Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/14 11:50 am EST
02/04/14 11:50 am EST
|Thaddeus Young, PF 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -3A 9-point first half (4-7 on FGAs) triggered a solid game from #21. He rolled home a 3PA in the 2nd Q and also had a nice steal and lay-in during that Q. Thad’s big slam in the 4th Q helped ignite the Sixers 4th Q push that made this game enjoyable to watch.|
|Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -12“The Enigma” is back and that’s not going to help his trade value. Turner did not hoist up his first FGA until there were 2 mins. remaining in the 1st Q and we all know he is at his best when he scores early in the game. In the 3rd Q there was a Sixers possession during which Turner dribbled the shot clock out and than attempted a shot with 3 Nets on him. KG blocked that weak s***. On the next trip he had a TO that led to a Nets FB bucket.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -6Don’t let the stat line fool you. If you watched this game closely, you know that Spencer was his usual ineffective self when KG is present. He hit a 3-ball in the 3rd Q and another in the 4th — that’s about all folks. Unless you want to discuss his 6 turnovers.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -12MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke (2-8 in 1st half) and last night he was also a little careless with the ball — 6 turnovers. However despite those woes, he kept the Sixers in this game all night with big plays. 11 points in the 2nd Q; a big 3PM to open the 3rd Q; a steal an lay-in in the 4th as well as a 3-ball in that Q. Without #1 last night, the Sixers would have gotten blown out.|
|James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -12A nice 7-point scoring burst in the 2nd Q included a fantastic lay-in. His 3PM in the 4th Q made the score 104-102 and gave the Sixers one last shot of hope in this one. However, JA couldn’t guard anyone last night and that’s not helping the Sixers’ defensive issues.|
|Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | 0Lavoy scored 4 straight in the 4th Q and got the Sixers to within 97-95. Pretty sure my man Dedmon could have done the same thing. However, he did have a ncie dime to Williams on a backdoor cut in the 1st Q.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 11 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13A decent night for Williams, but I only have one note for him and that was the nice backdoor play he scored on in the 1st Q.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 6-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +12Twroe scored eight points in the 1st half thanks to 2-2 on FGAs and 4-6 from the FT line. A rather efficient scoring night for Wroten was plagued by 4 turnovers that all seem to come in big moments including the final posssession of the 3rd Q (AWFUL PASS).|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -10There’s nothing wrong with the way Thompson played last night, I just have come to expect more, which may be my problem.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP RIGHT ANKLE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | His quote prior to the game was a gem, “I’m sick of all the excuses.” (referring to the idea that his ankle and conditioning are not reasons he’s been told he’s not playing yet.)|
Another slow start for his team, but he kept the Sixers in this one by mixing and matching the line ups; giving extended minutes to Wroten; leaning heavily on Thad adn MCW and limiting the MIA Turner’s minutes in the 2nd half.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- After falling behind 21-6 thanks to throwing up bricks early in the 1st Q, I thought for sure we were going to see another tank-errific performance from the Sixers last night. But to their credit they hung tough, staged a a 10-1 run to close the opening quarter. They got back in this game (26-24 Nets) thanks to a 8-2 run to open the 2nd Q and managed to keep it interesting until the final horn. I’d like to see more of that type of effort from this team.
- Trailing 84-69 to start the fourth quarter, the 76ers made nine of 10 shots and went on a 10-0 run that cut the lead to 97-95. A 7-0 mini-run by the Nets put them up 107-95. Another run by Sixers extended their solid 4th Q play to a 24-10 advantage and when Anderson buried a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left, the Sixers were again down by only two at 104-102. But that was a close as the Sixers would get as they did not score again.
- Mirza Teletovic was a major spark off the bench, killing the Sixers from deep — 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field and 5-for-9 from downtown. This was Teletovic’s fifth game of five-plus 3-pointers on the season.
- 26 turnovers by the Sixers last night (14 in 1st half) led to the Nets scored 32 points off those turnovers.
- The Nets knocked home 34 of their 39 FTAs, while the Sixers hit only 20 of 28 (71%). ”The Truth” was 14-14 from the line for BKN.
- I know Shaun Livingston is having a solid season for the Nets (7.8 points and 3.1 assists over 24.6 minutes per), but the Sixers suspect defense make Livingston look like the dynamic 21-year-old point man who played for the LAC before that awful knee injury almost ended his career seven years ago. If you include the 1 one preseason game with the 3 regular season games between the Sixers and Nets, Livingston is averaging 9.7 ppg.; 7.7 apg.; 5.7 rpg. on 77.5% shooting from the field.
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