GM 44: (RELIEVED) RAPID REACTS

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.”

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