Well, the Sixers won last night. Due to technical difficulties unrelated to the crushing blow of the victory, we’re unable to present this recap with the usual aesthetic bells and whistles you, dear readers, have come to know and love. So, anyway, the Sixers won. Here’s why.
Thaddeus Young (C+): Young got the Sixers off to a hot start offensively, cashing in on a few jumpshots and drives to the rim, but cooled off significantly in the second and third quarters. He was abused on the boards by several different Celtics, but bounced back in the fourth for a few key baskets.
Henry Sims (A-): Sims threw up some ugly looking shots, but on the whole, his production was essential to Philadelphia’s efforts. He was the only 76er to really fight on the boards and his relentless aggression down low allowed him to get to the free throw line 16 times.
Michael Carter-Williams (A-): After starting the first quarter with a few shaky decisions, Carter-Williams picked up the slack and prevented the Celtics from making a significant and possibly game-damaging run in the second quarter. He continued his offensive efficiency in the second half and was persistent on both ends of the floor.
Jarvis Varnado (B-): Varnado came in and provided instant impact, challenging shots at the rim and attacking the basket in transition. He didn’t put up big numbers, but his defensive effort was noticeable, even if he, like the rest of the team, was overworked on the glass.
Elliot Williams (B): Williams was efficient all night, capitalizing on open three-pointers and finishing around the rim. He struggled defensively trying to corral various members of the Boston backcourt, but his early aggression was a big reason why Philadelphia started strong.
By the numbers: 37. The 76ers went to the free throw line 37 times as opposed to the Celtics’ 21. Henry Sims and his 16 trips to the charity stripe was a large chunk of that, but while the Celtics relied heavily on outside shots and second-chance three-pointers, Philadelphia was attacking the basket and earning some freebies.
Parting shots: In the end, I guess this is a step back in the quest for the best lottery odds. But it’s sure nice to see another W after seeing 26 straight losses not too long ago.