Posted by: C. Smith
02/14/13 9:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Milwaukee Bucks
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1

Lavoy just struggles so badly to guard / hedge on the pick-n-roll that I can’t comment on anything else he did last night.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1

Another roller coaster game for ET.  He came out of the gate and threw up an ill-advised shot and had a bad TO.  For that DC gave him the quick hook. When he was sent back in during the 1st Q he committed 2 more TOs and went 1-3 from the field.  ET did rally in the 2nd half and had some solid drives to the tin.  However when he was at the point in the 3rd Q he failed on several pick-n-roll ops to hit Moultrie as dove to the rim .  Of course his driving lay up to get the 7-6 within 1 point during the closing seconds was very nice.  Anyone else have motion sickness?

Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -4

If Spence could learn to provide any resistance at all on the defensive end, he could be a solid reserve in this League.  He simply carried the Sixers on offense during the 4th Q (10 pts.) and the Sixers needed that badly.  Still he doesn’t go to the bucket with authority and that soft finger roll he missed in the early 4th was just another example of that fact.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | 0

Jrue recorded yet another double-double last night, but some questionable shot selection in the 4th Q and a costly TO caused me to hit him with the “B”.  He did a nice job of finding Moultrie on the pick-n-roll and also took the ball to the basket frequently.  Two other things I noticed…Jrue can not get a foul call from the refs & Jrue will always have trouble guarding smaller-quicker guards (CP3, Jennings, etc.).  He’s 6-4 and nearly 200 lbs., so we’re going to have to live with the fact that some of the slighter point men in the League will give him fits.  Lastly, the dribble-drive, ball fake, lay-in move he made in the 2nd Q was fantastic.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Swaggy started out on fire as he was 4-4 on FGAs in the 1st Q and then thanks to fouls and DC’s quick hook, NY cooled off from there.  I really liked that he got to the FT line and made the freebies.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1

He needs to work on his FTs and I’d like to see him make a few more of his FGAs, but another solid night from Arnett.  It blows me away that in the 1st Q after two FGM on the pick-n-roll and a couple of boards that DC yanks him and he just sits on the bench for what seemed like an eternity

Dorell Wright, SF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2

4 points in 7 ticks and 2-2 on FTs.  Not bad for a guy who is in the Do(u)g-house.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Pargo seemed a little off last night, but I like when he is playing point with Jrue on the floor.  I think more of that last night would have been a good move by DC.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0

The 3PA he hit in the late 3rd Q was huge for the Sixers, but other then that it was a quiet night for Ivey.  Ohh yeah until the final ticks…he needed to call a TO after the jump ball in the final seconds fell into his hands.  Turning the ball over there with a bad pass is simply a ridiculous mistake for a veteran.

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5

5 mins…1 bucket…well done


Hey, did you hear the one about the big guy who sat around doing nothing and got paid $2 million?

Doug Collins

I loved that he yanked ET early on, but I didn’t like that he pulled Swaggy in the 1st when he picked up his second foul.  Swaggy was on fire at that point and you have to let the guy play it out.  I continue to hate that he lets ET run the point for large stretches.  Moultrie deserved more minutes.  And I am starting to wonder why the Sixers can’t get a call — is it possibly a DC thing?

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  What a weird 3rd Q we saw in last night’s game…The Bucks cut the Sixers lead to 1 point with a nice run.  That was answered by a Sixers 8-0 run.  The Bucks then used some solid D and minutes of intense play to trim the lead back to 1 again.  Brandon Jennings had 10 in the Q and the Sixers went 3:30 without a bucket.  Yet thanks to an Ivey 3PM, the 7-6 led by 3 at the end of the 3.

2.  Jennings and Monta Ellis simply took this game over in the 3rd and 4th Qs. Jennings was a insane in the 3rd Q — knocking home 3PAs and getting to the rim for 10 points.  Ellis threw in 6 pts. in the 3rd Q.  In the 4th Q, Ellis hit for 13 points and brought home this W for MIL.  Both of them took their energy and hustle to a new level in the 2nd half and it seemed to inspire a Bucks squad that looked flat in the 1st half.

3.  The Sixers lost this game thanks to some woeful shooting in the 4th Q.  At one point they were 2-14 on FGAs in the Q. That stretch was mostly thanks to the fact that they settled for jumpers and forgot to go by defenders or look inside for some easy hoops.

4.  The Sixer bigs are the worst in the League at guarding / hedging / helping on the pick-n-roll.  I’m sure DC works on this stuff at PCOM, but it’s not helping. It’s actually hard to watch at times.

