GM 74: (+1 FOR THE LOTTERY) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/04/13 12:11 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -14

After a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats Saturday, Thad came out flat last night and couldn’t get his jumpers to fall.  He did bring his usual hustle however with three swipes and a couple diving saves for loose balls and extra possessions.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -12

Evan Turner played 33 minutes, but it was 33 seconds in the 4th quarter which sealed a Bobcats win and continued Turner’s tumultuous season for the Sixers this year.  On a mid-court inbound with the team down 84-83 and a timeout left, Turner nearly committed a five-second violation and lobbed the ball right into Gerald Henderson’s hands for a fast break dunk down the other end.  Back breaker. Game over.  It came right as I was going to give him credit for scoring six points with under four minutes to play…Go figure.  “The Enigma” strikes again.

Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Hawes played physical the entire game, but was out-bodied by the Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts who pulled down 16 boards and had a couple huge slams.  By design or not, Hawes also shouldn’t have launched a three to try to cut a five point deficit to two with under 20 ticks to play.  Didn’t the 76ers sign Dorell Wright for that reason?  That was painful to watch.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 2-24 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -10

From an offensive, defensive and leadership standpoint this was by far the worst game I’ve seen from Jrue Holiday in a Sixers uniform.  His shot was off all night in historic fashion, shooting 2-of-24 from the field for just five points.  According to Basketball Reference, Jrue is the first NBA player in at least 28 years to take 24-plus shots and make two or fewer.  The last Sixers player to shoot this bad from the field was Allen Iverson who shot 2-of-21 vs. the Knicks in 2004.  Outside of his shooting, his defense was equally as terrible on Kemba Walker.  More on this after the jump…

Damien Wilkins, SG 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -7

Damien Wilkins played a hell of a game and deserved to get this win.  He opened the game scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first quarter and ended the game with an efficient 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting while pulling down nine boards. He scored eight-straight in the third including a pretty runner off the glass.  By my standards, he’s shown enough to deserve a new contract in the offseason.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +1

Moultrie was again given the Collins treatment.  He pulled down three offensive boards and added four points in just nine minutes of burn.  That obviously wasn’t good enough to deserve more minutes. Apparently, this guy couldn’t have done anything to stop the hurt that was put on by Josh McRoberts. Unreal.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12

Rocking the red Iverson arm-sleeve, Wright was the most consistent scorer for the Sixers outside of Damien Wilkins in this game.  He knocked down four threes and kept the game close with back-to-back trey’s in the 4th.  Somehow he only got 19 minutes of PT and wasn’t given the three which was instead handed to Spencer Hawes at the end of the game.  Good coaching Doug…

Lavoy Allen, C 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8

Too much playing time for Lavoy, although he did have a nice tip-in and held his own on the blocks. Benefit of the doubt on this one.

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

No words….

Justin Holiday, SG 7 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -1

It was nice to see the Jruth’s brother score his first NBA bucket with a 20-footer to start the second quarter.  After a failed alley oop attempt to Jrue shortly after, Justin was pulled by Dougie for the rest of the game.  This move must’ve affected Jrue as he went beyond not buying a bucket the rest of the game.  He couldn’t have even been given a bucket from the free stuff section on Craigslist.  It was that bad.

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

Swaggy couldn’t have attempted some of Jrue’s shots?  After Jrue went 1-of-10, you needed him to shoot 13 more misses?  I’m not saying that Nick would’ve been the answer but when he’s hot, he’s hot and he could’ve at least gotten a chance in this game.

Doug Collins

There’s nothing like building a team up with three straight wins, to coaching them out of a win against the worst team in the NBA.  Hopefully the Sixers are devastated as a team and will start losing some necessary games for a decent lottery pick, instead of trying to pursue the pipe-dream of a playoff spot.  This loss stings even more, as the Bucks lost to the Timberwolves last night 107-98. Keep up the “great” rotations Dougie.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw

1.  Jrue takes a Holiday:  Jrue was nowhere to be found Wednesday night in Charlotte.  On a night where Jrue and his brother Justin became the first set of brothers to ever suit up for the Sixers together in team history, Jrue dropped a major egg. 2-of-24 from the field, three turnovers and four fouls was a horrific display.  Defensively, letting your man score 17, dish 10 assists and swipe six steals was equally as maddening.  Which brother was playing his first game again?  Let’s just try to forget about this with a highlight mix of Jrue’s magnificent season:

2.  Henderson went off: Gerald Henderson scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting against the best defender the Sixers had to offer in Damien Wilkins.  Henderson scored 10 in the fourth including a steal and slam on Turner’s inbound which sealed the win for the Bobcats.  It was almost like Henderson was back to his Episcopal days on City Line Avenue.

3.  Mc”Rob”erts: After coming over from the Orlando Magic, Josh McRoberts has put together some solid games for the Bobcats and put on a show for the home faithful in this one.  He notched a double-double with 12 points and 16 “Robbed” rebounds including a couple of thunderous dunks which brought fans to their feet.  Spencer Hawes couldn’t match his energy as he helped increase the Bobcats’ confidence all game long.

4.  Freebies:  The Sixers actually got to the free-throw line for once and successfully hit from the charity stripe. The Sixers shot 13-of-16 from the line (81%) and looked like a real NBA team.  Then again…They played the Bobcats…

5.  Blown lead:  The Sixers held a 35-19 lead early in the second quarter which was erased into the break to just 45-40. The Bobcats shot 10-of-20 in the quarter to the Sixers’ just 6-of-21.  That will do it folks.

