GAME 54: (FALLING) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/25/13 12:06 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +11

It was absolutely refreshing to see Thad back out their on the court tonight. Considering he played 36 minutes after missing the last six games and hadn’t appeared since February 4, you can live with the 5-of-12 shooting.  Especially when the team was +11 with him on the court and he pulled down 10 boards.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 7-18 FG | 7-7 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 21 PTS | 0

This was a very tough game to evaluate from Evan.  A 21-8-6 is very impressive stat-line from him on the surface. He also drove to the cup with a purpose, hitting 7-of-7 from the line.  However, his tech at the end of the first quarter was devastating and he shot 7-of-18 from the field.  High risk high reward.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -7

It’s absolutely bewildering Hawes almost finished this game with a double-double.  He played arguably his worst half of basketball in a Sixers uniform tonight in the first half.  If only the Sixers had a big above 6’10” who could take it to the rim with authority…(Or if only Doug Collins would let Moultrie play)

Jrue Holiday, PG 44 MIN | 12-24 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 30 PTS | +9

Jrue played very well tonight. 30 points on 50 percent shooting from the field is a job well done.  He also made the game interesting when he led the Sixers push to make it somewhat of a contest in the waning minutes of the fourth Quarter.  Unfortunately for Jrue, it was too little too late.

Nick Young, SG 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Wait… Nick Young played in this game?

Lavoy Allen, PF 22 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -4

Thad’s return to action and Jrue’s high scoring night definitely overshadowed how efficient Lavoy was and how soft a touch he had around the hoop.  It didn’t show up in the stats, but the Temple grad also had some nice interior passes which setup Spencer and Thad for the charity stripe.

Dorell Wright, SF 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -22

When Wright goes into each game not knowing if he’ll play 28 minutes or register a coach’s decision DNP, it’s kind of hard to realistically expect any relative production out of him.  He’s arguably been the most misused player on this roster besides Arnett Moultrie.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 31 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -5

Pargo played some nice basketball in his 31 minutes of play, but an NBA team can’t really expect to win when he receives that many minutes and when he’s an intricate part of your crunch time lineup. It’s intriguing when he plays with Jrue, but not overly dynamic.

Damien Wilkins, SG 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -10

Meh. Wilkins produced on the offensive end of the floor in his time tonight, but he’s supposed to be a defensive stopper and didn’t really do any of that in this game against Amare.  Oh, and why was he playing at PF?

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Tonight. Moultrie gets an A+++++.  How is this guy not playing at all?  How is Damien Wilkins eight minutes better at the PF position than Moultire?  How is he not playing if this organization ranked him in the Top 10 of last June’s draft class?  This is criminal.

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

Only 28 games remaining until Kwame Brown becomes “Kwame Brown’s expiring contract” as well as Spencer Hawes.  That would hopefully get interesting in the offseason, but who are we kidding with this front office?

Charles Jenkins, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Charles Jenkins is second all-time in scoring in the Colonial Athletic Association behind only David “The Admiral” Robinson.  But, he’s behind Jrue, Evan, Pargo, and most likely Royal Ivey in the rotation. DiLeo said they will evaluate him down the stretch, but not if he doesn’t play.

Royal Ivey, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I wonder how Ivey feels whenever Jeremy Pargo makes a shot.  Does he cheer, or curse under his breath? Or, does he cheer while thinking of ways to give him food poisoning before the team’s next game?

Doug Collins

On Twitter tonight, people were debating if Collins has started tanking.  That’s not really in his system. What else isn’t in his system?  Using smart defensive units, playing potential-filled rookies and designing an offense that has some form of motion.  Maybe if he wore a tie things would get better?

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

1.  ET’d up: The Sixers put together a solid 11-1 run to earn an 18-14 lead with 2:30 remaining in the first quarter.  But, Evan Turner’s technical foul killed all of that momentum after he argued a traveling call entering a timeout.  Following that moment, the Knicks burst out into a 24-5 run into the second quarter and the Sixers never led again.  Turner would’ve earned a B- if he kept his composure and continued the Sixers’ run that he was a huge part of.

