GM 58: (OMG) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/13 10:06 am EST
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.


 
 
 

13 Responses to “GM 58: (OMG) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Andy
    4. March 2013 at 11:44

    Proposal for the following problems:

    1) Thad doesn’t have 100% shooting stroke back
    2) Moultrie needs more minutes
    3) I like to see dunks

    Create a “night shift” for the big men

    Day Shift = Thad / Spence
    Night Shift = Moultrie / Lavoy

    Thad / Moultrie = athletic, fastbreak points, dunks
    Spence / Lavoy = mid-range shooting, the beef / length / defense, passing

    Start of 1st and 3rd quarters, the first shift goes to the day and the next shift goes to the night
    After the two shifts have clocked out, Doug gets to work his magic with the mix and match

    1) This will decrease Thad’s time until getting stroke back
    2) Moultrie will get more minutes / experience that he deserves
    3) Whenever I see Moultrie out there I get a little excited cause there’s usually dunks-a-comin’
    4) It could create more consistency
    A) Doug could still mix and match the PG / SG / SF and they know they’ll be getting an athletic PF and mid-range C.
    B) The shifts will get used to the tendencies of the other “shifter”
    5) Adding shifts could create a friendly competition which Doug/big men could use to elevate play

    I believe the current “mix and match” and the proposed “shifts” would have the same probability of winning games….so why not?

  2. Rick
    4. March 2013 at 12:41

    I really do not understand why Doug is not playing Moultrie. It has to be something off the court, or in practice. Every time Moultrie catches a oop or makes a nice play, he looks at the bench as if to say “I told you, just let me play.” It’s frustrating because if Moultrie doesn’t play this year, then we are going to have to go through his rookie year mistakes again next year. Just let him play, it’s not as if he is getting killed when he gets on the floor, and it’s not as if we are running through teams without him. Give him half of hawes and lavoy’s minutes for 5 games, and see what he does.

  3. Steve Toll
    4. March 2013 at 13:39

    Is anyone still on the Jrue is better than Thad boat?

    With a bit of injury management, the 76ers should end up with the 3rd worst record in the NBA, ahead of CHA and ORL. These next 10 games could very well be 10 losses, which would be great for the future.

    For all the people who are going crazy about Moultrie, If Nik Vucevic had played 1630 minutes last season instead of the 815 minutes he did play, how much better do you think Vucevic would be today?

  4. Alex Hootan
    4. March 2013 at 14:18

    This team desperately needs inside presence. They would have won last night’s game easily if they had that. I can underhand the team knew of the risk associated with Bynum when they did the trade, given his history. But why the front office did not realize they needed a more inside presence to back up and replace Bynum (if needed).
    Haws and Levoy just won’t do it.

  5. Jon in LA
    4. March 2013 at 15:14

    Steve, you are the only one who thinks Jrue is better than Thad. You just love Holiday so much, it’s getting hard to read about.

  6. Rick
    4. March 2013 at 16:11

    Steve,

    You have the gift of making someone want to argue with you about every statement you make, but for now on, I will just just ignore everything you post. Hopefully everyone else will do the same, which they probably won’t because like I said, you have the gift of making someone want to argue with you.

  7. Rick
    4. March 2013 at 16:12

    Steve,

    There is no need for you to respond to my previous post or this one.

  8. Steve Toll
    4. March 2013 at 16:34

    Jon in LA,

    Doesn’t say much for everyone else then, obviously.

    Rick,
    U mad, breh!

  9. Rob h
    4. March 2013 at 22:43

    Steve troll,
    Predictable as normal you avoided the warriors game in which both jrue and Evan played great but you are here today because jrue couldn’t shoot the ball last night. I will no longer argue with you I will however continue to point out how big of a jackass you are at any time I feel necessary.

  10. Rob h
    4. March 2013 at 23:56

    Steve
    If advanced stats prove Thad>jrue then why don’t the same statistics prove jrue> Andre “hall of fame” iguadala

  11. Fu
    5. March 2013 at 10:07

    Steve,

    People are not going crazy about Moultrie. They are just desperate by the lack of size.

    Question for you:

    If Nik Vucevic had played 1630 minutes last season instead of the 815 minutes he did play, how much more/less likely do you think Vucevic would not have been traded away?

  12. I am more on point about the 76ers than anyone in the whole world
    5. March 2013 at 13:35

    Allowing Kwame to blow the train whistle…LOL.

    Actually, with this lost season, I wish DC would start Kwame and see how many minutes he can log without fouling out. For home games, the Sixers should offer the fans a deal – free tacos for every game that Kwame scores more points than he has fouls. Might as well do this if Moultrie isn’t allowed to play serious minutes.

  13. Steve Toll
    6. March 2013 at 00:11

    RobH,
    Go pound sand, you don’t understand the simplest things

    FU,

    Whomever made the Bynum decision wasn’t going to let Vucevic hold up the deal if he had played 2x minutes.

    The real mistake was not trading Vucevic for Ryan Anderson earlier in the offseason.

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