Nov 11 2013

Spurs play like the Spurs, crush the Sixers

San Antonio Spurs 109 Final
Recap | Box Score
85 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -20Although Thad has the license to pull the trigger from the 3-point line, he does most of his damage in the paint and in the open court. Tonight he was 0-2 from distance and couldn’t get free for run-outs and fast breaks. He’s shooting only 2-9 from long-range in his last five games.
Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 9-21 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -26Turner played well early and has made a concerted effort to get to the rim on just about every touch. When the game got out of hand, he took some bad shots that only hurt his field goal percentage.
Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -9Hawes earned his fifth double-double of the season tonight. He showed the most effort from beginning to end. With no Duncan, you hoped Hawes would have a greater impact on the game. No dice.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 2-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -18Filled the stat sheet, but MCW looked lethargic and flat out there. No lift on his shot, and repeatedly failed to fight through screens on defense. MCW is averaging 37 minutes a game and with this being the third game in four nights, perhaps tonight was just a case of tired legs.
Tony Wroten, SG 21 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -8Wroten plays hard no matter the score, and tonight was no different. That being said, Wroten’s energy was not enough to move the needle in the Sixers direction.
Brett BrownCoach Brown was not pleased with the Sixers’ effort tonight and it showed in his demeanor on the sideline. The Sixers were careless with the ball, even turning the ball over on an inbounds pass — twice. The Spurs converted on both opportunities. Of course they did.

By the Numbers: 55. The Spurs have outscored their last two opponents (Knicks and Sixers) by 55 points.

Quote of the Game: “The young need discipline and a full bookcase.” – Vivienne Westwood

Parting Shots: If tonight was a measuring stick game, the Sixers have a long way to go. The Sixers missed their first seven shots from the field, and they never really gave themselves a chance to get into the game. The Spurs took a 31-13 lead after one and never looked back. San Antonio ran a ball movement clinic, finding the open man (usually in the corner) on just about every posession.

It does not get much easier for the Sixers as they face Houston at home on Wednesday night.