Feb 07 2014

40-Year-Old With Bad Back Dooms Sixers, Home Losing Streak Hits 7

Los Angeles Lakers 112 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -11Young should have taken advantage of a slow-footed, defensively inept Lakers team. Instead, Thad never got into a rhythm and disappeared for large portions of the game. Disappointing effort.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -10He got burned by Nash on a nifty crossover. Turner also struggled to take care of the basketball, contributing four turnovers. It always comes back to defense and turnovers with Evan, and he failed on both counts tonight.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -3Hawes did some damage from the outside and he brought down 11 boards. But if you were watching the game, you saw Jordan Hill and Robert Sacre disrupt Hawes’ rhythm when he came down to play in the paint. Hawes can shoot it, but he’ll never be a defensive anchor or a guy who can slow the game down by demanding the ball in the post. Too bad. The Sixers could use both.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -11It looked as though MCW was going to be on triple-double alert. The Lakers defense was soft, and Carter-Williams was playing with some much needed aggression. Alas, MCW finished only 4-12 from the field and like Turner, contributed four turnovers. His 40-year-old counterpart finished the game with a season high 19 points in 28 minutes. Maybe his head was already in New Orleans.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 18 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -3Wroten, Elliot Williams, and Lavoy Allen formed a mini-bench mob tonight. But we’ll highlight Wroten here. Wroten, for the second night in a row, hit a 3/4 court heave to end the third court.

By the Numbers: 62. For the second night in a row, Tony Wroten hit a shot from the 3/4 court to end the third quarter. This one meausred at 62 feet.

Quote of the Game: Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist – George Carlin

Parting Shots: The Sixers could have had this one if they wanted it. Early in the game, the Lakers looked like they were willing to lay down. Defense was optional all night long for both teams. All the Sixers needed to do was play competent defense and take care of the basketball. Well, the injury-depleted Lakers put up 112 points and the Sixers finished with 23 turnovers. The Lakers were 8-8 from the field on the fast break. Yikes. This one was tight throughout, but the Sixers laid an egg in the fourth, managing only 13 points in the final frame.

Next up for the Sixers, the first place LA Clippers.


  • robbybonfire23

    I am going to give Jabari Parker credit, where credit is due. Today he had his first really solid and productive all-around game, of the 11 conference games he has played, with 11 DR’s to go with a hot-shooting hand (12-17 from the floor). In January he was 36-105 (34%) from the floor, with an average of 4.75 DR’s per game. So far, in three conference games in February, he is showing 26-43 from the floor (60%), with an average of 6.33 DR’s per game, to go with the 11 DR’s today vs. Boston College, first time for double digits for him in that category.

    I don’t have an axe to grind against any of these highly regarded young men, I just want to see them do really well, especially when there is a chance they could wind up calling Philadelphia home, starting with draft day. (Wiggins – you’re up next for better things, at least we can hope so.)