GM 66: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/26/12 11:22 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Detroit Pistons
Lavoy Allen, PF 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -6For the second straight game, the rook did yeoman’s work on the glass, pulling down nine boards against a decent Detroit frontcourt. After starting the season ranked last in the Association in ESPN.com’s NBA player ratings, Allen had a freshman campaign he can build on.
Craig Brackins, SF 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -21Brackins showed flashes, but for the most part reminded us why he was demoted to the D-League. Efficiency is the new buzz word in the league. It’s, unfortunately, not a word invoked a lot when describing Brackins.
Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -15A really nice playoff warm up for Spence, who looks all the way back from his Achilles troubles. It was also an impressive capstone to what was, missed games notwithstanding, the best overall season of his young career. Dude made himself some money in 2012.
Jodie Meeks, G 32 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -4How do you solve a problem like Jodie Meeks? Though he showed more of an all-around game tonight than he does on most evenings, the former-Wildcat continues to live and die by the 3-pointer. It’s an arrangement that leaves him, more often than not, dead.
Evan Turner, SG 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | -22Evan Turner made headlines in the last 24 hours when he suggested the Bulls were a better matchup for the 7-6 than the Heat. On Thursday, he played like he was angling for the 8-seed, which is to say, apathetically.
Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -8Battie attempted a 3-pointer at one point, his first of the season. I just stared at the screen for four minutes, and that’s the only thing I could think to write about him.
Sam Young, SF 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -15His eye evidently healed, Young had a productive evening.
(Fitting, isn’t it, that  a Sixers team that’s made me want to gouge my eyes out at times these last two months has had a spate of eye injuries.)
Xavier Silas, G 20 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -4Dr. J’s godson struggled in 20 minutes of floor time, but it is nice to see that nepotism is alive and well in the NBA.
Nikola Vucevic, C 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -15Big Nic grabbed seven offensive rebounds, and though many were of the “Oh, a loose ball just ricocheted directly into my hands, I think i’ll catch it” variety, it was a good end to a (mostly) good rookie season.

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