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Dec 09 2013

Sixers clipped, 60 games left

Los Angeles Clippers 94 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Philadelphia 76ers
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

Parting Shots:
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.