GM 49: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/13 9:49 am EST
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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.


 
 
 

18 Responses to “GM 49: RAPID REACTS”

  1. Steve Toll
    10. February 2013 at 11:15

    Without Thad: 192 points in 10 quarters against the Magic in the 2nd half, IND on a b2b2b, and the Bobcats on a b2b

    If anyone still thinks that Jrue is either better or more important than Thad…..

    Another game where the 76ers benefit from the refs swallowing the whistle

  2. Harry
    10. February 2013 at 11:18

    76ers without Jrue, with Thad: 0-4

    76ers without Thad, with Jrue: 2-1

    Just saying. Wins against Orlando and Charlotte are wins nonetheless.

    And I really hope ET gets traded as soon as possible. He probably has some trade value still left.

  3. Hoops
    10. February 2013 at 12:45

    Evan, stop trying to alley-oop with Spence. It has been a difficult season on us Sixer fans and this one has had witnessed enough botched Turner-to-Hawes alley-oops. I like that designed play with Tuner and Moultrie though – it even lead to points in a roundabout way.

  4. Stephen
    10. February 2013 at 12:51

    Steve Toll,

    I understand that you have a firm stance about Jrue and Thad. Really, I do. But I’m a long time reader of this blog, and you’re just getting annoying. You’ve made your point – make new points! Come on, basketball guru, let us know what you’re made of. Don’t be a one trick pony.

    It’s not good for anyone. Literally no one said anything about anyone being better than anyone else, and you just spew bullshit about Thad and Jrue. You won’t get anywhere as a sports journalist if you’re an obsessive one trick pony.

  5. Jon
    10. February 2013 at 13:15

    As Jeff has pointed out already we understand Thad is more valuable to the sixers, he’s not a better player than Jrue. Just like you could say who would be more valuable to the heat, Rajon rondo or James harden? Obviously rondo even though harden is the superior player since the heat already have Dwayne wade but lack a skilled point guard.

  6. the super villain
    10. February 2013 at 13:34

    it’s nice to see arnett moultrie is not a stiff.

    his game needs some polishing, but at least he’s an athlete and has shown he can make plays for himself getting to the basket.

    obviously pargo’s performance was great to see. nice for jrue to get some relief from ball handling duties.

  7. Dominic
    10. February 2013 at 14:28

    Stephen,

    I couldn’t have said it any better myself

  8. Keith
    10. February 2013 at 16:38

    Is it just me or does Moultrie look slow/out of shape/heavy? And he is awful on defense. I did like seeing Pargo and Jrue play together. That could be an interesting pairing. It’s only one game, but Pargo looks to be an upgrade over what we have had earlier in the season.

  9. Jeff McMenamin
    10. February 2013 at 21:19

    Hey Steve,

    “January 8, 2013, McMenamin: “Fact. In the next 16 games, I see the team getting at least seven wins for a 7-9 record, but more likely grabbing a record of 8-8 or above.”

    January 8, 2013, Toll: “Fiction. 6-10 would have to be looked at as a success and that is taking into consideration that 13 of those games are at WFC.”

    The Sixers are 5-6 since Jan. 8. In their past 6 games, the Sixers have played arguably their best basketball of the season. In their next 5 games the Sixers play a weak Magic team, the Granger-less Pacers whom they nearly beat w/o Holiday in December, Charlotte…nuff said, the Clips who will kill them and Milwaukee who I’m still not convinced is a better team than the Sixers.

    2 wins seems like a guarantee against the Magic and Charlotte. Indiana and Milwaukee are a toss-up. If the Sixers get one win in the next five then you’ve analyzed the team better than I have. If the Sixers get two or more than I’ve proven I don’t need to gamble to analyze this team better than you.”

    Looks like I’m 2-0 now in friendly bets this year. Thanks for playing. Oh…And this was without who you call “The best Sixer on the team” Thaddeus Young. Time to go back to the drawing board on your analysis buddy.

  10. Fu
    10. February 2013 at 22:22

    Does L.A. read Philadunkia? The more he gets trashed on this blog, the better he plays! So you may not want to give him to many A+. Just kidding of course… Great game from Lavoy “did you call me soft?!” Allen.

    Could not agree more with Stephen. Steve needs to bring some new ideas. And we are also getting bored of this Jeff-Steve childish feud. Not interesting. Please move on.

  11. Jeff McMenamin
    10. February 2013 at 23:31

    Fu,

    Haha totally agree on Allen. I’ve trashed him all season, but he’s put together a great past five games. We’ll grade on the Allen curve from now on so he keeps it up.

    Feud over. Just had to throw in a final jab. When Steve constantly throws punches I’m not just gonna sit there. Imagine being in my shoes for a second. I’ve said everything I’ve needed to say to Mr. Toll.

