GM 49: RAPID REACTS

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Lavoy Allen, PF 41 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 22 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +18

Lavoy must have fallen into the fountain of hoops he recently discovered as he went out and had a career high 22 boards and put in 14 points as well. Lavoy  was incredible last night. In his last 3 games he is averaging 12 ppg. and 11 rpg. Any chance this run of stellar play continues?

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +22

A nice double-double for Turner that will hopefully get him back on track.  ET got going early as he hit two quick FGAs in the 1st Q and at half he had 8 points, 6 rebs., and 2 assists.  He was on his way to an A+ from me until the 4th Q.  After scoring 4 straight for the 7-6 in the final Q, Turner got a little out of control.  He continued to use his back down / post up move and missed his next attempt.  Then he jacked up an 18-footer and missed.  That was followed by a miss from 15 feet. He also had a iso-play FGA rejected by Mullens.  That’s when I threw the remote.

Spencer Hawes, C 40 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +5

I’m not a fan of the multiple 3PAs he continues to hoist every night, but Spence hauled 40 mins. last night and nearly registered a double-double, so we’ll cut him some slack.  He missed he 1st two FGAs of the night — both long range J’s, but then hit his next 3 straight — all from around 12 feet or closer.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-23 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +11

Not the most efficient scoring night for Jrue, but a I really liked the way Jrue took the ball to the tin consistently last night.  His 8 4th Q points were big in sealing this one for the Sixers and the backdoor cut for a lay-in he executed with the help of Pargo was a beauty.

Nick Young, SG 19 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +14

Foul trouble led to an awful night for Swaggy.  I am bit concerned here because that’s two sub-par outing in a row for Nick. It didn;’t matter last night because of Pargo, but I’d like to see Nick get back on track.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1

I know Lavoy was on fire last night and Spence was solid, but Arnett has shown he deserves more minutes, so let’s give them to him DC.  The pick-n-roll he had for an AND 1 in the 3rd Q was a great basketball play. However he’ll need to work on those FTs.

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Wright is paid to make jumpers and last night he did not do that at all.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -3

Pargo had one practice with the Sixers before last night’s game.  Apparently that’s all he needed. Pargo delivered in a big way for the Sixers with his dribble drives and passing ability.  DC liked what he saw so much that Pargo played almost the entire 4th Q.  This is what a real back-up PG looks like…

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

The problem here is that he’ll have to play some minutes if we have any hope of moving Kwame at the deadline.

Doug Collins

I like that he rode the hot hands last night — Lavoy, Spence and Pargo — to victory.  I also thought it was a smart move to just let Pargo play this game out.  A lot of coaches would not have had the guts to keep him in the game after only 1 practice.  I didn’t like that he allowed Turner to take over the offense on the early 4th Q.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  The Sixers opened the third on a 12-2 run to break open and take control of a one-point game at half.  The Sixers shot 7-9 in the early going of the 3rd.  Jrue had 6 points during this stretch and Lavoy threw in 6 points as well.

2.  Do you realize that the Sixers came within 3 assists for Jrue and 1 rebound for Spence from putting 4 players in the double-double category?

3.  Let’s talk Pargo: We all remember that he scored 28 on the Sixers earlier this year.  He also had started 11 of his 25 games played with the Cavaliers and averaged 7.8 points.  So we know he can play.  Still the fact that DC gave Pargo 29 minutes last night was very surprising.  Thank god he did.  Pargo had the play of the game when he drove the length of the court for a right-handed layup and a foul (AND 1).  Pargo also wowed the crowd again in the 4th with a one-handed reverse that kept the lead at double-digits.  The back door pass he threw to Holiday was great as well.  He rounded out his night by getting T’d up which Malik Rose joked was going to be costly for a guy on a 10-day contract

4.  Remember last year when “The Night Shift” would carry the Sixers during games?  Those days are long gone.  The Sixers got 15 total points from their bench last night as Pargo and Moultrie were the only two reserves that scored.

5.  The 2nd Q of last night’s game set basketball back 30 years.  The Sixers went 5+ minutes without a hoop during a 1 for 10 stretch.  They had 6 FGs and 15 points total in the Q.  The Cats had their own 1-10 stretch that started at the end of the 1st Q and ran into the 2nd Q.  There was a 2:40 span of this Q where neither team scored.

6.  The Sixers FT issues continued last night.  The team’s first FTA came at the 1:56 mark of the 2nd Q and DC’s boys shot 10 total FTAs on the night…The Cats were 6-26 from the field in the opening Q.

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