GM 48: (PUKE) RAPID REACTS

Indiana Pacers 88 FinalRecap | Box Score 69 Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 1-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -22

I know the Pacers lineup presents a number of match-up issues for Turner, but to be honest, I’m done here. Two words for you — trade him…

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

So he starts and plays respectable ball in the 1st Q against the very physical Pacers front line and then we don’t see him for the rest of the night.  What gives?

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -11

I like the 10 boards, but Spence’s flailing and whining last night drove me crazy.  It was obvious from the start that the refs were going to let them play last night. Instead of manning up and getting physical, Spence chose to continue playing soft and cry all night to the officiating crew.  My favorite Spence moment was when a bounce pass for Turner went through his hands, then through his legs and OB. His buzzer beater FGA at the end of the 3rd wasn’t pretty either.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 7-22 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 19 PTS | -12

Man was Jrue’s shot off in the 1st half last night.  He found his stroke in the 2nd half, but it was not enough to keep the Sixers in this game.  He did an solid job of driving th ball to the tin, but the 5 TO’s didn’t help much last night.

Nick Young, SG 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -20

Last night was Swaggy’s first poor game since joining the starting line-up, so I’ll take it easy on him. Still, I would like to have seen him drive the ball to the cup a little more.

Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -15

Lavoy has found the fountain of hoops and I hope he keeps drinking from it.  It also seems he has finally learned to cut / roll / dive to the basket for easy baskets.  However, I’m not sure I want him firing up 13 FGAs in every game.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 21 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Hey Doug…What’s My Name?!?…Say my name b*#@*…

In his first significant tick of the year, Moultrie did well for himself.  I was especially pleased with the way he cut / dove into the lane on offense and made himself available for easy hoops.  By my count he had 3 bunny slams in this game.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +2

After a slow start (1-3 on 3PAs) this turned into a very solid all-around night for Wright who should start seeing a lot more burn with J-Rich done for the season.  Wright made the play of the night in the 2nd Q…after blocking Hansbrough’s shot at the defensive end, he went down the floor and threw a no-look alley-oop pass to Moultrie for a slam.

Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Just more evidence that the Sixers still need a viable back-up PG

Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

According to Yahoo Sports, stick a fork in him…J-Rich is done for the year.

Doug Collins

This team was not ready to go last night at all. He has to be held partially responsible for that item.  I also didn’t like that Wilkins saw no action last night vs. the very physical Pacers.  Finally, he gave 28 mins to Turner who was simply lost last night and that was obvious from the very start.

After the Jump, Six Things we Saw Last Night…

1.  The run of hot starts for the Sixers “new” starting lineup came to a crashing halt last night.  The 7-6 shot 3-15 to start the game and had a stretch in which they went 4+ mins without a FG.  The 1st Q was extremely physical and the refs swallowed their whistles.  The result was that the teams combined for 33 points and shot 28.6 percent (16 for 56) in the first quarter

2.  It’s amazing to me that a young, rested team can come out sooo flat vs. a Pacers team that was playing its third game in three nights.  There is no excuse for that…NONE!

3.  As ugly as the 1st Q was in this game, the 3rd Q was not much better.  Indy opened the Q with a 9-0 run, but after that it was brutal.  The Sixers could not buy a basket in the Q and only had 4 points at the 5:11 mark and 14 overall.  The teams had a combined 9-26 stretch during the 3rd.

4.  I know IND is a very physical team and the Sixers offense isn’t great, so I expected this game to be on the ugly side, but the refs turned last night’s game into a disgrace.  The officials set a tone early that they were going to let these teams go at it and the result was some of the ugliest NBA basketball I have seen all year.  The first foul call to go the Sixers way finally came at the 9:25 mark of the 2nd Q.  Not cryin’…just sayin’ that refs mailed it in last night (both ways).

5.  The Sixers got 33 points from their bench (IND got 19 from theirs) and scored 44 points in the paint (IND scored 28), but only attempted 7 FTS (IND shot 25).

6.  In the 6 quarters that Thad has missed thus far because of his strained hammy, the Sixers have scored 105 points total.

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