|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 10-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -13Thad extended his offense, hitting 4-7 from deep. He also led the Sixers with 24 points, and four steals. In his last three games, Young is shooting 60% from 3-point range (12-20).|
|Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 24 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -8You were hoping Sims would build off his solid performance in Indiana. Unfortunately, he only managed 4 points on 2-9 shooting. Worse yet, Sims only managed five boards. You knew it was going to be a tough night for Sims having to body up the likes of Boozer, Gibson and Noah. Many big men have tried, and failed, to stop Joakim Noah.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -2Carter-Williams had a tough cover in the speedy-quick D.J. Augustin, but did well in not letting Augustin break down the defense with penetration. Down six with 30 seconds to play, MCW dribbled down the shotclock and then couldn’t manage to get a shot off. The game was basically over, but it’s just another example of a necessary teaching moment.|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 43 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-6 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -8Tony Wroten in a nutshell: 4-6 from deep, 1-6 from the free throw line. Even when it’s god, it’s bad.|
|Byron Mullens, C Shot Chart 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +1Mullens managed to bring some drama to the game by scoring 10 of his 12 points in the fourth quarter. Riding the hot hand, coach Brown had no choice but to keep Mullens in the game in the closing moments. By doing so, Philly couldn’t grab key rebounds in the final minutes. Still, Mullens got the crowd in it, and that should count for something, right?|
By the Numbers: 47.4%. The Sixers shot 9-19 from the free throw line. In a tight game, good teams make their freebies.
Quote of the Game: “Never to suffer would never to have been blessed.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
Parting Shots: The Sixers used the 3-pointer to stay in the game, and for a minute there, I thought they were going to pull off the miracle. I mean, Thad was doing his thing, Tony Wroten went 4-6 from distance, and fans were actually cheering for Byron Mullens. It had all the makings!
Alas, the streak continues. One of the problems with playing Byron Mullens for long stretches (or short stretches for that matter) is that he can’t defend or rebound (kind of important). Coach Brown had no choice. He needed to play the hot hand. After battling back to tie the game at 85 midway through the fourth, the Bulls went on a 6-0 run thanks to Jimmy Butler and DJ Augustin back to back 3-pointers. When the Sixers made a stop, they couldn’t grab a rebound. Couple those mistakes with missed free throws and that’s the ballgame. Still, a great effort.
On a sidenote, I was hoping Henry Sims and Hollis Thompson would build off their solid performances in Indiana on Monday. Thompson took one shot all night (he missed it), and Sims went 2-9 from the field. Hoya Pride.