GM 45: (B2B Ws) RAPID REACTS

Sacramento Kings 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 43 MIN | 11-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +16

An outstanding night from Thad was capped with a huge 4th Q.  With the Sixers trailing by 1, Thad scored 6 straight to right the ship.  He also grabbed 6 boards in the Q which helped him tie a career high with 15.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +12

ET is in a wicked funk right now and I am not sure what the answers are for Turner.  Watching him get abused by Tyreke Evans was awkward.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10

I like that Spence came out with an aggressive midnset in the 3rd Q and took the ball to the tin for 4 straight points.  However, I didn’t like that my 7-foot tall starting center grabbed only 1 rebound in 26 mins. and continues to launch 3PAs.

Jrue Holiday, PG 44 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 21 PTS | +13

Obviously 8 TOs is not acceptable from you starting PG. So that needs to be corrected and it will be. But overall a solid game from “The Jruth”.  However, his overall night was solid.  Jrue’s spin move that led to a baseline jumper in the third was smooth.

Nick Young, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -7

All aboard the Swaggy P bandwagon.  I am more impressed with his ability to score off the bounce then anything else.  Still 1-5 from deep is not good for a starting NBA SG.  Nick is playing care free right now as with J-Rich out and Wright in the Do(u)g-house he knows DC has no other choice at SG.

Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +15

The tongue lashing he received from Philadunkia earlier this week must have inspired Lavoy as he has played much better in the last two games.  Again all I am asking from Lavoy is 6-8 points and 10 rips a night.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -7

So our reserve SF grabs 5 boards in 17 mins, but our starting center…I’d like to see DC get this guy 20+ minutes per game.

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +13

Mehhhh

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

At least Kwame will be well rested to battle Vucevic on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much DC is at fault for the Sixers blowing a 19-point lead, but he has to share in the blame.  I would also like to have seen more pick-n-roll action for Jrue last night to help him shake off Tyreke Evans who gave Holiday some issues last night.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The Sixers “new” starting five continued their run of fast starts, making 12 of 20 shots to open the game.  That led to a 15 point halftime lead.  Look at these key numbers in the 1st half: 3 players with 11+ points (Thad; Jrue & NY); the Sixers held a 23-14 rebounding edge; 56% shooting from the field; 23 FGM on 14 assists; 28 points in the paint and 19 FB points.

2.  Outside of the 3rd Q, the Kings were simply awful in this one.  They shot 39% in the 1st half and went 0-5 from deep.  In the 4th Q they had a 1-11 stretch and shot 3-18 overall.  They also went 7+ minutes without a bucket and committed 6 TOs in the 4th.  All of that garbage amounted to 12 4th Q points — a franchise record for fewest points allowed in a single Q by the Sixers.

3.  As bad as the Kings were in the 4th, the Sixers were nearly as bad in the 3rd Q.  They shot 6-17 at one point.  They committed 6 TOs.  And most importantly they gave a weak effort on the defensive end.  When you combine that with Tyreke’s scoring explosion (13 in Q) and 10 pts. from Isaiah Thomas (Kings made 11 of 20 shots in the 3rd), you can see how the Sixers squandered a 19 point lead.

4.  The Sixers blew a 17-point lead in a loss to Memphis on Monday night and nearly wasted a 19-point cushion against the Kings.  IMO the Sixers inability to close out an opponent when they have them down big occurs so frequently because this squad lacks a nasty streak.  For the most part,this roster is comprised of young, nice kids who don’t have a fierce bone in their bodies.  They lack that killer instinct that pushes a team to “put your foot on the opponent’s throat” as they say when you have a team on the ropes.

5.  Tyreke Evans has been struggling all year with nagging injuries, but after recording his first double-double of the season on Wednesday night (19 & 11) he seems to be getting back on track.  The hometown kid out of American Christian (Aston , PA) put on a show at the WFC last night.  He scored a season high 29, but more importantly Tyreke looked like the player that ripped up the NBA during his rookie season of 2010-11.

6.  The Sixers win consecutive games for the first time since they had a three-game winning streak from Nov. 25-30…The Sixers had two five-game losing streaks since they last won back-to-back games….The Sixers won for only the fifth time in 14 games and eighth in 25.

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