GM 60: (SPEECHLESS) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/07/13 5:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, SF 26 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -2

Thad had the tough task of guarding either Josh Smith or Al Horford all game and was still able to score an efficient 16 points on 8-of-11 from the field and pull down six rebounds.  I don’t understand why Collins decided to give him just 26 minutes.  Maybe he was noticeably tired or his hammy was bothering him.

Evan Turner, SF 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13

This was one of Turner’s worst games of the year.  He hit a jumper to cap off a Sixers 8-0 run to start the game (I’ll get to that after the jump) and then went on to miss his next six FG’s and completely disappear.  What happened to this guy?  He’s clearly given up on the Sixers, coach Collins, the fans and maybe even himself.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6

Hawes had a big third quarter which helped cut the Hawks’ lead to just three after they had led by as many as 19 before the end of the first half.  Hawes scored six points and pulled down six of his team-high 11 rebounds in the quarter as well.  Overall it was a decent effort from Hawes.  It could’ve been inspired by his uncle Steve Hawes, who played for the Hawks for seven seasons from 1976-1983.

Royal Ivey, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -14

This was yet another “Poison Ivey” effort from Royal.  He nearly fouled out of the game in 13 minutes, committing five fouls in that span on the court.  He’s simply been awful the past two games and for tanking purposes, maybe that’s a good thing?

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +7

The Jruth” had a rough night shooting the ball and apparently took a slight beating physically in the game as well.  Jrue was seen with his wrist wrapped with ice in the locker room postgame and he admittedly rolled his ankle pretty badly towards the end of the first half.  Shooting 3-of-12 from the field is unacceptable, but it did seem like something was off all night in Jrue’s game.  Defensively he was also unable to contain Jeff Teague who had a career night, scoring 27 while dishing 11 assists.  The A+ is for playing hurt and going hard all game — that’s called leadership.  Bynum could learn something from Holiday.  Holiday had these comments in the locker room post game.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -5

Yes!!! Maybe Doug Collins is starting to read this blog, rejoice!!  Other than sluggish defense on Anthony Tolliver all night, Moultrie continued to impress scoring eight points and more importantly grabbing seven rebounds in 27 minutes of tick.  He makes the Sixers exciting to watch when he’s on the court and he’s already dunked the ball with authority more times than Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown had all season.  Here’s some examples of Moultrie attacking the rim

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -5

It wasn’t done efficiently, but 20 points and nine rebounds is a super performance from Wright. Wright hadn’t scored 20 in a game since the Sixers road win over the Memphis Grizzlies back on December 26th.  His nine rebounds also ties his season high.  Getting things done DWRIGHTWAY will hopefully get him further away from the Do(u)g house.

Charles Jenkins, PG 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +2

Jenkins went from receiving a DNP against Boston, to playing an absurd 29 minutes the very next game. Jenkins had seven points, two rebounds and two assists in his first 13 minutes of action, but the next 16 minutes were unnecessary.  I don’t know what Jenkins did to get on Collins’ good side, but his minutes from one game to the next were an example of classic Doug.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 9 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11

Really Doug? Why????  Ivey and Jenkins have no business receiving the minutes that should’ve been Pargo’s in the past two games.  Pargo is being underutilized and should start at the point guard spot for the Sixers while letting Jrue Holiday off-the-ball for open looks.  Pargo’s quick, he has size, he takes the ball strong to the tin and he has good passing instinct.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -8

DAM-I-EN, DAM-I-EN, DAM-I-EN…The man was possessed against his Uncle Dominique’s former team. He hit for 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and even grabbed six boards and got to the FT line a couple times. In the past seven games he’s scored double-digits in three of them.  The last time he scored twenty in a game goes all the way back to a game against the Hawks in Atlanta as well on November 16, 2007 where he scored 41.  To state just how long ago that was, Damien Wilkins was a member of the Seattle Supersonics at the time…Someone on Twitter even suggested he should’ve done the Michael Jordan shoulder shrug after hitting a deep three to give him his 21st point in the 4th.  I couldn’t agree more.

