GM 56: (HISTORIC) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/13 9:16 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -21

I hope that last night’s shooting woes were just a matter of Thad still getting himself back into game shape. Thad was also noticeably late on several weak-side rotations.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -8

I honestly don’t know what to write about “The Enigma” anymore. Turner comes out on fire — 5-7 in the 1st Q and then outside of a nice alley-oop to Moultrie in the 2nd Q, he just disappears. He continues to pound the ball into the floor until late in the shot clock (more on this later).  One sequence in the 4th drove me nuts…After jacking and missing a wing 3PA, the Bulls grabbed the rebound and set up their half court offense down the other end.  Long story short, Turner is late on a rotation and then weakly fouls Noah on a lay-in for an AND 1.  At the time of the ill-advised 3PA, the Sixers had a chance to cut the Bulls lead to 6 or 7 and instead ended up down 12 after Noah’s FT.

Spencer Hawes, C 37 MIN | 7-18 FG | 6-6 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -6

Hawes recovered from a horrible start offensively to post a double-double.  Still he got absolutely worked by Noah at both ends and that’s all I or anyone else will remember from this game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 10-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 22 PTS | -13

Jrue’s scoring outburst in the 2nd Q (7 points) kept the Sixers in this game. He also had 7 points in the 3rd Q that helped the Sixers claw back into this one after falling behind by 16.  So he had the offense going last night.  However I thought he had some trouble guarding Hinrich at times and that hurt the Sixers.

Nick Young, SG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1

Nick is 2-16 in his last 3 games.  Where is the Swaggy P fan club now?

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | 0

4 points in 6+ mins during the 1st half and DC can’t find any burn for this kid in the 2nd half.  Simply stupid Doug.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -7

If Wright could have knocked home his FTs, he would have gotten a better grade.  I’m ready to try this guy in the first-five again as it is obvious Nick’s hot streak is over.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -5

What the hell has happened to this guy since putting on a Sixers uniform?

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

I guess DC’s big, physical presence couldn’t have gone into this game and attempted to keep Noah off the glass?  Money well spent…

Doug Collins

I’m still recovering from the post game meltdown DC had the other night, so I’m going to leave this one alone except to say this…Perhaps no team has had more injury issues then the Bulls this year (Rose, Hamilton, Gibson, etc.) and yet Thibs has figured out a way to win and has never given the ‘woe is me’ comments like Collins has done this year.

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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/15/13 11:08 am EST

Everyone saw the switch hand dunk that Blake Griffin threw down on Hawes this past week.  But did you notice Evan Turner’s reaction on the bench after the damage was done.  This clip from csnphilly.com doesn’t give it full justice (but you get my drift).  After his initial chuckle, Turner went on to cover his mouth with a towel as he yucked it up. 

Brian at depressedfan.com looks at the Sixers trade or not to trade options coming out of the ASB and he has some very interesting insight in this post.

Spike Eskin at cbsphilly wrote a great post on the fact that Sixers fans deserve to know the truth about what is going on with Bynum’s knees…”The fact is that if the organization was always aware that Bynum playing was an iffy proposition, it was irresponsible to start that hype machine. Irresponsible on the part of the team to paint the team as a contender. Irresponsible on the part of team CEO Adam Aron for fanning the flames of it all…”  AMEN brother…AMEN 

Former 76er Dikembe Mutombo belives he should be in the Hall of Fame and sort of compares himself to Hakeem Olajuwon.  Maybe that Geico commercial has gone to his head.


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GM 42: (DVR’D) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/13 11:41 am EST
New York Knicks 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +30

Thad delivered his usual energy and hustle which is really all the needed him to do on a night when the Sixers had three players score 20+ points. Still, I bet he’ll be hearing from his teammates about that two handed flush he missed in the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 8-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +20

Last night was one of the best efforts we have seen from Turner in a couple of weeks. However, I am still not a fan of putting the ball in his hands and letting him orchestrate the offense. On several occasions last night he pounded the ball into the floor too much and he routinely turns his back to the basket 20-25 feet from the tin. That’s a major no-no when you are playing PG.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +16

Hawes got the start and delivered — sort of. He scored all 4 of his points in the 1st Q and helped ignite the Sixers quick start, but that was it for Spence in teh scoring department.  The 4 blocks were a nice toss in.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 16-25 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 35 PTS | +30

Simply amazing to watch last night. Two notes from Jrue’s career best scoring night. First, he recognized a mismatch in this game (hobbled Felton on him) and exploited it by taking the ball to the rim repeatedly. Second he committed only 1 turnover and that hiccup came in the 4th Q when the game was well over.

