|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 6-21 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +4I don’t want to say “consummate professional,” but yeah, Thad is playing hard. Probably harder than the average NBA forward would when in this situation. If the Sixers’ best player takes his foot off the pedal, this comeback doesn’t happen.|
|Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 13 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +6Zumoff and Malik are gushing over the 6-foot-10 big, and justifiably so. He can score, he can rebound, he’s got range, and provides some much needed energy. Going against Tyson Chandler, Sims went for 16 points and 13 boards (5 offensive) and for stretches, looked like the best big man on the floor. This could very well be the backup center of the future, though he’s gotta learn to stay out of foul trouble.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 39 MIN | 10-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +7MCW showed flashes of his early season self en route to a near triple-double (13 rebounds!). His nearly heroic game-tying 3-point attempt was Duke-Butler Gordon Hayward-esque.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 3-14 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +3YOU BLEW IT! Anderson cost the Sixers a key possession down 92-90 in the final seconds, misfiring a pass to Thad Young in the corner. (Also, he shot 1-10 from downtown).|
He came within inches of taking down the New York Knicks and their $88 million roster with a bunch of D-Leaguers, so he deserves a ton of credit for that. But one quibble: After getting possession down 92-90 with 13.6 seconds left, why call the timeout? Let’em play!
By the Numbers: The Sixers set a franchise record with 41 3-point attempts. They made just 10.
Quote of the Game: “Insufficient funds in the bank.”
~ Malik Rose after MCW’s game-tying 3-point attempt hit the glass and rimmed out.
Parting Shots: The 16-seed came oh so close to pulling off the upset. After the Knicks sent in their B Team with a 17-point lead at the four-minute mark, the Sixers pounced. Carter-Williams and Young hit big buckets to lead a late-game surge, but Philly came up empty in its final two offensive possessions and fell short.
Tonight’s loss was still a victory of sorts. Sims was spectacular, Carter-Williams was ROY-ing, Wroten was in control (until going down with a nasty ankle sprain), and everybody tried hard! Despite all the hullabaloo about tanking, and how it stunts player development, this team looks better than it did three weeks ago. Don’t let the Ls bring you down.