|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -22Ho hum, another 20 point effort from Thaddeus Young. He was feelin’ it early, racking up 13 points in the first quarter, and it looked like he’d be the latest guy to take advantage of Kevin Love’s disinterested defense. But the avalanche on the other end eventually pushed him off the court. Most of Kevin Love’s points came on switches and failed rotations, so Young gets a pass for his man’s 26-point outing.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -27A brutal showing for Turner on the defensive end tonight. He constantly botched rotations, and was a major factor in the Timberwolves notching their season high in makes from downtown. A shame, because the night started out fairly promising on the other end. The blitzkrieg of threes he gave up eventually overrode the positives on offense.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -23Carter-Williams’ defense of Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio was downright confusing. Despite his match-up being known around the league as a non-threat from deep, Carter-Williams consistently pressed Rubio on the perimeter, on and off the ball. MCW continues to show great awareness setting up his teammates, so it would be nice to see the same attention to detail on the other end.|
|Brandon Davies, PF Shot Chart 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -8The million-dollar question: is Brandon Davies the worst alley-oop finisher in the history of basketball? He looks like he’s being lobbed a hand grenade when he goes up for the potential finish. It’s never a question of effort, but sometimes the talent just isn’t there. Have to think that his time as a member of the 76ers is close to being up.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 22 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -10The first man off the bench in Tony Wroten’s absence, Anderson gave the Sixers good minutes tonight. He did a little bit of everything offensively, knocking down triples and finishing some pretty ones at the rim. An uptick in playing time would seem to be in order.|
By The Numbers
- 16 – the number of threes made by Minnesota, a season-high for the team. An all too familiar scene for Sixers fans.
- -22.4 – The average plus/minus of the Sixers starting five tonight. Ouch.
Quote of The Game
“You got to go to Facebook right now and like his status because he is on fire!” – Malik Rose on Thad Young
Tweet of The Game
Any time you can milk the shot clock for a contested Lorenzo Brown long two, you gotta do it.
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) January 7, 2014
Not many positive things to say about this one. A discouraging effort after a nice win streak out West, without even a free Big Mac to show for it. They’ll have a chance to redeem themselves tomorrow night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.