Boston Celtics 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 9-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -11

IMO it was a quiet and interesting double-double for Thad. He played with his usual energy and intensity, but his scoring came in odd bursts. His 6 point run during the second half of the 3rd Q helped the Sixers claw back into this one, so that way key. However, if you look a the game closely you’ll see that another 6 of Thad’s point came after the 1:32 mark of the 4th Q when this game was already over.

Evan Turner, SF 44 MIN | 6-19 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -7

Turner played a lot of PG last night and the result was…Too many 3PAs by ET…Too many FGAs by ET and not enough ball movement.  He did a nice job of getting into the lane for buckets or trips to the FT line.  Still, at the 4:50 mark of the 4th he threw up two wild shots and missed a lay-in and I chucked the remote across the room.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +8

Let me say that Hawes played decently last night on the offensive end.  However KG simply owns this guy and it’s sad to watch.  In this game Spence caught and alley-oop and blocked one by BOS.  I have no stats to back this up, but a I believe that’s the first time Hawes has pulled off that combo.  My favorite play was when KG pinned (it was goal tending, but still) Spence’s shot from behind because Hawes decide to lay-in a bunny rather then slamming it home.

Royal Ivey, PG 37 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8

A third straight start for Ivey (Sixers are now 1-2 in those games) and now that he has some confidence, Ivey is hurting this team.  I know he has been hot from behind the arc this year, but seven 3PAs is too many for this career journeyman.  He also was not much help slowing down Bradley.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | +8

A wildly inconsistent night from Jrue.  He did a great job of getting to the rim, but didn’t score efficiently.  He handed out 10 dimes, but he turned the ball over too many times.  He has moments of great defense and lapses of simply awful defensive play.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 20 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -13

12-12 from the field in his last 4 games and as a bonus, Moultrie is exciting to watch.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -13

Wright has one job — hit open jumpers. Last night he did not do that for the Sixers

Lavoy Allen, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

So Allen has had decent success guarding KG in the past, but he only gets 3 mins. of run vs. BOS.

Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -16

Moving on…


Does anyone know what the Sixers record for DNP-CDs is in one season?

Doug Collins

I liked that DC played Jrue off the ball for most of the time that Avery Bradley was in the game.  It was a smart way to get Jrue some easier looks.  I liked that he played Moultrie early, but the red hot Moultrie should have played even more.  KG kills Hawes.  Allen gives KG problems.  Yet Hawes played 28 ticks and Allen only 3.  That’s a head scratcher.  I also don’t like that he has buried Pargo.  I would like to have seen Pargo at the point with Holiday at the SG for stretches of this game.  Also why was Holiday on the bench for a large stretch to open the 4th Q?  Finally, DC has to come up with a solution for the Sixers terrible 3rd Q starts.  A quick 6-2 run by the C’s out of the half killed the 7-6 in this one.

After the Jump Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  Most of the 1st Q in this game was very entertaining as both teams shot well and scored the ball with ease (BOS 8 FB pts.).  As the 1st Q progressed I actually thought we might see a great game.  I was wrong, and his game turned into a snooze-fest.  At times the Sixers were simply unwatchable.  A 6-21 streak that stretched from the end of the 1st Q until the half would count as one of those times.

2.  After a decent effort at the end of the 3rd Q (8-0 run), the Sixers had closed the C’s lead to 79-74 at the start of the 4th Q.  All of that work went up in smoke when BOS put up a 9-0 run to begin the 4th and really never looked back after that point (up 14).  During that scoreless stretch for the 7-6, “The Enigma” was 0-2 from the field with 2 TOS.

3.  The Sixers did mount a push in the mid-4th Q to cut the lead to 8 points at the 4 minute mark, but a KG bucket, a turnover and 2 missed long jumpers by Wright kept the Sixers from getting any closer.  BOS called a timeout up 10, regrouped and responded with clutch hoops from Jason Terry and Jeff Green to close this one out.

4.  As noted above, heading into last night’s game, I was worried about Avery Bradley’s abilities on the defensive end of the floor.  I guess I should have been more concerned with his offense.  Bradley (9.6 ppg. this year; 46.5 TS%) scored a season-high 22 points on 10 of 15 shooting and chipped in seven rebounds and five assists.

5.  For two teams that pride themselves on playing tough defense, there was not much of it in this game.  The C’s shot 50% from the field; 58% on 3PAs and placed 5 players in double figures.  The Sixers put up 100 FGAs; shot 41% from the field; grabbed 19 OREBs and scored 64 points in the paint.  KG said after the game, “It was who could score the most. That’s not the way we want to play the game.”

6.  Holiday posted another double-double (18 points & 10 dimes), but also had 5 turnovers.  It was Jrue’s 20th game with at least 5 turnovers this season. Only 3 other players have as many 5-TO games this season — Harden, Westbrook adn Kobe.

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