|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +2Thad looks as confident offensively this year than he ever has before; he took six threes tonight, and took eight all of last season. Plus, his defense has been well over par and the immeasurable hustle is there as always. These performances certainly won’t hurt his trade value.|
|Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 8-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 23 PTS | +11Even when ET posts a pretty stat line, it’s still an iffy night in some aspects for him. He made rash decisions with the ball in his hands and struggled defending the perimeter, per usual. Nonetheless, he put in 43 minutes and got to the line efficiently. All-in-all, a respectable output.|
|Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 17 MIN | 5-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +9Thompson had one of his better games tonight and he’s starting to look like a legitimate NBA prospect. His length and athleticism did his work for him around the perimeter defensively , and he knocked down his shots when he had to. Simple, efficient, effective.|
|Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +2While his defense is nonexistent (see: J.J. Hickson’s stat line tonight), his offense typically picks up the slack. That wasn’t the case tonight. He tried posting up a few times which went as poorly as one can likely expect and he seemed a little passive late in the game after a rough first half from the field. But, his pretty passes and rainbow threes were silver linings.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 5-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | +1Following an exceptional first half, the kid fell apart a bit in the second half. He started turning the ball over and he was looking a tad reckless, not to mention his poor night from the field. But man, he was mighty aggressive in the driving lanes and persistent in the paint, getting to the line eight times. He had a handful of offensive rebounds for putbacks as well which were absolutely brilliant. Can’t ask for much more from a rookie.|
By The Numbers
10: The Sixers now have ten wins, and have surpassed the ’72-’73 Sixers’ all-time worst season win count of nine. Congratulations, guys.
Tweet of the Game
Biggest reason I want Wiggins on Sixers: to begin building the Great Wall of Wingspan on defense.
— Kyle Neubeck (@Neubeck_NBA) January 2, 2014
Quote of the Game
“Boom, crush. Night, losers. Winning, duh.” – Charlie Sheen
This is a bad, bad Denver team as of late. As Malik Rose pointed out the local broadcast, they run an incredibly bland and not terribly effective pick-and-roll heavy offense, similar to last year’s Sixers offense.