GM 68: (MIXED EMOTIONS) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Denver Nuggets
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 9-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -18

Thad only grabbed 1 rebound all night, had a dunk blocked by Faried in the 1st Q and threw up an air ball in the 2nd, but still a decent night by #21. Despite the air ball, he scored 10 points in the 2nd Q and kept DEN from running away with this one.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | +7

I thought Turner did some nice things in this game, but i won’t talk about any of them because of the horrific late 4th Q he had last night (see notes after the jump).  Ohh yeah, the alley-oop he threw to Moultrie in the 1st Q was awful as well.

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +22

Spence provided no resistance in the defensive paint, but he did post another double-double.  The 4 blocks were nice as well.  At one point in the 1st Q he scored 5 straight at helped the Sixers build a 9 point lead. m

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 15 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | +3

With Ty Lawson out of the game, Holiday racked up a great double-double.  He provided balanced scoring all night.  However, his 5 TOs aren’t ideal, but I can live with it given his high usage last night. Jrue got a T in his second straight game and the shot clock violation in the 4th Q drove me nuts.

Damien Wilkins, SG 39 MIN | 10-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +11

I’ll just tip my cap here to a job well done and move on…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -19

A rough start in this one for #5 in this one.  In the 1st Q he had a shot snatched out of the air by JaVale McGee.  Then in the 2nd Q Faried treated Moultrie like a child when he ripped a rebound away from the Sixers rookie.  But Moultrie hung tough and contributed nicely in the 2nd half.

Dorell Wright, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -17

I feel like I have written the following a lot this season…Wright has one job — hit open J’s and last night he did not do that job.

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

Moving on…

Royal Ivey, PG 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -12

That’s two straight games where the highly reliable Ivey has not shot the ball well.

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

Do(u)ghouse

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

Kwame-palooza continued with a stop in Denver last night.

Doug Collins

I didn’t love his post game comments as he basically threw the team under the bus (not that they didn’t deserve it).  I am also wondering where the inside-out offense from the 3-1 home streak has gone now that the Sixers are out on the road. 

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The 7-6 were 7 with the ball…Then they were up five with 14.3 seconds left before Corey Brewer went off.  Brewer scored six points on a 3-pointer with 9.2 seconds left and a trio of free throws to give Denver a 101-100 lead it never lost.  Sound familiar?!?  The Sixers also led the Heat during in the 4th Q before falling to the streaking Heat by 4 points.

2.  Speaking of Corey Brewer…Brewer scored a season-high 29 and simply killed the Sixers last night.  Brewer hung 15 on the Sixers in the 1st half.  Ten of those came in the 2nd Q.  He also scored 11 in the 4th quarter, including the above 6 point outburst in the final seconds.  Brewer had five steals on the night as well.

3.  Look closely at the last 1 1/2 minutes of this game with Sixers up 7…Turner missed a 26-foot 3PA; shot clock turnover; Turner missed a lay-up; Turner missed 2 FTs; multiple timeouts called by the 76ers because they couldn’t get the ball inbounds; Wilkins GW shot blocked.  U-G-L-Y

4.  As bad as the end of this game was for the Sixers, the 2nd Q was not much better.  Leading by 5 at the start of the 2nd, DEN went on a 7-0 run to start the Q.  Later Dre & Co. also posted a 9-2 and closed teh Q with an 8-2 streak.  Holiday got a T in the 2nd.  The Nuggs scored 22 points in the paint while the Sixers turned the rock over 5 times.  The result of all this horrific play was the Sixers getting out scored by 12 in the Q and thus ending up down 7 at half.

5.  Denver shot 56% from the field in the 1st half and 62% on 3PAs.  They haven’t lost at home since Jan. 14 against Washington.  Still the Sixers, the NBA’s lowest-scoring team that owns just six road wins hung tough in this one thanks to a 14-2 run to open the 3rd Q and 55% shooting from the field overall.  If they could have cut down on the 23 TOs and made one more hoop down the stretch, they win this game.

6.  “Effort was there, energy was there, it was closing out the game,” Turner said.  “That’s not what lost the game. Situations occurred.  That’s some crazy stuff that just happened.  The season’s been rough.  That’s one you just shake your head.  It seems like a fluke to me.”  A fluke my a**.  In the 4th Q if you make that lay-in or hit your FTAs, we win this damn game.  Wait that wouldn’t have been good for our lottery hopes….Job well done Turner.  You actually may understand tanking.

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