Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/21/13 4:44 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Minnesota Timberwolves
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -15At times in the second half I was actually ok with Allen’s physicality.  Yet, the 14-footer off his back foot to basically seal the game for the T’Wolves was one of the ugliest things I’ve seen all year. Grading on the Allen curve (due to his recent production increase) I’ll be nicer than usual.
Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -8If a basketball game was 12 minutes, Turner played a hell of a game.  Turner sparked the Sixers comeback in the third, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the quarter.  He disappeared however in the fourth and I’ve gotten really tired of his act of lobbying calls.  On a couple occasions Nikola Pekovic clearly fouled Turner with no-call’s, but when you start whining it’s only going to make matters worse. If there’s one player who should be nervous on deadline day, it’s ET. (Crossing my fingers for a Josh Smith trade)
Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -827 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocks.  That was the stat-line of Timberwolves center Nikola Pekovic. Non the Destroyer flat out dominated Hawes in a prison cellmate kind of way.  Hawes didn’t even drop the soap!
Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -16In a rare occurrence Jrue struggled with foul trouble all game, which killed any chance the Sixers had at winning this game.  He sat for key moments of the third and fourth quarter and couldn’t be as physical as he wanted on the offensive end.  Jrue’s five steals were a season high, but it was also the first time he’s fouled out all season.  This cannot happen against a team like the Timberwolves. Wins are sparse for this team as it is.
Nick Young, SG 32 MIN | 1-7 FG | 4-9 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -9Swaggy wasn’t Swag-nificent in this game.  I’m happy that he attacked the rim though. His nine free-throw attempts is actually the second most by a Sixer this season.  Thaddeus Young attempted 11 back on November 27th against the Mavericks.  It would’ve been even better if Swaggy could’ve hit them.  When he was fouled on a three early in the fourth, he somehow missed all three attempts when it would’ve cut the Timberwolves’ lead to just seven with 8:04 to play.  There were a lot of those missed opportunities in this game, but that one was especially brutal to watch.
Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +5Making progress is a big thing for a players psyche.  This was Wright’s first game of scoring double digits since January 4th.  It seems like coach Doug Collins has taken Wright out of the Do(u)g House recently and let him roam free a little bit on the hardwood.  He’s averaged nearly 18 minutes a game in the past five games after averaging just under eight minutes in the eight games prior.  Now if only he could find his shooting stroke!
Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +3What can Brown do for you?  Well, in this one some solid defense on Pekovic in just six minutes of PT. What the heck?
Jeremy Pargo, PG 9 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0I would’ve liked to have seen a Jrue/Pargo combo at some point in this game.  Unfortunately it didn’t happen.  Pargo getting a deal for the rest of the season is one of the few bright spots that has happened for the Sixers in the past few weeks.  I’m hoping that eventually he will receive a lot more minutes than the next two people below him.
Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +8His defense was ok in stretches, but 19 minutes?  Really coach?
Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +5Wilkins had a rare offensive performance in this game.  His 13 points were a season high.  He hasn’t registered 10 points in a game since January 4, 2012.  His play at the end of the second quarter and Turner’s third quarter turned this into a game in the second half.
Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | An extra C’monnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Son to Doug Collins!  How the hell did Arnett Moultrie get a DNP when the Sixers were getting eaten alive in the paint and on the boards?  Collins is quickly coaching his way out of Philadelphia for antics like this.
Doug Collins“We played terribly I don’t know what else to say. It was terrible.  No energy, no life at all.  It was terrible.  I can’t candy-coat it any more than that.  The only thing we did in the second half was compete. We didn’t play well, we just played harder.”- Doug Collins…We agree Doug…Now what are you going to do about it?  How many times are we going to sit through the same speal?  You’re beginning to sound like another Philadelphia coach who was run out of town just last month.  Tick tock, tick tock.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  Montenegrin Sensation: Playing inspired (possibly) by the Sixers’ mishandling of his native countries other son Nikola Vucevic, the Timberwolves’ Nikola Pekovic simply manhandled the Sixers front court all game long.  27 points, 18 rebounds and 2 blocks is an unreal stat-line and something the Sixers will have to get used to as long as Thaddeus Young isn’t in the lineup.  Thad could return to action as early as Sunday against the Knicks and the team could use him more than ever right now.

