GM 65: (W – AGAIN) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/17/13 12:12 am EST
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Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +8

Thad always plays with incredible heart and hustle.  If he doesn’t receive at least an A- nightly, something went terribly wrong.  Tonight, the prototypical small-ball PF was extremely efficient from the field and played great D on David West.  But he shouldn’t play 37 minutes at this point in the year, Doug.  Give some of that burn to Moultrie!

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +7

Evan put together a decent night of his own against a team that should have provided a tough match-up for him: lengthy and athletic perimeter players.  It’s a positive sign that he only shot the ball 11 times, but he should have converted more of them.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 16 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 7 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +12

Wow.  After blanking a crucial layup in his last time out against the Heat, the big ole’ stiff comes out and delivers a near quadruple-double!  He even made contact on a few screens and rolled to the basket!  And, he embarrassed Roy Hibbert!  Wow.  Just, wow.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 12-25 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +7

Jrue played like an all-star this evening.  And, of his 3 turnovers tonight, two came when he was arguably fouled in the 4th Quarter.  He could have shot a much better percentage overall, but he straight carried this team to a triumphant victory.

Damien Wilkins, SG 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +1

Damien Wilkins should not be playing 19 more minutes than Arnett Moultire and Charles Jenkins combined at this point in the season.  He shouldn’t.  ‘Nique’s nephew is shooting 43% from the field this year.  Why is he playing over two young guys who might actually be able to contribute to your rotation for the next five seasons?

Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

You’re the man, Arnett! Keep fighting hard for rebounds!  Keep blocking shots!  Keep running the floor! Keep smiling on the bench like you’re not pissed about playing behind Damien Wilkins!  Maybe, just maybe, one day you’ll have a coach that recognizes your potential and how it would be very beneficial to give you some playing time.

Dorell Wright, SF 29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +10

Dorell Wright took the form of a quality wing perimeter player that he can be with regular minutes this evening.  Over the team’s last five games, Wright is playing 23.0 minutes and scoring 14.2 points per contest. Why couldn’t he have gotten to this consistent run earlier in the season?

Lavoy Allen, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -4

Eh.  Lavoy is what he is.  16 minutes is a good number for him and 4 points and 3 rebounds is a solid contribution.  But he was just another face in the crowd, tonight.

Charles Jenkins, PG 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Unfortunately for Charles, Collins refuses to acknowledge this guy is the second-leading scorer in Colonial Athletic Association history behind only David “The Admiral” Robinson.  Give this kid an opportunity to prove himself!

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

Again, only a few more games before Kwame Brown becomes, “Kwame Brown’s expiring contract” That’s worth some trade value, right?

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

It’s not his fault he’s really irrelevant at this point in the season for this particular team, right?

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

Who?

Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

At least Swaggy looks swaggy on the bench.

Doug Collins

DC did a good job of coaching tonight to win this game.  He played the hot hands, he left units in that went on big runs.  He even made key substitutions in a few situations.  However, he gave Moultrie and Jenkins 14 minutes, combined.  Their are 240 minutes to divide amongst a roster in an NBA game. They got 14. Come on, Doug!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  The Sixers were very effective slowing down Paul George tonight.  George did have 18 points, but it came on 6-17 shooting.  Usually, this club struggles even slowing down opposing All-Stars a little bit.  But tonight was a pretty good night for this club.

2.  Dorell Wright again proved how valuable he can be to an NBA team tonight, just as he has the past 5 games.  When he gets between 20-25 minutes, nightly, he can be a perfect 8th guy swingman on a contending team.  Unfortunately, Collins never used Wright with this much consistency until the Sixers fell out of the playoff hunt…

3.  The Sixers really played a complete game tonight.  They shot 49.4 percent from the field and limited the Pacers to just 38.6 percent shooting.  If those surface numbers don’t show overall efficiency, what does?

4.  Malik Rose didn’t sound overly ridiculous during this broadcast.  Usually, when NBAtv broadcasts Sixers games, it scares me that Malik might embarrass the organization with some of his straight-ridiculous calls, but he minded his behavior tonight and did a decent job representing the Red, White and Blue!

