|Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -3
The tragedy of the Sixers’ veteran being lost in the abyss of this historically awful team chugged along for another night. After the game, Thad commented that, “It felt like they [Spurs] were running 100 miles per hour. You take one thing and they pick you apart with something else.” Unsurprising, given some of the handy work that he confronted by the bosomy Boris Diaw. The Spurs effortlessly dissected this defense with an array of deft passes, and Young had a front row seat to some of the finer exhibits. Seventh time on the season that Thad has launched at least four shots from the outside and failed to net a single one.
|Henry Sims, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8
The Mayor of Sims City continued his encouraging play, diligently putting together a nice line. Sims did encounter a little difficulty guarding Tim Duncan on the low block early, and was ultimately a stakeholder in Duncan’s 19pts on 9-12 shooting in 23 minutes. If nothing else, it’s pleasing to witness one of the team’s roster-filling fliers show legitimate signs of progress and growth.
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-20 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5
Oh to be a fly on the rookie wall. Another game, another miserable shooting night for Philly’s bewildered point guard prodigy. Tonight served as the 13th time on the season that MCW shot 30% or below from the field. Yeesh. I guess we can be thankful that Tony Parker wasn’t present to rub a hefty dose of French seasoning into the gaping wound that is Carter-Williams’ confidence.
|James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -15
As a former Spur, Anderson carries a certain familiarity with the confines of the AT&T Center. He drilled a pair of threes late in the third as part of a push to trim the deficit from double digits. It was not to be, an admirable evening at the office, nonetheless. Anderson, who is only shooting 33.8% on catch-and-shoots on the perimeter, managed to cushion his game with a hint of versatility, which was nice. He was involved in perhaps the highlight (*sigh*) of the night, with a fast break leading to his setup of Byron Mullens for an alley-oop throw down at the end of the third.
|Hollis Thompson, SG 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | 0
Not the former Hoya’s finest Daye. In addition to being directly responsible for two Patty Mills trebles in the fourth quarter, Thompson spent time on rangy journeyman Austin Daye, who somehow totalled 22pts for the game. File this one under “forgettable.”
|Byron Mullens, C 18 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -15
Avert your eyes! “Don’t-call-me-B.J.” had it going beyond the arc. Yes, you read that correctly. The honorary figurehead of the tank characteristically lurked on the outside, and characteristically lumbered around aimlessly on the opposing end. Uncertainty as to whether or not to help off of Aron Baynes led to Mullens “flooring,” the Spurs’ Cory Joseph — who converted a circus shot regardless. Mullens took us all for a ride back in time to the 2011-12 Bobcats with the blissful blend of his outside attack and soaring to the rim for an alley-oop jam. Poetry in motion.
|Casper Ware, PG 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -17
Casper Ware made his NBA debut tonight, becoming the 27th different player on the Sixers’ roster since opening night, per John Schuhmann of NBA.com. Good for him. Let’s hope he can find the bottom of the basket next game.
By the Numbers
- 1: The Sixers now need a solitary loss to match the 2011 Cavaliers’ record for the longest losing streak in league history.
- 22: Austin Daye finished with 22pts on 6-10 3PT shooting. That about sums things up.
Tweet of the Night
Austin Daye’s 22 point performance is really encouraging especially if the Spurs play the 76ers in the Finals.
— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) March 25, 2014