|Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -3Thad scored 7 of his points in the 1st Q and than went ice cold. His brutal shooting night doomed any hopes the Sixers had of staying competitive in this game past the 1st Q.|
|Henry Sims, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8After a very slow start (zero points in 1st half), Sims recovered to stuff the stat sheet. However, he did have a couple nice dimes and two steals in the 1st half. Still the game was out of reach when he did most of his scoring damage and that’s reflected in his grade.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-20 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5Another poor shooting night for MCW who will be spending a tremendous amount of time with Brett Brown this coming summer working on his stroke. He only committed 3 TOs, but handed out only 4 assists.|
|James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -15Anderson’s defensive lapses last night were comical.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | 0Thompson scored the first 5 points of the game for the 76ers and than checked out of this one. His grade is a D+ (technical difficulties).|
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -18While I like his length, bounce and athletecism on the defensive end, of late Varnado is giving the Sixers nothing on offense — a combined 9 points in his last 3 games.|
|James Nunnally, SF 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -16Moving on…|
|Byron Mullens, C 18 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -15Mullens scored 6 straight points and 11 overall in the 2nd Q. He’ll be sure to put that stretch of video on his FA reel for the upcoming off season.|
|Casper Ware, PG 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -17Now that’s a debut…|
|Elliot Williams, SG 19 MIN | 6-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -13I am not a Williams fan at all, but even I have to admit he played well last night. His dunk over Tim Duncan in the 1st Q was impressive, but it was teh only bucket he scored when the outcome of the game was in doubt (Williams scored 8 straight and 10 overall during the 4th Q when the Sixers were down 20.). So how impressed should we really be?|
It will be a long time before our grasshopper takes down his master (Popovich).
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- The 76ers were competitive lasy night late into the 1st Q. However starting at th 1:39 mark of the 1st, San Antonio went on a 26-5 spurt that stretched deep into the 2nd Q. Contained in that stretch was a 19-0 run. The Sixers went 6 1/2 minutes with out a FG until Byron Mullens’ drained a 3-pointer. The Spurs were up 45-27 and the Sixers never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way.
- Thad Young and MCW — the 7-6’s primary scoring options — shot a combined 12-40 from the field. They were 2-13 from three and hit 8-12 FTAs.
- As a team the Sixers shot 44% from the free throw line — 8-18. That’s simply ridiculous.
- The Spurs did not play starters Tony Parker, Tiago Splitter and Danny Green, yet San Antonio finished with 31 assists while shooting 56 percent from the field and scoring 5o points in the paint.
- Via ESPN.com we have this fact…San Antonio’s Big Three of Duncan, Ginobili and Parker have played for 39 seasons, which is seven years more experience than the entire Philadelphia roster combined.
- “Obviously, it’s a rough season for them,” Tim Duncan said post game. “It’s a rebuilding season for them. [Brown] knows that, they know that. They have a lot of young guys. He’s just trying to get the system in place that has them playing the way he wants them playing. It’s a process. He knows that.”
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