2.  Second-straight DNP for Moultrie: Again, how is Arnett Moultrie not playing?  The 76ers front office and organization has repeatedly state that this is an evaluative season.  Is there one player they need to evaluate more than him, following Bynum and Turner?  There is absolutely no way that Damien Wilkins is eight minutes better than Moultrie at the PF and there must be something more to this that the public hasn’t heard.  What has he done to land in the Do(u)g house?

3.  Another puzzling decision by Collins: Collins substituted Spencer Hawes for Lavoy Allen with 1:29 remaining in the second quarter.  Allen had scored six of the Sixers’ eight points in their 8-2 run at the time.  Upon entering the game, Hawes was 1-of-7 from the field with two turnovers and a defensive three seconds call.  How did it make sense to take out your hottest player for a 7’1″ stiff who slips every screen for an 18-foot jump shot?

4.  Botched defensive stand:  Shifting to the end of the game, the Sixers were poorly coached and outplayed in the last minute of this game as well.  Down just five points with a little over 40 seconds to go, Thad stood at the three-point line as Carmelo walked the ball up the court, took his time a few feet outside arch and wasted as much time as he could before he launched what would have been a dagger three.  How was Thad not in Melo’s grill there?  That was a mental lapse and a half.

5.  Too buddy-buddy:  Again, it drives me absolutely CRAZY when this team hugs and kisses their opponents at mid court following crushing losses.  It’s different if you win the game or if you lost in a hard-fought battle.  In this game, the Sixers were nearly blown out – they fell down by 20 points in the third Quarter – and also had a near fight.  Carmelo smacked Spencer Hawes in the head and Tyson Chandler shoved him immediately after.  Yet you kiss and make up after the game? It’s pathetic.  Doug Collins is leading the charge.  He embraces every opponent’s best players after each game and probably whispers in their ear, “I’ll text you later”.  It’s a joke.

 

6.  Fight to the finish: One positive note was the way Jrue, Thad and company fought hard in the last five minutes of the game.  While they did eventually come up short – whether that was from a lack of defensive intensity or simply pulling up just short of the rim – they did battle until the final buzzer sounded.  With that, you have to be at least somewhat proud in two of your cornerstone players.  Their no-quit attitude was shown at least for one night.


 
 
 

31 Responses to “GAME 54: (FALLING) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Will
    25. February 2013 at 00:22

    I usually don’t jump on board with the “fire everyone” talk, but I sorry, Doug has to go. Great coach off the court, or so I hear, but he is terrible with minutes. WHAT DOES HE HAVE AGAINST ROOKIES?????

    It was Big Nik last year, who we now know is a beast, and this year it’s Moultrie.
    WE’RE LOSING ANYWAYS WHY NOT PLAY MOULTIRE WHO MIGHT ACTUALLY BE ON THE TEAM NEXT YEAR.

    Sorry guys, had to vent. :(

  2. chris
    25. February 2013 at 07:24

    Any other player on the court throws a punch and they are ejected… immediately. Double tech for spence and chandler, the double tech is the biggest cop out for the refs, they need to look at the replay and figure it out. I fully understand that the league makes money on its superstars and they do everything to protect them but I believe the game is suffering more then ever. I think the commissioner should sit down and watch a highlight reel of dwayne wade, its just gross. Remember when the league made it a point of emphasis to eliminate the pump fake and then shot where the offensive player initiates the contact(ala sam cassel). I guess the refs have a short memory.

  3. Keith
    25. February 2013 at 11:46

    Big Nik got 15.9 mpg last year and appeared in 51 of the 66 games and was effective. Not even close to the same situation as Moultrie, who does not deserve to play.

  4. Jake Fischer
    25. February 2013 at 11:54

    Chris, the double tech call was ridiculous… Carmelo should have been ejected right away and Tyson should have been the only Center that was T’d up. The guy who initiates the “skirmish” should be the one who gets punished. Anyone else hate how this team is too buddy-buddy? after they get beat and beat badly?