Nick Young, SG 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +13

In J-Rich’s absence Swaggy got the start and put together a nice game.  But it didn’t start out that way as NY missed his first 3 FGAs before a 4-point play in the late 1st Q seemed to ignite his scoring touch. IMO Swaggy also did a decent job of putting the ball on the floor and going to the hoop.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +6

It’s gotten to the point were I am not against trading Lavoy.

Shelvin Mack, PG 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

With the Sixers standing on 97 points, Mack missed a wide open 3-ball that would have given the Sixers 100 points and delivered fee Big Macs to the sellout crowd.

Royal Ivey, PG 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -13

I liked a lot of what I saw from Ivey last night, but I would have liked his effort even more if he could hit a few more shots

Damien Wilkins, SG 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Wilkins has found a role on this team — play tough, physical defense and drive the ball to the tin — and his does a great job of delivering those elements every time he steps on the floor.  IMO his bucket in the early second was an important NYK momentum stopper.

Dorell Wright, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

The Do(u)g-house strikes again.

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

Somewhere there is a big that can actually help this team and not just take up space.

Doug Collins

I’ll assume it was by DC’s design that Jrue and others drove the ball to the hoop like they have not done all-season. I have a suspicion Jrue may have been freelancing. I guess we’ll never know.

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WRONG NIGHT TO HAVE A BAD NIGHT

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/23/13 4:44 pm EST

In an underwhelming, frustrating, and (so far) disappointment filled  season for the Philadelphia 76ers, there was been one thread that has held the fabric of the team together.  It’s been the all star candidate Jrue Holiday, who is having the best season of his career and quite frankly is the captain of a basketball ship treading through muddy water.  But, when that thread comes apart, and when the captain steers off course, the fabric tears itself and the ship finds itself completely lost.  There’s no better illustration of this then in the Sixers’ 110-102 loss to Milwaukee Bucks last night.

While, another Sixers loss was disheartening enough for a city starving for wins from anybody – anywhere (Villanova notwithstanding), Holiday’s failing performance in what was an all star selection audition against Brandon Jennings sunk their emotions even lower.

After all, if a basketball team is going to roam in the world of sub-mediocrity, at least it’d be nice to do so with an all star to boast about.  But, as Kyrie Irving cemented his all star spot with a 40 point outburst against the Celtics, Holiday looked  just as dull as the team he would represent in Houston, in their final game before all star reserves are announced. 

