GM 55: (PATHETIC) RAPID REACTS

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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.

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