GM 71: (BUCK HUNTER) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/27/13 10:34 pm EST
Milwaukee Bucks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +1

Thad started this game by going 6 of 7 from the floor in the 1st Q and triggered the Sixers great play in the 1st half, but then he sort of disappeared.

Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +22

This is all I am asking for from “The Enigma” on a nightly basis.  Except for one brief stretch in the 4th Q, ET played under control and contributed nicely to the team.  When he learns to play like this every night and stops complaining to the refs, I’ll be very happy.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 17 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +3

A career high 17 rebounds was the highlight of Spence’s 9th double-doubles in the month of March. Hawes a great second effort in the 2nd Q fro a tip-in.  The 3PA he drilled in early 4th was key and he had 2 huge ORebs in the late 4th Q that kept the ball out of MIL hands.  I also loved the dime he threw to Thad on a back-door cut in the 3rd Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -2

18 points on 17 FGAs isn’t the most efficient scoring night.  Jrue committed 6 TOs in the game as well.  Still, he had a clutch 3-pointer in the 3rd Q where he racked up 10 points and kept the Sixers in this game when the Bucks were on fire.  However he didn’t score a point in the 4th Q (0-3).

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -4

“Employee #8″ (We can borrow that from Antoine Walker, right?) got off to a slow start shooting the ball (2-7 in 1st Q) but recovered to post another stellar performance.  The alley-oop he caught in the 2nd Q capped off a nice run of 5 straight points by Wilkins.  The steal and slam by him in the late 4th was the dagger in this one and scored Big Macs for everyone at the WFC. His D was solid as well.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +4

6 ticks; 4 points and 3 boards…That’s an A+ in my book.  Too bad it won’t lead to more minutes for Arnett.

Dorell Wright, SF 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +3

I wasn’t thrilled with some of the ill-advised shots he chucked up tonight (the 2 in the 3rd Q come immediately to mind), but Wright was a big key to the Sixers W tonight.  #4 scored five points in the 2nd Q and the stretch where he scored 8 straight in the 4th Q took the Sixers from a deficit to up 3 and triggered a 15-0 run by the 7-6 that put them up for good in this one.

Lavoy Allen, C 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +9

Mehhh…

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Moving on…

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

During training camp did you think that Kwame would only play in only 22 games this year and that would be 22 more times than Bynum would suit up for the Sixers in 2012-13?

Doug Collins

I love that DC’s squad got out to an lightening fast start in this one.  However, whatever he is saying at half needs to cease as the Sixers had another terrible 3rd Q.  Still he was able to keep the team focused and that led to a big 4th Q push that grabbed the Sixers the lead and eventually the game. How tense was Collins in the post game presser?  The fact that he still believes the Sixers are not out of the playoffs yet is a joke.  DC is this close to snapping — big time.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

1.  Speaking of that fast start by the Sixers…In the 1st Q the Sixers shot 50% on FGAs; scored 24 points in the paint and grabbed 6 ORebs.  That great play produced a 7 point lead for the Sixers after the 1st Q.

2.  The Sixers solid play continued in the early 2nd Q as they opened up with a 9-2 run and at one point led the Bucks by 18 points.  Overall in the 1st half, the Sixers shot 54% on FGAs, got 40 points in the paint, had 11 FB points, 9 ORebs and 25 FGM on 17 assists.  One knock was that the Sixers did turn the ball over 9 times in that 1st half.

3.  Every NBA game has its runs, but tonight’s contest was simply littered with them.  After the Sixers 9-2 run, MIL followed with a 17-2 run of their own in the 2nd Q that cut the Sixers lead to 3 points.  The Sixers opened the 3rd Q with a 6-0 run, but  MIL also put together runs of 9-0 and 10-2 in the 3rd Q.  MIL’s second 3rd Q run gave them a 73-71 lead. But the Sixers responded with a 15-0 run to begin the 4th Q and eventually grabbed the W thanks to a 24-9 finish.  That’s some very inconsistant play for two borderline awful teams.

