GM 50: (EMBARRASSED) RAPID REACTS

Los Angeles Clippers 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -30Lavoy played incredibly soft tonight. It was very evident from the get-go that the Temple product was a little intimidated inside by the Clippers’ athletic bigs. He didn’t do anything in the first 8 minutes of the game which forced Collins to pull him for Arnett Moultrie ASAP.
Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -25You have to really to wonder if Evan is starting to hear the trade rumors that are beginning to involve his name.  He was clearly frustrated and pressing all night offensively and his shooting percentage shows that.  His body language was very poor as well.
Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -20Don’t take Hawes’ 10 rebounds too seriously.  The 76ers’ starting center was very soft inside as well tonight as he was often looking up at the bottom of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s sneakers as they were dunking over him.
Jrue Holiday, PG 29 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -22Jrue played a relatively solid game tonight, but in a potential match-up of All-Star game starting point guards, Holiday was taken to school by CP3.  The ultra quick Paul, the Western Conference starter, put on a point guard clinic that Jrue can certainly learn from.
Nick Young, SG 34 MIN | 10-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | -12In somewhat of an “eff-you” game against his old team – remember the Clippers essentially let him walk for Jamaal Crawford – Young was very effective on the offensive end.  While a lot of his points did come in garbage time, he got to the line 6 times, too.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 26 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +4Arnett surprisingly entered the game at the 4:31 mark in the 1Q tonight after Lavoy Allen really struggled out of the gate.  He responded with 6 points, 2 ORebs and some nice interior defense on Griffin.  He also showed some nice, soft touch around the basket.  I couldn’t give him the A+ because of that nasty follow slam Jordan threw down on his head off of Griffin’s missed FT.  You have to box out in the Association rookie.
Dorell Wright, SF 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +1Dorell Wright apparently played 6 minutes in the 1Q, but I didn’t even remember he was in the game when I checked the box score during the commercial break before the 2Q.  But hey, he did contribute a little in garbage time.  He’s been horribly misused this season thanks to the Do(u)g-house.
Jeremy Pargo, PG 24 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -6Pargo entered the contest to replace a struggling Turner in the 1Q. While he didn’t do anything nearly as eye-popping as he did against the Bobcats, he still looks the part of a serviceable backup PG. Collins should use him like the Clippers use Eric Bledsoe.
Royal Ivey, PG 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +12Royal Ivey didn’t play a minute of this game until the Sixers were down nearly 30 points in the fourth quarter. But, when he did get into garbage time, he actually shot the ball pretty well.
Damien Wilkins, SG 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +13Wilkins continues his recent streak of looking clueless on the court offensively.  If you turned off the game before or during the 4Q, you probably missed his oh-so embarrassing fast break layup miss.
Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | In the preseason, Collins praised Kwame as a potential NBA starting center.  Now he’s racking up DNP’s like burned up trucks on MTV’s “Buckwild”.  How is this guy making multiple millions of dollars?
Doug CollinsIn fairness to Collins, his players were simply outplayed by a much talented team. However, the Sixers let the Clippers (a team playing their second game of a back-to-back set) jump out to a 10-1 lead to start the game.  That’s terrible preparation by the coaching staff.  I will give him credit for going to Moultrie and Pargo so early though.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  Immediately following the tip the Clippers’ broadcasters (I was watching from a surprisingly solid FirstRowSports stream) were discussing the lack of progression of Andrew Bynum’s rehab.  When you get Bynum updates without the red and blue glasses the mainstream Philly media wears, it’s feels more and more realistic that Bynum won’t appear in a Sixers’ uniform this season.

2.  As mentioned in the grades, the Sixers sat back, relaxed and watched the Clippers burst out to a 10-1 lead to open the contest and looked like they were the team that were playing the second game of a back-to-back.  This team has lacked energy in many games this season.  Tonight instead of raising their game to meet the challenge of playing a quality NBA team, they just rolled over…at home!

3.  Last season, the Sixers were constantly benefiting from the superb play of their bench (a.k.a. “The Night Shift”).  But, now with Thad Young and Evan Turner starting, and with Lou Williams in the ATL, the 76ers’ bench has little to zero consistent production.  In this game, the Clippers bench scored 19-straight points in the first half.  The Sixers don’t have that capability.

4.  It’s starting to seem like Doug Collins is beginning to give up on this season.  If he really thought this team had a chance to make the playoffs he would not be playing Moultrie big minutes in the 1st quarter of basketball games that are still competitive.  DC has been shaking his head and crossing his arms more often than he’s been “teaching”.

5.  When Lob City came to town, Sixers fans knew that they should expect some exciting alley-oops and dunks from the Clippers array of athletic players.  But, the 76ers players ended up having first row seats to an absolute dunk contest, as they lost the points in the paint battle, 48-26. This one especially entertained:

6.  Lastly, but certainly not least, after the game the Sixers players HUGGED, DAPPED and CHATTED with the Clippers players that had just DESTROYED them!!  Only Nick Young had the right to converse with his old teammates.  Spencer Hawes, Dorell Wright and Jrue Holiday should not have been all buddy-buddy with the Clippers players following that demolition.  They should have been embarrassed and walked off the court.  That was an absolute disgrace!

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