|Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -3A fast start by Thad (8 pts in 1st Q) didn’t produce the huge night I thought he would post agianst the suspect defense of the Wolves. I really like that he was aggressive and drove the ball at the hoop for buckets. Still he was 0-2 from deep and the late 4th Q TO he committed in the backcourt was the dagger in this game for the Sixers.|
|Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 9 TO | 13 PTS | -7See what had happened…A solid and efficient 1st half by Turner (11 pts. & 4 rebs) simply disappeared into the frigid Minnesota night. “The Enigma” returned and went 0-4 in the 3rd Q with numerous TOs. Coming into last night’s game, ET was 8 for his last 28 on 3PAs (28%), so he decided to hoist up 4 more 3PAs vs. MIN. The last ill advised 3PA came in the closing minutes of the 4th Q with the Sixers only trailing by 4. Unreal. ZERO FTAs!!!|
|Hollis Thompson, SF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -13HT is a nice player, but he is not a starter in this League and that’s becoming more apparent with each night.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -7Spence recovered from his worst outing of the season to post the type of numbers we have seen from him all year. His 11 points in the 2nd Q fueled the Sixers solid play heading into halftime. The pump fake to Euro-step floater he scored in the 3rd Q was a great move as well. Spence also fed a nice dime to Lavoy in that same quarter. Still if he could have played some D and grabbed a defensive rebound once in a while, the Sixers would have won last night.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 28 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -5If Wroten could lay off the 3PAs he could be a nice backcourt mate for MCW. TWroe was 1-3 last night and is now he is 3 for his last 25 from deep.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Moving on…|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -2Two straight misses by Lavoy in the 4th Q helped the MIN reserves put on an 11-2 run that gave the Wolves the lead in this one.|
|Lorenzo Brown, PG 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 4 PTS | 0Maybe Brown, a second-round pick of the Wolves who did not make the team out of training camp, should play MIN every night. I’ll be honest and say I actually thought LB played very well in extended minutes. Brown handed out a nice assist to close out the 1st Q. He had a great block on a Rubio 3PA in the 2nd Q as well.|
|James Anderson, SG 31 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -1I think coach Brown has found a role for JA and the guy is excelling since he started coming off the bench. He shot 4-5 in the 1st half. In the 3rd Q he did a nice job of filling the lane on the FB for a slam and he also dealt a sweet assist to Wroten for a lay-in.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 8 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5IMO too many FGAs for a deep reserve.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG DNP SKIN INFLAMMATION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | The Sixers have turned the ball over 42 times in the last 2 games. MCW — put some Neosporin on that knee and get back in the lineup. We need ya!|
An awesome 1st half was followed by a suspect 2nd half. The team is improving on defense, but still was not good last night. Too many turnovers!! And I am not sold on more tick for Lorenzo Brown.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- The Sixers led 39-20 after a tremendous a 1st Q. In the opening Q, the 7-6 shot 3 for 4 on 3PAs; put together a 14-0 run; got great scoring efforts from Thad (6 pts.) and Wroten (7 pts.) and held the Wolves to 20 total points. The result was a 19 point lead and a game that was a thing of beauty to watch. But you can’t turn the rock over 26 times and expect that lead to hold up.
- But the stellar play by the Sixers didn’t last and that produced a roller coaster 2nd Q filled with runs. The Sixers opened the 2nd Q by going 0-7 and played 4+ minutes without a FG. That led to a 9-0 run by MIN. The Sixers responded with a 10-3 run to build the lead back to 19 points, but MIN ended the half with a 5-0 run — all on Kevin Love FTs — to pull within 13 points of the Sixers.
- Despite the up and down 2nd Q, the Sixers came out of the 1st half looking pretty good on the stat sheet…the team had 5 players with 9+ points, including 3 with 11 or more; they shot 54% on 3’s; 61% on FGAs; handed out 14 assists and had 18 FB points. If any where near that level of play had continued in the 2nd half, the Sixers would have cruised to a W.
- Unfortunately the Wolves got their sh** straight at halftime and started rolling in the 3rd Q. Let’s remember that MIN closed the 2nd Q on a 5-0 run. The Wolves than posted a 12-2 run to open the 3rd Q and suddenly the Sixers had a game on their hands. Later in the 3rd Q, MIN produced a 12-2 run and tied the game at 78. Kevin Love (7 pts.); Corey Brewer (8 pts.) and Ricky Rubio (5 pts.) had a big Q for the Wolves. The Sixers on the other hand were ice cold (8-20) and turnover prone (8 TOs).
- Amazingly enough, the Sixers still led 81-78 at the end of three quarters. And that’s when Nikola Pekovic and the Wolves bench went to work. During the 4th Q, Pekovic (8 pts.) played like a beast on the O-boards; role player Robbie Hummel shot the lights out (10 pts) and the rest of MIN’s reserves played solid D. The result was a 11-2 run that the Sixers could not overcome.
- I rarely complain about officiating, but the refslast night were favoring the home team badly last night. The Sixers shot 3 FTAs in the 1st half and only 14 on the game overall. MIN went to the line 29 times. Two calls in the 4th Q were particularly alarming to me — the no call on the Brandon Davies shot where JJ Barea clearly fouled him and the highly questionable charge call on Lorenzo Brown. Both came at pivotal moments in the closing Q of the game.
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