GM 82: (1 LAST FRICKIN’ W) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/18/13 10:47 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young, SF 21 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +14

For the most part it was an outstanding year for #21 and on the final game of the season he came up just 2 rebs short of a double-double on only 21 mins of run.  I would have loved if he connected on that left hand tomahawk dunk as the icing on his cake for this season.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +11

In 40 minutes of burn against 2nd tier NBA players “The Enigma” scored 16 inefficient points 18 FGAs and 2 FTAs.  That about sums up Turner’s year. By my count Turner had 3 shots from inside 8 feet blocked last night.

Spencer Hawes, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +9

Spencer actually showed a hint of a nasty streak last night when he pushed Psycho-T to the floor.  His reward…DC benched him for the rest of the game

Jrue Holiday, PG 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +10

I was disappointed that DC chose to play Jrue so little, especially after he drained his first two shots. The turnover issues need to get fixed this off season, but kudos on a solid year overall.

Damien Wilkins, SG 36 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | +3

A nice way to end the season for “Employee #8″ who got off to a fast start when he scored 6 in the 1st Q.  Do you realize that Wilkins started 21 straight games for the Sixers this season?  His solid play means he’ll likely be back next year in a reserve role.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -1

A great 1st half — 8 points and 4 rebs — led to Arnett’s 1st career double-double.  In the 2nd Q he had a great follow tip and then a nice spin move and finish.  He also displayed a nice jumper in the 4th Q.  If #5 can raise his energy level a notch or two, he could be a solid big for the Sixers next year.  Did you know that #5 shot 62% from the field since the All-Star break?

Dorell Wright, SF 36 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +7

I gave him the A, but it wasn’t easy for me.  Why??  Because he lit up a bunch of second tier NBA cats and got out scored by Gerald Green.  That sets off red flags for me.  Still, he showed enough flashes this season that I think I want him back next year.  Am I sick in the head?

Lavoy Allen, C 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +4

Of course Lavoy’s third double-double of the season comes when I am begging for the Sixers to lose a game.

Justin Holiday, SG 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -1

It was nice knowing you.  Make sure that this summer Jrue works on his handles and decision making as we need to cut down on his turnovers.

Nick Young, SG 6 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

An O-for night.  That’s exactly how I want to remember the Swaggy P era in Philly.

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

The Kwame-palooza Tour has finally come to an end.  Thank you Indianapolis and good night!!! (For the record Kwame racked up 60 DNPs this season.)

Doug Collins

I hope your “retirement” is a train wreck just like the condition you are leaving the Sixers in.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The 7-6 jumped all over the Pacers reserves in this game last night.  An 11-0 start produced a big 1st Q.  The Sixers hit 9-of-their-first-12 shots and went 11-20 overall (55%).  Turner had 5 points.  Jrue had 5.  Wilkins had 6 points.

2.  The Sixers kept right on rolling in the 2nd Q…They shot 16-25 and poured it on the Pacers.  Moultrie put up 6 points. Lavoy netted 6 points.  Wright hit for 7 and Turner scored 4.  The Sixers shot 58% in the half; 44% on 3PAs; scored 26 points in the paint and grabbed 25 boards.  The result of the solid first two quarters of play was a 22 point half-time lead.

3.  Gerald Green did all he could to shoot the Pacers back into this one.  The Pacers reserve hit six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 34 points and was able to cut the Sixers lead to 7 points during the 4th Q, but he could not get Indy over the hump in this one.

4.  The Sixers can’t even tank correctly this year.  They were 8-6 in their last 14 games and 11-7 in their last 18.  The 76ers finished the season 11-30 on the road but went 5-5 in its last 10 games outside of Philly.  The winning ways of late cost the franchise a top 10 pick in the upcoming June Draft.  UNREAL!

5.  The Sixers finished this season with one fewer win than they had during the lockout season of 2011-12.

6.  Lavoy racked up three double-doubles in 78 games played this season, (21 mpg.) while Moultrie put up one double-double in 47 games played (11.5 mpg.).


 
 
 

11 Responses to “GM 82: (1 LAST FRICKIN’ W) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Alex Hootan
    18. April 2013 at 11:34

    Be easy on Doug Collins. He knows more basketball than you folks in Philadunkia combined.
    Just not good for caoching.

  2. Philadunkia
    18. April 2013 at 12:29

    Alex,

    What I think you meant to say is that DC has forgotten more about basketball than the folks at Philadunkia know. Which is the problem. He’s old and forgot that there is a 3-point line in today’s game. He is also not open to new ideas and stuck in coaching ways that do not work in today’s NBA. Take 5 minutes to analyze his half courts sets and you’ll see exactly what I am talking about.