5.  In the 1st half, the Sixers shot 55.9% from the field and scored 19 FG on 10 dimes…MIL had 18 points on 30% shooting in the 1st Q…The Sixers shot 24 FTs (made 20) and the bench scored 16 points last night…The Bucks grabbed 16 ORebs an scored 54 points in the paint…Sammy D had a nice double-double (17 & 14)…Sammy nearly out rebounded Spence & Lavoy combined (16 total)…The win ended a four-game losing streak for MIL and gave them a 3-0 lead in the season series with the Sixers…Milwaukee had 18 points off turnovers…

6.  After the game, DC told the media that he and the Sixers are ready for some much needed time off during the ASB….”We’ve been through a lot this year.  It’s been a tough year for us.”   Has anyone else had enough of DC’s recent whining?!?!?


34 Responses to “GM 51: (UNHAPPY) RAPID REACTS”

  1. RYN_JAY
    14. February 2013 at 10:32

    It really is sad that Jrue NEVER gets any calls. EVER

  2. Mike
    14. February 2013 at 11:20

    Wtf do you mean by the statement is it a Doug Collins thing that the sixers don’t get foul calls?

  3. Steve Toll
    14. February 2013 at 11:54

    How does SwaggyP end up with 3 possessions in the 2nd half in 19 minutes?

    Do we blame the coach or the PG?

  4. Chris L.
    14. February 2013 at 12:15


  5. Philadunkia
    14. February 2013 at 13:18


    By that, I mean is it possible that he should be fighting harder for his guys with the refs?

    Should he get run one night, rip the officials post game and take a $25K fine just to make a statement to the League on how obvious it is that the Sixers can not get a call. Maybe that would change things.

    Maybe he should pull a Mark Cuban and send a “non-calls” video reel to the League offices. IDK

    Something has to change as the Sixers get no respect at all from teh officials. I’m not saying it’s really Collins fault, I was more wondering if he could be doing more to help this team out with regrads to the refs.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    — C. Smith

  6. Rick
    14. February 2013 at 14:02

    I know Jeff brought this up already but since it is being “rumored” how do you guys feel about the Josh Smith for Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes trade. I think we sell the dream of becoming championship contenders to him, by him and Bynum taking pay cuts so we can keep the them together. There is no way he is getting max contract on any team that is going to be a championship contender. If it is more about money then winning a championship to him then this will not work. I also don’t know if we are allowed to talk to him much before we trade for him, if at all. Jrue, ?, ?, Smith, Bynum. I don’t know what other good moves we can make in the offseason to get a good SG and SF but that is a good start.

  7. chris
    14. February 2013 at 14:11

    Last night was a “break the remote” kind of night. It’s obvious that the Bucks have two guys who can finish a game. Sixers have half of one.

    I’ll never understand how Moultrie can look so good, and not get more burn.

    Not only can the sixers not defend the pick and roll, they are possibly the worst at running it on offense. Swaggy and ET hide in the corner as Jrue waits for the pick out top, once the screen is set either Lavoy or Spence (who if he doesnt have his jumper going is the biggest waste of minutes on the team) just fade back to the other block allowing one defender to guard both big men, leaving Jrue stranded out top. Why is this consistently so freakin hard to figure out!!! Go watch a high school team break a double team or a trap, sooooo frustrating.

    wanting to return my season tickets.

    somewhere Andre Igoudala is smiling.

  8. Andy
    14. February 2013 at 14:35

    Only watched 2nd half. Don’t remember seeing one pass to the corners for a 3. Might open the paint up a bit. All I remember was time and time again Jrue trying to slash through ~8 defenders (including the limp sixers big men that just stand there) and Spence missing shot after shot from 2″ inside the 3 point line

    Is Shawn Kemp coming out of retirement soon?

  9. Jon
    14. February 2013 at 14:58

    I kinda a little want Doug to be fired, I almost feel like he’d be better suited as an Assistant.

  10. freezer
    14. February 2013 at 15:20

    The NBA routinely sweeps this under the rug but refs fix games, this is why players and coaches have gag orders in the form of ginormous fines preventing them from exposing the fraudulent practices that take place on a regular basis.
    After reading Simmons mailbag today I’m thoroughly convinced in terms of integrity in basketball the leagues near bankrupt.
    -abandoned publically finacnced stadiums
    -Ownership changes hands on a regular basis without any money down.
    -the players got a thorougly disgusting deal in collective bargaining
    -Donoughy not to mention the 30 some other corrupt refs that are suprise all from philadelphia that have proven time and time again to be men of questionable character. Joey crawford-tim duncan, rasheed wallace loading dock has anybody heard these stories, mark cuban losing a small forune just to bring this to light.
    -One of the things that makes me sick is I honestly think we couldve of beaten Boston last year if iggy got the calls pierce routinely got and was allowed to play the dirty defense pierce played, please i indulge people to go back and watch that series.

