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Nov 04 2013

Welcome to Earth: Sixers come crashing back to reality

Golden State Warriors 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 23 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -29Like the rest of the Sixers, Thaddeus Young failed to get into any sort of rhythm on the offensive end. The Warriors are known for their run-n-gun style of play, but let’s not forget they have a double-double machine in David Lee and a banger in Andrew Bogut. Tough matchup for the undersized Thad, and it showed.
Evan Turner, SF 25 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | -26E.T. had a quick flashback to the Doug Collins days in the first quarter, starting the game 0-5 from the field. He eventually found some flow as the game wore on (and got out of hand). His counterpart, Andre Iguodala, hit a career high seven three pointers and was wide open for just about every one of those threes. Needed a better defensive effort from E.T. tonight, especially on his defensive rotations.
Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -41This was just a tough matchup for Spencer. He looked hesitant on the offensive end, and failed to make any impact defensively. See the By the Numbers below.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 4-17 FG | 9-12 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -23MCW played nearly the entire fourth quarter despite his team being down as many as 37. Every minute is a learning experience for the franchise point guard. The recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week went only 1-7 from beyond the arc. His misses often led to long rebounds and leak outs, resulting in easy buckets for the Warriors. Tough night, but he’ll process it and move on.
Daniel Orton, C 17 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 1 PTS | +15Daniel Orton enjoys contact, and it shows in his game. He’ll never wow you on offense, but you see the potential when you watch him play. Tonight he was the most active big for the Sixers, grabbing six boards and getting to the line three times.
Darius Morris, PG 19 MIN | 2-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +15Morris played well in garbage time, consistently going hard at the rim. Brett Brown needs to see what he has in his backup point guard, and tonight Morris took advantage of the opportunity.
Tony Wroten, PG 22 MIN | 6-14 FG | 1-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -10Wroten provided some needed energy off the bench in the first quarter, scoring five early points. He did a good job of getting to the line, but could only go 1-5 from the charity stripe.
Brett Brown
The Sixers looked out of control on the fast break and completely lost on the defensive end. The unforced errors (including 14 first half turnovers) against Steph Curry and co. really did the the Sixers in tonight. The Sixers played fast, but not smart basketball, and at times this game looked like a 30 and over rec league game at the local YMCA.

 

By The Numbers: Spencer Hawes had a plus/minus of -41 in only 26 minutes.

Quote of the Game: “All the effort in the world won’t matter if you’re not inspired.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

Parting Shots: Smart people would call this game a “regression to the mean.” Man, did the Sixers regress. Curry and Klay Thompson actually got off to a slow start, and the Sixers were once again finding ways to hang around early in the second quarter. The game turned in the last six minutes of the first half and the first six minutes of the second. In that time, Iggy tied and then surpassed his career high in three pointers and Stephen Curry found his shooting stroke. Ball game.