|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.
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….