04/17/14 8:42 am EST
|Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | 0Thad came out and played with his usual energy against the Miami reserves and scored 10 points in the opening quarter. #21 also scored 6 straight when the Sixers pulled away from the Heat in the 3rd Q. T he fade away Thad hit in the late 3rd Q was ridculous. Thad was a true professional all season despite the tank job he was subject to this year. He averaged a career- and team-high 17.9 ppg. overall and in the month of March he was good for 20/5/3 along with 2 steals a night.|
|Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -3A near double-double for the San Hinkie’s diamond in the rough. Sims had AND 1 plays in the 2nd and 3rd Q’s. Additionally, Sims hit a big bucket in the 4th to keep the Heat at arm’s length. He also did a nice job on the glass. If anyone should be wearing “The Keeper” label, it’s this guy.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -2After shooting 55% from the field in the last 7 games and not attempting any threes in the previous six contests, MCW posted an odd box score — 30% shooting form the field, but 3 of 5 on 3PAs. He only attempted 3 FGs in the 1st half yet managed to score 8 points. His rejection of a Toney Douglas floater in the 4th Q was tremendous. JUst 3 TOs last night!|
|James Anderson, SG 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +6Anderson was brought here to knock down open jumpers and last night he actually did his job. Although watching him try to defend the Miami perimeter players was hilarious. There was a funny sequence last night where JA got switched off onto Wade and the former All-Star put Anderson on skates.|
|Adonis Thomas, SG 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1I was shocked that Thomas got the start over Hollis “The Keeper” Thompson and I’ll be even more shocked if we ever see Thomas in a Sixers uniform again.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +16I have to admit that last night Davies played a solid game against Miami’s reserves, but if this guy is on the roster next year, I will go crazy.|
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13Varnado took advantage of the limited minutes he was given vs. Miami by scoring 6 points across clean up duty in the 2nd Q and some brief tick in the 3rd Q.|
|Casper Ware, PG 14 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +15Ware scored 5 straight points in the 2nd quarter and helped the Sixers maintain their lead over the Heat during that stanza, but other than that, I don’t have a single note for him last night.|
|Elliot Williams, SG 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +10Moving on…|
|Tony Wroten, SG 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 4 PTS | +9Is it me or is TWroe learning to pass the ball? He handed out 10 dimes in the last two games of the season of and last night he had several very nice assists. But man does he love the 3-ball and that is just killing his game.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 27 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | 0“The Keeper” hit a big 3-ball in the 3rd Q in what I hope is his LAST game as a Sixer.|
|Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | Anyone want to bet on whether or not Moultrie is back with the Sixers next year?|
A two game win streak was a nice way for Brown to end the season of the tank, so I give him credit for keeping this team together, but I’m still not sold that he’s an NBA head coach.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- With LeBron and Bosh sitting this one out, D-Wade (16 pts.) and the Miami reserves did a nice job of keeping the Heat in this game. But in the late 3rd Q, Wade exited the game (with the 76ers up 9) and the Sixers finally made their move.
- The Sixers caused nine Miami turnovers that led to a number of fast break buckets. The Sixers outscored the Heat 15-4 after Wade exited down the stretch of the 3rd and 29-15 overall in that quarter. They held Miami to just five made baskets. The 7-6 led by as many as 18 in the quarter thanks to Miami’s offensive woes and their 55% shooting from the floor.
- The Sixers increased their advantage to 21 points, but this is the NBA so you know the home team is ging to make a run. And the Heat did…After A Ray Allen three capped a 13-0 Miami run the Heat had sliced the 7-6’s lead to seven, but the Sixers were able to hold on for the win.
- Was this Thad Young’s last game as a 76er? I sure hope not.
- The 76ers began and ended this historically bad season with wins over Miami. If you recall, back on Oct. 30th the Sixers opened the season by shocking the world with an upset of the defending champion Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.
- “The relief that the season has ended truly does not creep into my mind because it’s trumped by the excitement that I see going forward,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “I’m so excited to watch the direction of ping-pong balls. I’m so excited to watch what we do with our summer leagues. … I see the foundation.”