|Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +9And there it is, what we’ve all been waiting for: Thad’s 3-point shot. After attempting only one 3-pointer in the first two games, he made three of four tonight … he made one 3-pointer in eight attempts all of last season.|
|Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-7 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +3A poor jump-shooting night, but he still scored efficiently because most of his shots came in the paint. Turner finished with 20 points on 16 attempts and shot 6-of-7 from the line.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 30 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | +9The new Spencer Hawes is like a better version of the old Spencer Hawes when he brought his “A” game. And old Spencer Hawes on his “A” game was a really good player. The Sixers center is shooting the lights out, he’s passing, he’s defending. He’s a matchup nightmare.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 10-22 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | +6Derrick Rose is going to have nightmares about Michael Carter-Williams, whose defense led directly to three of his eight turnovers, and indirectly to another three. Also worth noting: the Sixers rookie scored 26 points and added 10 assists.|
|James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +17Didn’t make a shot in 30 minutes, but was a team-best +17. He was doing something right. Exactly what, I’m not quite sure.|
Maybe this is partly the Eddie Jordan effect – we’d see a dramatic improvement from Doug Collins’ offense with any coach that had a clue, just like we saw a dramatic improvement in the defense when Jordan was replaced. But beating Chicago on the second night of a back-to-back? That’s wild. Brown has his team believing. What more can you ask of a rookie coach?
By The Numbers
500:1. The Sixers preseason odds to win the Atlantic Division.
Quote of the Game
“I’ve got to let it go and just enjoy the show.” ~Kerris Dorsey, Moneyball
Bad teams do not win three games in a row, let alone three games against competition like Miami, Chicago and Washington on the road. Hell, good teams don’t win three games in a row against this competition.
At what point do we start taking this team seriously? After a win against Golden State Monday? After a week more of winning basketball? After a month?
I say, now. Why the hell not.