|Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | -3Thad was solid offensively even if his 3-pointer was off (1-of-6). He also collected zero rebounds, which hasn’t happened since March 31, 2012 against the Hawks. We’ll chalk this one up to variance.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -6MCW missed some makeable attempts (2 of 13) and forced some shots because, let’s be honest, he doesn’t really have much of a choice. But the hustle was there; he made some tremendous, athletic plays on defense and came within a point and a turnover of a base-five quintuple-double.|
|James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -2An efficient game (16 points on 11 shots) for the by-default veteran (178 career games played!). Anderson has stepped up since Evan Turner was dealt and has been the team’s most dependable swingman. The Sixers have two cheap 3-and-D candidates in Anderson and Hollis Thompson. That’s good news.|
|Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 31 MIN | 12-15 FG | 6-8 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 30 PTS | -19This was “Wrecking Ball” Wroten at his best. He was driving with authority, staying in control on fast breaks, and even making his foul shots. He was active on defense – sometimes too active – but it led to four steals. Few 20 year olds are capable of putting up a 30-point (12-of-15) stat line.|
By the Numbers
Five: Jarvis Varnado’s personal fouls … in 14 minutes.
Quote of the Game:
“It sounds corny, but these guys deserve to win. They stay together, they work hard, and they should be rewarded.” ~Brett Brown, via @maxrappaport
This was the game for the Sixers to win. They were well rested, playing at home, against a terrible Western Conference team on the second night of a back-to-back. They even played kinda well. Tony Wroten – a 42 percent shooter – shot 12 of 15 for 30 freakin’ points.
But they didn’t win. They kept it close and blew it in the end.
That’s OK. The players were into it and the crowd was too – a rare occurrence on nights that Iverson isn’t getting his jersey retired.
The main takeaway here is that the Sixers haven’t checked out. They’re just a really, really bad pro basketball team.