 
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GAME 41: (FRUSTRATED) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/22/13 2:06 pm EST
San Antonio Spurs 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Lavoy was taken to school by Tim Duncan in this game, as Duncan finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two steals. On most nights I’d be happy with Lavoy pulling down eight rebounds, on this night not so much.
Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -6Last year Jodie Meeks was given the name Captain Streaky for the random production he would give you on any given night. This season Dorell Wright seems to be that guy for the Sixers. Being in the Do(u)g House for the majority of the season is probably a major factor in this as well.
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was a key player in the Sixers’ second-half surge to get back into the game. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the second-half. He also had a couple big misses down the stretch, however, which had me spiking my remote against the floor. Tiago Splitter’s 12 boards were equally as depressing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -10Turner had one of his best games of the season against the Spurs. He came up just three assists shy of a strong triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. He looked confident with the ball in his hands (for most of the game) and was drilling the mid-range shot which critics have been hammering him for all season. Yet, two huge turnovers down the stretch, missing a wide open three to regain the lead with just a minute left and leaving Kawhi Leonard open on the perimeter for a couple huge treys in this game will have critics rightfully hammering him again.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -16Jrue Holiday was relegated to the bench by Doug Collins for close to five minutes of the 4th quarter. He entered the game when the Sixers held a four point lead over the Spurs with just seven minutes to go. Where in the previous game against the Raptors Jrue thrived to close out the win for the Sixers, Holiday struggled mightily against Tony Parker and the Spurs. He had two huge turnovers to add to his game total of six and seemed to not want the ball when the game was on the line. It could’ve been that Tony Parker had already ruined his confidence, who finished with 20 points and eight assists. Or, Doug Collins has some explaining to do.
Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +14Spencer played huge in this game on the offensive end. It could’ve been the new blue arm sleeve that he was showing off, or it could’ve been that he was pissed off about Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration earlier but either way Spence had one of his best offensive performances of the season against the Spurs. Once again it was his defense which left a lot to be desired, although he did register three blocks.
Shelvin Mack, PG 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0He got his first two points in a Sixers uni, then quickly made his return to the bench. Welcome to the team Mack daddy.
Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5Why did Ivey play 16 minutes and why was he in the game in the 4th quarter with the game on the line? The sequence where he was stripped by Kawhi Leonard for a fast break dunk was a momentum changer. The Sixers were up 82-77 at the time, but that dunk combined with a Leonard three in the Spurs next possession tied the game at 82-82 and the Spurs finished their business down at the WFC.
Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0I would’ve liked to see some more Damien “Defense” Wilkins at certain points in this game and less Ivey and Lavoy.
Nick Young, SG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +8Swaggy had it going on late in the 4th as the Sixers pushed their lead to seven. His new haircut, named the Sonic the Hedgehog by teammate Royal Ivey, was awesome. Overall a solid performance where I was not screaming for Swaggy to be sent down to the D-league.
Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | This was the worst game for Richardson to miss. He could’ve proved to be the difference maker in its outcome.
Doug CollinsI’ll give Doug credit for yet another second-half comeback. But what was going on with his rotations? Also, did he design plays in the 4th to keep the ball out of Jrue’s hands? Make no mistake, playing the Spurs as tough as the Sixers did for four quarters is commendable, but turning a win into a loss when the game was in the balance was infuriating to watch. The Sixers offensive game plan in the last seven minutes looked more like the And 1 Mixtape Tour then the 7-6.

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GAME 36: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/09/13 1:39 am EST
Brooklyn Nets 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -15

I said it before and I’ll say it again.  Lavoy Allen’s nickname should be “Mr. Softee” if you’re talking about his play so far this season.  He’s disappeared and been owned in the paint in nearly every game this year.  His best defensive effort came in the 18 minutes he played against Dwight Howard and the Lakers on New Years day…since then he’s gone back to being the player that we know and haven’t loved. I’m praying that there’s a spot open for him in the Do(u)g house.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -23

This was easily Thad’s worst performance of the season and the Sixers suffered immensely because of it.  Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche (I’ll get to him later) just absolutely dominated Thad on the blocks, combining for 22 points and 30 rebounds.  Lately, Young has seemed to have lost a little bit of the wind in his sails. This is  a very bad sign for a team who desperately needs his intensity every night.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -12

Not much to say here, just a very quiet game from Turner.  His two turnovers in this game were exactly the same and equally as maddening.  On both occasions, he tried to toss the ball from the half-court to an open Sixer near the basket.  Both passes were sniffed out by Nets defenders back in transition. Eight points, seven rebounds and five assists just doesn’t cut it in 36 minutes of playing time.  As pitiful of a stat as it is, his seven rebounds actually led the Sixers in this game.  Turner is another player who seems to be affected by the Sixers’ latest road trip.  He hasn’t been playing consistent basketball since the middle of December and his past four games have been consistently bad.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | -27

If anyone should be frustrated over this Sixers loss, it should be Jrue Holiday. His defense on Deron Williams left a lot to be desired (as he dropped 22 on Jrue), but offensively Jrue was the only reason the Sixers were able to keep the score close in the first half.  In the first quarter, Jrue was involved in all 24 of the Sixers’ points they were able to score in the quarter.  Jrue scored 12 while dishing out six assists for part of the other 12 points.  Jrue, however, came out flat in the 3rd committing three turnovers and only netting seven points the rest of the game.  He looked frustrated on the court and his play was evident of that.  He’s been saying the most prayers lately for Bynum to make a fast and healthy return.

