Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) is fouled by Indiana Pacers forward Paul George (24) while scrambling for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pacers 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Postgame: Pacers Defeat Sixers 106-98


Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) shoots under pressure from Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pacers 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Mar 16, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) shoots under pressure from Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pacers 98-91. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even tune into this one at first because I was scared of the outcome. The Sixers were without Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young and Tony Wroten. I expected something like the New Orleans Pelicans game honestly. I was watching Aquille Carr and the Delaware 87ers at first. But seriously…

This was the perfect Sixers loss. These guys fought their hearts out, showed determination and growth against the best team in the Eastern Conference, but still came out with the loss. Pacers superstar Paul George had strong words for the Sixers after the game:

Michael Carter-Williams once again led the way for the Sixers, scoring 29 points (11-21 from the field), 6 boards, 3 assists and 7 steals. He’s seriously looking like a top candidate for Rookie of the Year, how genius does Hinkie look right now? Evan Turner also had another good game, scoring 21 points and 11 boards. Daniel Orton notched the first double-double of his career, scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. James Anderson was anything but hot last night, scoring 13 points on 4-18 shooting (1-10 from deep). If Anderson hit a few more shots, maybe the Sixers pull this one out. Regardless, I’m happy with the outcome.

The Sixers fought with arguably the best team in the East. I’ve been watching the Sixers for a long time, but last night was terrible in reference to getting fouls called. The refs refused to call anything the Sixers way and Evan Turner was very displeased and had the following to say after the game:

“Roy Hibbert…he’s a great defender. I don’t know of many 7-footers you can attack 25 times and only have two fouls called against him. To be successful like that at a 95 percent clip, that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

For a team without three of it’s main players, I give all credit to this team. Brett Brown is doing an amazing job of coaching these guys, imagine what will happen when he actually gets some NBA player on his roster. This team is going to be serious when the roster comes to fruition. Don’t be surprised if Brett Brown becomes the next Gregg Popovich, just imagine if the Sixers become the next San Antonio Spurs.

The Sixers won’t play again until Wednesday night, when they will face the Orlando Magic. Lord, I hate playing them. Nik Vucevic nightmares for many nights, guaranteed.

Is Michael Carter-Williams the ROY right now?

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