|Thaddeus Young, PF 48 MIN | 10-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +9Thad’s play since his return from a personal leave of absence has been outstanding. #21 put up 7 points in the 3rd Q; his intense block/pin at the 1 minute mark of the 4th Q was a game saver; he scored huge baskets in the 4th Q; splashed a 3-pointer in the first OT and had a smooth drive to the hoop in 2OT. It’s fun to watch Thad playing so well. The only issue I had with his play last night is that Thad had significant trouble guarding “Big Baby” Davis.|
|Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 10-13 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 24 PTS | +12 He still dribbles to rock too much for my tastes, but for the most part, I really liked what I saw from Turner last night until the 4th Q. In that Q, Turner was 2-5 with 4 TOs|
|Hollis Thompson, SF 33 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +10It was only his second game in the starting lineup and Hollis produced a very efficient effort. He was 3-3 for 8 points in the 1st Q and HT’s dive on the floor, hustle play for a loose bal in the 2OT was a key to this W.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +1Without Vucevic in the lineup, Spencer was able to concentrate on his offensive game and nearly put up another double-double…Hawes supllied the Sixers with needed scoring in the 3rd Q when he threw in 9 points.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 47 MIN | 11-19 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 27 PTS | +12MCW was simply amazing last night. Some highlights…He scored 4 straight in the 2nd Q and 11 overall in the 1st half to keep teh Sixers in this one early. The rookie had a huge reb & put back with :55 remaining in the game. The dime he dropped to Anderson in OT was fantastic. As was his drive and finger roll in that same quarter. He had another amazing assist in the 2nd OT and his lefty layin during that stanza was clutch. With his triple-double, MCW joined Tony Wroten an exclusive 76ers club. Wroten’s came on Nov. 13 in an 123-117 overtime win against the Rockets. Previous to Wroten’s and now MCW’s tripled-double, the last Sixer triple-double was by Andre Iguodala on March 23, 2005.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8His energy and hustle on D kept him from getting the “F” last night.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Lavoy’s missed bunny on a perfect pick-n-roll in the 3rd Q was brutal to watch. Again, I’m done here…see below|
|Daniel Orton, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2I would give Lavoy’s minutes to Orton and see what happens.|
|James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 5-9 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -9A very solid job off the bench by Anderson was almost completely washed away by a killer missed 3PA in OT and two missed FTs in the second OT.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -9I’m not sure who gave him the green light last night, but it needs to stop.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 13 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -13Something is missing from TWroe’s game over the last three nights and I can not put my finger on it.|
I thought Brown made some really nice moves last night. I liked the “small Lineup” he used at times — Wroten / Davies / E. Williams / Allen and Anderson…Doubling the ball for stretches in the 4th Q was a solid idea…Calling Thad’s number late in the 4th Q & 2OT for key hoops was a nice X&O move. Still, the defense remains awful.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- I know the result of last night’s game may come back to haunt the Sixers during the 2014 Draft Lottery selction process, but it was still a highly entertaining game (borderline wild) to watch. There were some simply amazing individual efforts given on the floor last night and despite all of my pro-tanking feelings, I found myself rooting for the 7-6 to win this one.
- I’m looking forward to watching Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo go head-to-head for years to come. The rookie duo gave the NBA some triple-double history last night. MCW posted 27 points, 12 boards and 10 dimes and Oladipo had 26 points, 10 rebs and 10 assists for ORL. It was the first time two rookies had a triple-double in the same game.
- I have a ridiculous amount of notes from last night’s game, but one of the most interesting to me is this…Aaron Afflalo scored 43 poinst last night, but was 2-7 from the field in the OT sessions. Afflalo (and the rest of Magic) looked simply gassed in the OTs last night. Looks like all that conditioning work / sports science is paying off for the 76ers.
- Last week I wrote a post on how opponents were establishing all sorts of team records and career bests agaisnt the 76ers. That trend continued last night as Arron Afflalo scored a career-high 43 points for the Magic and Glen Davis had a career-high 33. Additionally, the 3-pointer Davis nailed from the top of the key to tie the score at 104-all with 18 seconds left in the 4th Q was his 1st three ball of the season.
- I have to tip my cap to the Magic for a great effort last night. They were without two starters in Nelson and “Big Nik” and they were on the second half of a road back-to-back set, so they had every excuse to mail it in last night. But they didn’t and we got to see a great game last night because of the effort they put in.
- Last week against the Magic, the Sixers gave up 52 points in the paint in only 4 quarters of play. Without “Big Nik” in the ORL lineup last night, the Sixers only gave up 39 PiP through 4 Q’s and 2 OTs. The 7-6 scored 58 PiP…The was the 4th straight game that an opponent has scored 33 or more points in the 1st Q on the Sixers…The Sixers scored 1 FG over the last 5 mins of the 3rd Q.