4.  The Sixers hit only 7 FGs in the 3rd Q…The Bucks had 7 TOs in the 4th Q…The Sixers were 6-6 on FTS in the 3rd Q but only shot 9 total FTAs for the game…The Sixers had a stretch in the 2nd Q where they went 3+ minutes and only scored 2 pts…This was the Sixers 3rd straight win at home…The Sixers are now 5-4 in their last 9 games and are quickly making their way out of the top 10 in the 2013 Lottery.

5.  In his last seven games, Hawes is averaging 16 points, 11.9 rebounds, and 3 blocks.  Where has this guy been all year?!?

6.  The Sixers sat on 98 points for too long and the “announced” crowd of 16,640 began chanting “We want Big Macs!”. Wilkins granted the WFC crowd their wish with a steal and a throw down that sent the Philadunkia faithful into a frenzy.


 
 
 

10 Responses to “GM 71: (BUCK HUNTER) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Alex
    27. March 2013 at 23:41

    It seems like they are reducing the number of mistakes. Effort is good. But…..what the hec! Perhaps this way front Office would know who to keep and who to let go.

  2. Alex
    27. March 2013 at 23:47

    Something about DC bothers me a lot. He sometimes completely neutralizes a good player for no obvious reasons.

  3. Will
    28. March 2013 at 10:00

    Arnett Moultrie is a very underrated talent for this team. His PER right now is a 16.38.
    Compare that to Spencer Hawes, 15.74
    Big Nik (when he was a 76er), 14.3
    Lavoy Allen, 11.81
    Dorell Wright, 15.47
    Damien Wilkins, 12.09
    Royal Ivey, 7.85.
    So not only does he have the third highest PER on the team (behind the only two players that will definitely be here going forward), but he’s also a 22 year old rookie. It makes absolutely no sense that he’s not playing significant minutes. Yes, his game is not flawless, but who cares? It’s a lost year anyways.

  4. Steve Toll
    28. March 2013 at 10:09

    Anyone ready to yet consider Hawes > Holiday?

  5. Tom
    28. March 2013 at 10:57

    If Spencer had played like this when it mattered, I would still disagree with you, but wouldn’t think you were a fool. Now he’s playing this well when all we should be doing is tanking. No, seems to me like Spence isn’t good when it matters.

  6. Steve Toll
    28. March 2013 at 11:14

    Tom,

    Seems you’re mad because Spence has the heart of a champion and is showing jos true colors in the face of adversity

  7. Joe
    28. March 2013 at 12:44

    Steve,

    “Heart of a champion” HAAAAAAAAAAA.

  8. Rob Y
    28. March 2013 at 12:45

    Introducing your 2013-2014 76ers:

    PG- Jrue Holiday
    SG- James Harden
    SF- Andre Iguodala
    PF- Thaddeus Young
    C- Nikola Vucevic

    Bench:
    6- Louis Williams
    7- Spencer Hawes
    8- Maurice Harkless
    9- Arnett Moultrie
    10- Good Defensive Big Man from 1st Round Lottery Pick (After we make playoffs this year and trade our first rounder, 2nd rounder, and Evan Turner for a lottery pick)

    That is easily the 2nd or 3rd best team in the East and the 6th or 7th best team in the league behind the Heat, Thunder, and Spurs. Possibly better than the Clippers, Nuggets, and Bulls when Rose comes back.

    Ahhhhhhh, I dream.

  9. Steve Toll
    28. March 2013 at 14:32

    Rob Y,

    You are the 2-7 off suit of Philadunkia. How do the 76ers go about getting James Harden with 0 available cap space?

    Your “13-14″ is already capped out before you figure in Harden

  10. CG
    28. March 2013 at 19:03

    Hawes > Holiday? Lol. One played like an All Star while we were still in playoff contention, the other was none existent to detrimental, now that we’re out of the playoff race Hawes turns it on, yup, heart of a champion that one has…

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