GM 77: (BK TANK) RAPID REACTS

Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

The Nets frontline is just too big and too strong for #21 and a poor shooting night only made things worse.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -20

The Enigma did not shoot the ball well, but I thought he was one of the few Sixers who came to compete last night.  Turner got the FT line, he threw two nice alley-oops and played decently overall.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -25

Reality had to catch up to Spencer at some point.

Jrue Holiday, PG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -31

Jrue made his first three shots — all three-pointers in the first quarter (3-5 overall from deep in Q), so I thought he was going to get back on track last night. But he shot just 2 for 7 after that for 15 points. Holiday also posted a season-low one assist.  Jrue scored 4 straight to start the 3rd Q, so 13 of his 15 points came in two bursts.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -22

Even DC’s favorite veteran presence took the night off in Brooklyn.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Moultrie should play 25 minutes a night for the remainder of this pathetic season.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -8

7 of his nine points came in the 2nd Q.  Thanks for showing up for at least 1/4 of the game.

Lavoy Allen, C 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7

Any chance that Reggie Evans could take Lavoy under his wing and teach him to play with heart?

Charles Jenkins, PG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Is this experiment over yet?  1-4 in garbage time.

Justin Holiday, SG 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3

I’ll admit that his defense is better than I had anticipated, but that’s all I am willing to comment on here.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +10

Swaggy shines in these garbage time games.  Every Time he touched the rock, you knew the ball was going up.  Swaggy is predictable like that.  Only four of his 18 points came with the Sixers trailing by 11 or less points.

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

I swear I saw Kwame asking for Jay Z’s autograph.

Doug Collins

Everyone knew the plan for the Nets was to pound the ball inside and DC had no counter move.  Not even DC can keep this team from tanking it now and that should lead to some fun post game comments.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  At least the Sixers did us a favor and mailed it in early last night.  Reggie Evans scored 10 of his 17 points (+ 10 boards) and Brooke Lopez chipped in 15 of his 29 in the first quarter.  The Sixers allowed the Nets to shoot 53.8% from the field in the 1st Q.  The Nets also grabbed 19 boards (8 ORebs). Meanwhile the 7-6 went 3+ minutes without a hoop and that led to an 11-1 run by the Nets.  The Sixers shot 5-21 (28%) and scored only 18 points.

2.  The Nets outrebounded Philadelphia 67-34 — including 24 offensive boards — and had 25 second-chance points.  The Sixers had 6 second chance points.  Evans outrebounded the Sixers as a team in the 1st Half 16 to 15.  In 18 of the last 19 games he has grabbed at least 10 rebounds, averaging 16.2 boards per game over that stretch.  How is it possible that the Sixers traded Evans for Jason Kapono a few years back?

3.  The Sixers attempted to make a game of this one in the 2nd Q when they cut a 13-point lead down to just five.  A big part of that 12-5 run was two nice alley-oops that were thrown by Turner and 7 pts. by Wright.  Then a Swaggy fadeway jumper made it 38-33 with 7:46 remaining in the Q.  However, the Nets closed out the first half on 18-5 run to take a 56-38 lead at the break.  The Nets got help from the Sixers during that stretch as Collins & Co. went 4+ minutes without a hoop and scored 5 points in the final 7:26 of the Q.

4.  “You could see what Brooklyn’s game plan was — just pound it in the paint,” head coach Doug Collins said.  “I think at the first timeout at the 5:09 mark, I believe Brooklyn was up 22-4 in the paint. They had 11 second-chance points.  They had 20 touches in the first five minutes of the first quarter.  Brooklyn just pounded us inside.”

5.  The Nets made nearly as many shots in the paint (29 for the game) as the Sixers made total baskets (30).

6.  My biggest question for the Sixers as a team is, “Where was a tank effort like this last week when it would have helped our lottery position?”

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