|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:
Evan Turner vs DeMarcus Cousins. All we need is Bruce Buffer.
— Liberty Ballers (@Liberty_Ballers) January 3, 2014
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.