GM 63: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/12/13 10:17 am EST
Brooklyn Nets 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-8 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +5

Back-to-back double-doubles from Thad has a nice ring to it.  It’s especially impressive that it came on the 2nd night of a road, then home back-to-back set and that it was an efficient shooting night on a rough schedule.  His 4 straight points in the 4th Q were huge.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +7

This was a much better night for “The Enigma”, but still far from great.  16 points on 18 FGAs is not an efficient night and 1-5 from deep is not good.  He also made several plays in the 4th Q, including a FT lane violation and an ill-advised jumper early in the shot clock, that made me cringe.  However, he had a decent 1st Q and the 3-pointer he buried in the 4th Q was clutch.  Plus the board he grabbed at :48 mark of the 4th was key to sealing the win.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 10-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +5

I have said this numerous times over the 2012-13 season…It’s really a shame that Hawes is sooo bad defensively. Lopez absolutely killed Spencer last night, especially in the 1st Q (14 pts.) and that happens too often for me.  I don’t love his “soft” offensive game and some of his decisions, but when Spence decides he wants to play, there is no doubt he can score the ball.  Like in the 3rd Q when he went off for 10 points.  He also threw in a block during the 3rd Q.   If he could just give us 14 & 10 every night, this team would be a lot better.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-8 FG | 6-8 FT | 0 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +1

It was obvious that Holiday chose to get others involved early on in this one and then picked his spots to score.  Hopefully this is the end of his shooting slump.  He did a great job on penetrating the Nets defense in the 4th Q.  FYI…including last night Jrue has attempted 8 or more FTs in a game only 4 times this season.

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +1

I tip my hat to Wilkins for his recent stretch of stellar play and the block he had on Lopez last night was tremendous.  However I ask you, “What good does it do the Sixers to give a 9 year veteran who likely won’t be on the roster next year 26 minutes in a lost season?”

Arnett Moultrie, PF 10 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1

A great dive to the rim by #5 in the early 2nd Q for a hoop earned him nothing in the minutes department.  Someone needs to have a talk with coach.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +6

A very nice 2nd Q by Wright — 13 pts. & a charge drawn — helped the Sixers grab the lead in this one. So where was he for the rest of the game and where has Wright been for most of the season?

Lavoy Allen, C 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +7

Given that I expected him to receive a DNP-CD last night, Allen played well in his limited run.

Charles Jenkins, PG 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +7

Jenkins took two awful 18+ foot jumpers in the 2nd Q.  I threw the remote after his second FGA and cried out for Pargo.

Royal Ivey, PG 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

7 minutes well played.

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

Did he make it back from Florida?

Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Isn’t this the same guy who hung 28 on the Sixers earlier this year?  Didn’t he also score 12 points in his Sixers debut after only one practice session?  Yet DC can’t find a way to get this kid some minutes. You deserve better Mr. Pargo…

Doug Collins

I’m sorry, I know the Sixers got the W last night and that’s great (sort of), but this season is over and Collins needs to get on board with playing the kids who could possibly be on this roster next year.  No offense to Ivey and Wilkins because they are playing well, but they need to take a seat.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  A very nice 1st half by the Sixers produced a 7 point lead at the half.  They shot 53.5% from the field (23-43).  The Sixers handed out 18 assists on those 23 FGM and only turned the ball over 3 times.  Collins & Co. grabbed control of this one in the second quarter, ended the 2nd Q with and 11-1 run to go up 7 at the break and never trailed during the second half.

2.  The Nets tipped off the 3rd Q with a 5-0 run to cut into the Sixers halftime lead.  They also posted a 7-0 run late in the 3rd Q and scored nine of the final 11 points in the third to cut the Sixers lead to 82-75.  It looked like the Sixers were about to let this slip away, but they didn’t…

3.  …The Nets couldn’t overcome the Sixers in the early 4th thanks to a series of offensive trips in which the Sixers got to the hoop for easy buckets or trips to the FT line.  Turner hit a 5-footer to open the 4th; Thad got a lay-in off a slick assist from Turner; Holiday got into the paint for a trip to the FT line; Hawes got in close and got fouled for 2 FTs.  The result was that the Sixers were able to keep the Nets at arm’s length (up 6) in the 3rd.

4.  And then in the 4th Q the Nets missed seven of eight shots and went over 3 minutes with out a hoop.  In fact the drought got really bad for the Nets as the scored only 3 points over a 5 minute stretch of the 4th Q.  Finally, Joe Johnson hit a trey for the Nets with 1:25 left to make it 101-95.  But it was too late for the Nets.

5.  The Sixers are now 2-14 in their last 16 games…Collins pulled in his 100th victory as a Sixers head coach…The Sixers W last night means they won the second game of a back-to-back set for the FIRST TIME ALL SEASON!!!!

6.  The 7-6 entered the game with one of the worst offenses in the NBA, while the Nets came in having held their past three opponents to 80 points or fewer.  Didn’t matter.  The Sixers shot 52.6 percent from the floor, hit on 8 of their 15 3-pointers, posted three double-doubles and put six players over 13 points in ending their five-game skid.


 
 
 

12 Responses to “GM 63: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Jeff
    12. March 2013 at 10:33

    The Jenkins over Pargo play is a mystery to me. Maybe there’s an attitude problem that’s pulling from his minutes?