  5. Dan
    25. February 2013 at 12:18

    wilkins received minutes bc he was covering melo while thad sat out. but moultrie needs to see more playing time, no excuse for him sitting two straight games. spencer hawes played horrible. turner with his typical game of promising play mixed in with horrible decision making and bonehead plays. i would like to see thad setting more ball screens for jrue instead of spence bc he does nothing but shoot jumpers, something he is terribly inconsistent with.

  6. RYN_JAY
    25. February 2013 at 12:22

    The NBA refs are a joke. The league better review that tape of Carmelos’ swing and serve proper punishment. He gets away with murder.

  7. Jake Fischer
    25. February 2013 at 12:26

    Dan,

    There are several problems with the Sixers’ pick n roll sets. First, is the bigs popping and fading like you mentioned. When Lavoy or Spencer screen for either Jrue or Evan at the top of the key, they either pop the screen to the top of the key (Whether that’s at 18feet or 25feet). With that, the defense knows to just collapse on the drive and live with that big launching from deep. Second, that guard usually will force a tough shot up against three people. Third, forcing a tough shot doesn’t usually get you a foul call unless you’re a superstar. So, they flail in the air, get a no-call, don’t go to the line and their opponents are off to the races.

  8. Jake Fischer
    25. February 2013 at 12:27

    Keith,

    Why doesn’t Moultrie deserve to play?

  9. CG
    25. February 2013 at 12:28

    @Keith

    That’s funny…

    Vuce-
    15.9 mpg, 5.5 ppg on 45% shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 offensive

    Moultrie-
    8.5 mpg, 2.3 ppg on 48% shooting, 2.4 rebounds, 1.3 offensive

    Seem about the same to me, Moultrie is actually more efficient. Moultrie shoots a better percentage and considering that Moultrie plays about half the minutes that Vuce did his ability to rebound on the offensive side of the ball is much more impressive.

  10. Steve Toll
    25. February 2013 at 13:38

    Hawes should have been ejected for not punching Melo’ in the face

    Remember when this offseason I said that DC should be fired and wasn’t a good coach?

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  11. Keith
    25. February 2013 at 14:40

    I don’t think Moultrie deserves to play because he isn’t as good as Thad, Spencer, or Lavoy. He isn’t even as good as Kwame when he decides he is healthy enough to play. For Moultrie to play, the minutes have to come from somewhere.

    If Moultrie is playing 20 mpg, do 10 come from Spencer, 5 from Lavoy, and 5 from Turner (with differing lineups)? I don’t think the 76ers are better under that scenerio.

  12. Rob h
    25. February 2013 at 14:49

    Steve toll,
    Remember how you continue to say jrue is below average point guard and he’s not the best player on the team
    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh god you are a moron.

  13. Datruth4life2.0
    25. February 2013 at 15:04

    Keith, I disagree with you on Moultrie. Go back and watch the Clippers game and see how he rebounded and played interior D on Blake Griffin. Moultrie looked like the only big that played for the 76ers who belonged on the court athletically with Griffin & Jordan. Hawes & L. Allen blow.
    And to the author of this article, good luck on that thought that Krummie is going to turn down that $3M player’s option he has for next year to be a free agent this summer. No other team in the NBA would have given Kwame a 2-year deal last summer besides us. Terrible.

  14. Jeff McMenamin
    25. February 2013 at 15:05

    Steve,

    Remember when Andrew Bynum didn’t play a game this season, Jason Richardson had season-ending knee surgery and Thad and Jrue missed a combined 10 games on top of that?

  15. Jake Fischer
    25. February 2013 at 16:42

    Datruth4life2.0,

    That is an excellent game to show Moultrie’s potential. He looked incredible in that game. As to Kwame… He’ll pick up the player option, but will only have one year left. Thus, that makes his contract “an expiring contract” because he will no longer be on payroll following the 2013-2014 season. Those contracts have value in trades, as teams looking to rebuild can trade expensive players and in turn get back capspace for the following offseason

  16. Steve Toll
    25. February 2013 at 18:29

    RobH,

    Jrue is 22nd in the NBA in WIn Shares going by point guards. Tied with Ridnour and Chalmers.

