GM 67: (REALITY CHECK) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 72 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Los Angeles Clippers
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -8

Outside of Hawes, Thad was out there by himself last night.

Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -9

Last night was an improvement over what we have seen fro “The Enigma” of late, but still not acceptable for what he needs to deliver for this team each night.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -13

I don’t like that he threw up three 3PAs, but outside of that a decent night by Hawes.  It’s as if Hawes is playing for a new contract, so he has reached down deep and found a new dedication to the game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 33 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -8

I’m simply stunned here…

Damien Wilkins, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -14

Given Damien’s recent stretch of over-his-head play, I was hoping for more, but like the rest of this team, Wilkins had nothing last night.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -18

On the good side, he out rebounded Lavoy in nine less minutes and grabbed 2 less rebounds then Hawes in half the tick.  On the down side, he was 0-3 shooting and that’s not how you earn more tick with DC.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -19

While there is nothing terrible about the night Wright had in LA, I was expecting his recent scoring outburst to continue.  I actually thought he was a little gun shy last night.  Ohh and his defense was a lil’ suspect.

Lavoy Allen, C 24 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -23

I’m not sure what is more depressing — the fact that Lavoy didn’t score a bucket or get to the FT line or the fact that he only grabbed 4 boards in 24 mins.

Charles Jenkins, PG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -6

I gave him the A because he took advantage of the limited minutes he was given.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -11

What would you like me to say here?

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -12

I know Ivey has been a legit threat from 3-point land this year, but last night it was clear that he did not have his stroke.  Instead of getting an short jumper, easy lay-in or trip to the FT line to kick start his jumper, he kept firing away from deep.

Nick Young, SG 9 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Swaggy did something to get in the Do(u)ghouse, but DC gave him a few garbage ticks in front of the hometown crowd and Young went out there and fired away.

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

I hope he had fun on the town with Swaggy on Tuesday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much of the blame does DC deserve here, but too many times this year the Sixers have simply crapped the bed and that’s what they did in the 2nd and 3rd Qs of this one.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw

1.  The 76ers came crashing back to earth in LA last night against a Clippers team that had after lost four of its previous seven, including a 116-101 setback at Sacramento on Tuesday night.  The Sixers had 19 turnovers that led to 24 points by the Clippers.  The 7-6 also shot 26% from the field, were -9 on FB points, -12 on points in the paint and -7 on the boards.  After the 1st Q it was not pretty last night.

2.  The Clippers’ bench outscored the Sixers’ reserves, 42-25. Maalik Wayns gave his former team a little dig by scoring 9 points (3-of-6 shooting).

3.  In the 2nd Q the Clippers made 60% of their shots while the Sixers went ice cold.  After halftime the Clippers simply dominated , building a 66-46 lead midway through the third.  Paul, Butler and Willie Green scored six points apiece in a 20-10 run that opened the quarter.

4.  The Sixers will play at Denver on Thursday.  The Nuggs are 30-3 at home this season and are currently riding a 13-game winning streak.  Additionally the Sixers have only won ONCE all season in the second half of a back-to-back set.  We suggest you watch March Madness and forget the Sixers for a night

5.  “We want Nick Young,” was the chant heard in the Staples Center in the fourth quarter.  The L.A. native hid his giggles and eventually scored six points in nine minutes.  “That’s the love I feel being back home,” he said

6.  “We had great expectations of this season, and it was unfortunate Andrew was never healthy enough to play,” said 76ers coach Doug Collins, who exchanged texts with Bynum after the surgery in New York.  “I think he feels good about the procedure.  He wanted to play and he was very excited about being in Philadelphia.”…If I was Collins I would answer all Bynum inquiries with a, “Next question.” reply.

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