|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.
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.”
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.