2.  All A(board): The Timberwolves out-rebounded the Sixers 51-39 in the game and held a 30-15 halftime advantage. Nikola Pekovic and Derrick Williams combined for 26 of them themselves.  It’s like a frozen iPod at this point, but as long as the Sixers are losing the battle of the boards then they don’t stand really any chance of winning basketball games in the absence of Andrew Bynum.

3.  Fluke 3rd Quarter: Evan Turner decided to put on one of the best quarters by any Sixer this season in the third quarter Wednesday night. Turner shot 5-of-9 in the quarter for 14 points.  He also hit 4-of-4 from the charity stripe while pulling down a couple rebounds and dishing an assist.  His shot which was blocked by Andrei Kirilenko at the end of the third must have changed him, because as soon as the fourth quarter started it was back to inconsistent Evan once again.

4.  Road Rage: The Sixers have now lost seven straight on the road and 15 of their last 17.  Their last road win came on New Years Day against the Los Angeles Lakers, before that was November 30th against the Bobcats.  They have the third worst scoring average in the NBA on the road at just 90.6 per game. 18 of the next 30 Sixers games are on the road. Things aren’t looking good right now.

5.  Rotation-ally Challenged:  Doug Collins just doesn’t know how to use rotations.  Last season it was Evan Turner, Nikola Vucevic and Lavoy Allen.  This season it’s been Arnett Moultrie, Dorell Wright and now Jeremy Pargo.  It’s really unbelievable to me how such a basic strategy of coaching can be botched so badly.  Moultrie should be getting close to 20 minutes a game right now.  This lunacy has got to stop right now.

6.  Trade Deadline Move?  For a team that’s looked as bad as the Sixers have the past couple weeks, it’s either make a move today or play for a high lottery pick.  With Andrew Bynum’s return date now looking like March 16th at the earliest, the Sixers have to make a trade today if they want to have any shot at grabbing the 6th or 7th seeds in the East. The current lineup just isn’t going to get it done.  If the Hawks are still offering Josh Smith for Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes I’d do it in a heartbeat.  The hope is that he’d be convinced enough to re-sign here in the offseason.  A core of Jrue, Thad, J-Smooth and Bynum would be one of the strongest cores in the entire league both offensively and defensively.  Get a guy like shooting guard Victor Oladipo of Indiana in the draft and the Sixers could be scary good for years to come.


29 Responses to “GAME 52: (HOPELESS) REACTS”

  1. Hank
    21. February 2013 at 08:10

    Well, that second half prediction didn’t last long. There is no chance this team makes the playoffs. They’ll be better when Thad returns, but still not a playoff team. Doesn’t seem like Bynum will play this year. If so, I just hope we don’t resign him. He’s going to get a max deal somewhere, and I don’t want it to be in Philly.

  2. Steve Toll
    21. February 2013 at 09:39

    Anyone want to continue the conversation that Jrue is superior to Thad???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Ricky Rubio was quoted after the game,
    “Yes, I’ve played multiple European Championship teams and played in an Olympic final at 18, but nothing was as awe inspiring as lining up against Jrue Holiday tonight. I am just glad that I survived tonights game, my greatest personal accomplishment”

    That’s a joke but in all seriousness, last night was just more proof of how laughable Jrue getting selected as an All-Star was. Can anyone say with a straight face that he is better/currently more valuable/anything related to winning basketball games than AK47 or Pekovic, let alone his own teammate THAD?

    Jrue recently said, “I dont need to shoot 3s that’s what my teammates do.” What is his excuse on a night when his team only attempted 13 shots from downtown?

    When ET hits 50%+ of his midrange shots, he is a great player.

    Spencer Hawes got beat up but help D was non existent.

    Below is a simple explanation of why the 76ers are in a terrible position going forward, even with a Smith for ET+Hawes trade.

    A core of Jrue+Thad+JSmith+Bynum would take up 52 million in cap space for the 2013-2014 season.