    Also, what do you guys think of this trade?
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=d84bhwe

    Obviously it’s a big risk depending on Bynum, but I feel like a defensive piece like Josh Smith would be a great upgrade from Thad at PF. With Bynum we wouldn’t need to rely on Thad for offense as much and his contract is too expensive to be a 6th man. Spencer won’t get much tick with a healthy Bynum.

  12. Rick
    11. February 2013 at 02:10

    That’s what I want to see, some trade scenarios. Hopefully Lavoy can keep playing well so we can try to trade him and Turner for a good sg/sf. If moultrie can come out of his shell and play some good basketball for us, we won’t need Lavoy. Bynum will need to come back and be healthy for us, for this to be a good move though. I also feel it may be a little to late to trade for anything worth trading for, being that none of our players have been playing good consistently except for Jrue and Thad which will make teams give us the short end of the stick.

    Jeff,

    I don’t see the hawks making that move. They are going to end up having the second coming of the 2011-2012 sixers. I hate to lose Thad, but I think that would be a pretty good trade if Bynum was healthy though. I wish we could do this trade…
    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine(LOL) or this one http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine(LOL)

  13. Sloetry
    11. February 2013 at 07:06

    Interesting trade idea and certainly worth discussing… although I think Josh Smith coming off the books in a year and maybe not re-signing would leave a hole. Depends if we needed the salary room. Thad’s locked in for 4 years and can be kept or is a very tradeable piece. Don’t know how it work on the trades, but I’d rather trade Thad (and ET) for Cousins.
    As a matter of interest…. does anyone think the Bynum trade would have worked if Allen had been offered instead of Vuc. Remember everyone was high on LA after the Celtics series. Hopefully LA will grow. I wonder if having Moultrie get some minuted made LA step up.

  14. Jeff McMenamin
    11. February 2013 at 08:51

    Rick,

    I’d love to see the trades but the links don’t work. You have to press the save the trade button once it says it’s successful. It will give you a link when you do that with the trade.

    As for the Josh smith. It is a big risk depending on Bynum’s health, but I’d rather have a true PF like Smith with his defensive capabilities than the weak defending Thad. Doug Collins is a defensive coach and Smith could thrive with the Sixers. The Sixers are like a younger/more exciting version of the Hawks.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

  15. Jon
    11. February 2013 at 11:54

    I would love the smith trade if the hawks would do it!

  16. Rick
    11. February 2013 at 11:54

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=afb5egk

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bd4e3c2

    Ps.

    I don’t think these trades would ever take place, but we would take the players that new york wants to dump. I’m not sure what pieces they are looking to obtain, but these trades would be good for us. Don’t judge me.

    Jeff,

    I don’t think the trade would be good for us if we didn’t have Bynum because we would not have a center. It would be Lavoy, Moultrie, Josh, and Kwame.

  17. Paolo
    11. February 2013 at 14:29

    Josh Smith? Has anyone watched any Hawks games this year? Why do you think they’re trying to unload him? You think you’re frustrated with Turner’s up and down play?… Not interested in Josh Smith jacking threes with 18 seconds on the clock night in and out.

  18. Jeff McMenamin
    11. February 2013 at 19:37

    Rick,

    I’m not sold on Iman Shumpert. He seems like the Rodney Carney mold to me. Just a high energy guy who can hit three’s. Combined with Steve “no defense” Novak I don’t think that’s the answer. I think the Sixers can do better for Turner if they’re going that route.

    As for the other trade…I like Amare, but he’s another guy who can’t D up. I think the Sixers would be giving up way too much for him. They might as well just keep Thad because he’s the same type of player, but a lot cheaper.

    Sloetry,

    Save your breath. We have no chance of getting DMC. Unless we give up a lot.

    Paolo,

    Josh Smith would be in an a lot different situation in Philly. On the 2009-10 Hawks, that’s kind of the situation Josh Smith would be in if he came to Philly. Great PG in Holiday (Bibby), shot jacking SG w/Young (Johnson), athletic wing Turner (Williams), Smith at PF, dominant center Bynum (Horford).

    In 2009-10 Smith had 999 shot attempts in 81 games. He shot 50% from the field. This season he’s had 721 in in 46 games due to the Hawks not having Johnson anymore and Lou Will being hurt. He’s shooting 45% because he’s being relied upon too much offensively. He can put his focus back to defense if he comes to the Sixers and Collins is one of the best defensive minded coaches in the league. His 5.1 DWS in 09-10 was the highest of his career. This is the Smith I see coming to Philly, not the one you’ve seen the past two seasons. The Sixers will have enough offensive fire power with Holiday, Bynum, Turner. Smith can focus on higher percentage looks.

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