    6 of the guys ahead of Jrue are on teams with worse records than the 76ers

  17. Jon
    25. February 2013 at 19:35

    Steve you are still yet to disprove me on jrue. The problem with sabermetric stats in basketball is that their are so many different options that attempt to quantify the same thing. You can say that jrue is 22nd in win shares Among point guards, but I can say he’s 7th in estimated wins added, or someone else could say he’s 10th in per. That’s why the best way to measure a players performance is to watch the game and evaluate his performance.

  18. Steve Toll
    25. February 2013 at 22:48

    RobH,
    Says the guy who thinks that Jrue is better than Thad

    Jeff,
    Remember my offer than you haven’t accepted? Injuries are part of the game

    Jake,
    This trade deadline is proof enough that expiring contracts have less value than ever, CBA YO.

    Jon,
    I’ll get right on that, won’t be able to sleep if I dont. I watch more NBA than you’d like to believe, speaking of believing; believe what you want about Jrue

  19. Rob h
    26. February 2013 at 00:14

    Steve,
    How did he make the allstar game, how many other point guards average 18 and 9? As usual you throw out whatever stat fits the argument. Literally anyone inside basketball operations would disagree with you. Continue to spin your bias and just move to Vegas and become a professional gambler or write for another team. Anything of value that you say is contradicted with your stubbornness and bias towards certain players(while ignoring it with your favorites). If you really were as smart as you think somebody would have found you…..

  20. Jeff McMenamin
    26. February 2013 at 00:45

    Steve,

    (Yawn…) Your act is tired. Holiday is bad blah blah blah…The Spread is my life blah blah blah…I know more about basketball than anybody blah blah blah.

    Enjoy some bathroom reading material…
    http://forums.realgm.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=1215191

  21. Steve Toll
    26. February 2013 at 00:50

    RobH,

    Sick, 19.2 pts and 8.7 assists, Greatest of All Time.

    Of the 51 times the above has been has been done over a season, Jrue is 49th in PER and 51st in WS48, Ballerrrrrrrrrrrrr

    How can something of ‘value’ be contradicted by stubbornness and bias?

    As for somebody finding me, I could get a job with an NBA team quite soon. Truth is, I honestly make more money sitting in my parents basement, living off of the allowance I’m given. It’s also close to impossible for me to catch people ahead of the curve that I am in, for obvious reasons. furthermore, The amount of groveling and energy that I’d have to extend once employed is beyond my limitations as a human being.

  22. Steve Toll
    26. February 2013 at 00:58

    Jeff,

    Your bleacherreport stuff makes me want to take stab my eyes out

    Jennings and Ellis an underrated duo? Articles about the 76ers core and its potential for a championship? Trade Scenarios that are horrible for the other team.

    Keep on trucking

  23. Jeff McMenamin
    26. February 2013 at 02:14

    Ha ok Steve…Someone’s salty.

    If you honestly think I come up with those articles, then you must not know how B/R works. I’m given the topic based on what searches are trending. Ironically hits and money go hand and hand, who would’ve thought?

    Unfortunately some of the things I write I’m not necessarily thrilled about writing. It’s more practice and fun for me more than anything, but you wouldn’t understand. You’re not a fan of writing or of the Sixers. You’re just a fan of getting in arguments with everybody who questions you.

    The Real GM thread proves how little people think of your analysis and you as a person.

    I left you in my dust months ago while I’ve been trucking to the top.

    Keep arguing erroneous, impractical information.

  24. Steve Toll
    26. February 2013 at 02:36

    Jeff,

    When will you accept my offer?

    You’re given topics and then write stuff that is totally wrong/illogical, how does that bring in the money?

    Keep making excuses for Jrue “All-Star” Holiday.

    My writing should be considered ‘bball gospel’, it’s poetry in motion, breh

    I am a 76er fan, I just happen to be one of the few people in the world who have a proper view on the team.

