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Jan 03 2014

Sixers Overpower Kings, 113-104

Philadelphia 76ers 113 Final
Recap | Box Score
104 Sacramento Kings
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-16 FG | 9-9 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 28 PTS | +9Another outstanding performance from Thaddeus Young, who has responded to trade reports by playing the best basketball of his career. This one was filled with all the usual Thad hustle, perfect night from the charity stripe, and a career-high in steals. Take a bow, sir.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 11-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +21Some defensive lapses aside, Turner came out like he had something to prove against fellow 2010 draftee DeMarcus Cousins. He fell in love with the jumper a little too much during the middle portion of the game, but his finishing at the rim was on point all night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +3Tough one tonight for the Sixers franchise point guard. Foul trouble played a big part in his mediocre game, but the stats don’t tell the whole story defensively. During a stretch in the fourth quarter, Carter-Williams struggled to react to screens, giving Jimmer Fredette several open looks that could have been prevented. That he sat during crunch time was no accident – it was a rough outing for a rookie who has come to expect better.

Daniel Orton, C Shot Chart 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +10His box score looks rather pedestrian, but Orton showed that he deserves more playing time tonight. Orton got his first extended burn in weeks and did a great job pestering Cousins down low, contributing to the foul trouble the Kings center was in all night. He’s still a work in progress, but if he brings this type of effort to the table on a nightly basis, he’ll be a regular in the rotation in no time.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 8-13 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | +14Wroten was relentless in attacking the rim tonight. During a stretch in the second quarter, he repeatedly attacked the slow-footed Jimmer Fredette, and made the Kings pay for placing a sub-par defender on him. The percentage from the line was still ugly, but it’s hard to kill your sixth man after he drew 13 free throws on the night.

By The Numbers:

  • 150: The amount of references to the officials by Zumoff and Malik Rose. Pretty inconsistent all night, and the Sacramento fans let them have it.
  • 1: Number of soul-shattering blocks by Daniel Orton – his stuff with the fourth quarter winding down was ridiculous

Quote of The Game:

“I’m a hustla, I’m a hustla homie.” -Cassidy, or maybe Thaddeus Young, I forget.

Tweet of The Game:

Parting Shots:

Tough night for the tanking brigade. The Knicks, Nets, Cavs and Jazz pulled out wins, leaving the door open for the Sixers to gain ground in the race to the bottom. Alas, it was not meant to be.

  • robbybonfire23

    This underdog team wins on the road, when “The Carter” (not the team) is tanking? Great implications for the future of the team, but “The Carter” seems to be regressing in his overall performance, by the week,with his rate of steals and assists declining, along with his offensive “contribution” becoming invisible. Not encouraging, this 8-26 (31%) shooting over the past two games. Can he be schooled on high-percentage shot selection, or something? Not being a shooter of note was the knock on him coming out of college. He has done nothing to overcome that stigma.

    Now if Tony Wroten can start to hit a higher percentage of his stripe-shots, he can perhaps become a force? I find myself just as interested in Wroten’s progress as in that of “The Carter.” At least Wroten is playing with abandon and with a purpose beyond “not making mistakes,” as demonstrated by his fire and his willingness to ram the ball down opposition throats. This is genuine potential leadership, growing up in a hurry.

    This season is chock full of surprising developments, and becoming interesting, like few before it, to follow. The future is looking just a bit brighter, given the positives which came to light on this road trip, with one notable exception.

  • robbybonfire23

    One request re the above player category lines. Can the “Rebounds” category be broken down along DR and OR lines? DR’s are so much more significant and powerful than are OR’s, given their much stronger correlation with winning. I wish someone else would do the regression research in this area, besides myself. All I have ever gotten is “disbelief” when I offer this observation. Well, I HAVE done the math, dating to the late 80’s, and the first year I did it, a DR had a regression value of +1.25 points; and an OR had a regression had a value of +0.10 points. And not much has changed since then.

    The big change in the NBA game since then is the diminishing of the value of a blocked shot. It used to be close to + 2 points, per. Now it is slightly under +1.0 points. This figures to be the result of more big men in the league and just about every team now having a shot-blocker, or two, of note. Noel would have had more impact and value in this league had he debuted in the Wilt – Bill Russell era, when there were just two or three players in the league blocking shots with any consistency.

  • robbybonfire23

    I love Dan Orton!

    Yes, to his getting double-digits playing time on a consistent basis. Orton is a solid “rate of production” guy, when you compare his minutes played with his overall numbers. He could become a “hidden gem” but that is a far-away realization, if it ever comes to pass.

  • robbybonfire23

    Game Score Levels (Game Scores / 20)… (Again Game Scores are tabulated by the formula: Pts. x (A + DR) / Minutes x ( XFG + T.O.). Then multiply by 1000 and divide by 20 for the G.S. level. (Or just multiply the result by 50, to save a step.) The overall G.S. Level average for NBA starters is just under 20.

    G.S.L. vs. Sac Kings

    L. Allen: 56
    T. Young: 50
    E.T.: 33
    T. Wroten: 30
    D. Orton: 26
    S. Hayes: 20

    Jas. Anderson: 9
    MCW: 9
    Hollis T. : 2

    D. Cousins racked up a prolific Game Score Level performance of 64.

    Phila beat Sac on the GS Level scoreboard, 22-12; on the heels of whipping Denver 22-17 in this arena, the night before. Credit to some really good coaching going on here!

  • Kempelstiltskyn

    ring around da Wroten