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Apr 06 2014

Sixers Lose, Universe Regains Equilibrium

Brooklyn Nets 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 38 MIN | 8-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -10After a tough first half, Thad came out and was aggressive in the second – knocking down three 3-pt shots on his way to 20 points. Despite not being typical Thad on the glass, he was involved in some nice moments screening for Michael Carter-Williams which led to some open threes for Hollis & co. Overall a solid enough night for Thad.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +3Where Thad wasn’t so active on the glass tonight, Sims more than made up for it; snatching down 11 boards in total, including a huge offensive rebound put-back after a free-throw in the fourth quarter. More performances like this and Sims could be someone to keep around.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 6-9 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -515th double double of the season for everyone’s favourite double-barrelled named player (S/O to Darius Johnson-Odom) that included a coast-to-coast highlight reel dunk and some fancy dimes. The outside shot wasn’t falling, but MCW’s playmaking down the stretch was one of the reasons the Sixers were able to make it a contest. And even though his FG% was flaky, he managed to score 12 points on just 8 shots. 11 assists without a turnover is nothing to be scoffed at, either. All in all, another efficient night for Mc-Dub.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 19 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -11Another not-so-great night for James Anderson. He had some decent enough looks; the shot just wasn’t falling tonight. As a result, he only saw 19 minutes of playing time. Wroten, Elliot Williams and even Nunnally are looking like better options than Anderson at the moment.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -16Boy can this guy shoot. Malik Rose compared Hollis to Bruce Bowen in commentary and the former NBA champion would have been proud of some of the shots Thompson knocked down tonight. He was the go-to-guy at the end for the Sixers – which probably says a lot about: a) how bad this team is, and b) why the Sixers lost this game. No knock on the kid though, he’s another one that could have a long-term future in Philly.

By The Numbers: 21 players appeared in the first half. One went scoreless and no-one scored double figures. Scattered.

Quote of the Night: Brett Brown: ‘It’s Fan Appreciation Night. Part of our halftime speech was, “Why would they appreciate this? I don’t.”’

Parting Shots: The Sixers were down 15 at the half and 20 at points, but somehow found themselves in a close one with under five minutes to go thanks to some sloppy Nets defense (combined with the fact they took out all of their starters) and some big shots from Hollis Thompson backed up by Henry Sims hustle on the boards. When tanking, the best outcome for a game like this is to lose a close one and compete. The Sixers certainly done that tonight, so there are some positives to take.

Interior defense continues to be a big problem. Mason Plumlee had six dunks. Six. A worrying amount from simple pick-and-roll plays. Of course this should improve when Nerlens Noel decides to suit up and play. Until then, it looks as if we’ll continue to watch the opposing teams center waltz into the paint at will. Save us, Nerlens.