GM 65: (W – AGAIN) RAPID REACTS

Indiana Pacers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
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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