Jason Richardson, SG 19 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -12

His six points in the second quarter and solid defense on Joe Johnson made me think that JRich would end the game with a nice stat-line.  Unfortunately, that was the only notable quarter for Richardson as he spent the majority of the rest of the game on the bench.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Well…On the bright side, Moultrie got a few minutes right?

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -6

DWRIGHTWAY played DNOTWRIGHTWAY in 20 wasted minutes.  Back to the Do(u)g house.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -7

If the offensive end of the court was the only side of the court you needed to play on in a basketball game, then I was highly impressed by Spencer Hawes.  He was hitting open shots, he drilled a couple three’s, he had a nice spin move in the post for a dunk and he was crisp on his passes.  On the defensive end of the court however, he was absolutely manhandled on the boards, he picked up four fouls and he couldn’t play a lick of defense all game.  That was not Hawesome.

Maalik Wayns, PG 9 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +1

From being cut, to being re-signed to a 10-day contract, to getting the most minutes he’s seen in nearly a month all in just two days.  Talk about a whirlwind start to the week.

Damien Wilkins, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -3

I was actually slightly impressed by Wilkins’ play in this game and his up and under in the second quarter was a top-play nominee in this game for me.  He was the top rebounder coming off the Sixers bench with four, which goes to show you just how dire the Sixers’ need is for a rebounding big.

Nick Young, SG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +3

Hopefully the haircut Swaggy is promising to his fans in the near-future will change his atrocious play he’s displayed this season.  He is all sorts of negative on the court and his shot-jacking style is raising my blood pressure levels everyday.

Doug Collins

All I have to say is…An 18-2 run by the Nets to start the 3rd quarter.  The Sixers were outscored 35-14 overall in the quarter.  A 48-47 halftime deficit was suddenly an insurmountable 83-61 drubbing by the end of the 3rd.  The Sixers have been outscored by a total of 67 points in their last three games. You can talk about rebounding and size in the paint all you want, but it’s obvious that one coach made his halftime adjustments Tuesday night and the other coach did not.  What got me the most was when Doug was shown laughing on the sideline during what should have been a highly infuriating 4th quarter to the coach.  Unless you were listening to Ed Helms’ pipes on your ipod, then you better have some good reasoning behind it.  It’s time to get back to the good ol’ drawing board Dougie.

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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/08/13 9:40 am EST

It’s time for another edition of Philadunkia 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″. 

Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four key questions that are currently facing our 76ers and some answers from four Philadunkia scribes.  Included in this week’s edition are some opinions on yesterday’s Bynum “update”.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/04/13 1:18 pm EST

Corey Seidman at csnphilly.com has a preview of the Sixers at OKC tonight.  It ain’t going to be pretty. 

Ric Bucher talks about whether or not Jrue will be an All-Star.  He has an interesting take on a long running debate here at Philadunkia.com

Phil Shore at Yahoo! Sports, takes a look at something we have discussed in depth here at ‘Dunkia…starting tonight in OKC, the Sixers upcoming schedule is brutal.

Saturday is the 30th anniversary of Dr. J’s filthy rock-the-cradle dunk on the head of Lakers great Michael Cooper.  Mark Perner of the Daily News looks back at one of the most iconic plays in 76ers history.  

Former Sixer great Charles Barkley doesn’t think you’re smart enough to be voting for the NBA All-Star Game participants.

Speaking of voting…A look at the latest All-Star voting results shows that Jrue is still in the Top 10 among East guards.

Checking in on Arnett Moultrie, we find that he is playing decently (double-double on New Year’s Day) on 27 mpg. for Sioux Falls.


