GAME 54: (FALLING) RAPID REACTS

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.

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