|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16Thad’s shot was a little off last night (0-fer on 3PAs), but his defense and ability to get to the rim were very impressive. In the 2nd Q he had a nice play on the secondary break where he pinned his man under the rim, opened up for the ball and scored the bucket. His behind the back dribble that led to a floater in the 3rd Q was super smooth and his coast to coast drive for a finger roll in the 4th was nice as well.|
|Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4I’m trying not to get too excited about what I have seen from Sims in the last two games because who knows if it will last. His energy, hustle and defensive presence are a refreshing change. He scored 8 points in the 1st half while displaying a variety of offensive skills including a pump fake and drive to the rack for a slam. Yet Brown gave him limited minutes in the 4th Q.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -15MCW’s inability to stay in front of his man is staggering and the Sixers defense will never improve until he learns to guard the ball. His shooting woes continue. The ROY award is slipping away.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7Last night was a prime example of why JA has had trouble sticking with an NBA team.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6If Thompson put up this stat line coming off the bench, I would be very pleased. Problem is I need more out of an NBA starting wing player. But HT clearly is not a starter in this League. See my dilemma here? His block on Oladipo’s coast to coast drive as the 3rd Q expired was a fantastic play.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF Shot Chart 16 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | 0Would 2012-13 Arnett Moultrie please report to Sixers practice today?!? Thank you.|
|Byron Mullens, C Shot Chart 17 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -7Sam Hinkie is an evil genius. He went out and traded for the very poor man’s version of Spencer Hawes and it’s furthered the tanking cause beautifully. With Bryon’s “skill set”, Brown can still run the same offense only now he doesn’t have to worry about his 7-foot center draining threes and handing out dimes.|
|Eric Maynor, PG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | +1If he keeps playing like he did last night, Brown (via Hinkie) may have to bench Maynor. Maynor scored 6 points between the end of the 2nd and early 3rd Q and than a quick 4 points in the final Q that kept the Sixers close in this one.|
|Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -4I’ve seeen enough of Williams and now would like to see Khalif Wyatt or any other skilled guard from the D-League get his minutes.|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 7-9 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -5I don’t know if it was by design, but TWroe did not attempt a single 3-ball last night and that brought a smile to my face. Wroten had a nice AND 1 play in the 1st Q as well as a solid hustle play where he dove into the stands for a loose ball. I also have several notes from the game where he drove the ball to the rim UNDER CONTROL for nice buckets. His block of a Vucevic FGA in the 3rd Q was an unexpected bonus.|
Somehow Brown got this rag tag buncgh ready for last night’s game and he deserves credit for that fact. The defense showed improvement (no small miracle), but some of that was thanks to the play of the Sims and Thad. However, I was not loving his substituion pattern last night or the fact that he stuck with Mullens. But both of those items helped the Sixers lose last night which right now is part of his job description.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- I know the Magic are terrible, but I have to admit that for most of last night I saw an improved defensive effort by the 76ers. Led by Thad, Sims and Thompson I thought the Sixers did a much better job of defending the ball and not allowing easy entry passes into the post. During the losing streak the Sixers have been giving up 117.4 ppg., so 101 is a big improvement. Unfortunately that defensive effort went out the door in the 4th Q.
- Speaking of the 4th Q…The teams started the quarter tied at 67, but ORL put on an 18-8 run over the first 3:52 of the Q to post and 85-75 lead with 8:08 remaining. Jameer Nelson scored 10 of Orlando’s points during the spurt and looked like his former all-star self as he did whatever he wanted during that stretch and totaled 12 points in the Q.
- We may never know who (Thorn; Stefanski; Aron or Collins) ultimately made the decision to send Nike Vucevic to Orlando as part of the Bynum-Iguodala deal, but which ever former 76er knuckle head was responsible for that move, I’d like to punch him right in the face. “Big Nik” posted 21 and 13 on 9-19 shooting from the field (47.3%).
- Chester native and SJU basketball god, Jameer Nelson had a great deal of family and friends at the game last night and he responded with a double-double — 16 points and 12 assists. He also added six rebounds. Last night Nelson found the fountain of youth. It was as they used to say on Hawk Hill, a “Jameer-acle”
- The Sixers had a season low 8 turnovers last night. They shot 29% from the field in the 1st Q and 1-7 on 3PAs.
- The 76ers have lost 12 straight games by an average of 20.3 PPG.
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