|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -12In the midst of intensifying trade rumors, Turner was… well he was in Brooklyn tonight. That counts for something, right? Had some nice “hero ball” moments down the stretch, but was pretty quiet overall and consistently awful on rotations.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -6Hawes shook off a rough first half in which he was shut out, connecting on a few triples down the stretch and playing some not awful defense on Kevin Garnett. For those who remember KG’s dominance of Spencer during the 2012 playoffs, that’s enough for a passing grade by itself.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -12Uneven performance for the rook, but the positives ultimately outweighed the negatives. Turned the ball over way too much and struggled with his shot at times, but connected on 50 percent of his threes and got to the line enough to make up for it. His competitive fire was on display during a jawing match with Paul Pierce in the fourth, a great sign for a player going through what’s easily the toughest season of his life.|
|Elliot Williams, SG Shot Chart 11 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-3 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13What has gotten into this guy lately? Played just 11 minutes due to a leg injury, but continues to show that he deserves to stick around. Brett Brown used him as one piece of a small-ball lineup in the first half, during which the Sixers clawed their way back from a 15-point deficit. Made up for an errant heat check by hustling back on defense to take a charge in the second quarter, a play that will leave a lasting impression with the coaching staff.|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 6-8 FG | 6-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +12Attacked the Nets relentlessly, getting to the charity stripe over and over again throughout the game. He’s not a good shooter yet, but he continues to manufacture points using his quick first step. He and Carter-Williams led a nice charge to bring the Sixers within striking range in the fourth quarter, an encouraging sign for those who hope they can play more minutes together.|
How about the fearless leader getting involved in the action, grabbing the ball and a delay of game violation in the first half? Is he frustrated enough that he wants to start playing? In all seriousness, Brown drew up some beautiful sets down the stretch tonight, and squeezes a lot out of a limited roster.
By The Numbers
- 26 – Sixers turnovers for the evening. Tough to win when you cough the ball up like that.
Quote of The Game
“Ahhh, to be Jay-Z and Beyonce, it’s their world and…” “…we’re just waiting to buy a CD?” Zumoff and Rose discussing Brooklyn’s power couple.
Tweet of The Game
Man, do you see Evan Turner attacking like that. Straight up bulldog. #PleaseOhPleaseLetAGMBelieveThis
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) February 4, 2014
The ultimate win for the Sixers. They showed a lot of guile fighting back from multiple double-digit deficits, but took an L and pressed on in their quest for a number one pick. Turning the ball over at this rate is a bit worrisome, but when they (eventually) slow the pace down, that could begin to normalize.
For an actual “shot”: Nets center Kevin Garnett felt it necessary to put on his usual cursing, screaming tough guy act after ripping the ball away from Carter-Williams in the paint, following that up by failing to score through a semi-hard foul by Evan Turner. Having to deal with this guy four times a year in Boston and now Brooklyn has done nothing but reinforce what a nuisance he is.