|Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | +11Thad looked rusty in the season opener. His shot was off and he seemed to have trouble with the dribble as well. Most importantly for me, I didn’t like a lot of the looks he got. A number of them were of the long 2-point variety and that’s not Thad’s game.|
|Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 10-19 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 26 PTS | +3“The Enigma” played out of his mind — but doesn’t he always vs. Miami — and I was ready to give him the A+ until that stretch in the late 4th (under 2 mins.) where he hoisted up two awful 3PAs early in the shot clock and then missed a lay-in. But if he can give coach Brown this every night, look out.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 10-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | +5Spence had a big 1st Q — 8 points; he scored 9 in the 3rd Q and was key to the 4th Q stretch that pushed the Sixers to the W. Good lord, a balanced night from #00. What is the world coming to?|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 6-8 FT | 7 REB | 12 AST | 9 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +12What a debut! Simply amazing! Three point shooting and turnovers were supposed to be the kid’s weaknesses coming out of college. So were the NBA scouting reports just wrong or is Brett Brown that good at developing players? His length is a huge factor is slicing through the passing lanes on defense.|
|James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +2It’s beautiful thing to see a shooter rise up and feel a sense of confidence that he is going to drain the shot. I was also a little surprised at his ability to score off the bounce. The throw in 6 boards — well done!|
|Daniel Orton, C 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -6Considering he was in camp for like 5 days and is still not in shape it’s amazing that he came out and made a positive contribution. This was a solid night by Orton.|
|Lavoy Allen, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -2During the 3rd Q, Zumoff said it best, “Lavoy is a player in search of consistency.”|
|Darius Morris, PG 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8Know your role and excel at it…|
|Tony Wroten, PG 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +3I loved everything that Wroten did last night. But what really stuck out for me was the number of garbage buckets he scored and how aggressive Wroten is when he puts the ball on the deck.|
|Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Kwame-palooza is back…|
|Brett BrownBrown has a plan of attack that works and the players put it into action vs. Miami. Most importantly for me was that his team was energized and ready for the game from the opening tip. That’s a delightful change from last year under DC.|
Below are Six Things We Saw from the 7-6 in the opener…
1. Let’s address the big negative on the night and that was the Sixers perimeter defense. Yes, I realize that the Heat are a very talented offensive squad. Yes, I did see some better rotations than what I watched under DC in 2012-13. Yes, the Sixers came up with 16 steals. However when you give up 16 3PM on 40% shooting from behind the arc; allow a team to shoot nearly 50% from the field; leave your feet so often on pump fakes and allow dribble drive penetration ar will, there is a good deal of work to be done at practice on the defensive end.
2. Obviously the 19-0 start to this game (extended out to 23-2) was exciting to watch and gave the Sixers some confidence that they could hang with Miami. That ridiculous 1st Q (33 pts. total) triggered these 1st half stats: 18 FB points; 50% shooting on FGAs and 36% on 3PAs.
3. The key to the shocking W was that the Sixers were able to hang around until the 4th Q and then a 13-1 run late in the 4th Q that was triggered by Hawes who scored 5 straight points in stretch. Of course the other key to this run in the 4th Q was that the Heat shot 1-13 from the field during the last 4:31 of the 4th.
4. The new additions to the Sixers roster (MCW; Anderson; Wroten; Orton; Morris) produced 50 points on 17 for 29 shooting (58.6%; 18 rebs and 13 steals.
5. There was a stretch of this game that almost gave me a heart attack. Around the 8:00 mark, with the Sixers trailing 98-95; the 7-6 came up with 3 consecutive steals that led to fast breaks. Unfortunately, they turned the ball over on each of those FBs. At the end of the chaos, Rashard Lewis hit a bucket to give the Heat a 100-95 lead and I thought all hope was lost. I was wrong.
6. A packed house down at the WFC delivered a definitive home court advantage for the 7-6 and the ovations that Iverson received produced goose bumps…The crowd was rewarded with free Big Macs as the Sixers scored 100+…Seen at the WFC last night: Barkley; Doc; Moses; Bobby Jones; Aaron Mckie; Meek Mills and others…