|Thaddeus Young, PF 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +3As I mentioned in my preview post for this game, I was looking for a fast start and a big night for Thad. That didn’t happen as #21 only got one look at the hoop in the 1st Q and had 3 TOs in that portion of the game. He played decently the rest of the night, but was headed for a disappointing run until he drilled the GWing 3-ball. It was his only made FG of the 4th Q (1-4). FYI…Previous to that 3PM, Thad was 2-for-his-last-11 from deep….Lastly, Thad is averaging only 11.6 ppg. in his last 4 runs. Hopefully hitting that big shot pulls Thad out of his mini-slump.|
|Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +17A stellar 4th Q (11 points on 5-6 from the field) turned an okay night by Turner into a real crowd pleaser. 50% shooting from the field and 100% from the FT line last night. Holy sh**!|
|Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +8A very solid double-double by Hawes was tainted by 5 turnovers and an inability to provide any resistance on Al Jefferson. However the 3-ball hawes splashed home in the late 4th Q was huge and he handed out 7 dimes.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +9A near triple-double for MCW was highlighted by 12 points in the 1st half and a beautiful assist on Thad’s GW’er. However, his missed FT with the Sixers up 92-90 nearly killed me and he (as well as others) got lit up by Kemba Walker.|
|James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1I still would prefer if JA was coming of the bench and providing a scoring spark, but last night he played fine (as long as we don’t talk about defense). When he scored 4 points early, I actually thought he was headed for a big night. I was mistaken, but there’s nothing wrong with the way he played.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -8Moving on…|
|Hollis Thompson, SF 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | -14From starter to 12 minutes off the bench…OUCH|
|Dewayne Dedmon, C 14 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +30-2 from the field in his Sixers debut — welcome to the NBA son…It aint’ so easy up here. But Dedmon was a beast on the glass and we could use some of that around here.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 15 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3Willimas made the most of his late 2nd / early 3rd Q minutes by scoring 6 points during that run and helping the Sixers to a halftime lead. If he can put up numbers like this every night, he may be worth keeping around. But that’s a big IF|
|Tony Wroten, SG 18 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 9 PTS | -1Your 6th man can not frequently be out of control and turn the ball over 5 times. That’s a recipe for disaster. The left handed slam he threw down in the 2nd Q was ridiculous.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF DNP RIGHT CALF MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Moultire or Allen — who gets back on the court first?|
Brown could not get his troops to throw the KO punch on what I thought was a weary looking Bobcats team (except Walker). I also did not like that Thad only got one look in the 1st Q. Finally, somehow Anderson ended up on Walker during the Cats final FGA of the game. That should never happen. Other than those items, I thought Brown had a good game.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- The 76ers won this game despite 24 turnovers, 25 points of TOs by CHA and shooting 55% from the FT Line. So how did they do it? They out rebounded the Cats by 50-42; held Charlotte to 39% shooting from the field and 25% from deep. Additionally, they held Charlotte’s very important supporting cast in check — — Henderson and MKG shot a combined 2-16 from the field.
- Thanks to a 22-9 run, the 7-6 led at halftime by 6 points. They pushed that lead to 9 points early in the 3rd Q, but thanks to continued sloppy play and scoring only 19 points in that stanza, Brown & Co. could never put the Bobcats away. Kemba Walker kept the Cats in the game with 8 points in the 3rd Q.
- If you play poor basketball against a tired team and allow that team to hang around, eventually they are going to make you pay. The Bobcats rallied in the 4th Q and when Gerald Henderson stripped Turner and dunked the Cats had a one-point lead late in the 4th. There were four lead changes and three ties in the 4th Q before Thad drained his game winner.
- In my game preview post I mentioned how well Episcopal Academy alum Gerald Henderson has been playing this month. Not so much last night. Hondo Jr. scored only 8 points on 2-14 shooting and was a -13 on the night. He missed his first nine shots.
- However, Kemba Walker continued to torch the 76ers this season. Walker put up an 18 & 10 night back in early December when these two teams played and last night he was even better. Walker posted 26 points on 9-21 (42.8%) shooting and handed out 8 dimes.
- For those of us keeping an eye on the tank standing: BOS; SAC & CHI all won last night…while NO; UTAH; LAL; ORL; MIL and CLE all lost.
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