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Apr 12 2014

76ers hang around, fall to Bobcats 111-105

Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 8-22 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -3Young scored 16 points, but wasn’t terribly efficient doing so, taking 22 shots and missing five 3-pointers. He forced mid-range jumpers and was routinely beat on the glass. Happens.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 5-8 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -3Sims’ aggression in the paint is one of his best attributes. Whether he’s battling for position down low or crashing the boards, he’s always seeking contact, and tonight that led to seven free-throw attempts. He converted most of his looks around the basket, but at times was overwhelmed defensively against Al Jefferson.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 7-11 FG | 9-10 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -5MCW experienced success everywhere inside the arc, cashing in on midrange jumpers, attacking the rim, pushing in transition, and converting at the free throw line (9-10). Late in the second quarter he helped Philadelphia take a lead by scoring six straight, capped off with a steal and slam on the break. He was disruptive on the defensive end while flirting with a triple-double (7 rebs, 8 assists).

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -3Anderson never got into any sort of rhythm up against Gerald Henderson, going 3-11 from the field and 1-5 from beyond the arc. His only made 3-pointer was an off-balance leaner at the end of the shot clock. Save for that impressive shot, Anderson’s contributions were limited in his 31 minutes of play.

Byron Mullens, C Shot Chart 20 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -1While he’s usually a black hole on both ends of the floor, Mullens didn’t obliterate the 76ers’ efforts offensively or defensively. In fact, for stretches, he did the opposite, sparking a 76ers run in the second quarter with seven consecutive points. He was also active on the glass, collecting four offensive boards and seven total.

By the numbers: 9. The Charlotte Bobcats had nine blocks to the Sixers’ one.

Tweet of the night:

No picks and no playoffs for the Knicks.

Parting shots: We didn’t get to see the Michael Carter-Williams-Kemba Walker duel we all wanted. Instead we got MCW vs. Luke Ridnour. Less exciting, but I guess it got the job done.

  • robbybonfire23

    How can a player total 22 shots (making just eight of them) from the floor, and draw just ONE foul shot, which he missed? This loss is on T. Young. Really tired of his “showtime” act. Better to bring a floor leader in here, than to keep on tolerating this ball-hogging, low shooting percentage narcissist. Wonder if we can get a second round draft choice for him?

    • Kevin

      Thaddeus is on the “glue” guys on this team. He gives 110% every second he is on the floor and does whatever it takes to win, even the stuff many players don’t want to do. I understand his shooting percentage is not great this year (for a PF), however, in his career he is a 50% shooter and has shot over 50% in 4 of his 7 seasons. Though he is a PF he plays outside the paint very often, and therefore the career shooting percentage is more than good for this particular style of play.

      I think this season for him would be more of a reflection on the fact that he is taking more shots, and perhaps more forced (bad) shots, due to the fact that he is 1 of maybe 5 legitimate players on this team and this is what is being asked of him. Pre All-Star Break, he was shooting 48% and taking 14.9 shots per game. Since the All-Star Break (Also sans Spence and Evan), he’s been taking 18.9 shots per game and shooting 41.5%. The combination of being required to carry a heavier load/play outside of his game and opposing teams keying on him are almost definitely contributing factors to this 2nd half slump.

      Either way, It will be intriguing to see if the 76ers determine he is part of their long term future or not, especially with him due for a contract extension at the end of next season I believe. If they do determine he’s not and Hinkie can only retrieve a 2nd round pick for him, people should be calling for his head.

    • Jerry

      Do you even watch the Sixers Rob? Obviously this season is not a representation of what thad young really is. He is never meant to be the leader on offense, instead he is an extremely important hustle guy that can score if he is not the main focus of the offense. How can you seriously blast this guy, he gives more effort than anyone on this team and he has had to sit through this tanking b.s. He’s a fan favorite for a reason and if he was traded for a second round that would be highway robbery. You obviously are a huge fan of the team and usually have a lot of good input but I think the advanced metrics are blinding you a little on this one.

      • robbybonfire23

        Effort is great, in a world wherein many people, including too many professional athletes, have a poor work ethic. At some point – results – have to be factored into the equation. All these abysmal shooting percentage games for Young and MCW better just be “tanking” related, because this “vacation season” is going to be over, in a matter of hours, at which time “accountability” will be the byword, around here, when these players reconvene with the “new look” composition of next year’s team roster being the main focus.

        Hopefully, next season, anytime Young and MCW are having an “off night,” they will have a supporting cast of players who can then pick them up. This 8-22 from the floor with one free throw nonsense has to go. I am intrigued with the idea of developing a free throw-FGA ratio statistic. It could be revealing. We will see about that.

  • robbybonfire23

    Insightful observation re the upgrade in the number of shots Young has taken, since the trade deadline. From this we can hope that next season, given an improved supporting cast, he will get back to his impressive norm for shooting percentage, and go from there. Talk about a throwaway season, on many levels, this has been the one.

  • robbybonfire23

    Interesting how Young had one FT, to go with 22 FG attempts; while MCW had 10 FT, to go with 11 FG attempts. Says a lot about what each brought to the game. Not piling on Young, just exploring, for now, whether this stat could have some value, next year.