|Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -11A hot start included Thad drilling 3 of his 4 3PAs in the 1st Q and 11 points total in the Q. But it was his play in the 2nd Q that really stood out for me last night. In that Q Thad blocked shots; had a couple steals; handed out several pretty dimes and drained a 3-ball. Thad hit another big three to get the 7-6 within 92-89 in the 4th Q.|
|Henry Sims, C 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +11The stat sheet says Sims played a decent game last night, but I don’t have a single note jotted down for him.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +1Three things really impressed me about MCW’s near triple-double last night. (1) He took smart shots and that produced a 50% shooting night; (2) He didn’t get his first bucket until the 7 minute mark of the 2nd Q and still contributed nicely to the Sixers scoring effort; (3) MCW had only 3 TOs…MCW’s drive and kiss for two in the 3rd Q was beautiful.|
|James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -3JA had 6 points in the 2nd Q and 10 overall in the 1st half. He drilled a big 3PA in the 3rd Q, but could not make one during clutch time when the Sixers desperately needed a big hoop.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -4“The Keeper” played solid considering the few looks he got last night, but I need more from a starting SG. Sorry.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +3Moving on…|
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-7 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -16Varnado had a tremendous weakside block in the 1st Q and than another swat a couple of plays later. He also did a great job on the glass, but he was responsible for 6 of the team’s 8 missed FTAs last night.|
|Casper Ware, PG 14 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -9A very tough shooting night for Casper.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -5In 3 of his last 4 games, Williams has now scored in double figures. In the 4th Q hee had a sweet AND1 and a nice garbage bucket. I still don’t want him back next year.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 18 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 6 PTS | -7TWroe threw a tremendous dime to MCW in the 2nd Q, but did not facilitate much after that play. Instead he fell in love with the 3-ball and when that happens, he kills the Sixers.|
I give him tons of credit for keeping this team together and playing hard each night. However, Brown could not find a defensive answer for Louis Williams or Paul Milsap last night and that doomed the Sixers.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- The 76ers played very well for the better part of three quarters last night and led from the opening minutes until late in the third. That’s when the Hawks staged a 13-2 run that eventually extended out to 19-5 and grabbed 75-73 lead after 3 quarters. Former 76ers Elton Brand, Kyle Korver and Louis Williams scored a combined 14 points in that stanza
- Sweet Lou simply killed the 7-7 last night scoring 22 points in 24 ticks off the ATL bench. In the 4th Q he hit for 11 points and drained a clutch floater as well as two 3PAs. LouWil also added five rebounds and five assists. An interesting note is that Lou recently was a DNP-CD for 7 straight games because of his poor efforts on the defensive end.
- “Lou did what Lou does — came out and hit two big 3s, and the game pretty much was determined at that stage,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He went back to the old Lou.”
- Speaking of the Atlanta bench…the Hawks reserves out scored the Sixers bench 41-24, but it was their defensive pressure in the 2nd half that turned this see-saw game into a W for the Hawks.
- Look at the stats the Sixers posted in the 1st half…51% shooting from the field; 21 FGM on 16 assists; 5-15 on 3’s and 6 blocks. Now look at this stat — FTAs 12-20 (60%) and you’ll see why the Sixers lost this game.
- Paul Millsap was a beast for the Hawks last night — 28 points and a season high 16 rebounds (Where have we heard that line before?). Several 76ers attempted to slow Milsap down, but failed miserably.
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