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

It’s about time!!! Kick back and watch some Temple basketball in March Lavoy, because you have no reason to get any more playing time for the foreseeable future.  I’ve never seen a player as soft and mellow quite like yourself.  You broke the boring scale months ago.

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

In the last 28 Sixers games, Kwame Brown has played in just five.  Money well spent.

Doug Collins

Overall Doug has his team competing again which is something to be proud of.  He’s also given more playing time to Moultrie and less to the likes of Hawes and Lavoy.  All good things.  Next he has to start Pargo and Wright at the point guard and small forward positions.  It’s the only way to make Evan Turner wake up right now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…
 

1.  Quick Start Reversed:  I sent a text to Carey after the Sixers had started the game on an 8-0 run after Evan Turner had knocked down a smooth 20-foot jump shot.  I said, “what team am I watching? Whaaa?”  I got my answer 20 minutes later when I got a text back saying, “that’s more like it.”  After a quick 8-0 run to start the game for the 7-6, the Hawks completed a 27-point swing to turn an eight point deficit into a 19-point lead towards the end of the first half.  The Hawks scored 59 points in the first half on 56.8% shooting compared to the Sixers’ 47 points on 41.3% shooting.

2.  Tolliver’s travels:  Anthony Tolliver had a career-night off the bench for the Hawks on Wednesday.  He scored 21 points while grabbing eight boards and notching two blocks.  He was 5-of-7 from beyond the arc as well.  Add this performance to a night where Jeff Teague hit for 27 and Al Horford hit for 21 and it equates to a long night for the Sixers.

3.  Bench Press:  The Sixers starters scored 36 points on just 15-of-40 shooting Wednesday night while the bench hit for 59 points on 22-of-46 shooting.  Wilkins and Wright combined for 41 of those points while Moultrie chipped in with eight and Jenkins added seven.  If the starters had found any sort of rhythm, the Sixers would’ve won this game.  The Sixers have found next-to-nothing when it comes to production from its bench this season (25th in the League @ 27.3 ppg.).  This game was a wasted opportunity.

4.  Lead Spurt:  The Sixers cut the Hawks’ lead to just three points with just over five minutes left in the third.  The Hawks led 68-65 before an 11-0 Hawks run pushed their lead to 81-65.  The Hawks ended the third quarter up 91-70 for their largest lead of the game.  The Sixers were unable to slow the Hawks’ offense all night, outside of the first two minutes of the game.

5.  Mack-ing the Sixers:  Shelvin Mack, who the Sixers had just recently cut, entered the game in garbage time for the Hawks with his team up 107-95.  It had to have been disheartening for Sixers players to see Mack on a playoff bound Hawks team while the Sixers have hit their lowest point of the season at a season-worst 14 games under .500 and 22 games left to play.  They’ve also lost their 3rd straight and11th consecutive on the road.

6.  Big Nik’s Big Night:  Former Sixer Nikola Vucevic had 25 points, 21 rebounds and four assists for the Orlando Magic in a narrow 87-86 defeat at the hands of the defending champion Miami Heat.  Reggie Evans, another former Sixer, grabbed 16 rebounds in just 28 minutes for the Brooklyn Nets.  Oh the humanity….


 
 
 

13 Responses to “GM 60: (SPEECHLESS) REACTS”

  1. Steve Toll
    7. March 2013 at 10:05

    This fire Doug Collins stuff is HILARIOUS, I remember someone this OFF SEASON saying that DC should be fired as coach AND removed from all basketball related decisions……….

    Does anyone remember who wrote that?

    Jodie Meeks scored 19pts on 12 possessions last night.

    I want to send a big LOL to the Front Office and people who thought letting Jodie Meeks go was a good move

    Meeks’ Salary – $1,500,000
    SwaggyP Salary- $5,600,000

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=meeksjo01&y1=2013&p2=youngni01&y2=2013

    Thad continues to be the best player on the team

    Jrue’s PER and other advanced stats are tumbling, either he is quitting on the team or he isn’t as good as everyone hopes he would be.