  11. Datruth4life2.0
    14. February 2013 at 15:21

    C. Smith, this team gets no respect from the refs because they keep shooting jumpers and refuse 2 take it to the rim. Allen and Spence would rather shoot a 20-foot jumper on a pick and roll instead of rolling to the rim for a dunk. Turner can’t finish at the rim so he either turns it over trying to do so or get it blocked. This team’s bigs (minus a healthy Bynum) are the perfect recipe to go to the lottery every year.

  12. Steve Toll
    14. February 2013 at 15:34


    Josh Smith for ET+Hawes is a great deal, even if we Max him this offseason. We can still give Bynum a max deal too. The team is capped out anyway, so this is an easy deal. We’re gonna be in the lottery this year and make a move for a SG/SF type player.
    Jrue, J-Rich, Thad, Smooth, Bynum is a fine starting lineup and an overall team upgrade.

  13. freezer
    14. February 2013 at 15:40

    From: The Height of Wonkery: An In-Depth Look at the NBA With the Most Innovative Technology Available Zach Lowe

    “Harden averages nine drives per game, which is fifth among players whose teams have the cameras. The top four: Tony Parker (10.8), Rajon Rondo (10.1), Russell Westbrook (9.3), and Jrue Holiday (9.2). As an aside, that Holiday number is a fantastically good sign for Philly. He ranked below average by this metric last season, and he’s piling up about twice as many drives per game this season, according to the 2011-12 data I’ve reviewed. Philly is still below average as a team in drives per game, which tells you how much heavy lifting Holiday is doing for a very limited bunch.”

    You would think this would translate to free throws

  14. MattSg
    14. February 2013 at 15:52

    I dont think thad young and josh smith would work together .
    & do we realky want another guy who cant make jump shots yet still chucks ?

  15. freezer
    14. February 2013 at 16:13

    For the record Holiday is driving twice as much this year but is only going to the line 1.4 more times a game while his turnover ratio has doubled with that being said hes also playing 5 more minutes a game then last year. Now his assists are drastically up which could mean hes simply finding shooters on these drives but I still dont think this adds up. I think Jrue plays like a guy who should be going to the line 5 or 6 times a game maybe the high turnover ratio is indicative of non calls, just speculating but damn i hate the nba sometimes.

  16. Rick
    14. February 2013 at 16:35


    I don’t know if I like maxing both of them in case something doesn’t work out. Then it we will be very hard to trade either one of them(mostly referring to smith). How many years is j-rich under contract for? And I like Thad coming off the bench as our 6th man, our bench would still be an issue. Lavoy, Kwame, Arnett, wright*(not sure of his contract). We need still need backups for the PG, SG( I don’t have a problem bringing Nick back( I know your gonna fight me on that) and SF, probably a CENTER too. Damn, we have a lot of rebuilding to do. SMH

  17. Steve Toll
    14. February 2013 at 16:41


    “Drives” are considered to be taking the ball from 20 feet to within 10 feet by those cameras and how Lowe is using the numbers. That is why it doesn’t translate to free throws

  18. Rick
    14. February 2013 at 16:45


    I don’t think we are going to be high in the lottery. We are going to be close to making the playoffs and who knows might even get in. Plus the draft is not going to be real deep, so I am not putting all my eggs into a good draft pick.

  19. Steve Toll
    14. February 2013 at 17:14

    Who says no to this trade, and if so, WHY?

    Jrue + Richardson to Boston

    Rondo + Barbosa’s expiring contract + Boston’s 2013 1st round pick to Philly.

  20. T. Martin
    14. February 2013 at 17:29

    I’d fly from LA to Philly just to take ET and Hawes to the airport in a deal for Josh Smith. Worst case scenario he leaves as a FA and we gain more cap space (because let’s be honest Hawes is replaceable and Turner may never figure it out and even if he does it’s unlikely to be in Philly his J stinks and he lacks lateral quickness for this level), best case scenario he and Bynum re-up and the Sixers have this lineup:

    PG – Jrue
    SG – Nick Young
    SF – Thad
    PF – J Smooth
    C – Bynum

    PG – Pargo (or Aaron Brooks)
    SG – J. Rich (once he’s healthy)
    SF – 1st round pick
    PF – Moultrie
    C – tall dude to be named later

  21. Rick
    14. February 2013 at 21:36


    Why in the world would we do that ? Rondo has a torn acl, who knows when he will officialy be back and back to normal. Again, the draft is not going to be that deep. That would be a great trade for Boston. Rondo is not much better than Jrue. I can’t take waiting for a player to come back from injury. Plus we have to watch Jrue kill us four times a year. Horrible trade.

