Dec 21 2013

Evan Turner’s Buzzer-Beater Lifts Sixers Over Nets: GMs, Take Note

Brooklyn Nets 120 Final
Recap | Box Score
121 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 11-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +10Young got in early foul trouble but scored some big second-half points. His absence was noticeable on the defensive end, with Lavoy Allen and Brandon Davies struggling to contain Mirza Teletovic’s 3-point shooting. His perfect shooting from beyond the arc was a nice touch.
Evan Turner, SF 47 MIN | 13-22 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | +5This might have been Turner’s best game of the season. He aggressively drove to the basket and shot the ball well, starting the game 8-8 and finishing it with the game-winning overtime shot.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-7 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -6Carter-Williams returned from his seven-game absence and provided a much-needed spark of energy. He anchored the defense and attacked the rim, getting to the line a team-high seven times.
Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -2His perimeter defense on pick-and-roll was lacking at times, but Allen had a solid performance overall, controlling the boards and giving Young a breather.
Tony Wroten, SG 24 MIN | 8-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | +1He bricked several perimeter shots, turned the ball over four times, and was unnecessarily aggressive at times. Just another night for Tony Wroten.

By The Numbers
31. The number of lead changes.
Quote of the Game
“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.” ~Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Parting Shots
A relentless effort for a Sixers team that was desperate for a victory after a seven-game losing streak. Evan Turner was brilliant at times, capping off the 29-point performance with the game-winning buzzer-beater. GMs, please take note.

  • robbybonfire23

    Second Star in this game to Evan Turner, for his contribution of a rare, superlative, all-around effort. This raises the question as to why all the inconsistency and lack of inspiration the team gets from this man? He turns it on and off like a water spigot.

    I give my First Star for this game to Lavoy Allen. This game was won primarily because of Allen’s sterling contribution off the bench. Talking 5-7 from the floor, zero turnovers, 5 DR, and 4 Assists, in just 23 1/2 minutes of play, all of which elevated Allen to a brilliant Game Score of 1915, which is a 98 percentile ranking performance per all NBA game scores, so far this year.

    Game Scores for Dec. 20, with corresponding percentile ranking…

    L. Allen: 1915 (98)
    E.T.: 709 (86)
    H. Thompson: 541 (73)
    T. Young: 530 (71)
    MCW: 462 (64)

    T. Wroten: 373 (49)
    S. Hawes 301 (41)


    P. Pierce: 1034 (92)
    D. Williams 531 (71)
    M. Teletovik 469 (65)
    A. Anderson 421 (57)
    B. Lopez: 208 (30)

    Notice that Hawes and Lopez effectively neutralized eachother, which served as another key in the Philadelphia victory. Ordinarily, Lopez is the more productive of the two. Offensively, Hawes has been out to lunch, recently, but his defensive contribution here of offsetting Lopez helped prevent this game from getting away from the home team.

    Again, the Game Score formula is:

    Total Points x (DR + A) / Minutes played x (floor shots missed + turnovers);
    then multiply this result by 1000.

    The Game Score methodology, admittedly, bypasses inclusion of blocked shots and steals. While they are both minor components of a basketball game, they are included in a second methodology I am developing along regression-value lines, to be shared, later.

    With Noel coming out one of these years, having a defensively-oriented grading method is indispensable to overall player evaluation. Thus far regression values, subject to change, are as follows:

    STEAL: +1.61 points per unit (From past year’s research I can tell you this is a highly-inflated value, subject to substantial modification, soon enough.)

    DR: +1.31 points per unit.

    BLOCK: + 1.21 points per unit.

    ASSIST: +1.20 points per unit.

    TURNOVER: – 0.9 points per unit.

  • robbybonfire23

    Official name change suggestions, same as the Knickerbockers went to “Knicks.”

    Philadelphia 76ers to Philadelphia Sixers.

    San Francisco 49ers to San Francisco Niners.

    Seattle Super Sonics to Seattle Sonics – oh, wait!

    Florida State Seminoles to Florida State Noles.

    Miami Hurricanes to Miami Canes.

    Houston Astros to Houston Stros.

    Columbus Blue Jackets to Columbus Jackets.

    Toronto Maple Leafs to Toronto Leaves.