He was probably exhausted from the 11 minutes of burn he received vs. Memphis on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I liked that he stuck with the “new” starting-five and that the team seem inspired on defense.  However I still cringe every time he put the ball in Turner’s hands at the offensive end and allows him to “direct” this team.  I also am not a big fan of the way DC has had the team wind the shot clock down on each possession while leading in the late 4th Q of the last two games.  This squad does not execute well in those situations.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  Did anyone else fear that the Sixers were going to give another one away in the 4th?  An Okafor dunk capped a 13-2 run by the Wiz and cut the Sixers lead to 89-84 with 1:40 remaining.  The Sixers went 3+ minutes without a bucket in that stretch.  But Jrue made a free throw and then sealed this one with a 15 foot pull up jumper, allowing the Sixers to avert another disaster.

2.  This was not a pretty game either way, but the Wiz were especially bad last night.  The Wiz committed 18 TOs, but that is not the disturbing part.  It was the nature of those TOs that made this game nearly unwatchable.  On numerous occassions the Wiz simply threw the ball away without any pressure from the Sixers.  Those unforced TOs killed them last night.  Of course shooting 31% from deep (3-14 in 1st half) didn’t help either.

3.  The 2nd Q of this game was ugly.  At one point the Wiz went 5+ minutes without a hoop and that produced a 3-15 shooting stretch in the stanza.  They also coughed up the rock 6 times in the 2nd Q.  The result was 11 points in the Q.  The Sixers were not much better.  After opening with a 9-2 run, they had a 1-6 shooting stretch in the Q and turned the ball over 4 times.  The Q also featured several offensive trips where ET dribbled the clock out for some reason.  And don’t forget about the fast break dunk that Hawes had blocked by John Wall.

4.  “We’re only as good as our big men,” Collins said in the post game and man is that so true for this team.  Lavoy came out of his coma to run in an outstandin game.  Spence turned in a very solid night after two straight down games.  Thad was good.  If we can get anywhere near this type of production from Lavoy and Spence on a nightly basis, this team can make a move.  But that may be very wishful thinking.

5.  In the first half, the Sixers had 21 FGM made on 15 assists.  For the game, the 7-6 dropped 27 dimes on their 40 FGM. That’s how you move the ball fellas.

6.  DC is officially smitten with Nick Young, “He has really listened as we’ve tried to teach,” Collins said.  “He’s focused.  I told him when he came here: `My goal is to make you a polished player, not Swaggy P the act, but a player.  He has talent.  I knew if he focused, he could be a terrific player. He’s earned the respect of his teammates and coaches.”


 
 
 

13 Responses to “GM 44: (RELIEVED) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Tim
    31. January 2013 at 09:42

    Doug Collins needs to stop tooting his own horn a every press conference of his career.

  2. Alex Hootan
    31. January 2013 at 10:24

    Is Turner ever going to be an all star?

  3. Rob Y
    31. January 2013 at 10:29

    “Did anyone else fear that the Sixers were going to give another one away in the 4th? An Okafor dunk capped a 13-2 run by the Wiz and cut the Sixers lead to 89-84 with 1:40 remaining. The Sixers went 3+ minutes without a bucket in that stretch. But Jrue made a free throw and then sealed this one with a 15 foot pull up jumper, allowing the Sixers to avert another disaster.” – Dear Lord when will DC learn!!!!

    If not for the debatable foul called for Hawes with 1:20 left, we could’ve lost being up 89-84 with the Wizards ball. Still don’t understand how we haven’t learned that going into complete slowdown mode is the of one the greatest killers we have as a team besides the fact we NEVER go 2 for 1 (miss you Lou!!!), we let ET dictate the game for 15+ min, and our bigs are garbage.

    It was really nice to see Swaggy be absolutely dominant on offense where he has also shown a knack for dribbling through the lane, nice under the legs moves, quick bursts, and an uncanny ability to jam over defenders.

    Jrue’s gotta shake off some timidness he still has and get to the line, ET sucks as usual, Thad solid game, BIGS please step up. Why didn’t we play Wilkins?/why didn’t you include him/Mack/Moultrie on the report card even for comedy sake?

    Can’t believe some people think John Wall is really good – he literally can’t shoot and is so out of control. Good thing Bradley Beal was out this game or we could’ve lost if he played well.

  4. Cotton
    31. January 2013 at 11:22

    Wall is just back from injury, and had a few stellar plays last night. But I still think he fouled Hawes on that dunk. I’ve read on three different sites how embarrassing that is, but I think it’s far more embarrassing that Hawes couldn’t get that call.

  5. Tom
    31. January 2013 at 12:54

    I didn’t know hitting someone as hard as you can in the forearms counted as a block…

  6. Keith
    31. January 2013 at 13:10

    Turner was bad again. His one possession where he had the ball the entire 24 seconds and ended up getting blocked is what I will remember about him this season. Just awful.

  7. Rick
    31. January 2013 at 13:46

    Rob,

    Wilkins was out because of personal reasons. And I do agree Turner is frustrating. When he makes a mistake he feels as though has to prove his self and make the shot. Plus sometimes he dribbles until the shot clock is down to like 8 seconds so that he has to shoot. I don’t hate Turner as much as guys, but he needs to think the game better and stop trying to do too much. He’s turning into a “ballhog” and his teammates will start to get tired of that. Also if he wants to shoot that mid range shot all the time, he has to make it more consistent. Some games its on and other games its brick after brick.

  8. Steve Toll
    31. January 2013 at 14:57

    Nice Win, Ugly Game.

  9. Rob Y
    31. January 2013 at 15:02

    Philadunkia is WEAK today – my boss is out and I need debate! Yea, I read that Wilkins was out because of personal reasons earlier.

    An inconsistent basketball player (Turner) is a bad basketball player.

    Also, I believe its pretty naive to think Detroit (with Calderon) and Raptors (with Gay) can’t make a run at the 8 seed either. Lastly, I read an article on grantland about the 3way trade and it was very interesting to me that the writer barely brought up Ed Davis in all the talk. It mostly dealt with salary cap issues and short term/long term possibilities regarding the “main” players in the trade: 1) Gay 2) Calderon 3) Prince.

  10. Rick
    31. January 2013 at 15:34

    Oh yea and about that John Wall block on Spencer Hawes, John Wall got ALL ball. It was funny to me. Of course Spencer is going to claim he got fouled, he was embarrassed. I would claim he fouled me also.

  11. Max
    31. January 2013 at 16:32

    Whats up with Thad taking more threes. He only had one attempt before these last three games and now he seems to be taking one a game. I wonder if thats something Doug is focusing on with him or if its just random.

  12. Tom
    1. February 2013 at 03:17

    Max,

    I think DC might be getting ready for a Bynum return.

  13. Louis
    1. February 2013 at 10:49

    how do u give COllins a B, at the end of the game all the other players were literally standing there not doing anything while Jrue tried to beat Wall off the dribble.. Seriously? No picks no nothing no play, thats horrendous coaching

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