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Mar 27 2014

Sixers On the Wrong Side of History

Philadelphia 76ers 98 Final

Recap | Box Score

120 Houston Rockets
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -29Young and Anderson accounted for the first 17 points of the game. It was that kind of night for the Sixers.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -12Sims doesn’t have much of an offensive game, but he managed to get to the line eight times while tallying 18 points. The Sims/Varnado/Davies combination did little to hinder Dwight Howard, or any Rockets player driving through the lane. The Rockets made a living in the lane tonight, besting Philly 62-36 in the paint. Too many easy layups.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 28 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -17Tough night for MCW, who only managed 4 points and 10 assists on 2-11 shooting. Jeremy Lin broke down the defense on several occasions with his dribble penetration. The stat sheet shows two steals, but it was matador defense for most of the night.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 11-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | -15Revenge game 2.0! Anderson, who burned Houston for 36 points in their first matchup at the Wells Fargo Center, put up 30 more tonight on 11-18 shooting. Couldn’t defend a soul, but that’s for another day.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7You would think in a Sixers/Rockets matchup, Thompson would put up at least 7-10 shots. Not so. Thompson took only four shots, all 3-pointers. He made two, but he could have missed all four. That’s not the issue. Thompson needs to take some of the pressure off of MCW and Thad on the offensive end.

By the Numbers: 26. Sixers tied the 2010-11 Cavs with their 26th straight defeat.

Quote of the Game: “There’s an old saying about those who forget history. I don’t remember it, but it’s good.”
― Stephen Colbert

Parting Shots: Let’s start with the good news: The Bucks won! So that’s something.

The Sixers needed to play perfect basketball for 48 minutes in order to stop the streak. Of course, that did not happen. They did shoot the 3-ball at a pretty decent clip (14-36), highlighted by James Anderson’s revenge game 2.0 and Casper Ware’s strip/steal/half-court shot to end the first quarter.

Other than that, this game went pretty much as scripted. Dwight Howard had a double-double at halftime and James Harden recorded a triple-double while sitting out the fourth quarter. Philly couldn’t defend the paint, the 3-point line, or the fast break. Ball game.

History can be made on Saturday at home against the Detroit Pistons. Together we stink.

  • robbybonfire23

    Something interesting here regarding the Rockets “making a living in the lane.” And that is, the rationale for adopting the hideous 3-point shot was that it would “unclog the lane.”

    First they put in the 24-second shot clock so that every NBA game would be played at the same silly, monotonous fire drill pace. Then, years later, they put in the ridiculous mid-range jumper 3-point shot arc, so that every game would be “run and gun” from all over the court, with little cohesiveness and zero reward, penalty to a team, in fact, for taking the trouble to work the ball inside the defense for a high percentage shot. What this has done, besides stereotyping every NBA game, is let gunners from 23-30 feet off the hook where their selfishness is concerned, so that we now have a proliferation of ME ME ME players who cannot spell “teamwork” to save their lives.

    On top of that the mind-numbing number of foul shots in a typical NBA game would put Rip Van Winkle to sleep, all over again. A couple years back the Nets and Clippers actually played an 80 foul shot game, something any masochist would gladly pay $150+ bucks to witness. To me this sport is so far beyond broken it is just symbolic of we, the superficial people of the world, having nothing really substantial to do with our lives.