  2. Hank
    12. March 2013 at 11:06

    LOL

    Hawes Outplays Brook Lopez, one of the best big men in the NBA, puts up 24 points on 15 shots, snags 10 boards (4 offensive) and nearly puts up a triple double and gets a B+? Oh, and he blocked 2 shots for good measure.

    What does he need to do to get an A? Bring Wilt back from the dead and outplay him? Drain 3s while riding a unicycle?

  3. Steve Toll
    12. March 2013 at 13:08

    The MVP of the game was the Nets idiot coach, PJ. Great job playing these 2: http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=0&p1=humphkr01&y1=2012&p2=blatcan01&y2=2013

    ………..16 minutes total last night

    It’s hilarious how bad most coaches and GMs are

  4. Tony
    12. March 2013 at 13:12

    90% of the time I agree with your grades Mr. Smith, but I have to 2nd Hank here, “What’s Hawes need to do to earn an A?” I despise Spencer “Mr. Softy” Hawes as much as the next Sixers fan, but at least throw him a bone for last night. If Lopez had dominated him and the Sixers LOST, that’ one thing… but they WON, so who cares?

    Also, is Pargo your cousin or something? Who cares if he get minutes? He’s an undersized back-up PG. Sure he was a spark plug in a few games this year, but guys like that are a dime-a-dozen.

    And why does Brown get F’s for DNPs and Moultrie used to get A’s for DNPs? I think Brown hasn’t gotten enough minutes all season especially when they need someone to defend big centers, get boards, and just plain take up space in the middle. He can do that at least.

    YES, Doug needs his head examined for not playing Moultrie starter-minutes right now. On a team full of guys who don’t fill a tradition basketball position, he’s the only one who can bring some consistency (let alone athleticism) to the line-up.

  5. Alex
    12. March 2013 at 13:38

    What seems to be Turner main problem? Is it a talent issue, attitude, effort, IQ??? One game he is brilliant, next few he is awful. Last few games, I felt he had negative impact on Holiday. What can Sixers do with him off season?

  6. Philadunkia
    12. March 2013 at 13:57

    Tony & Hank,

    I agree that Hawes had a very good last night on offense. However, his defense was atrocious last night. Both on Lopez and from the help / weak side.

    There are two ends of the court in the NBA, right? That lack of a defensive presence at all knocked Hawes down to a B+. Don’t worry, Spence has 19 more chances to earn a “A”.

    Tony,

    If undersized back-up PGs are a dime a dozen, then how come the Sixers haven’t been able to find a serviceable one in 2 years? I think Pargo could be a nice fit for this team next year and the only way to find that out is by playing him more. Ivey & Jenkins are clearly not the answers, so why keep giving them minutes?

    Alex,

    I am not sure what to do with Turner. Several NBA scouts have told me that he is a PG and that’s where he should play. However he doesn’t fit well with Jrue in that spot and I honestly don’t think he handles the ball well enough to play point in this League. I say trade him. But at this point what is his value on the NBA market? It can’t be that high, so almost any deal you make is going to look bad for the Sixers.

    As always, thanks reading and commenting.

    – C. Smith

  7. Datruth4life2.0
    12. March 2013 at 15:19

    Pargo is a PG and Jenkins is a SG, though the last thing the 76ers needed is another player to come in a shoot long 2′s. I’m done with the Spencer and ET show. Both are role players. Hopefully, the 76ers can turn their expiring deals next year into assets going fwd. D. Wilkins shouldn’t be in anyone’s starting lineup other than the YMCA, but he’s played well during this recent stint. It should be a surprise to no one that Moultrie isn’t getting major minutes. Doug Collins is all lip service with no action on developing young players (ala Vucevic & now Moultrie). That’s one of the primary reasons why this organization needs to move on from him. Hire former GM Kevin Pritchard and former Head Coach Nate McMillan, make a decision on Bynum & let’s get this thing turned around next year.

  8. Sean
    12. March 2013 at 15:27

    went to the game. good win even though kind of hoping for loss for lottery. oh well. thought everyone played well. moultrie needs more time. wilkens and ivey should not see the court. its pointless. turner confuses me, never was a fan of him and i think he should get traded in offseason.

  9. Steve Toll
    12. March 2013 at 17:52

    Moultrie sucks, everyone needs to chill

  10. CG
    12. March 2013 at 20:32

    How exactly does Moultrie suck, Steve? I’m honestly curious…

  11. Tony
    12. March 2013 at 21:17

    Thanks for responding, Smitty. Only 2 reasons I can give you for the backup PG situation are:

    A. Sixers front office is a joke. These are the guys who drafted turner over cousins b/c they valued attitude over talent (which kills me b/c turner’s attitude is embarrassingly juvenile). A decision that screwed the franchise for years, if not a decade.

    B. Louuuuuuuuuu was a successful ball-handler off the bench in recent history.

    If the sixers like Pargo as much as you, here’s a conspiracy theory for you: they want to sign him on the cheapy cheap next year and don’t want to showcase him to other teams.

  12. Louie
    13. March 2013 at 15:10

    Steve,

    Moultrie doesn’t suck (he’s our most athletic healthy big who’s wiling to roll to the hope). However, he’s overhyped on this website. If a defense one day decides to react to him, he won’t look as good.

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