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Mar 17 2014

Sixers Turn 21 on St. Patty’s Day

Philadelphia 76ers 90 Final

Recap | Box Score

99 Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -1With David West and Roy Hibbert clogging the paint, Thad found some space at the three point line. He was solid from deep, finishing 4-8 from distance. When Thad is hitting from the outside, he opens up driving lanes for Tony Wroten and MCW.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +8Great effort from Sims tonight. He kept Roy Hibbert in check with only 8 points. David West was only 3-14 from the field. With Moultrie in Delaware and Mullens more of a stretch-5, Sims must do the dirty work in the paint. Yes, he got posterized by P. George, but that’s going to happen when you’re a big man.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 42 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-5 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -7MCW grabbed 13 rebounds for a Sixers team in desperate need of guys who can board. That being said, late in the fourth quarter MCW missed an open corner three that would have tied the game. He also missed free throws (1-5) and had a costly turnover with less than two minutes left. Ball game. Tough lesson, but each game is a learning experience for the likely ROY.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -3This was a typical Tony Wroten game — got to the lane, made a few layups, made a few boneheaded passes, and of course, had a highlight play (the block on Hibbert). Wroten is not really improving, despite the increased playing time and ball-handling responsibilities. Would love to see him take care better care of the ball. Wouldn’t we all.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 40 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -6Like Thad Young, Hollis Thompson did much of his damage from the 3-point line. He didn’t miss from deep (4-4), and finished with a career-high 17 points on only seven shots. When you’re feeling it, don;t be afraid to put it up, young fella!

By the Numbers: 38. The Pacers took 38 free throws tonight. Indy made 11 more free throws (31) than the Sixers attempted (20).

Quote of the Game: “Deal with your wins and losses alike. With tequila, lemon and a pinch of salt.”
― Saleem Sharma

Parting Shots: When you look up moral victory in the dictionary, you’ll find tonight’s game. The Sixers did everything they could to stay in the game, and were a MCW corner 3 away from typing the game with less than two minutes to play. Alas, Philly couldn’t pull off the upset, and set a new franchise record with their 21st straight loss. Still, there was plenty of good things to take away from this game: Hollis Thompson’s improving outside game, Henry Sims’ interior defense, and MCW’s rebounding were all great to see.

Next up for Philly, Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls.

 

 

  • robbybonfire23

    Re Thompson scoring 17 points on seven shots… even more impressive is his scoring 17 points on ONE missed shot! A seasonal average of 3.0 is really high, in the NBA.