02/25/14 9:42 am EST
|Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -4Thad is trapped in NBA hell right now and he still gave an outstanding effort last night and put up big numbers. He deserves a bonus check at the end of this season. Or at least a hug. That’s two games in a row with 6 or more steals. The item that has stuck out tome in the last two games is Thad’s ability to handle the ball in transition — very impressive.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF 28 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -13I said in the Fo’ with Foes preview that I was looking for #5 to get on track and show proof of a pulse. Well he showed a pulse, but not much else.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-9 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | +6When MCW figures things out on the defensive end, he’ll be a very good point guard. I like that he continued to drive the ball to the cup no matter how far behind the Sixers were last night.|
|James Anderson, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | 0After a quick start (4 pts. in early 1st Q) JA went a little MIA on us.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 30 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -10Despite a very solid offensive night I am giving Wroten a “B” for that missed dunk and the ole’ effort he gave at the defensive end last night.|
|Henry Sims, C 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -15I like a lot of what I saw from Sims last night. Most importantly he hustled on defensive rotations and actually boxed guys out when battling for rebounds. He shot the ball nicely as well.|
|Byron Mullens, C 14 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -8Mullens showed a smooth shooting touch last night and high energy. But everyone in the NBA knows he can shoot. What NBA execs want to see from Mullens is a 7-footer who can rebound and he grabeed 1 board last night. Basically he’s a poor man’s verision of Spencer Hawes.|
|Eric Maynor, PG 16 MIN | 0-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 1 PTS | -29At one point wasn’t Maynor a serviceable NBA lead guard. I seem to remember that he was…|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 22 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -18I thought Thompson played solid basketball while this game was close. He scored 5 of his points when this game was still interesting and played hard throughout. Hollis also dropped a nice dime on Sims during the 1st Q.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -9The fact that this guy is in the roster and not Khalif Wyatt is amazing to me…|
Part of me feels bad for Brown and the other isn’t so sure he is the right guy for this rebuilding job.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- I have no words for the 76ers defensive effort last night. Outside of Thad and Sims, not one Sixers showed any interest in playing hard at that end of the court. At times I thought I was watching an AND1 mixtape game featuring the Bucks.
- O.J. Mayo scored a team-high 25 points off the bench thanks to making 7 of his 9 3-point attempts. That’s a season high 3PM for Mayo who is shooting 37% from deep this season. Mayo made his first five 3-point attempts. His sixth turned into a four-point play. Simply stellar perimeter defense by the Sixers.
- After a 43-16 2nd Q, the Bucks led the 76ers 73-44 at halftime. It was the most points the Bucks have scored in a half since Nov. 14, 2009. 73 was also the most points the 76ers have allowed in any half this season. FYI…MIL averages 92.6 per game.
- Aaron McKie said it best in the post game show on Comcast SportsNet…”That looked like rec league ball to me,” McKie commented. I agree with the former Sixer assistant coach and to tell you the truth, I don’t understand it at all. The majority of the players on the Sixers are fighting for their next contract and possibly their NBA career, yet they gave a terrible effort against a horrible team. What GM is going to look at tape from last night’s game and want any of the 7-6’s FAs on their roster in 2014-15?
- The Sixers have now lost 11 in a row, 21 of 24 and 10 straight at home. It is the club’s longest skid since a 12-game losing streak during the 1996-97 season.
- The Sixers trailed the Bucks by 35 points at one stanza in the game. The Bucks’ bench outscored the Sixers, 72-24.