|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.|
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
Byron Mullens just hustled for a deflection and rolled to the rim for a basket. I’m not sure what’s happening.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) March 15, 2014
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”.)