|Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -7Blake Griffin scored 26 points on 14 field goal attempts. Thad Young was defending Blake Griffin.|
|Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 11-23 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | -11Sure, he fires his fair share of inefficient jumpers, and he leads the world in unforced turnovers. But on a Sixers team with so few scoring options, somebody’s gotta try to make something out of nothing when the offense isn’t flowing. That somebody, for better or worse, is Evan Turner.|
|Hollis Thompson, SF 39 MIN | 1-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -12He got screwed on a charge call late in the game — instead of an and-1, it was a charge. Not that it would have mattered since meastro Chris Paul can put up points at will.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -14The case for trading Spencer Hawes yesterday? Look up. Then check out DeAndre Jordan’s 11 point, 21 rebound statline.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 36 MIN | 2-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -8Wroten saved this game. Not the Sixers, but this particular game. If not for Wroten’s Hail Mary pass in the first half, I’d have fallen asleep. No, scratch that. I did fall asleep. This game was horrible. And Wroten, efficiency-wise, wasn’t much better. But his 9 point, 10 rebound, 7 assist, and 4 turnovers kept me awake for most of it.|
By the Numbers:
Five years, $17-million. The contract Billy King and the Sixers gave to Willie Green in 2006, a year after tearing his ACL. The former-Sixer started for the Clippers and went 1 of 6 from downtown.
Quote of the Game:
“I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me” -Beck
Don’t let the score fool you. This was uglier than an 11-point loss — in part because League Pass crapped out during the Sixers’ fourth-quarter run — but all things considered it was an ugly basketball game with few redeeming qualities.
I’m on the tank bandwagon because, you know, losses turn into ping-pong balls, which can turn into stars on unfair contracts, which turn into to wins. But let’s not pretend there’s no downside: suffering through 40 or so more games like tonight’s barely watchable rendition of professional basketball. Losing stinks, but we’re going to have to get used to it.