|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
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.