5.  The Sixers are obviously not a good team this year.  But, good teams do finish games.  For the future, as the core of this franchise’s future is on this current roster, seeing the 76ers jump out to a 19-4 run in the beginning of the 4th Quarter and finish a game strong on both ends of the floor was an optimistic sight to see.

6.  As Jrue dribbled out the clock, he dribbled out the WFC crowd’s dreams of free Big Macs.  Most of those fans have suffered through this entire season right along with you, Jrue, and they paid money to witness it.  Help them out and score one last bucket for them.  Give the fans the Big Macs they deserve!

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13 Responses to “GM 65: (W – AGAIN) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Alex
    17. March 2013 at 01:21

    well, maybe they are finally getting it!!!

  2. charlie
    17. March 2013 at 01:52

    I understand that Doug wants to win, but these W’s are killing us. Jrue played 43 min and Thad played 37. Jake, I agree that these guys shouldn’t be run into the ground at the end of a season like this. There’s no point.

    Big picture is that there are 3, maybe 4, really good looking prospects in the upcoming draft. Other than those guys it’s supposed to be really iffy to say the least. So we obviously want to be in the top 3 to get one of them. The 3 I’m referring to are McLemore, Noel, and Smart (we wouldn’t pick smart in any situation though). If we want to be in the top 3, we have to get down to the bottom 6ish imo. If not, we’ll be praying that Oladipo (Iggy 2.0), Len, or Muhammed/Porter turn out better than they’re projected. If we keep winning and get the 10th overall or worse we might as well give up hope.

  3. MattSg
    17. March 2013 at 04:03

    Great game by spence ..
    Prediction for next game .. 4 pts on 2/10 shooting & 3 rebounds

  4. gabe
    17. March 2013 at 10:56

    gimme oladipo over any of those guys

  5. Wang
    17. March 2013 at 10:59

    I am also confused about DC’s plan for the reminder of the season, keep fighting like you still have the theoretical chance to go to the Playoffs, or be practical giving young players more minutes for the future.

    Seems like he is somewhere in between…

  6. Mike
    17. March 2013 at 11:09

    Thank God Jake Fischer is not coaching this team. Play Charles Jenkins because hes the second leading scorer in the Colonial conference? Royal Ivey is the leader of games started at Texas. So he should play right? And relax on DWilk, its not his fault Doug Collins plays him. Maybe if Arnett went out there with the hustle Wilkins does every night, Moultrie would see the court. And actually let me know when a Sixer other than Damien Wilkins has scored 40+ in a game. Thanks.

  7. Steve Toll
    17. March 2013 at 12:39

    Jake,

    Moultrie sucks

  8. HLCJ69
    17. March 2013 at 13:03

    Oh Spence…

    Just when I kick you out of my heart, you always push yourself back in…

    NOT!!! Now this fool is singlehandedly trying to ruin our lottery chances. He’ll do anything to cripple this team.

  9. Matt
    17. March 2013 at 14:47

    Steve,

    Who do you think should get more minutes right now? Moultrie or turner? You want us to tank this season and next, but you don’t want our rookie to play? This is why Doug sucks as a coach. He refuses to play young players. Just look at big Nik in Orlando. He had poor numbers bc he didn’t get to play.

  10. CG
    17. March 2013 at 22:43

    I like how Steve is sure that Moultrie sucks because of how he performed in 7 games in the D league in which he only started 3 and not how he is performing in actual NBA games… Good logic Steve,

  11. Joe
    18. March 2013 at 09:09

    Steve Toll,

    If Moultrie sucks then play the guy. We want to lose games, right?

  12. Steve Toll
    18. March 2013 at 12:54

    Matt,
    ET, SWAGGYP, Moultrie, Kwame should all play 48mpg

    CG,
    I could explain it a 1,000,000 ways and I doubt you’d understand

    Joe,
    I never said “dont play moultrie”. All I’ve said is “he sucks and his situation is totally different than Vucevic”

  13. Joe
    20. March 2013 at 08:51

    Steve,

    Jake said this:

    “But [Thad] shouldn’t play 37 minutes at this point in the year, Doug. Give some of that burn to Moultrie!”

    You said this:

    “Jake,

    Moultrie sucks”

    So what point are you making?

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