|Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +3 Lavoy wasn’t awful tonight and really that’s all I can ask from him.|
|Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 8-26 FG | 5-7 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -6 Turner was a bit out of control in the 1st Q and started the game 3-8, but ET got his sh** together and had a very strong game. He posted 8 points in the 2nd Q (15 overall in 1st half) and put up another 6 points in the early 3rd Q. But your #1 option on offense can not get shut out in the 4th Q (0-4). Additionally, the O-foul he got called for in the 4th Q with the score 80-79 IND, was a brutal mistake.|
|Daniel Orton, C 36 MIN | 3-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -21 If you had told me in September that at some point this year Orton would be pressed into a starting role and that he would respond with a double-double that included a career high in rebounds…well, let’s just say I would have laughed until I crapped my pants. However his missed bunny with 5:40 remaining in the game was large.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 11-21 FG | 6-11 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 7 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | -6 Forget about the career high in points and the way he took the ball to the rim. What most impressed me was that tonight MCW actually showed that he has a clue on defense when guarding the ball. His rip of George Hill and slam at the other end was a thing of beauty. If he can put up this type of defensive effort more consistently, Hinkie may have to trade MCW to keep the tanking train on the tracks.|
|James Anderson, SG 37 MIN | 4-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | 0 In the 6 games since his 36 point outburst vs. Houston, JA is averaging 10.8 ppg. on 29% shooting from the field. Hell, I could go 1-10 from deep in an NBA game. But he did have a nice flush in the 4th Q.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0 Mehhhh|
|Hollis Thompson, SF 31 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -2 Hollis is growing on me and I have to tip my cap to Sam Hinkie for finding this kid.|
|Lorenzo Brown, PG 10 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -2 Who gave this guy the green light to hoist up 6 FGAs in 10 minutes of tick?!?!?|
|Elliot Williams, SG 17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -6 I know the Sixers were short handed tonight, but 7 FGAs by Williams is unacceptable. Also, in the 3rd Q he had Roy Hibbert iso’d and chose to shoot a long 3-ball instead of taking the ball to the rim. That’s an ill-advised move. Williams did have a key follow slam in the 4th Q and that kept him from getting a “D”.|
I have to give coach Brown credit for keeping this very under-manned team in the game for as long as he did vs. IND. which I think is one of the best teams in the NBA.
Six Things We Saw From the Sixers…
- On the tanking scale I give this one an A+…A very short handed Sixers squad played an exciting, entertaining, fast paced and close game vs. a much better opponent. MCW saw a lot of minutes and produced. But in the end, the Sixers faded out and lost the game. BRAVO…Now that’s how you tank!
- Considering the 1st Q the Sixers put on the board, it’s a miracle they were able to keep this one close and entertaining. The 76ers started the game 1-for-their-first-6 and then 4-12. They ended the 1st Q 9-28 from the field (32%) and 2-9 on 3’s. The starting backcourt of Anderson and MCW was a combined 2-9 from the field and 1-6 on 3PAs for a total of 5 points. Uggh
- What a fun-to-watch second half. For most of the 3rd Q it was a back and forth affair, until IND went on a 9-2 run and opened up an 11-point lead. The Sixers opened the fourth with a 19-4 run to take an 85-81 lead.
- The Pacers put up a huge run of their own in the 4th Q that ultimately decided this one. Tied at 86, IND went on a 14-2 run led by Hibbert’s 5 points in that stretch. The Sixers helped out the Pacers by shooting 9-22 during a span in that Q.
- I have never been a huge Evan Turner fan and one of my problems with ET is that he whines a ton. However, he was absolutely fouled by Hibbert on that baseline drive with 3:29 remaining in the 4th Q. To be honest, I actually was more pissed off than ET. It was an obvious foul and at the time the Sixers were only down 7 points.
- The teams were tied 11 times in the first half and the lead changed 15 times, with Indiana able to build just a 56-52 halftime lead.