    J-Rich, Lavoy, Kwame, Moultrie would be the bench next year, plus the lottery pick from this season.

    Heading into 14-15 the team would have only a Mid Level Exception worth $5 million and minimum salary deals to round out a team of; Bynum, Smith, Thad, Jrue, J-Rich, Moultrie and whomever is selected in the lottery this season

  3. Steve Toll
    21. February 2013 at 10:29

    Can we talk about how the 76ers, and everyone else totally bricked on getting Thomas Robinson???

    HOW DO THE 76ERS NOT OFFER MORE THAN THIS: Patrick Patterson,Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas and 1 million cash for Thomas Robinson?

    Moultrie+Lavoy+SwaggyP, both 2nd rd picks this year and $3,000,000 Cash gets this deal done for the 76ers.

    Garcia has a Non-GTD deal next year, and Tyler Honeycutt makes 900k.
    the 76ers could have even taken on Travis Outlaw’s deal that pays him $3 mil the next 2 years

  4. freezer
    21. February 2013 at 15:20

    I dont think sac did their due deligence, what a jokesquad

  5. ken
    21. February 2013 at 15:55

    toll why are you bailing out hawes? he was flat our awful even if there was help d, he was still guna get killed bc he is soft and was going aginst one of the most physical centers in the game.

    its official after last nights game and the trade deadline passing, its time to fire our gm and our coach. clearly DC is continuing his streak of only lasting 3 years with a team with very questionable in game moves that have lost us games and our gm doesn’t know how to talk to other teams I guess bc this offseason ive seen way too many trades for good players that the sixers could of had bc they had better assets then what was traded for that player(harden, robinson) or trades that didn’t happen(josh smith) or offseason moves that should have never happened(Kwame, swaggy, ivey, extending turner).

    its time to clense ourselves of them and bring in a new gm and coach right away after the season is over so they can get ready for the upcoming offseason

  6. Jon in LA
    21. February 2013 at 17:52


    You keep comparing this time without Thad with the time without Jrue. Also realize we’re currently without JRich, so that has a lot to do with it too.

  7. Steve Toll
    21. February 2013 at 22:27

    Waiting for someone to chime in that Jrue is better than AL47 or Pekovik


    The greatest non PF-C of all time in the history of the known universe from now until the end of time only had 6 rebounds.

    Jon in LA,
    I’m sorry that you believe it.

  8. ken
    22. February 2013 at 02:17

    toll what you just said literally made no sense bc hawes is a pf-c you didn’t rebuttal the fact that you let hawes off the hook when he doesn’t deserve it

  9. Jon in LA
    22. February 2013 at 03:20


    I’m sorry to believe that our starting SG is hurt?

    How is that not a factor in how we are playing? I never sad I thought Jrue or Thad was better. But lately you’ve been basking in the glory of how bad our team is and crediting that with Thad being out compared to when Jrue was out. But clearly you are not factoring in the fact that we lost another starter. You’re comparison is meaningless.

  10. Steve Toll
    22. February 2013 at 11:48

    Jon in LA,

    LOL, do you know J-Rich’s statline the last 10 games he played with the 76ers?

    26mpg, 7.7pts (34.9 TS%), 2.8 reb, 1.3 ast, .3stl, .8 TOs

    I don’t need to bask in the glory of something I have been predicting far before anyone else has.

    The only thing that is meaningless are your thoughts in regards to what you’re trying to prove right now.

    I look forward to your MEASURED response

  11. Jeff McMenamin
    22. February 2013 at 12:12


    You predicted that Bynum still wouldn’t be playing for the Sixers and might not the rest of the season?

    You predicted that J-Rich would have to have season-ending surgery on his knee, after only missing 11 games his entire career before playing for the Sixers?

    You predicted that Thaddeus Young would go down with a left hamstring injury on Feb. 4th when the Sixers had been playing their best basketball since the start of the season at that time?

