|Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -11Thad expanded his game to the 3-point line where he shot a Kyle Korver-like 5-6 from deep. He looked a little tired as the game wore on, and led the team with 36 mins. Had a real bad turnover in the final 30 seconds of the game that all but sealed the Sixers’ fate.|
|Henry Sims, C 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +11Sims continues to show he can step outside and hit the 12-15 foot jumper. Sims has a tendencey to get pushed around when he ventures into the paint. A little more bulk would do him well.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +1MCW did a good job of limiting Jeff Teague’s dribble penetration. He was on triple-double alert all night. As the leader of the team, you have to enjoy watching him come on in a tight game in the fourth quarter. He continues to struggle from deep, but if he can get that floater down, it can be a real weapon.|
|James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -3In his last five games, Anderson is shooting 44% from the 3-point line. He and Thad young combined to go 8-15 from deep. The rest of the Sixers only managed 3-15 from distance.|
|Jarvis Varnado, PF 21 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-7 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -16Varnado struggled at the line — late in the second quarter the Hawks even employed the Hackanado (He made 1 of 2). Varnado did a decent job on the boards. Henry Sims is more of a finesse big man, leaving Varnado as the Sixers’ lone defensive stopper. Unfortunately for the Sixers, neither Sims nor Varnado could stop Paul Millsap who dominated with 28 and 17.|
By the Numbers: 13. The Hawks grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. The Sixers managed only six offensive boards.
Quote of the Game: “Sometimes things have to go wrong in order to go right.”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon
Parting Shots: The Sixers came out aggressive and took advantage of the Hawks low-energy in the first quarter. Philly led by as much as 14 in the first half. The second half, the Hawks came out with more energy on the defensive end and quickly closed the gap.
The combination of Henry Sims and Jarvis Varnado could not stop Paul Millsap who put up a monster 28 point 17 rebound performance. Really liked the way MCW played in the fourth quarter. He picked up the Sixers after a disastrous third and flirted with a triple-double.
The Sixers lost a close game — everybody wins.