Jan 18 2014

That was the worst game of the season

Philadelphia 76ers 78 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Chicago Bulls
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 30 MIN | 6-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -24Scored a team-high 12 points, which is not a lot of points for a team-high. Bricked all five 3-point attempts.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -29Turner on second leg of back-to-backs (before tonight): 10 games, 4.9-15.6 fg (.314), .4-2.8 from 3pt, 3 assists, 2.5 TOs.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -27His third-quarter 3-pointer broke Philly’s 0-11 downtown slump. That was kinda cool, I guess. Spence was otherwise terrible, like the rest of the team.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-22 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -20He’s running cold, going 5-of-22 after his 1-of-7 night against Miami. Rookie wall? Exposure? Variance? Probably a combination. Chances are we’ll see more games like this from the ROY candidate. It’s all part of the process. I think.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 8 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9Sprained his right ankle early on. Looked a hell of a lot worse — was down on the floor for a few minutes. Here’s to a healthy Tony Wroten.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -3Sixers had a 3-on-0 fast break late in the fourth quarter when Thompson ran into Lorenzo Brown, was knocked off balance, and bricked an awkward runner. It was that kind of night.

By The Numbers
13 points (5-of-6), 11 rebounds, 8 blocks — Kansas freshman Joel Embiid against Oklahoma State earlier today.

Quote of The Night
“Like a Chevrolet truck, he’s always dependable.” ~Bulls announcer on Nazr “I’ve been in the league 30 years” Mohammed

Parting Shots
Things that have changed since that glorious fall night when the Sixers moved to 3-0 after a 20-point comeback win over the Bulls.

1. Evan Turner: from efficient, aggressive slasher to, well, Evan Turner.

2. Spencer Hawes: exposed for the defensive liability that he is.

3. Michael Carter-Williams: no longer putting up Magic Johnson-esque numbers. He’s run into a huge rookie wall, and that’s OK, since he’s, ya know, a rookie. But it’s frustrating to watch.

4. Energy: Sixers were outhustling, outlasting teams early on, perhaps because they were one of the few teams in game shape from Day 1. The rest of the league has since caught up. Shucks.

5. Three-point shooting: They started off the season (relatively) hot, but defenses have learned to close out on Hawes/Young, rather than ignore them. As a team, the Sixers are shooting 29.8 percent from downtown in January (excluding tonight’s 2-19 travesty).

6. False hope: it’s no longer there. The 13-27 Sixers are just a few games back of the 8-seed, but they’re in Milwaukee Bucks territory point differential-wise (-8.3 before tonight) and their expected win-loss was 8-31. They’re (un?)fortunate to have 13 wins.

To sneak into the postseason they’d need another half-season of close-game luck – and management that wanted to sneak in the postseason. That’s not happening. There’ll be more nights like this one, I’d recommend getting used to it.

  • robbybonfire23

    Excuse column… Last week it was the Custer’s Last Stand in Cleveland, following a game at home the night before. This week it’s the Chicago Wipeout, again, following a game at home the night before. So that the play-travel-play cycle grinds this YOUNG team down.

    It looks like this team’s desire to play basketball has already dissipated, this season. They act like they just want to go home, in January. And MCW devolving into the second-worst player on the team, lately, isn’t helping. Just have him take 30 shots per game, from now on, and this team won’t notch another win. Problem is the “Wiggins Sweepstakes” is looking like a washout for whichever team takes him. What a bag of peanuts, he is, talking about the bag, not the nuts.

  • robbybonfire23

    A month ago I recommended this team trade MCW for some guy named Vucevik. Guess that door is slammed shut, about now.

    • egoldwein

      Bit of an overreaction, don’t ya think? He’ struggling, yeah, but his weaknesses (jump shooting, turnovers) are fixable. His numbers remain pretty good for a rookie. Let’s see what he does with some time, and better teammates.

  • robbybonfire23

    Thanks for the heads-up on Joel Embiid, Eric. Taking a look at how he has performed in his four Big-12 games, to date (Okla, K-State, Iowa State, and Okla State):

    19-25 from the floor, total of 46 points scored (on just six XFG!); 25 DR’s, to go with 6 assists. 2 steals and 16 blocks!

    The one weakness is turnovers, 15 in the four games. Let’s see if he can keep anything like this all-world production going? Andrew who?

  • robbybonfire23

    That “ROY candidate” banter should be filed on the back burner for now, and until this guy comes out of the ether. Who’s got the smelling salts?

  • robbybonfire23

    The jury is still out, let’s agree on that. The trend is in reverse gear, at the moment, but hopefully not for long. The “X” factor, as regards MCW’s struggles, are his shriveled-up steals numbers, which were so exceptional, early on, to go with his recent floor shooting percentage embarrassment.

    I really miss Vucevik. To ship him out while bringing Bynum in = that’s as bad as it gets. At least it’s looking better, as regards Holiday for Noel. Noel doesn’t have to do much to tip that trade toward Philadelphia. Tony DiLeo running for Mayor, yet?

  • robbybonfire23

    Yes, the “better teammates” observation is right on the money. MCW playing on a starting unit that includs Wroten and Turner, has to be diminishing the overall efficiency of the offense, to a major extent. I have lost my patience with Wroten, partly because Anderson is light years better, right now. The other guy should be a back-up for the Agnes Irwin J.V. team.