|Thaddeus Young, PF 31 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +7He hasn’t thrived in the new offensive system, but he’s still making Thad-esque garbage-into-gold contributions. Case in point: diving to the floor and giving the Sixers a free fourth-quarter possession. He finished with 12 points on 18 shot attempts after starting 2-of-12.|
|Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 10-22 FG | 4-6 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 26 PTS | +9The 29-9-7 line is sexy, but that 1-of-7 shooting performance in the fourth quarter … it was something. To Turner’s credit he kept on attacking the rim, but was stuffed on three separate occasions. The block party participants: Vince Carter, Shawn Marion, and Monta Ellis.|
|Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +9A not-that-crazy theory: defenses have caught onto the Sixers’ attack and are closing out on their three-point shooter(s). Well, just Hawes. The 7-foot-1 center went 1-of-3 from downtown for the third game in a row. That’s totally acceptable for a starting center, but he’ll need to take/make more 3-pointers for the Sixers to drop the 110+ points they’ll need to win games.|
|James Anderson, SG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2He’s the Tony Wroten antidote; nothing he does is spectacular. But the defense is solid, the shot selection is smart, and the turnovers are non-existent. He played a team-high 42 minutes tonight and did a little bit of everything.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 37 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-9 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -1Tonight we saw the good, the bad, and the ugly. For every strong drive to the basket there was a bricked 3-pointer. And for every steal, there was a turnover. He’s aggressive to a fault, and that’s exactly why he’s training on a lottery-bound Sixers team, rather than contributing on the playoff-bound Memphis Grizzlies.|
By the Numbers: 5. The number of Sixers starters in double-digits.
Quote of the Game: “They are what we thought they were.” -Dennis Green
Parting Shots: They’re 5-7, below average by definition. But the more important number is their -6.3 point differential. In spite of a red-hot start against the elite (though shorthanded) competition, the Sixers have one of the worst point differentials in the league. Sure, they’ll steal some games — there are plenty of shitty NBA teams out there, and plenty good ones that are willing to rest their James Hardens in meaningless regular season games. But that 3-0 start was their peak. It’s all down(up?)hill from here.