|Thaddeus Young, SF 32 MIN | 14-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -16Thad dropped 28 points after shooting 1-of-9 against Brooklyn last night, scoring 22 in the first half. If the game wasn’t out of reach, he might have gone for 40. He did however have a lot of trouble handling Josh Smith, who also tallied 28 points.|
|Jrue Holiday, PG 27 MIN | 4-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -19It’s not necessarily fair to attribute Jrue’s recent funk to fatigue since he’s always had issues with consistency, but if minutes were taking a toll on the 22 year old, this is probably how he’d respond. For the fourth time in six games, Holiday was miserable. He started off 1-of-10 and was visibly frustrated, earning a technical foul after throwing the ball towards an official.|
|Damien Wilkins, SG 23 MIN | 0-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -9Wilkins, with his Uncle Dominique calling the game on the sidelines, went to the line 6 times in the first quarter. That was just about the only offense the 37 year old would generate.|
|Nick Young, SG 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7Young’s 19 points were of little importance, unless you were at the game and you wanted a Big Mac. With a minute left and the Sixers trailing 120-98, he was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and converted all three free throws to send the fans home with free burgers.|
By the Numbers
The Hawks’ bench scored 53 points. The Sixers’ starters scored 60.
Quote of the Game
“Look at what’s going on today: There used to be a time when the idea of heroes was important. People grew up staring those myths and legends and ideals. Now they grow up sharing McDonald’s and Disneyland.”
After how well the Sixers played the Hawks on Friday, this was a bit of a shocker. Other than Thaddeus Young (and Damien Wilkins of course), the team looked lethargic and disinterested. It makes me wonder if there has actually been a drop off in effort since the team was mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
Prior to the game, the Sixers had a 51% shot of finishing with the 11th worst record, a 28% shot of 12th, and an 12% shot of 10th. (Check out the full chart at Piston Powered.) Washington won and Minnesota plays the Clippers so the Sixers likely won’t be getting much help. But tonight’s loss should at the very least help them stave off the surging Portland Blazers, currently on an 8-game losing streak.