|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 8 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -16Though not up to the standard that Young has set for himself this year, this was what many fans have come to think of as a quintessential Thad performance. Diving for loose balls, cleaning up garbage around the basket, and jumping into passing lanes, he was everywhere tonight. When he’s finally on a good team, either here or elsewhere, these type of nights will be appreciated much more.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -3If Turner has a future with the Sixers, these are the type of games that the team would hope to see from him on a consistent basis. His shot was off after a hot start, but he continued to attack the rim and generated a nice amount of free throw attempts as a result. Despite Kevin Durant’s gaudy numbers, Turner (along with some help defenders) did a good job at forcing Durant to give the ball up and use his teammates.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -8Don’t mean to point fingers here, but Serge Ibaka’s dominance in this game was in large part due to the man standing across from him for the Sixers. It wasn’t all bad, and Spencer had a seven-point spurt in the third quarter that brought the Sixers within striking distance, but ultimately a pretty blah effort.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -11A fairly nondescript night for the Sixers rookie. One concern to monitor going forward: MCW’s shooting form remains a work-in-progress, and he’s too quick to fall back into bad habits when he’s in the heat of the moment. Perhaps it’s just a product of him shooting threes off his own dribble, but when he isn’t in rhythm there’s too much leaning and falling away.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7Anderson continues to prove that he should have some type of role with the team going forward. Ultimately that may end up being as the seventh or eighth man on a good team, but he’s an above-average athlete with a (usually) reliable shooting stroke. It wasn’t falling tonight, but he managed to produce some points by putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rack.|
By The Numbers
- 19 – Sixers offensive rebounds tonight, 10 more than the Thunder. This helped them overcome a poor night shooting from the field.
- 30-14-10 – Kevin Durant’s line tonight. Dude is just ridiculous.
Quote of The Game
- “You’ve been, THUNDERSTRUCK!” -AC/DC
Tweet of The Game
Should I watch the second half of Sixers/Thunder or should I nap through it?
— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) January 26, 2014
This goes in the ledger as a loss, but it was a good effort overall from the Sixers. Despite concerns that Kevin Durant would go into Super Saiyan mode, they were able to keep him (relatively) in check by throwing double teams at him and forcing other players to beat them. There’s no shame in losing to a team that’s outright better than you. 11 more games until the trade deadline. Buckle up.