Jan 07 2014

The Longest Mile(s); Cavs Trounce Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25Not an F for failure, but an F for fatigue. You could tell that Thad didn’t have much left in the tank for this one. He took a lot of leaners and fadeaways, and his shots were almost exclusively front-rimming. Hard to hold it against him after the stretch he has been having, but a bad night is a bad night.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11His night started with a contested jumper in transition, and it did not get any smarter from there. He got a nice hand from from the Ohio fans who once rooted for him as an Ohio State Buckeye, but he did little worth cheering for once the game started.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -23Not a great defender on his best night, Hawes got worked by Anderson Varejao in this one. This was one of those nights where you wonder whether Spencer remembers that he’s seven-feet tall. Grab a rebound, big fella, they won’t hurt you.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | -30A stellar performance and career-high scoring output from Carter-Williams, who was in attack mode early and often. There have been moments where he’s been a little overzealous as of late, but he displayed the right balance against the Cavs, probing the defense and resetting the offense when a good look wasn’t there. If not for his team’s disinterest in guarding CJ Miles, this could have ended in a fun battle with Kyrie Irving.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -11Anderson had himself a second consecutive solid outing, registering his most minutes since Dec. 13 against the Toronto Raptors. He was a little too aggressive in his defensive rotations, which hurt as much as it helped, but you can’t knock the effort. Curiously missed all of his attempts from deep, but didn’t sulk and attacked the basket to make up for it.

By The Numbers

  • 10 – The amount of 3-pointers made by CJ Miles. This is the second time an individual has made 10 threes against the Sixers this season, and the only time in NBA history a team has allowed that to happen more than once.

Tweet of The Game

Parting Shots

The Sixers had no juice in this one. It was the team’s third game in four nights, and it showed from the opening tip. Even with the loss, it was great to see another great performance from Michael Carter-Williams, who continues to solidify his status as the league’s top rookie. Brighter days are on the horizon, folks.

  • robbybonfire23

    Why did MCW and Anderson have to play 30+ minutes in a blow-out?

    • Kyle Neubeck

      Development time (for MCW especially) is really important this year. Once they start picking up more players, he should already be trending upwards. Better that they get out ahead of it now.

      • robbybonfire23

        I don’t understand why his rate of steals is down, and some games his assist total is mediocre now, too. He certainly got off with a bang. I wonder if they are modifying his game, somewhat, with hands-on coaching methods?

        So long as his floor shooting percentage is low, he really needs to contribute in the other areas of his game.

  • cp14

    Robby, the roster is down to 10 available players, until Wroten gets back and also Moultire they will be short handed, I think Coach Brown played it correctly last night

    • robbybonfire23

      Thanks, I didn’t hear what happened to Wroten?

      • cp14

        Flu like symptoms, I imagine he will be back next game

        • robbybonfire23

          That is interesting because fatigue can be part of the onset of the flu. It’s wonder the whole team is not down with it, given the weather and the wear and tear of jet lag transcontinental travel.

  • robbybonfire23

    We certainly agree that talented young players should be given every chance to play significant minutes while they are maturing mentally and physically.

    What drives me nuts is sports teams that banish promising kids to a long-term minor league “apprenticeship” (See: Philadelphia Phillies / New York Rangers), or just hides them on the end of a long bench. Young players absolutely need to gain experience playing under pressure – which leads to their learning how to win under pressure.

  • robbybonfire23

    Maybe I should rethink my idea and suggestion that the team put a “limit” on MCW’s number of floor shots, per game, like 10-max, or something? Now I am entertaining the idea that the more he struggles with his offensive game, the more he should practice shooting, under game conditions.

    I think we can agree the outcome of this season’s games is not critical, so that the team running “lab experiments” as regards giving young players every opportunity to shore-up their pronounced weaknesses and their all-around game could prove to be a long-term bonanza -for them and for the team.