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Jan 20 2014

Black Magic: Sixers Fall to Wizards 107-99

Philadelphia 76ers 99 Final

Recap | Box Score

107 Washington Wizards
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -14

While Thad snapped his recent shooting slump–he hit 50 percent of his shots for the first time since Jan. 6–he did nothing of consequence in any other area of the game. This was a Rip Hamilton line.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -6

We spend a lot of time in this space hand-wringing over Evan Turner’s lack of production as a former No. 2 overall pick, so it’s always instructive in a perspective-granting kind of way to see how he fares against John Wall, the No. 1 pick in the same class. What we learned this afternoon: neither one is Paul George.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +2

Hawes was uncharacteristically off from outside on MLK Day, shooting just 1-of-7 from 3-points. He was otherwise pretty excellent though. Spence was 4-of-8 from inside the arc and, though he didn’t get to the line, contributed 16 rebounds and a pair of steals.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 13-22 FG | 4-8 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 31 PTS | -10

The good: MCW outplayed John Wall, his counterpart at the point, scoring 31 to his 14, tying or bettering him in assists and rebounds, and grabbing 3 steals to Wall’s 1. The bad: Carter-Williams posted a plus/minus of -10 on the afternoon and the Sixers lost their third straight. The ugly: the rookie was blocked 5 times.

Brett Brown

The handsome rascal spent some time with Molly Sullivan before the game, and explained MCW’s recent struggles thusly (I’m paraphrasing here): “He’s played 29 games now, more than he did at Syracuse last season, and he’s hitting a rookie wall. This is understandable, as it happens to a lot of guys.” The rookie in question performed well this afternoon, looked energized, and seems, by all indications, to be navigating the wall as well as can be expected. Some credit for this goes to the staff, which is to say it goes to Brown.

By The Numbers
The Sixers were blocked 12 times on Monday, and Evan Turner was only victimized twice.

Quote of The Night
“Nothing good happens in Washington unless good people outside of Washington are mobilized, energized, and organized to make it happen.”

-Robert Reich

Parting Shots
I have a confession to make: I haven’t been enjoying Sixers games lately. Once the novelty and the lustre of the new regime wore off—Michael Carter-Williams! No more long jumpers! Fast-paced hoops!–I’ve found myself grasping, groping for reasons to engage and coming up empty-handed. All that’s left are losses I have a difficult time rooting for and wins that feel Pyrrhic. This isn’t fun. Which isn’t to say it won’t at some point be fun–that fun isn’t an eventuality; at worst the most likely outcome of what’s being built here–just that it isn’t fun right now. At least not for a humble blogger and fan. The Sixers are last in the NBA in home attendance. I know why that is.

The season is halfway over. Here’s to the end.

  • robbybonfire23

    Nice “wake up call” game for MCW. And Wroten was not only benched, he didn’t play. Maybe something was wrong with him and I didn’t hear about it. A lot is wrong with him whenever he is in the game. So that a couple really nice positives can be taken from this loss.

    The next move is to convince the coach that a certain starting forward is over-matched to the 10th power, has bottom-feeder trade value, and really needs to be yanked unceremoniously off the starting unit. I would say this lazy-ass shirker is worth about one dollar for every shot he has blocked, this season.

  • robbybonfire23

    To say neither John Wall nor Evan Turner is Paul George, is to essentially call the comparison of them “a wash.” To ~really~ stack them against eachother, let’s run a multiple regression/linear weights survey on each of them, for the entire season, to date…..

    First the values in the major categories to date this NBA season are: DR = +1.47;
    Assist +1.33; Block + 0.97; Steal +0.93; and Turnover – 0.57. (Offensive rebounds, for at least 25 years now, have scored as statistically negligible.)

    John Wall is 285-663 = a .430 FG percentage, and take note of this total of XFG which is 663 minus 285 = 378.

    Wall has 144 DR’s. 144 x 1.47, the value for the category = 211.68.
    Wall has 339 Assists. 339 x 1.33 = 450.87.
    Wall has 17 Blocks. 17 x 0.97 = 16.49.
    Wall has 76 Steals. 76 x .93 = 70.68.
    Wall has committed 141 Turnovers. 141 x -0.57 = -80.37.

    The total of the above categories is +669.35. Dividing this figure by Wall’s total of XFG (378), we find a bottom-line score of 177 (having moved the decimal point two places to the right).

    Now then, let’s run the same discipline on Evan Turner…

    E.T. is 281-641 = a .438 FG percentage, so that he has missed 641 minus 281 = 360 shots.

    E.T. has 203 DR’s. 203 x 1.47 = 298.41.
    E.T. has 149 Assists. 149 x 1.33 = 198.17.
    E.T. has 4 Blocks. 4 x 0.97 = 3.88.
    E.T. has 37 Steals. 37 x 0.93 = 34.41.
    E.T. has committed 124 Turnovers. 124 x -0.57 = -70.68.

    The total of the above categories is +464.19. Dividing this figure by E.T.’s total of XFG (360), we find a bottom-line score of 129.

    Final Score: John Wall 177 Evan Turner 129.

    Turner is the better defensive rebounder, but the assists category is a killer in favor of Wall. Understanding these two men play different positions, but the trade-off is that the forward will almost always prevail in the DR department, while the guard will prevail in the assists department.

    Wall wins the unanimous decision. Turner’s score, by the way, reposes in overall NBA bottom-feeder country. Turner ranks as one of the worst NBA starters over the past decade, to where he does not even stack up well against most NBA forward back-ups.
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