|Thaddeus Young, PF 39 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +18Thad did not have the most efficient scoring night, but the important thing is that he had a good overall game and hopefully this gets him back on track. #21 had a couple of hoops off impressive cuts to the basket. His block on Tyson Chandler in the 2nd Q was sweet. Thad also racked up a savy, post-up AND1 in the 3rd Q (8 pts. in 3rd Q). Ohh yeah…the dagger 3 he drained in the 4th Q was clutch.|
|Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 13-22 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 34 PTS | +5A quick start (10 1st Q pts. on 4-4 from field & 2-2 from three) led to a career-high 34 points for “The Enigma”. His socring outburst included a game-sealing pull-up J on the FB. He also played respectable defense for the 1st time in a while. ‘Nuff said.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +10With Thad, Turner and MCW putting up a combined 61 FGAs, there weren’t many looks for hawes last night. Spence handed out some pretty dimes last night, but a 7-footer has to grab more than 1 rebound.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 5-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +17An ice cold 3-13 shooting start kept MCW from what could have been a big game against the NYK’s weak defense. Yet, he still managed a near triple-double thanks to spending the night at the FT line and converting. The rookie had a great rebound & put back over Chandler in the 3rd Q and hit several key FTs down the stretch. He collected more offensive rebounds than the Knicks as a whole team through 3 Q’s.|
|James Anderson, SG 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +9Arguably the best all-around game Anderson has played in a Sixers uniform.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -6I’d would like to have seen Lavoy grab a few more boards and play better defense, but an all-around solid game from #50.|
|Dewayne Dedmon, C 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -14Dedmon spent a fair amount of time guarding ‘Melo which I am not sure is fair to him, but his length and athletic ability were a positive factor last night. I really like this pick-up and I hope the Sixers keep him around.|
|Lorenzo Brown, PG 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1Moving on…|
|Elliot Williams, SG 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -15There was a two-play sequence in the 1st Q where Williams first threw up an ill-advised 3PA on the secondary break early in the shot clock. On the next possession he turned the ball over by stepping out of bounds. Ugghhh|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -3This is the role Thompson belongs in — an athletic spark plug off the bench who will come in a play hard in short spurts. Last night he even posted 5 points as a bonus.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP LEFT ANKLE MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | If you had Lavoy in the race to get back out on the floor for a game…Congrats, you win.|
Some of the credit for a fast start by the Sixers has to go to Brown. I liked that Brown sat Thad when he picked up his second foul early in the 1st half with the Sixers were leading. The Sixers were going to need #21 on the court in the 2nd half if they wanted to compete in this game. The X&O’s he drew up in the late 4th Q on the play where Thad got a wide open look from three was also solid coaching.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- Speaking of the great 1st Q the Sixers played last night…Turner had 10 points on 4-4 shooting; JA scored 6 (3-3 shooting), including a alley-oop; as a team the Sixers were 5-8 on 3’s; shot 56% from the field; scored 14 FGs on 12 assists and put on a 13-0 run. can we bottle this opening quarter and use it every night (or at least once a week)?
- After trailing most of the game, the Knicks ran off 10 straight points to open the fourth quarter and take a 90-84 lead on Tim Hardaway Jr.’s AND1. But the Sixers responded by holding the NYK without a basket for more than 5 minutes. After MCW and and Turner drained consecutive 3-poiners, the Sixers moved back into the lead at 96-92 and never trailed again.
- With 1:47 to go in the final period, the Knicks trailed by just two. Iman Shumpert and Carmelo Anthony miscommunicated on a designed Sixers screen play, Thad (the screener) rolled to the 3-point line at the top of the key and found himself wide open for the first Sixers dagger of the night. Turner later delivered a fade away baseline dagger as well.
- We all know that the Sixers have been terrible on the road this season (6-16), but did you know that with the loss last night, the Knicks fall to 7-15 at home this season. That’s tied with the Bucks for the most home losses in the NBA this season.
- After the game, Brown said this of Turner’s performance, “I saw a really skilled big guard. He was a point guard, a two-guard and a three-guard. He went 3 for 3 from three. We have really put in lots of time where he can add that to his game, where he can get his legs into it and really hold his follow through — and he did. He showed a variety of ways that he can impact the game from rebounding, to a three-point shot, to making tough shots with hands in his face, to guarding Carmelo (Anthony) well. That is what I saw in him.”
- The Sixers killed the Knicks on the glass last night, 54-39…They also shared the ball well — 4 guys scored 18+ points; overall 9 players scored last night and as a team they recorded 42 FGM on 28 assists…On the tanking watch: Milwaukee, Charlotte, Cleveland and Boston won; while Sacto and Orlando lost. The Sixers are currently tied with Utah for the 3rd worst record in the NBA.
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