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Jan 22 2014

Sixers Topple Knicks, 110-106

Philadelphia 76ers 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
106 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +18Struggled to find his shot offensively, but he made big shots when it mattered. That includes a dagger from downtown to keep the Knicks at arm’s length late in the fourth. Despite Bargnani’s 20 points, I thought Thad did a solid job on him, which is evident in his four steals and Bargs’ five turnovers. Decent night for the vet.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 13-22 FG | 5-5 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 34 PTS | +5It’s fitting that Turner can shoot over 50 percent, score 34 points and only land a “B” from me. He didn’t do anything different, really. The only difference was that his hastily selected and heavily contested shots fell tonight.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +10Spencer saw limited minutes tonight to give some time to ‘Voy and Dedmon, which was probably the right decision, considering he grabbed one rebound in 25 minutes. He made some nice passes per usual, but I would’ve liked to see him step out and take advantage of Chandler’s inability to defend the mid-range game and the perimeter. Not his best night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 5-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | +17Dubs was great tonight, and his resilience despite shooting 5-18 was quite encouraging. He was aggressive defensively with a couple takeaways, a monster on the boards grabbing six on the offensive glass and made good decisions with the ball in his hands. He also got to the line steadily throughout the night.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +9Anderson did his job, and then some: He stuck with the shot-happy J.R. Smith, made open shots and got his hands dirty with some nice plays in the paint. I’ll take 18 points on 11 shots any day of the week.

By the Numbers

0:27 – the ratio of draft picks in this summer’s draft to amount of losses the Knicks have piled up this season. Enjoy, Knicks fans!

Quote of the Game

“I mean, I love winning, but losing is a much more intense feeling.” – Jennie Finch

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots 

This win was more indicative of the Knicks than of the Sixers. That Knicks team is bad.

The Bucks and Celtics won tonight too, so an opportunity blown to move up in the Tank Ranks, but not the end of the world.

  • robbybonfire23

    I like the “Addition Through Subtraction” rationale for this win. Tony Wroten starts and gets major minutes, we lose this game. I like shoring up weaknesses as much as adding strong assets. Before you can become strong you have to rectify where you are weak and vulnerable. I’m all for playing and developing kids at the top level, but Wroten has had every chance to grow into the responsibility he was given, but was just spinning his wheels. He really needs some Delaware time to, hopefully, polish his game.

    One brick at a time this franchise and team are going forward. I think we have quietly turned a corner, here, with the best yet to come.

  • robbybonfire23

    Another way of evaluating James Anderson’s offensive contribution is: 18 total points on just 3 XFG. A case can be made that Anderson has quietly been the best player on the team, in the new year. Fascinating how you get so many surprises, good and bad, when you give the young players a shot. It pays huge dividends to let them play and either ramp up or take themselves out of the mix. Wroten for Anderson is the best change this team has made, internally, in quite some time.

    • Wesley Share

      I think Wroten’s ceiling is ultimately as a bench player providing energy. Playing 35 MPG he’s nothing more than Brandon Jennings 2.0 to me, but he’s still really fun to watch and I love his skill set.

      Anderson’s been solid and efficient. Not the best on the team in the new year, but he’s definitely a guy who could hang on to a roster spot for next season.

      • robbybonfire23

        Who is the best player on the team in the new year, if not Anderson, and why? Got me really perplexed as to who that would be?

  • robbybonfire23

    This is truly a fascinating part of the day or night for me, in that everyone here is serious about this topic as to what strategies and tactics best serve the present and future interests of the Philadelphia 76ers, as regards which players to employ in which roles, and what the priorities should be, moving forward, etc. To me, the views of others add measurably to my own perspective on the subject at hand.

    MCW’s game, tonight, is as good example as to how rational people can evaluate the same “evidence” in almost a completely different light, as you can have. From my vantage point I do not excuse his wretched 5-18 (28 %) shooting from the floor, especially given his almost default shooting of late, with just one game or two notable exception(s).

    Nor do I make anything special out of any player’s offensive rebounding “contribution,” given that this is the weakest component, the component of a basketball game furthest removed from a correlation with over-all team success, along the entire stat line featuring FG shooting percentage, DR’s, Assists, Blocks, Steals, plus Turnovers, in a negative sense.

    His steals numbers have dissolved, lately, he is taking far too many shots per game, IF this team really wants to win these games, and his turnover rate is high, even given his being the fulcrum for the entire offense. Seven assists for this game is far too low a figure, given how poorly he was shooting. You have a cold hand you should be dishing off, simple as that. But that, as they say, this is was makes horse racing and basketball – a difference of opinion.

    • JulianW

      MCW did have a bad game regarding his shooting percentage, no denying that. But I’d argue that he needs to continue to shoot in order to get better. Practice only goes so far. If MCW can get some refinement on his shooting during live game action while not really hurting this year’s overall goals I’m all for it. Maybe MCW can look at tonight and figure out that he needs to be more selective of his shots to raise that FG %.

      Also I’ll admit that I have been dubious regarding your championing of James Anderson this season. Last night his performance was truly impressive, so I’m going to put one foot on your bandwagon. Another night like this one and I’m sold. He really has been an excellent player for the SIxers, you were right sir.

      • robbybonfire23

        Thanks Julian. Just know that I am not predicting “great things” for Anderson. At 24 it’s a bit late for stardom potential to blossom. And saying he has been the best player on the team this month is really a “left-handed compliment.” It’s not like he plays for Miami. lol

  • robbybonfire23

    Got an interesting, and tough trivia question…. Name the Philadelphia career NBA player who is in the NBA HOF, who had a career 30 per cent (.302) floor shooting percentage? Hint: this player actually was NBA scoring champion, one season, with a shooting percentage of .305!

    • JulianW

      That was a tricky question, Robby. Tricky because many people would search for a Philadelphia 76ERS player, where you have to go all the way back to the Philadelphia Warriors teams of the past for the answer. Incredible how Joe Fulks could win a scoring title while shooting such a low percentage. Different eras I suppose.

      • robbybonfire23

        You know I always thought of Joe Fulks as one of the great players in Warriors and NBA history. You can imagine my shock when, yesterday, I looked him up and saw that he won a scoring title with a .305 shooting percentage. This is really instructional as to why the team and fans of this 76ers team should look at percentages and rates of production, and not just buy into totals as indicative of anything special. How much is Carmelo Anthony worth when you see that he is just a one-dimensional, mediocre-shooting gunner? We can learn from this.