    I have the ultimate respect for Doug’s knowledge of the game and what he has achieved as a player and an announcer. His coaching career is another story and the job he did this year was not a good one by any measure.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    — C. Smith

  3. Steve Toll
    18. April 2013 at 12:30

    C. Smith

    +1

  4. Mike
    18. April 2013 at 13:12

    Wow C. Smith your tough man. what does hoping his retirement is a trainwreck mean? Sounds like you’re wishing for something bad to happen to him, because he had one losing season in three years. Little excessive don’t you think? Read this: http://espn.go.com/nba/conversations/_/id/9185724/doug-collins-resigns-philadelphia-76ers-head-coach-remain-team-consultant and you’ll see all the respect people give him. I’d suggest changing your comment on his grade

  5. Larry Smith
    18. April 2013 at 13:53

    THATs RIGHT GRADER’ KEEP IT REAL!!!! HATE ON NICK YOUNG TO THE END. YOU WILL MISS NICK YOUNG. THERE IS NO 1 ELSE TO BASH ON. SO GIVE YOUR SELF A GREAT BIG FFFFFF!!!! YOU DON’T NO A DAME THING ABOUT PLAYERS, OR BASKETBALL.

  6. Bo
    18. April 2013 at 14:05

    C smith,

    I guarantee you that if anyone on Philadunkia switched jobs with DC, they would lose the locker room, and wouldn’t even be able to draw up a play. I’m glad he resigned and all, but give respect to a guy who turned a 27win team to a playoff team.

  7. Philadunkia
    18. April 2013 at 16:54

    Bo,

    I had respect for DC until he walked off the court early in the blow out home loss to ORL and then denied it. I had respect for DC until he spent the month of March throwing his team under the bus and acting as if he had no part in the team’s terrible record. I had respect for DC until he refused to change his woeful offensive sets that look for mid-range shots depsite all the evidence in the world that his offense is inefficient and wasn’t working for this team. I had respect for DC until for the second straight year he refused to play a rookie that could have helped this team. I had respect for DC until he started a merry-go-round at back up PG instead of choosing one guy and letting him develop in that role. I had respect for DC until he refused to acknowledge that picking up the pace of play was the way to win with this young and athletic team and instead kept talking about our lack of speed on the “wings”. I had respect for DC until his final press conference today in which he basically absolved himself of any repsonsibilty for the disaster that was the 2012-13 season.

    In short, I had respect for DC until he went off the rails in 2012-13 and turned in a sub-par coaching year.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    — C. Smith

  8. Alex Hootan
    18. April 2013 at 16:58

    Dear C Smith,
    I want to make sure that we keep our respect for DC. Also no disrespect for anybody in your shop. I like them all.
    I think Sixers just counted too much on AB and it did not work. Look at What Thad Young said after the last night game. ”this team could have been great…….”
    It is so sad for a young developing player to play with high hopes but …
    In a nutshell, Basketball can be molded and described with numbers and stat (deceptive). Just ask Steve Toll and he will do it for you. But when you are building a team and put a system together you need a prescriptive model that take lots of attributes that cannot be explained by numbers into account such as chemistry behavior etc. And that is why good coaches are almost like psychologists.
    I do not see any available coaches here that can help Sixers in the short term with the exception Phil Jackson and he will never come here unless Josh gives him great incentives!!!!

  9. Steve Toll
    18. April 2013 at 20:26

    DC was a terrible coach and influence on this franchise.

    Evan Turner was selected under his guidance.

    Evan Turner played 35mpg against Boston last season in the playoffs last year.
    He had 100 possessions that ended up in a shot or free throws, he scored 75 points in those 100 possessions and had more Turnovers than assists.

    Good riddance DC, you are the nut low

  10. R Johnson
    18. April 2013 at 21:22

    C.Smith,
    That pretty much sums up my feelings this season with the sixers. Loved and respected Doug (and defended him) until the evidence was (is) too overwhelming. I think the team needs a young coach from outside the organization.

  11. Bo
    18. April 2013 at 22:09

    C smith

    Last year y’all were whining about lavoy not getting pt. didn’t really turn out well. And vucivics has been playing well( DC made a mistake not playing him more) but his stats are still slightly boosted by playing on a bad team. With all the **** DC has gone through this year due to the Bynum disaster, I’m surprised that he didn’t break down earlier.

    Also, which of our wings has above average athleticism again?? That’s right, none of hem really do. And if you look back at some of the TNT games, he was encouraging the team to run more, but it’s tough to do when Jrue and Thad are the only ones able to do so. Ya he complained a little too much, but lets not forget the fact that this team is at its best only able to output inconsistent shooting nights and poor perimeter defense. It’s a **** team, and give him credit for not wanting to kill himself over it.

    All I’m saying is that it’s extremely disrespectful for you to say something about a man who has been able to do things that are greater than anything you and your idiot friend Steve will ever do.

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