Posted by: C. Smith
02/26/13 10:16 pm EST
Orlando Magic 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 84 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -17

How does a guy who just missed 3 weeks of action and is still rounding into “game shape” turn out to be the second best player on the floor for the Sixers?  It’s Thad…that’s how.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -27

After a six game stretch of decent play, the enigma that is ET took a nose dive tonight.  I did like that he got to the FT line 10 times, but Herb Magee should be embarrassed that Turner is one of his projects.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -17

Remind me why didn’t we trade this stiff at the deadline?  1 rebound…ONE

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -12

Jrue nearly posted a double-double tonight, but he did not seem like himself.  I didn’t see that ORL did anything special to take Holiday out of the game but Jrue didn’t score his 1st bucket until the 1st Q buzzer and he really never got going tonight.  Still, 10 dimes and only 1 turnover has a nice ring to it

Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -9

Swaggy P has left the building…

Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5

He scored 2 straight buckets for the Sixers to open the 3rd Q and that was his night.  On defense he provided nothing.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3

In 6 mins he grabbed the same number of rebounds as Hawes.  So by Sixers standards, Moultrie should get an extension right now.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +3

I’m still waiting for this “sharpshooter” to get on track from deep.

Charles Jenkins, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0

Hello, nice to meet you

Jeremy Pargo, PG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +2

His defense was suspect but outside of that I have no issues with the way Pargo played tonight.

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

Okay…Ivey earned his paycheck tonight

Damien Wilkins, SG 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +1

Wilkins was one of the few Sixers who brought the energy and effort tonight.  DW looked like a true Wilkins family member with the FB dunk he threw down and then the alley-oop he caught in the 1st half.

Doug Collins

How about the mad dash DC made to the locker room before the final horn even sounded!?!  Way to stand by your guys coach.  In the post game presser he cited that he didn’t know there was going to be a shot clock violation called on ORL at the end of the game as the reason for his early exit.  BS. What the hell is he saying at half that the Sixers start the 3rd Qs so poorly.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…

1.  What I saw is that the Sixers defense is pathetic. ORL shot 51% in the 1st half and scored 28 points in the paint.  They shot 54% from the field in the game overall and hit 40 points in the paint for the night.  They put together two seperate 14-2 runs.  They pick-n-rolled the Sixers to death. It was just disturbing.

2.  Some readers have questioned whether or not Collins has lost this team.  Take a look at this item and you decide…The Sixers opened the 3rd Q with 3 straight ill-advised jumpers and that triggered a 7-0 run by ORL which put the Sixers behind by 12.  Collins called a TO and the cameras clearly caught Doug telling the team “Move the ball” and stop with the “quick jumpers”.  Coming out of the TO, the Sixers made 1 pass and then chucked up a jumper.  ORL streaked to another 9-0 run and Collins made a mass substitution at the next whistle, sending Wilkins; Pargo; Allen and Ivey into the game.

3.  Collins basically throw his hands up in surrender during the post game presser and then threw his team under the bus.  He criticized this team (deservedly so) on everything from their effort to their heart to their skills to their preparation.  He also continued to whine about not having Bynum.  None of which is acceptable to me to say in front of the media.

4.  While there is no doubt that the terrible start to the 3rd Q buried the Sixers in this game, I feel that this one may have really gotten away from the Sixers in the late 2nd Q.  From about the 7:30 mark on, the Sixers had a stretch where they hoisted up 9 straight jumpers from 10 feet or more out.  They threw up 12 of those mid-long range shots over the last 7 mins of the Q and only hit 4.  They also turned the ball over 4 times and had one Turner shot snuffed by Vucevic.  The overall result was a 47-42 lead by ORL at half.    

5.  The Sixers have lost their last 3 home games by a combined 55 points.  They are also now 5-28 when trailing at the half. The Sixers bench — which has been terrible all year — put up 48 points tonight and the Sixers wasted it.  The Sixers are now in 10th place in the Eastern Conference…With apologies to Holiday, the Sixers best players tonight were a guy who just returned from 3 weeks on the injured list (Thad); a 8 year veteran who is already looking forward to his upcoming coaching days (Wilkins) and a guard who they just picked up last week (Pargo).  That’s PATHETIC and the fans let the team know it, as the WFC crowd showered the home team with boos on several occasions.

6.  Former Sixer “Big Nik” was 5-12 from the field and totaled 12 points.  But he grabbed 19 boards (16 DRebs). That 19 total was more then Allen, Hawes, Thad and Moultrie combined (16).  The Sixers entire starting lineup only had 23 rips tonight.


14 Responses to “GM 55: (PATHETIC) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Frank
    26. February 2013 at 22:31

    This is a disgrace. Collins is done, this team is done. We have two players that belong in a starting lineup. Wilkins had a nice game but really whats the point of giving this guy 29 minutes? For who? For what? Give Moultrie 25 minutes a game, he’s not getting any better sitting on the bench. Frankly, I would rather see them pick up a couple promising guys from the d-league and see what they can do at this point. The best thing that can happen is we lose some more games and maybe get lucky in the lotto and end up with a top 4 pick. I’m not for tanking games but give some young guys the PT.

  2. CG
    26. February 2013 at 22:39

    I don’t mind Doug throwing this pile of heaping dung under the bus. I hope that he continues to do it so none of them get paid nearly as much as they would otherwise. They don’t deserve million dollar paychecks for sucking at their professions, they deserve to be fired and playing in a far off country, maybe those countries whom need a few shitty players whom once played in the NBA would be willing to give them a shot…

  3. Steve Toll
    26. February 2013 at 22:42

    C. Smith,

    When Bynum returns this team will DOMINATE the league, haven”t you heard???

    Jrue got outplayed by E’Twaun Moore….

