GM 70: (Jazz Hands) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Utah Jazz
Thaddeus Young, SF 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13

Thad received a well-deserved rest tonight in what appeared to be the Sixers first effective effort at tanking all season long.  At this point in this season, and his career, we know what we’re getting from Thad.  It’s about damn time Collins gave him a break and gave the youngins some burn.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -16

Another game where we leave thinking, “what is wrong with that guy” about Turner.  ET got out-performed by Dorell Wright, Damien Wilkins, Randy Foye, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks tonight. That shouldn’t happen to a No. 2 Overall Draft Pick.  More on this After The Jump…

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -21

A near double-double from Spencer and another performance that makes me want to bang my head against a wall.  WHERE WAS THIS IN JANUARY?  Could the Sixers realistically be a playoff team right now if Hawes was playing at this level back when they were just a few games out of the 8th spot in the East?

Jrue Holiday, PG 24 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | -38

Similar to Thad, it was good to see Jrue log less minutes tonight.  Obviously, you don’t want him to shoot 25% from the floor and turn the ball over 4 times, but at this point in this dreadful year, who cares?  I’m happy to see Jrue just get some rest!

Damien Wilkins, SG 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -23

When the Utah (Root Sports) TV broadcasters discuss how much a player has progressed and developed recently, you know it’s legitimate.  I’ll be honest, it’s good to see Wilkins improve as of late, but it scares me the front office will throw him way too much money in the offseason and retain him instead of filling that roster spot with a young player full of potential.  Keep in mind, Wilkins is 33…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 23 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2

WELL DONE, ARNETT!  Man is it refreshing to watch this guy crash the boards, fight for position while defending the post and take the ball to the rim aggressively and with authority?  Yet, ridiculously, he played so well, entered the game at the 7:35 mark in the 1Q and still only played 23 min.  Why, Collins?  Why?????

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +12

Wright again put on a great off-the-bench performance for this team.  Unfortunately, it’s just a tease at what could have been if Wright was regularly used to his full potential all season long.  Are you starting to sense all of the “what-ifs?” about this team that don’t even include Andrew Bynum?

Lavoy Allen, C 27 MIN | 3-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | 0

Despite his terrible shooting night, a solid effort by Lavoy.  But, in what upside down universe does he deserve to be playing more minutes than Moultrie in this game at this point in this season?  Jeeze, man! This “rotation” never, ever makes sense.

Charles Jenkins, PG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3

After not even playing a minute against the Kings the night prior, Jenkins comes out and receives 19 minutes.  Thank the basketball lords.  He produced out there too!

Jeremy Pargo, PG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Oh, Jeremy.  Were you thinking about your alma mater Gonzaga’s loss to Wichita State in the Round of 32 when you went oh-for from the field?

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4

Congratulations, Royal! You were 100 percent successful in completing a trillion!  You had absolutely no impact on this game!

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

Wait, who is this again?

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

I miss you, Swaggy! Get well soon!

Doug Collins

Collins finally rested Jrue Holiday and Thad Young… but it took him until the second night of a back-to-back road set to do it.. on March 25!  It goes to show how much a grasp this guy has of NBA coaching if I have not given him a higher than a C+ in any of my reacts.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The Sixers clearly looked like they had spent all of their energy in their win over the Sacramento Kings the previous night as the Jazz immediately jumped out to a 7-0 start.  The opening run prompted Collins to call a quick 20 second timeout and pull the entire starting lineup not even 5 minutes into the game.  Ultimately, that was kind of a good thing!  I mean, Arnett got on the floor at the 7:35 mark in the first quarter!  For the record, the Sixers has won the second-half of a back-to-back set only one time this season.

2.  With three 7-footers on the Jazz, Utah’s size advantage was so evident right from the beginning of the first quarter. Throughout the entire contest, the guys in the booger-colored unis out-rebounded the Sixers 46-38 while also blocking 10 shots as a team.

3.  This game was pretty competitive for a while, as the Sixers were down just 40-45 with 3:18 left in the second quarter.  But, following a full timeout from Utah, the Jazz rolled off a 13-2 run to end the first half and things were never really competitive from that point forward.

4.  Midway through the third quarter, former 76er, and current color commentator for Jazz games on Root Sports TV, Matt Harpring spoke some very interesting words about Evan Turner.  Following a turnover by ET, Harpring called the former No. 2 Overall Pick “A great – I mean, good- player”.  Does that not perfectly sum up The Enigma’s career to this point?

5.  Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kantor all scored in double figures for the Jazz tonight, yet none eclipsed 26 minutes.  Utah clearly wants to get rid of either Jefferson or Millsap.  Is it time to start discussing letting Bynum go and taking on Jefferson?

6.  After scoring a season-high 117 points against the Kings, the Sixers came out and scored just 91 points.  That total is lower than their season average of 92.8.  Moving forward in the future, this team clearly needs to add a viable scoring option on the wing that can change the pace from Jrue and whichever big guy they determine is best for this franchise’s future.

 

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