    Reports are out again that ET+HAWES was seriously in play for Josh Smith, I am guessing they Hawks wanted Moultrie and the front office deemed him untouchable or something stupid.

    As for Moultrie, if opposing teams continue totally ignoring him when he is on the court, he will be a great NBA player

  2. Brennan
    7. March 2013 at 10:56

    Imo doug collins seems to have bad judgement when it come talent evaluation. Nik vucievic is the perfect example. Not giving nic the proper amount of playing time shows us the type of evaluator he.really is.

  3. Rick
    7. March 2013 at 13:08

    Steve,

    I keep trying to explain to you that players can look great in their role. We asked Jodie Meeks to start for us and play however many minutes. He was on the floor with Jrue(wasn’t really a scoring threat last year), Iggy, Brand, and Hawes. Teams did not have to double anybody on our team. So, being as though he cannot create his own shot, he was not a very good role player for us. He is now coming off the bench and playing with Kobe(double team/extra attention), Nash(creator), Dwight(double team/extra attention), ect. You think it’s easier for him to slip under the radar with that lineup, and get more open looks?

    That is the problem with all of our previous/current role players(iguadala). We ask them to do things they are not use to doing, or ask them to play in a role they should not be playing in. We have a team full of role players, besides Jrue, and we are asking them to start and score like stars, without having stars to take pressure off of them.

    Ps.

    I know you think Thad is better than Jrue, but Thad is a role player, Jrue is not. He is a starting point guard in this league, Thad is a 6th man.

  4. Steve Toll
    7. March 2013 at 13:36

    Rick,

    LOL every point you made is wrong

    The 11-12 76ers and 12-13 Lakers average the exact same amount of assists per game AND the Lakers average 5.1 more offensive possessions per game.

    Meeks has increased his Usage and 3pt attempts per game while playing 6+ minutes less than last year.

    Meeks is getting assisted on 3s, 16% LESS THAN LAST YEAR.

    Iguodala is a BEAST, lol at the thought of him being a role player.

    You wont be able to do this properly but try it anyway:

    Go look at the 16 teams currently in the playoffs and figure out which teams would increase their championship equity more with Thad or Jrue this year.

  5. ken
    7. March 2013 at 15:15

    jrue by far go look at the 16 teams currently in the playoffs and see which ones jrue would start for and which ones thad would start for because both would be effective bench players for any playoff team they go to and if you look at which teams they would start for there are more teams that jrue would start on than thad would

  6. Rick
    7. March 2013 at 16:34

    Steve,

    I think that we can all agree Meeks improved his shooting from last year. Last year he couldn’t hit a jumper. Now this year, just taking a quick look at his stats, he is three 3 pointers away from how many he hit for us last year. With a better percentage, and less minutes. This is due to his surrounding core, WHICH MAKES IT EASIER FOR HIM TO PLAY GOOD/GREAT IN HIS ROLE. Which is to shoot threes.

    So Iggy isn’t a role player on the nuggets? He surely isn’t a first or second option on a championship team. Even the coach says he’s there to stick the best defensive player, and that’s it. See article below… There is also some good stats in there for you, I know how much you treasure those.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1553700-are-denver-nuggets-using-andre-iguodala-properly

    Every team in the playoffs if it were to start today, would accept Jrue as their starting point guard except: OKC, Spurs, Clippers, and maybe Brooklyn. And this is only because they have great starting point guards already. Thad, I agree almost every team if not every team would be better with him coming off the bench. But, if we are talking about coming off the bench, then I would say the same thing about Jrue. With Jrue being more valuable depending on the needs of the team. For example, the clippers would not be significantly better with Jrue because they have back-up point guards already. Thad on the other hand would fit more of a need at the backup SF/PF spot.

  7. Steve Toll
    7. March 2013 at 17:41

    Ken,
    Imagine the voice of Dr Evil, “RiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhT”

    Rick,

    Certainly can’t chalk up the increase in Meeks’ 3pt shooting attempts per 36 to COACHING. As I have shown before, Meeks shoots better when he shoots more 3s in a game, as do most players.

