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Mar 06 2013

Bird Feed

Philadelphia 76ers 96 Final
Recap | Box Score
107 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, SF 26 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -2I feel slightly better about Thaddeus Young’s performance tonight than I do the rest of the team’s. Mostly I feel bad for him. While his isn’t exactly an archetypal case of a hardworking, lunchpail guy, toiling for years in a bad situation, desperate for and deserving of a chance to win and never quite getting it. Still though, the way he plays–the effort, intensity, versatility, and focus–he deserves better. I hope he gets it. I really hope he gets it here.
Evan Turner, SF 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13I don’t like a single thing about the way Evan Turner is playing basketball right now. None of it. Tonight was a new nadir for Turner. I think this was, objectively, his worst game of the season. And there are some tremendous contenders in there. Some back of the envelope calculations: ET had two games where he matched or was below tonight’s grand total of 2 points, and on both occasions he at least gave the impression of helping in other areas of the game. On Dec. 26, against Memphis, he scored 1 point, but added 9 assists and 6 rebounds. On Feb. 6, against the Pacers, he scored just 2, but had 9 rebounds. So that settles it: tonight was his all-around biggest dud of the year. Also: the sulking on the bench at the end of the game, not that I blame him too much for that display, was the cherry on top.
Royal Ivey, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -14You don’t expect a whole lot from Royal Ivey. You can probably expect more than nothing, which is, mathematically speaking, what he did for the 76ers tonight. As in, 0 points, assists, blocks, rebounds, and steals. He did have two turnovers, just to let us know that he was here. We see you Royal. We see you.
Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +7Jrue is mired in what might be the worst shooting stretch of his career. After tonight’s debacle, he’s now shot 13-of-48 from the floor in his last three games. To make matters worse, Jeff Teague burned him for 27 points on 15 shots. And 11 assists.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -5Well, at least they have got Moultrie. In 27 minutes, Arnett showed off a nifty midrange game and grabbed six offensive rebounds. It’s just encouraging to see him actually getting run. That’s 47 minutes in two games now. Feed him minutes Doug. He’s hungry Doug. Feed him.
Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -5We got a taste of the full Dorell Wright menu tonight. DW hit a trio of 3-pointers, and nabbed 9 rebounds, falling just a bucket shy of a double-double. I love him. Doug Collins doesn’t.

By the Numbers

The Hawks shot 11-of-24 from 3-points.

Quote of the Game

“Idealism increases in direct proportion to ones distance from the problem.”

-John Galsworthy

Parting Shots

This game feels like it marked something of a turning point in the Sixers season. I think tonight is the night—after 60 games, 37 losses, and one stem-winding press conference—that this team broke Doug Collins. He played Charles Jenkins for almost 30 minutes. Arnett Moultrie got 26:45. Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown sat. It was terrible, but terrible in the way that things sometimes have to get before they can change. Before you can change. I think they’re losing out from here; not actually every individual game, but just, you know, letting go. Why not? 7.5 games out of the east’s final playoff spot, they’re now grasping for ping pong balls. At least they have a plan.