Mar 22 2014

Sixers Dominate Knicks B Team, Fall Short Again

New York Knicks 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Philadelphia 76ers
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).

Brett Brown
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.

  • robbybonfire23

    Why does this have to be the Thad Young -Cult Hero, Fan Club, anyway? The B+ grade is overly generous by about two letters. D+ fits his numbers, much better.

    Look, he shot a crappy 6-21 from the floor, which cost his team the win. 6-21 = 29 per cent shooting percentage. The team shot 28-70 = 40 per cent, removing Young’s “shooting” from the mix.

    Young scored a total of 21 points to go with his 15 missed floor shots, a paltry 1.40 ratio. In 40 minutes play he bothered to amass 4 defensive rebounds an 2 assists.

    Looking over this dismal effort, I don’t think I would give him a grade above “out to lunch.”

  • robbybonfire23

    An observation I made a few years ago, about baseball, applies also to basketball. And that is- how you deploy your personnel is as important as the level of talent you have in hand. In the NBA we see a great example of a team minimizing a strength it has, which few teams share, in the way the Clippers routinely bypass DeAndre Jordan in their offensive scheme (he is getting five shots per game, on average), despite the fact that Jordan has a .664 floor shooting percentage, thus far.

    Tonight the Villanova Wildcats repeated the mistake they have been making over the past eight games. They cut their big man, Daniel Ochefu, down to three floor scoring opportunities, which is his average, lately, 24 shots over the last eight games. Ochefu was a 59 per cent shooter on the season, which ended at the hands of Connecticut, a result that had more to do with Villanova’s default offensive scheme, than anything brilliant Connecticut did.

    So draft whom whom you will, 76ers. But try not to ask players to fill roles they cannot handle, and try not to minimize individual strengths, as other teams, NBA and NCAA are doing, for reasons that are beyond my comprehension.

  • robbybonfire23

    So this team which cannot hit threes, keeps putting up threes. What would be wrong with a coach taking inventory of that and instructing his players to work the ball inside for closer and better angle shots? Any carry-over of this stupidity into next year, and not much will change, say 30 wins, tops, especially if the next step is to draft the wrong people to take the wrong/lowest percentage shots. Whoop-de-doo.