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Mar 15 2014

Turner Returns, Sixers Lose 19th, Tony Wroten Has No Sole

Indiana Pacers 101 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 45 MIN | 10-31 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | -Young took command of the offense, although inefficiently. He didn’t shoot the ball well (10-31) and struggled against the Pacers league-leading defense, having his shot blocked five times.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -7Sims challenged Hibbert on a few occasions early on, and although nothing really came to fruition, the 6-foot-10 center continues playing with intensity.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 41 MIN | 5-16 FG | 1-1 FT | 9 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -7Though MCW struggled against the Pacers defense at times, he didn’t seem intimated. Also, it looks like he and Thad — the Sixers top/only NBA player — have developed some chemistry. That’s a good sign for next season … assuming Thad is still around.

Byron Mullens, C Shot Chart 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -1He scored 15 points, but made his biggest impact by creating space in the paint. Mullens shot the ball well from the outside (3-of-5 from downtown) and drew Hibbert out of his comfort zone, forcing Frank Vogel to rely more on Lavoy Allen and Luis Scola.

Brett Brown
Hats off to Brett Brown for keeping his team motivated despite the 19-game losing streak. The Sixers played hard on both ends, doing a great job creating turnovers especially. Most impressive was the way he used Byron Mullens to lessen Roy Hibbert’s impact tonight. I can’t believe I just typed those words. Props to the rookie coach.

By the Numbers
19. Losses in a row. Hang in there.
21. Number of Pacers turnovers.

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots
Evan Turner’s performance in his return to Philadelphia, was, as expected, lackluster. He went 1-4 in 21 minutes and finished with only two points. Lavoy Allen on the other hand actually provided value in a close game. He went 6-6 and finished with 13 points in 18 minutes.

The Sixers kept it closer than expected but the Pacers — like the other 29 NBA teams — were too much, and the  losing streak extends to 19.

(Also, for those that care, Tony Wroten’s exploding shoe was the Air Jordan X “Cherry”, which was then replaced by a pair of the Air Jordan XI “Bred”.)

  • robbybonfire23

    One thing that will have to change when this team starts playing for real, is for the coach to shut down, by half-time, those players who are demonstrating a cold shooting hand.

    This was a winnable game, tanking considerations aside, if someone had told Young and MCW, who were a collective 16-47 (32%) from the floor, to start dishing off to teammates, who shot a collective 19-43 (44%). For two players hitting on a combined 32 per cent of their shots, to take 52 per cent of all the shots the entire team takes, is definitely not a formula for success.

    Yes, we cut them slack because “they are trying to lose,” but if crass stupidity like this carries over into next year, guess what? They will be the 25th-worst team in the league instead of the 30th-worst.