    Iguodala is a STUD, think whatever you want.

  8. Alex
    7. March 2013 at 23:10

    I am beginning to really like Arnett Moultrie. He can be a decent big man in a year or two. Attacking basket, offensive rebounds, etc.
    Evan turner makes me worried. He is totally out of it now.
    Jrue’s stats are getting worse, because he is emotionally drained.
    Can Bynum be repaired? or why should we care at this point?
    This team gives you a headache.

  9. Rob h
    7. March 2013 at 23:35

    Steve,
    We should still extend hawes for at least 2 years after the 14 season correct?

  10. Steve Toll
    8. March 2013 at 10:45

    Rick,
    Please talk about Championship Equity and how it pertains to playoff teams with Jrue+Thad.

    Thanks

    Alex,

    Wait until teams stop completely ignoring Moultrie when he is on the court
    ET sucked from Day 1 and has regressed with an increase in minutes

    Jrue is emotionally drained? A guy who is set to make $9,200,000 next season AND was selected (totally undeserved) to the NBA All-Star team…….
    That doesn’t bode we’ll for the future and the pressure he will be under going forward, he is obviously given a pass this year in regards to everyone of his teammates regressing….

    RobH,

    While I understand what you think your trying to say, I honestly believe that you don’t.
    If you explain your point more in depth, I will consider responding

  11. Duane
    8. March 2013 at 18:15

    Jrue is great. I was looking at his numbers and he has been an Elite level PG this year, despite his turnover clip. He has scored alot of points, he has shot a respectable FG%, and had he made more FTA he would look much better than Brandon Jennings, who is a good player. There is no comparison between he and Thad about who is better. It is a moot point. They do different things on the Court. Thad does the Blue Collar work you would love to see out anyone, and he reminds you of the effort you would get out of a young Charles Barkley(effort mind you, not actual production). Both are the only components that make this team ever seem competitive on a night to night basis, with the occasional help of the “Enigma” or Hawes, or Damien Wilkins at this point. All in all, the Team is kind of trash right now, and they can’t compete if they can only take jumpshots. Getting to the rim is a moot point for them because the Refs don’t give them calls or respect their games. No one wants to drive to the rim and get fouled/hurt and not get any benefit from the Refs. That Goaltend on Hawes the other night(called a block) is just another instance of this, but they really don’t have anyone that takes it to the cup with the pinash that generates calls. Evan tries, but he isn’t fast enough to create separation, so he always looks like the defender is sticking with him. All that said, I have decided since this team has been so disheartening to watch this year, I am know rooting for the Nuggets for the rest of the year. Their team is everything the Sixers really should be, including a Player with Independence Hall tattoed all over himself. Also, last thing. I think Russell Westbrook, who I really dislike as a personality, is Charles Barkley reincarnated as a PG. He isn’t a role model, his game is bigger than he is, and he swears he is the best player in the league. All he needs now is a bar fight, or 2, over a woman that isn’t his wife.

  12. Duane
    8. March 2013 at 18:44

    Another thing, I was talking about it with my friends the other night and a Team of Ex-Sixers who still play in the League would beat this current Roster. A Squad of Lou Williams, Kyle Korver, Andre Iguodala, Andre Miller, Reggie Evans, Nicola Vucevic, Andre Miller, Jodie Meeks, Samuel Dalembert, Willie Green, Marresse Speights in any rotation that makes sense, coached by Mo Cheeks, would probably crush this team. The 20/20 hindsight of all the moves made by this front office is so sickening at times. It’s almost like saying, if you want to play for a winning team, just get yourself traded from the Sixers.

  13. Steve Toll
    8. March 2013 at 22:23

    Duane,

    Jrue is in no way great, nor close to it at this point in his career.

    You are 100% right about Westbrook.

    If you put the former 76ers in the EC this year, they are the #2 seed without question

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