    This team didn’t have depth to begin with and what you’re seeing on the court is the result of that. That’s the result of a poor front office. I’ve been saying since November that if Bynum wasn’t going to be back by December that they would need to add a physical body in the post who could defend and rebound…That never happened. The front office has sat on its hands all season and couldn’t find this team pieces to fill the void left by Bynum’s absence. Didn’t the Knicks just sign K-Mart? Didn’t the Heat sign Chris Anderson shortly before? I really don’t understand this front office, but it’s clear they’re hoping to tank this year after not trading for Josh Smith at the deadline…Or doing anything for that matter.

  12. Steve Toll
    22. February 2013 at 12:42


    It’s called Hyperbole you moron.

    I ran a ton of simulations before the year and the team averaged out to 38-44

    Where did you get 11 games???
    Interestingly enough, the older you get, the more likely you are to get injured


    I’ve said this team will be very bad since the start of the offseason when you were slurping Dileo and DC.

    Now there is talk of firing DC, Who mentioned that should be done in July because DC isn’t a very good coach?


  13. Steve Toll
    22. February 2013 at 12:56


  14. Jeff McMenamin
    22. February 2013 at 13:08


    All I’m saying is don’t act like a know-it-all when sooo many factors went into where the Sixers are as a team right now. The Thaddeus Young injury and Jrue Holiday injuries were at key points of the season. Few predicted that Bynum would miss the entire (or close to entire) season this year after what was looked at as “minor” injections in the offseason. I’m beginning to think that Kobe had something to do with this…

    Injuries are a part of basketball and you’re right about Richardson. But even still he only missed 12 games last season in the lockout-shortened season. Like you just said about Joakim Noah…Richardson’s last 10 games he was clearly hobbled. He was one of the most productive players on the team through the first 10 games. If he had never gotten hurt this team would’ve been a lot better off.

    I was really excited that the front-office finally made a move to try to bring the organization closer to a title…Something they would’ve never been able to do with Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Elton Brand. I commended them for that, I never commended them for the Kwame Brown signing or Spencer Hawes extension. It’s obvious that money could’ve been used on more effective bigs and trading Vucevic will be looked at as another boneheaded move on a long list for the organization.

    A better way to judge a persons ability to analyze basketball is through their analysis obviously. Their critical thinking ability. Their ability to find information which make their articles more credible. Also just knowing trends in basketball and the history of the game. Knowing that Allen Iverson was one of the top ten players of the shot-jacking era and that you can’t measure him against basketball today or basketball before then. Basketball’s constantly changing just like the best way to analyze the game constantly changes.

    What are your reasons to assume that beating the spread is a more measurable way to judge the game than everything I just said? Because you can win money?

  15. Steve Toll
    22. February 2013 at 13:51


    You are so stupid, it’s almost unbelievable.

    How do you judge a persons ability to analyze basketball?????

    What is a better measuring stick than the spread?

  16. Jeff McMenamin
    22. February 2013 at 14:12


    You seem to be the only person who thinks so…just like you’re the only person to think Iggy is a HOF…Mutombo>Iverson…Thad>Jrue…Among tons of other radical claims. I answered your question now answer mine…

    “What are your reasons to assume that beating the spread is a more measurable way to judge the game than everything I just said? Because you can win money?”

  17. Steve Toll
    22. February 2013 at 14:36


    You can measure someones ability to beat the spread, the othet stuff is objective

    I dont particularly care if a hack like yourself or anyone else can understand simple and obvious stuff.

    If 1 person sees the light, that is more than enough.

  18. Jon in LA
    22. February 2013 at 15:34

    “I don’t need to bask in the glory of something I have been predicting far before anyone else has.”

    Then why are you doing it? My guess is it’s your need to fill your ego.

    “The only thing that is meaningless are your thoughts in regards to what you’re trying to prove right now.”

    All I was saying is that trying to compare when Jrue and Thad were out isn’t the best way to measure then considering our starting shooting guard is out. That’s it. I didn’t try to put you down or anything.

    You reacted like someone who knew they were wrong. Your defensive attitude says a lot about yourself.

    I bet you grew up with Ralphael as your favorite Turtle and a huge fan of Brett Heart. You seem like that kind of guy.