  22. charlie
    14. February 2013 at 23:25

    Rondo’s sucks. He’s a cancer. Plus he only shows up for nationally televised games, which the sixers have like 1-2 a year, so yea I don’t want anything to do with Ronda. Especially if you have to trade Jrue to do it.

    While were at it, Moultrie is nothing special. Don’t understand the love by the people/commenters on this site.

    Also, Thad can’t play SF, so if we trade for a PF, he’s going back to 6th man. He’s bulked up way to much to keep up with the quick SF in the league. Plus he can’t shoot well enough form outside. Athleticism is there, but Doug ruined him as a SF.

  23. Steve Toll
    14. February 2013 at 23:44


    A trade that ends up getting the 76ers:

    Rondo with a partially torn ACL
    top 6 lottery pick this year
    A late first round pick this year
    A likely 2014 lottery pick

    Is horrible?

    This team needs a lot to truly compete and if you are happy with being a 4th,5th,6th,7th,8th type seed the next 5 years, then yes this is a horrible trade.

    If you want championship equity after the 13-14 season, that involves losing most of the rest of the games this year and next, then this is an awesome trade.

  24. ken
    15. February 2013 at 01:39

    I have to agree with toll here if we can do that trade that would be awesome as much as I love jrue and think hes a star rondo is easily a top 5 pg in this league arguably top 3 not to mention we get rid of richardsons contract

  25. Jeff McMenamin
    15. February 2013 at 02:39

    This is another edition of…”Steve Toll’s trade scenario’s that would never happen in a million years”

  26. chris
    15. February 2013 at 10:30

    Josh Smith is a terrible basketball player. If you have ever watched him play a full game and not his highlights you would know that in a year or two his athleticism will decline and he will be unable to produce because his basketball IQ is in the negative.

  27. freezer
    15. February 2013 at 11:51

    ok, I’m no genius but I’ve played in alot of games and watched alot of games and I’ve always been under the distinct impression that the surest way to get to the foul line is to put the ball on the floor and drive to within 10 feet of the basket.
    Its funny because outside of rondo(he doesnt take shots near the basket because he doesnt take contested shots inside the defense for fear of getting sent to the line) the other leaders in drives westbrook and parker are up there with the best in the league at getting to the line, while holiday goes to the line at rates comparable to players like jennings and collison. He in fact goes to the line less frequently then those players, this doesn’t add up like I said.

  28. freezer
    15. February 2013 at 11:53

    The good news is that once holiday starts getting respect from the refs lol, whatever that means he will probably make the jump from very good young pg to trancedent pg.

  29. steve toll
    15. February 2013 at 12:45


    Please tell me other “all-stars” who dont get respect from the refs?

  30. Tom
    15. February 2013 at 18:20

    It’s a mixture of age and popularity which gets you calls in the NBA. Give Jrue another season or 2 and his FTA will go up. If you get popular enough, refs won’t even call a foul on you for an entire game (Lebron).

  31. Steve Toll
    15. February 2013 at 22:14


    Any examples?

  32. freezer
    18. February 2013 at 14:00

    Whats your argument? that’s not even what i’m talking about.

  33. Duane
    18. February 2013 at 19:23

    I believe what Steve is trying to say is that either Jrue is an undeserving All-Star in the eyes of the Refs, or that the Refs make a special exception to not give Jrue calls. That being said anyone who consistently watches these games (a difficult prospect considering how bad this team looks at times) knows that these Refs screw every single Sixer out of free throws. We all know Evan is kind of garbage, he would beat us all in ball, but nonetheless he is kind of tough to watch, BUT he deserves way more attempts at the line than he gets. He drives to the rim, takes contact and gets NO CALLS. Side note, Did anyone see that Evan’s foul shot has way more arc on it now? He was splashing the couple I saw him take against Milwaulkee. All in all, it is difficult to see this team struggle the way it does.

  34. Steve Toll
    18. February 2013 at 20:21


    The real answer is that Jrue isn’t adept at attacking the basket and getting fouled.
    He is an All-Star in name and not production, if anything, he is more likely to get the benefit of the doubt going forward.

    Fact os, The refs actually screw everyone out of free throws in 76er games. Philly is league average in opponent free throw attempts per game, which is preposterous on so many levels but perfectly explainable.

    ET is absolutely horrible and his T-Rex arms are to blame for the results when he attacks the rim

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