6.  Lottery watch:  At 30-44, the Sixers hold the 11th worst record in the NBA.  NBAdraft.net has the Sixers selecting center Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga with their current selection.  The Canadian is being compared to Spencer Hawes.  Just what the Sixers need…Another big man that thinks he can shoot.  Joking aside the Sixers have to keep losing to get a solid selection.  The Kings hold the 7th worst record in the league and are just three games behind the 76 at the moment. They’re projected to take Michigan’s Trey Burke, but UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, plus Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo all follow him with the 8th, 9th and 10th picks.  Any one of them would be much better options and all have very high potential to be good NBA players.  With the Hawks twice, Heat and Nets coming up in the next week you can only hope that the result will be a five-game Sixers skid.





 
 
 

14 Responses to “GM 74: (+1 FOR THE LOTTERY) REACTS”

  1. RYN_JAY
    4. April 2013 at 10:27

    I think you should of gave Holiday an A. He understands that we need to lose the rest of these games.

  2. Steve Toll
    4. April 2013 at 11:25

    I just want to point out there is a very real chance that Spencer Hawes ends the year with a higher PER than Jrue….. who had what can only be described as “the worst regular season game in 76er history”

    Iggy and Iverson had truly horrid games back on 11/14/07 and 3/2/00 but their counterparts production was lacking compared to what Kemba did last night

  3. Wang
    4. April 2013 at 12:10

    Bravo, Jrue’s career night…

    I think a true star will never have a night like that, it shows his lack of adjustment to the variable situations. Well, you could say Kobe has 4pts game as well, but we all know that it has more to do with his willingness rather than skill.

    Remember, this is not the only one or two shooting woes Jrue has this season, and his Assist/Turnover Ratio is one of the worst in the NBA, tell me I am wrong.

    Now I begin to doubt about Jrue, presumably the best player on this team. Is this team really heading to the right direction?

    Having Jrue anchoring the team as the franchise player is pretty much like the Bucks who had Michael Redd as franchise player during that failed period.

  4. Steve Toll
    4. April 2013 at 14:16

    Wang,

    You are correct, Jrue is 40th in the NBA with a 2.21:1 assist to turnover ratio

    Mike Redd was pretty damn good in his prime. Look at what Kobe did when he didn’t have GOAT level teammates in Shaq+Gasol and was surrounded by a team of ~average players while being the best player. Kobe has 5 rings and was the best player on 0 of those teams.

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/LAL/2007.html

  5. Alex Hootan
    4. April 2013 at 14:18

    What is the reason for late improvemets of Spencer Hawes?
    On draft, Sixers need to use trade to Move up, Turner Haws, even Levoy are possibilities!!

  6. Jon
    4. April 2013 at 22:11

    I’m sorry Steve but your point about Kobe…. http://youtu.be/LoJtwYSLeMw …. That’s the only way I know how to respond to that and I don’t really see what that has to do with jrue holiday or the sixers.. That being said I don’t care what stats you throw at me no post shaq lakers player has been better than Kobe. I’m not arguing this, I don’t care. Pau gasol is not and hasn’t ever been better on a championship team then Kobe Bryant. I dont care.

  7. Jon
    4. April 2013 at 22:13

    And kobe wasnt surrounded by “average” players on the 2006-07 lakers, those guys sucked.

  8. Steve Toll
    4. April 2013 at 23:43

    Jon,

    Great clip, but seriously back the truck up. You’ve got no idea what you’re talking about. That 06-07 Lakers team had like 8000 minutes of average minutes, 3100 minutes of Kobe and 8500 minutes of replacement level .

    Kobe > Pau on those title team, LOLOLOL

    There is nothing wrong with being a casual fan except for when you are communicating with someone who actually has a clue

  9. MattSg
    5. April 2013 at 00:14

    Wow that was a disgusting game from jrue . The holidays shot 3 -29 WOW.

  10. Wang
    5. April 2013 at 13:26

    Steve

    It is a open secret that Kobe’s championship team always had better, or at least player of his talent level.

    But Jrue, is he a really top-notch player a championship team could build around, I start being dubious about this. I even think Jrue might just be a player that doesn’t differ from Thad. Given enough usage, Thad could hand in the similar quality stats sheet…

    So, I lose my sense on where this team is headed.

  11. Jon
    5. April 2013 at 23:58

    See that’s the thing Steve, you think because you right for a blog that you have some special innate knowledge about the game of basketball and the sixers that the rest of us have not been blessed with. You don’t know who I am, for all you know I could be a writer for the Los Angeles times from the philadelphia area. Just saying. I wouldn’t just call myself a casual fan nonetheless. I’m definitely more in depth than most.

    Pau gasol is a great player no doubt, but to put him in the same category as shaq and then to throw the GOAT on him!!!! That is blasphemous!!!!!

    Kobe is fourth on the all time scoring list, pau isn’t even in the top 50. You can say he’s a volume scorer which Is a valid point to An extent, but the object of the game is still to score points and for him to be fourth all time, that speaks for itself.

  12. Steve Toll
    6. April 2013 at 12:01

    Jon,

    you’re right, I didn’t even start watching basketball until the 76ers playoff run last year and then started writing about them

    The fact that you think the object of the game is to “score points” and because Kobe is 4th all time that somehow is related, LOL

  13. Jon
    6. April 2013 at 13:36

    I don’t know why you always get so defensive every time someone opposes you, my goodness Steve. I’m not saying you don’t know anything about basketball, unlike others on this site. I think you just look a little too deep for contrary viewpoints sometimes.

    I’m gonna take one out of your playbook because I’m not totally sure if your last paragraph was sarcastic or not.

    True or false..
    The team that scores the most points at the end of the game wins.

  14. Steve Toll
    9. April 2013 at 17:34

    False: the team that scores the most points from start to finish wins the game

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