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Dec 14 2013

Blazers’ three-point barrage sinks Sixers

Portland Trail Blazers 139 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 25 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -19Young was the only consistent bright spot for the 76ers all night. He made his midrange shots and was effective attacking the rim. He didn’t play much in the second half after the Blazers blew the door off the game, but he made Philly look competitive in the first half.
Evan Turner, SF 22 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -20Turner was invisible for most of his 22 minutes on the court. Only some errant shots and listless defensive effort reminded us he was there.
Hollis Thompson, SF 36 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -24It was a surprisingly efficient offensive outing for Thompson, who connected on several perimeter shots and finished well around the hoop.
Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -16Hawes started off the game with a bevy of ball-fakes and nifty fall-aways. He scored 9 points early on, but after his early surge, he struggled to produce offensively. He threw up some crazy shots and struggled keeping up with Portland’s ever-active frontcourt.
Tony Wroten, SG 24 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-10 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -17Wroten provided the most highlights of the night with a few flashy spin moves and deceptive ball fakes, but he really struggled to finish at the hoop. He missed a few bunnies and was only 6-10 from the stripe. His positive activity can’t be ignored though. Along with Young, he was the most persistent and active player on the team, constantly attacking and making Portland work to defend.

By the numbers: 21. The Blazers connected on 21 of their 37 attempted three pointers tonight. That’s 56.8% if you do the math. Also, that’s two short of the all-time record for 3-pointers in a single game.

Quote of the game: “Well if you were snoozin’, that woke you up, right?” -Marc Zumoff, after Daniel Orton and Meyers Leonard both got ejected for a scuffle late in the 4th quarter.

Parting shots: Philadelphia’s offense was cruising in the first half, taking advantage of good 3-point looks, attacking the basket, and finishing in transition. The 64 points through the first two quarters seemed to be a promising sign. The only problem was Portland had 71 at the half. And they almost duplicated that in the second half, in which they scored 68.

The Blazers were bombing threes all night, but the separation finally came at the start of the third quarter when they locked down defensively and absolutely blitzed the Sixers with a barrage of transition buckets, good three-point looks, and those crazy heat check threes that only go in when a team just gets on some other-worldly roll.

  • robbybonfire23

    Game Scores Phila – Portland

    T. Young: 1188
    T. Wroten: 679
    H. Thompson: 478
    S. Hawes: 405
    J. Anderson: 142
    E. Turner: 138

    Portland

    N. Batum: 1647

    L. Aldridge: 1305 (Five of last seven games = over 1000 G.S. In that span Lebron
    James is 2-7 over 1000 G.S., to give Hercules Aldridge his due.)

    M. Williams: 872
    D. Lillard: 617
    R. Lopez: 431
    W. Matthews: 361
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    Why Turner hasn’t been benched is a mystery? His recent Game Scores run…
    138-455-216-496-306-463-215-95. He either produces a mediocre effort or a conspicuously poor effort. At least his poor performance vs. Portland didn’t cost the team a win.

    Game Scores are interesting for how they separate players seemingly having a similar production game. For example, for Atlanta last night, Horford was 7-9 from the floor and totaled 17 points. While Millsap was also 7-9 from the floor, with a total of 18 points. Also, Horford totaled 7 DR’s + Assists, while Millsap totaled 8 DR’s + Assists. Both players logged 34 minutes of playing time.

    However – Millsap committed 9 turnovers; while Horford committed 3 turnovers. So that Horford registered a fine 702 Game Score for the night; while Millsap’s miscues reduced his Game Score to a mediocre 384.

    The Game Score methodology rewards fine all-around play and punishes when areas of deficiency pop up.

    Carmelo Anthony, last night, totaled 35 points. Was it a great game for him? Not at all when you factor in his lackluster floor game. So that he could post merely a Game Score of 496.

    And Anthony’s teammate Bargnani is costing the Knicks games as the interim center. His Game Score line this month reads: 180-375-172-111-283-328-109-38. When your Game Score average is below that of Evan Turner, you are in trouble, career-wise.

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