    At this point, it’s plainly obvious only a true hater thinks that this Bynum trade was a good move.

    I just wish people would have listened when I said this trade sent the organization back 5 years

  4. Joe C
    26. February 2013 at 22:57

    Collins has completely lost this team. It is quite visible on the court that the players have tuned him out, and that Collins has lost interest in coaching this team.

    And this was before he left early, and then committed the cardinal sin of locker room etiquette by taking his frustration out of the locker room, to the media, to question his team’s heart and desire.

    At some point no matter what a coach’s pedigree/history is, if they are no longer fit to coach a certain group of players they need to go. Collins needs to go. A new voice in the locker room can only help at this point.

    Honestly, I was surprised there weren’t some Fire Collins chants mixed in with the Boo’s tonight.

  5. Chris
    26. February 2013 at 23:12

    Bro hug.…bro hug…bro hug…high five

  6. Rob h
    26. February 2013 at 23:49

    The trade doesn’t look great now, did you predict Bynum would miss the season? If by losing five years do you mean vucevic and harkless? They might look decent but not building blocks so who cares anyway. Your hall of famer was walking at the end of the year, just like he will do to the nuggets. They made a play and it didn’t work out, Bynum is a game changer when healthy, acquiring those type of players is hard to come by. So we might be a lottery team, big deal first or second round exists was all last years team was capable of. Sometimes you swing and miss but at least they took a swing, as a fan that’s all I can ask of management. It’s easy to criticize but at te end of the day when iggy is on his way out after a first round loss the team wouldn’t be in much better shape. I can live with what the owners/Doug/dileo attempted. Not to mention the rebuild won’t be as bad when you have an all-star point guard but I’m sure you will attempt to dispute that as well.

  7. RYN_JAY
    27. February 2013 at 00:37

    After seeing Doug’s post game talk I am convinced that he’s gone after this year. As much as I love him, I believe it’s time for him to go. He gave it everything he had, but he can only do so much. I’d like to see him have a role in the organization still though.

    I hate the idea too, but it’s definitely time to tank. Hopefully get in the lottery and build through the draft. For me, it’s still a waiting game for Bynum. I’m not going to call the trade a bust yet. We haven’t even seen him play a min of basketball yet. If decides to stay and can come back 100% next year, that’s all that matters.

  8. MattSg
    27. February 2013 at 01:15

    Smh , this f****** team …….

  9. rzzzzz
    27. February 2013 at 11:03

    Collin’s coaching pedigree? Jordan got him tossed out of Chicago so he could bring in Phil and win his rings. Grant Hill complained bitterly about Doug, who got tossed out of Detroit. Michael brought him to DC, where the two of them blew the top draft pick and probably beat out whatever meager talent Kwame might have had, before leaving town to no one’s remorse. Kate was right when she said he lost this team last year. He’s a beloved guy throughout the league, a brilliant TV analyst, and was a terrific player…and a spectacularly lousy coach.

  10. Sean
    27. February 2013 at 11:39


  11. HWSIV
    27. February 2013 at 12:05

    I think both Collins and the team have just been hit hard by a reality check. They have been trying to hang their hat and hold on until Bynum came back after the All-Star break thinking that they could then make a run to get into the playoffs. But after the recent reports of Bynum not looking too good at practice, they all now realize that thinking was delusional and that the playoffs are NOT HAPPENING. The 76ers are just a deflated organization top to bottom right now.

    I can’t argue with the trade letting Iggy go and getting Bynum in return IF we actually had his services playing this season. Right or Wrong, Iggy had worn out his welcome with the fans and it was probably time for him to go. He was gone when is contract was up anyway so getting at least something for him was the right move. However, now knowing the full situation with his knee problems there is no way in hell that Sixers management should still be wanting to resign Bynum to a max deal. Bynum’s best days are already behind him. Even though he is a few years shy of 30, a 7 footer with bad knees is not going to have a long career. He at best has maybe a few years left in the league and probably not even starter minutes because his body can’t take the pounding.

    They can’t trade him at this point, so they should let him walk and use all the cap space to try and bring some more talent to this team. We also need to get lucky and hit a home run with the draft before the Sixers can seriously be competitive again and make it past the 1st round of the playoffs.

  12. Jeff
    27. February 2013 at 12:14

    Rob h,

    I completely agree. It was refreshing to see the Sixers management go after a big trade and try and make an immediate impact. We were stuck in mediocrity for a decade and the shake-up was more than welcome. Due to some misfortune the trade hasn’t worked out, but unless we pay Bynum, we have plenty of room to make upgrades in the offseason. I’d do the Bynum trade again and again if I were in management’s shoes last summer.

  13. Mike
    27. February 2013 at 12:41

    really not sure why he brought back in Evan Turner after the benching in the 3rd quarter. Dudes garbage and shouldn’t be on the court. would rather have Damien out there

  14. Hank
    27. February 2013 at 12:51


    I liked the trade at the time it was made, and I stand by it. Hindsight’s 20/20, and obviously if I could go back I wouldn’t pull the trigger, but to me the reason the trade has been a disaster is because our medical staff didn’t do its job.

    I liked the trade when I thought Bynum would be ready in time for the regular season. If I go back and my medical staff tells me that he’s going to miss the season and I’ll have to decide whether to resign him without ever seeing him play for the, then I decline the trade immediately.

    Regardless, I think the way forward is fairly clear. Fire Doug Collins, actually use our “stats guru” to make personnel decisions, try to sign and trade Bynum (any chance we could get someone like Ilyasova or Tristan THompson?) or let him walk if there’s nothing there, and try to deal Turner for anything of value whatsoever. We’ll be a certain deep lottery team for the next couple of years. Don’t make a big splash in free agency, fill out our roster with 1 year deals, and continue accumulating young assets.

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