|Arnett Moultrie, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6Moultrie didn’t stand out in his first career start; he provided Lavoy Allen-like energy at times. He should have plenty of opportunities to fix that from here on out.|
|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 43 MIN | 12-29 FG | 4-4 FT | 13 REB | 6 AST | 7 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 30 PTS | -3Young struggled at first with some careless turnovers. But with four minutes left in the first quarter, the cameras turned to him having a lengthy conversation with Brett Brown on the bench. Young was a different player from that point forward, posting a ridiculous 30-13-6-7 line. A day after seeing Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes traded, the 25-year-old displayed leadership and intensity on both sides of the court.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 9-19 FG | 7-9 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | -22Carter-Williams is starting to bounce back. He played great basketball at times and attacked the basket ferociously. MCW got hammered in the paint.|
|Lorenzo Brown, PG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5Despite his empty box score, Brown was the only player for the Sixers with a positive +/- rating. In addition, he led the Brown-Williams-Wroten-Thompson-Moultrie lineup, which was hilarious.|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-14 FG | 9-13 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 21 PTS | -2″Wrecking Ball Wroten” (h/t Malik Rose) used his blazing speed to get to the hoop and draw what seemed like a dozen fouls.|
By the Numbers
8 – Sixers available for tonight’s game.
0 – Times that the Sixers had the lead.
28 – Field goal attempts by Thad Young. His previous career-high was 24. (Via @ChrisVito)
10 – Losses in a row.
Tweet of the Game
Brown on rest of season: “There’s an opportunity for Thad to be featured and be a leader, and he did both those things tonight.”
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) February 22, 2014
While getting blown out in the first quarter, GM Sam Hinkie joined Marc Zumoff and Malik Rose in the booth and spoke about the following:
- Using cap room to gain “basketball assets” in trades.
- Looking for “competitive, tough players” and integrating them.
- Building a new practice facility.
- Nerlens Noel and his status – “Let’s make a decision with Nerlens when there is a decision to be made.”
- Thad Young’s expanded leadership role.
- Player development and building a “pipeline of players”, particularly praising Hollis Thompson.
- Spending time on the road evaluating draft prospects.
That interview was the highlight. But the game went well, given the circumstances. After falling behind quickly, the Sixers — and their eight dressed players — rallied back in the third quarter to make it interesting. It was good to see them playing with intensity and hustle.
Good job, good effort.