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GM 32: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/02/13 2:17 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Los Angeles Lakers
Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6

He was effective and efficient in limited minutes tonight.  He also deserves some propers for overseeing Dwight Howard’s dreadful 1-for-7 effort.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +6

Thad struggled from midrange on Tuesday.  Despite getting reasonably good looks throughout the evening, he was just 1-of-8 from beyond three feet.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +3

Tremendous night for Mr. Turner.  After a brutal three game stretch to close 2012 (he shot 7-of-25 and averaged just 5 points per game), he stuffed the box score in a way that he’s uniquely capable of; posting his eighth double-double of the season.  Plus: the 3-pointer he hit to push the lead to 92-85 after Kobe galvanized the crowd was super-sized.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | +2

In a triumphant return to his hometown, Jrue was terrific.  The driving dunk he made with 22 seconds left that put the Lakers down six and, effectively, iced it, might be my favorite Jrue Holiday moment ever.  Also: 10 assists against one turnover.  Think on that.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +1

Jason Richardson is three years younger than Kobe Bryant.  It didn’t look that way.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +4

While Wright was on the floor, he hit 3-point shots (especially helpful because of the extra point you get for them!) and grabbed rebounds.  Doug Collins, seeing this, played him a grand total of 23 minutes.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | 0

Spencer Hawes, sporting a fresh haircut that made him (finally) look more like a professional athlete than a cast member of MTV’s ‘Buckwild’, did good things against the Lakers for the second time in as many games.  He blocked Dwight Howard at least twice and has now shot 12-of-21 against the Lake show this season.

Kwame Brown, C 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Kwame Brown, who wasn’t (that) bad in LA, got booed when he stepped on the floor at Staples.  Kind of makes you wonder what the fans do when he returns to Washington: threaten his family?  Throw fruit at him?

Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | +2

Swaggy, who was playing for the home team the last time he played in front of an LA crowd, was unusually cautious against the Lakers, hazarding just three shots.

Doug Collins A 10:30 pm ET start, on the road, against a team with four future Hall of Famers: not exactly conditions conducive to victory.  It was a good win for a team that hasn’t had many of them this season.

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GM 19: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/12 9:49 am EST
Boston Celtics 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Lavoy (near double-double). I especially loved the pick-n-roll he scored on in the 3rd Q. He also dropped a sweet dime to Thad during the 4th. But for some reason KG seems to have figured Lavoy out, so now it’s Lavoy’s turn to adjust and get back to being Garnett’s kryptonite.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 7-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +1

A slow start (2-8 on FGAs) led to not the most efficient offensive night by Thad, but he had some huge moments in this game and racked up a double-double.  His follow slam in the 2nd Q was awesome.  He also scored 4 straight points in OT and grabbed a key OREB in the extra session.

Evan Turner, SF 45 MIN | 10-26 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 26 PTS | 0

Yeah, I know he had 26 & 10.  And yeah, I know he hit the “game winner” in OT on a great hustle play. But I also know that he scored 26 points on an inefficient 26 shots and was (by my count) 2-11 on FGAs in the 4th Q and OT. He also had a totally bonehead play / TO at the end of regulation that nearly cost the 7-6 the game.  Finally, he got absolutely abused by Pierce on several trips down the floor.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +4

A roller coaster night for Holiday that featured some poor shooting and interesting decisions on defense.  However, IMO his AND 1 at the end of the 1st half was a huge part of the Sixers finding their groove in this game. He also bailed the Sixers out with a huge jumper at the 2:30 mark of the 4th.

Jason Richardson, SG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Given his horrific shooting night, I have no idea how he scored 13 points, but I liked his defense and he hauled an amazing 42 minutes last night which is a lot for a veteran like J-Rich.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

DC gave him an opportunity and he did okay, but apparently not well enough to see minutes in the 2nd half.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 0-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5

It will be back to the Doug-house for Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Spence’s best game since opening night.  He provided a huge lift off the bench for the 7-6 last night and his energy in the 3rd Q was a key to the run the Sixers made that got them in this game and eventually got them the lead.  Great block by him at the end of the 3rd!!!

Damien Wilkins, SG 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -1

Solid night by DW and I actually wish DC would have put him on Pierce a little more over the course of the game. He has a physical presence the other guards on the Sixers just don’t own.  Maybe he could have worn Pierce out some.  But his two missed FTAs in the late 3rd Q nearly killed me.

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

Seriously…He’s a $2million paper weight.  But I hear he is a great locker room guy. 

Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Is there any chance the ultra quick Wayns could have slowed down Rondo just a little?  I guess we will never know.

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