|Thaddeus Young, PF 23 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -29Tough night for Thad, who ended up on the wrong end of a couple tough calls tonight (including one that led to a Brett Brown technical in the first half.) He was also on the wrong end of a Kevin Durant scoring rampage.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -16There are glimpses of the point guard that the Sixers front office believes he can be. Carter-Williams had some nifty pocket passes for assists and he continued attacking despite being turned away around the rim a few times. You’d like to see him doing a better job converting his opportunities, but it was nice to see him staying aggressive.|
|James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -24Anderson played his college ball at Oklahoma State, and you can tell that he felt at home in this one. He had the license to launch from the opening tip and helped keep the Sixers close in the first half behind a barrage of threes.|
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 18 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -8Crashes the glass hard, gets after it on defense, and is making a strong case to stick around going forward. Having an athletic shot-blocking type on the backline offers a bit of a preview of what Nerlens Noel should bring to the table when he returns.|
|Byron Mullens, C 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -2Mullens’ performance was like watching the kid on your team who everyone else knows isn’t very good have his “moment in the sun” game. Sidebar: the fact that Arnett Moultrie can’t get minutes when Brett Brown has to yell things like, “PASS IT,” at Mullens speaks to his standing within the organization.|
By The Numbers
- 21 – The number of minutes it took Russell Westbrook to register a triple double, an NBA record.
- 42 – points for Kevin Durant. This MVP race is fun.
Tweet of the Night
Someone should tie Doug Collins to a chair and force him to watch this game and compare Perry Jones with Arnett Moultrie.
— Justin (@JustinF_LB) March 5, 2014
No surprises tonight. Oklahoma City is much better than the Sixers, and it showed. Watching MCW jaw with Russell Westbrook during the third quarter was fun, and a good display of competitiveness in the midst of people suggesting that the Sixers don’t care at this point in the season. With 15 straight losses, they’ve now tied the franchise’s second longest losing streak. The record is 20, and it wouldn’t be shocking if this crew got there.