GM 58: (OMG) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Washington Wizards
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +2

After grabbing a career high 16 rips vs. GSW, Thad was MIA on the boards down in DC.  However, he provided a nice offensive spark in the 3rd Q where he scored 8 points and he did have 3 steals.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +8

A double-double for Turner can not make up for the disappointment I am feeling in “The Enigma”. Having his shot blocked by Wall at the end of the game was simply icing on this cake.

Spencer Hawes, C 39 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -8

A nice recovery by Hawes from the debacle he had against GSW, but I still want his minutes to go to Moultrie for the rest of the season.

Royal Ivey, PG 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -12

Did you think that his stellar play from Saturday night was going to make the train ride down to Washington, D.C? C’mon

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 4-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -2A terrible shooting night by was not a total surprise as he logged 42 minutes in the win over GSW on Saturday.  I would liked to have seen he take less J’s early on and get to the rim/FT line in an effort to get his stroke going.  Despite his struggles, Jrue scored 7 points in the 4th Q to pull the Sixers back into this game and only committed 2 TOs all night.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -2

I would love to discuss with DC why this guy is not playing more minutes.

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -2

A very solid game by wright was destroyed for me on two plays…(1) He gave Wall too much space on the final possession for the Wiz and (2) Four seconds is an eternity.  So there was plenty of time on that last play by the Sixers for Wright to catch the inbound, throw a pump fake (and watch the defender fly by), then set his feet and shoot.  Instead he threw up a prayer while falling out of bounds.

Lavoy Allen, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2

The idea that we have to sit and watch this guy float in and out of games for one more year after this season is mind blowing to me.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 3 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -3

DC has moved on from Pargo so I guess we should too…

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | +2

Wilkins had a nice little stretch of play during the early 2nd Q and provided so much needed bench help on the second night of a home, then road B2B set.

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

Do you think the train conductor let him blow the whistle on the way down to DC?

Doug Collins

Outside of Hawes, Collins absolutely rode his starters to a W on Saturday night, so on the second night of a home, the road B2B it makes no sense to me that Collins played Pargo for a total of 3 minutes and the emerging Moultrie for 6.  Way to manage those rotations coach.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  Down 80-72 at the 9:00 mark of the 4th Q, the Sixers looked to be on their way to losing another game by double-digits until they staged an 11-0 rally and held the Wiz scoreless from 7:56 left in the fourth until 2:34 remained.  The run gave the Sixers an 85-82 lead and they looked to have all the momentum they needed to bring home a W.  Until…

2.  John Wall showed up.  Wall scored the game’s final six points after teammate Bradley Beal left the court with sprained ankle.  Wall scored the next four points to give the Wizards an 88-87 lead.  He then blocked Evan Turner’s shot with 53 seconds left and added a the dagger with 4.4 seconds left.

3.  About that dagger that Wall dropped…Holiday and Wright can not switch on that high screen Nene set for Wall. Holiday is the Sixers best defender and the two should have communicated better to make sure Holiday stayed on Wall. Fearing that Wall was going to blow by him, Wright gave the Wiz point man too much space and he simply rose up and swished the jumper.

4.  Nene didn’t look so hrut to me last night.  Returning after missing the past two games with a sore shoulder and wearing a sling, Nene was clutch for Washington’s and posted 15 & 9.  His OREB with 27 seconds left gave Wall the chance to be the hero.

5.  After simply killing it against the GSW on Saturday night, Holiday (27;7;5), Turner (22;10;9) and Ivey (17 pts.) came crashing back to earth last night.  The trio combined for 29 points total on 10-37 shooting.

6.  Until Holiday got hot in the mid-4th Q and staged a entertaining battle with Wall and Beal, this game was simply unwatchable.  While both of these teams play very solid defense the Wiz (42% on FGAs) and Sixers (38% on FGAs) struggled mightily to score the ball and that made for some bad TV.

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