    In your opinion, you may of left me in the dust and if that is true, there isn’t a word for the gap between your brother and you, now that’s salty

  25. Steve Toll
    26. February 2013 at 02:44

    Anyone else wish we could have Iggy, Brand, Lou, Vucevic, Meeks, Harkless and that 1st rd pick back?

  26. Jeff McMenamin
    26. February 2013 at 03:32

    Steve,

    Haaaaa how is that a diss on me? My brother’s the man I’ll take that as a compliment any day. Great person to get advice from.

    He’s out there winning awards:
    http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/54941/award-winning-hoops-writing

    He values your analysis just as lowly as I do. Especially your comments on Kobe Bryant.

    Flea and Souljaboy follow my brother on Twitter…Nuff said.

    Sorry Troll, this is not a betting site it is a site designed around the idea of having intelligent analysis of the Sixers. Yet, some visitors of the site like yourself aren’t capable of comprehending that idea. Take your Vegas talk elsewhere and answer somebody’s damn question for a change. You talk a lot of trash, but have nothing to show for it. Nothing but dwindling credibility.

    My articles on B/R drum up 3,000+ views and 20+ comments. You’re just hatin’ as usual.

    Here’s a good analysis of your view on Jrue Holiday compared to everyone associated with the NBA…

    Every NBA analyst/coach/player: Jrue=All-Star

    Stunted Steve: Jrue cleaned me out in poker so now I’m forever against him…he’s garbage

    Your writing is horrific. I hope one day I can print it onto my toilet paper rolls and dispose of it the proper way when I’m living it up in LA with my brother.

    You think you have the correct view of this team, when you’re proposing the Sixers bring back the horrible contracts of Iggy and Brand, Lou who’s out for the year with a torn ACL and a worthless Jodie Meeks. Even at 10 games below .500 this team is better off than being in that situation.

  27. Jeff McMenamin
    26. February 2013 at 04:01

    Steve,

    Thanks for keeping tabs on me though. Seems like you pay a lot of attention to what my brother and I do. I’m glad to have fans that follow me as closely as you do. When you grow up, maybe you can be just like me?

  28. Charlie
    26. February 2013 at 09:00

    Moultries still not any good. One good 20 min stretch against the Clippers back ups literally means nothing. Btw what is the weakness of the Clips this year? Oh, no big man depth. Maybe that explains the good game…

    Seriously, don’t be enamored with the new toy just because it’s new and doesn’t get used a lot. He’ll lose his shine pretty quick if he gets thrown in there.

  29. Alex Brandao
    26. February 2013 at 12:20

    Guys, this has already gone beyond ridiculous. i dont own this site or anything, but this is utterly unnecessary. I come here for insight on the 76ers Ive followed since 96. Being a brazilian with noT so much access to the team as you guys do in the US, PLEASE, DON’T WASTE MY DAMN TIME and try to be a little constructive next time.

  30. Jon
    26. February 2013 at 12:35

    Steve, I’m not saying you don’t watch basketball, how else would you have this job? I’m saying that you seem to value sabermetrics over what you see in a game. I can’t recall you pulling specific moments from games to support your arguments, it’s either a broad statement referring to the game or an advanced stat.

    I don’t mean any of these comments as some sort of personal attack on you either, I’m just trying to discuss basketball with you. I keep bringing up jrue not necessarily to prove that I’m right and your wrong, but I just want to see your reasoning opposed to mine that gives yo such a different view point if jrue.

  31. MountainDrew
    26. February 2013 at 17:06

    Ah, jeff reads realgm… Talking to Steve is like talking to a wall. Jeff is a man whereas Steve is an immature boy. If you want to bring a point across to readers and convince them of your superior basketball knowedge, how about giving us a detailed analysis and explaining how your stats translate to what happens on the court? It would prove if you’re right or wrong steve, and you know it, that’s why you avoid every question Jeff and others fire at you, because you know they’re right. I hope you get a job outside of the sixers… Because it means you will help another team into purgatory.

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