04/03/14 11:03 am EST
|Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -21Here’s a line I never thought I would write: Last night Thad got shut down by Cody Zeller.|
|Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -28Last night was the first time I have seem Sims struggle on defense as he simply got abused by Al Jefferson. But I’ll give Sims credit he was one of the few Sixers who got involved early in this game with 4 points in the 1st Q.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 27 MIN | 10-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | -18MCW came out firing in the 1st Q (3-5 on FGAs) and other than Sims was really the only bright spot on offense for the Sixers during the early going. MCW also put up 12 points in the 2nd Q including a filthy AND 1, but by than the Sixers were trailing by 15+ and this game was essentially over. I really liked that he only turned the ballover 1 time against a good defensive unit in Charlotte.|
|James Anderson, SG 25 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -16The journeyman comes crashing back to reality.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -22I have a hard time grading “The Keeper’s” performance last night. His numbers are decent, but if you watched the game, you know that he was invisible during the 1st and 2nd Q’s while the Sixers weer getting steam rolled. Of course, he wasn’t the only one.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -4Moving on…|
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7A nice dunk in the 1st Q is the only note I have for Jarvis last night.|
|James Nunnally, SF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11Nunnally and Ware will make a great tandem on the Sevens next year|
|Casper Ware, PG 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1(See above)|
|Elliot Williams, SG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -5I don’t have a single note for Williams until the 3rd Q when he splashed home a 3-ball that cut the Cats lead to 21 points, so I am going with this thought on his night — garbage time stats.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -17I know it mattered very little last night, but TWroe is so much better when he lays off the 3PAs. It’s a mystery to me how he does not recognize that fact.|
His team was not ready to play last night and some of that has to go on the coach. Of course, he wasn’t on the court shooting 2-8 to start the game and giving the ball away like it was Christmas morning.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- The Sixers stumbled early in this one (2 for their first 8 on FGAs & 3 TOs) and the Bobcats took advantage of it. The Cats made 11 of their first 15 shots and finished with nine assists on 12 baskets. The Bobcats used a 9-0 run at the end of the 1st Q to give them a 12-point lead after one. While the Sixers had five turnovers and only four baskets overall in the 1st Q.
- The Cats put the nails in the Sixers coffin early in this one thanks to a 2nd Q spurt where they scored 14 straight points, building a 27-point lead on the sleepy Sixers. Former LaSalle star Gary Neal scored 6 pts. for the Cats in that run. The Sixers missed all seven 3PAs in the first half and finished 4 of 18 overall. The Sixers had two starters (Anderson & Thompson) go scoreless in the 1st half. This was the worst game the Sixers have played in weeks.
- I believe MCW is making a surge to regain his place at the top of the ROY candidate list. In his last 3 games Carter-Williams owns a shine of 19.6 ppg; 7.6 rpg. and 5.3 apg. Over the 3-game stretch he is shooting the ball at a 49.5% clip from the field and owns a TS% of 59.7. He had only 1 turnover last night and is averaging just 2.6 per in the last 3 contests.
- Al Jefferson is having a monster season (read the SI article on Al, it’ solid) and like everyone else in the NBA, the Sixers could do nothing to stop him. Al had 17 & 7 in the first half and eventually posted with 25 points and 10 rebounds despite sitting out the entire 4th Q.
- The Bobcats finished one-point shy of matching their season-high point total.
- “That’s a team getting ready for the playoffs,” Tony Wroten told the media after the game. “You can tell a big difference.”