  19. Steve Toll
    22. February 2013 at 20:05

    Believe me, my ego is big enough, I don’t need excessive strokeage

    I wasn’t putting you down, I showed information that proved matter of that the statement I meant about your meaningless opinion

    If you don’t like my reaction, do better and avoid my wrath

    Everyone loved Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and I still haven’t gotten over the Montreal Screwjob

  20. Jeff McMenamin
    23. February 2013 at 00:44


    If beating the spread is such an important aspect in your analysis, how come you’ve almost NEVER used it to strengthen your analysis on this site? Also, how come when Rob Y confronted you on the spread in an in depth manner you went into hiding like you always do?

    If I’m wrong, show me examples of where you’ve used the spread to analyze basketball this season for this site. All I ever hear are radical trade scenarios, love affairs with guys like RyAnderson and AK47 and saying Jrue Holiday is worse than pretty much everyone in the league.

    It’s soooooo boring…As many have said already…Please get new material. In the meantime, I’d love to see these examples because I can’t recall seeing any for at least two months.

    And LOL at your wrath…You’re like a mosquito. Pestering enough to cause irritation, but weak and fragile in your arguments.

  21. ken
    23. February 2013 at 06:02

    look at steve ignoring another one of my comments bc he knows he is wrong

  22. Steve Toll
    23. February 2013 at 14:05


    Why would I freely give out information that has monetary value?

    I make my own $. Nobody hands me a paycheck every week. Ask any entrepreneur, why give away things of value that you worked hard for? The answer is, you don’t.

    RAnderson and AK47 are sooooooooooooooo much better than Holiday, it isn’t close.

    You couldn’t beat the spread to save humanity

    You write about basketball and can’t comprehend the fact that you are a square, it isn’t mutually exclusive Jeff, it is your existence

  23. Jake Fischer
    23. February 2013 at 14:24


    “If you’re good at something, never do it for free” – The Joker

    However, you’re analysis ain’t good.

  24. Mike
    23. February 2013 at 15:06


    I’ve been visiting this site for a while now, and while i respect someone who takes the time to write about a team i feel passionately about, i have to say that you are just terrible. You don’t know basketball. Analytics and all your metric stats and crap are a science. Basketball isnt a science. Its not played in a statistical vacuum. And im sorry if Jeff or one of the other writers takes offense to this because i enjoy reading their stuff, but there is a reason that you write on this website and not for a major paper or work for an actual basketball team, and its because you dont know anything. i know your ego is too big and dense for anything to sink into it, but hopefully some day it does for you. on the grand spectrum of basketball analysis you are the equivalent of a karaoke singer. your radical “feather-ruffling” opinions are moronic and when pressed to defend them you circuitously talk out your ass and flash your hubris. you are as insignificant as anybody you see passing you on the street.

    to the rest of philadunkia: is there anyway to get him off this site? i mean really, mutumbo better than iverson? hes worse than amatuer movie critics who pan a critical success just to get blog hits.

  25. Steve Toll
    23. February 2013 at 18:36


    Go read your description of AK47 in your hypothetical trade scenario and then go to timeout.


    Just pretend like I didn’t write about how terrible this offseason was, how bad the Bynum trade was, how overrated Jrue is etc etc etc

    As much as I’d like to make $9 an hour writing for a newspaper like one of my colleagues, I’m content living in my parents basement and crushing grill cheese sandwiches.

    I can’t get into super specific stuff because it would be a waste of my time, most people can’t grasp simple concepts as it is.

    I may be insignificant but u mad bro

  26. Steve Toll
    23. February 2013 at 18:40


    Please explain

  27. Jon in LA
    23. February 2013 at 20:53

    No Steve, only a certain type of person loves Brett Hart. All my suspicions have been confirmed.

    You’re basically Barry Hess from my high school.

  28. Jake Fischer
    24. February 2013 at 13:55

    Steve those numbers are why I want AK47 on the team…

  29. Steve Toll
    24. February 2013 at 14:40

    Jon in LA

    You had a blessed high school experience if Barry Hess was 1/2 as awesome/epic/legendary! as my 5 years was in HS

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