The Sixers beat the Charlotte Bobcats 95-92. Thaddeus Young was having a mediocre game up until he hit the go ahead three with 3.2 ticks left in the game. Kemba Walker got off a good look at the end of the game, but it rimmed out.
The Sixers ran another pick and pop with MCW and Thad. Young was open and KABLAAM! He sunk the three-pointer for the go ahead bucket. The fact that Thad and Spencer have become such good pick and pop players has helped this team tremendously. Thad only hit one three (THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE, HOWEVER) tonight, while Spencer went 3-6 from downtown. Hawes is shooting 43.7 percent from deep and Thad is shooting 39.1 percent. TAKE THAT DOUG COLLINS!
- Evan Turner was having a quiet game until the fourth quarter, where he went off for 11 of his 23 points. Down the stretch, you could see Evan command the ball and scored them when they counted. Evan was +17 tonight.
- Spencer Hawes also had a great game. He had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists. He was also the game leader in minutes.
- With the recent play of Evan and Spencer you would have to assume their trade value only keeps increasing. Hinkie is probably going to hold onto these guys until the right package comes along. According to Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers, the Sixers are trying to move Evan and Spencer in a combined package. I’m not sure if that means in the same trade to the same team, or just one big move and move both guys at the same time. However, that trade package should net quite a return.
- Brandon Davies has to go. That is it for him.
- Hollis Thompson is in a bit of a slump; he had one point in almost 12 minutes tonight and was a team low +/- of -14.
- Tony Wroten had a huge highlight dunk over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but other than that he was out of control tonight. Granted, he was playing with Brandon Davies, DeWayne Dedmon, Elliott Williams for the most part tonight but you could tell he was pressing a bit out there.
- DeWayne Dedmon… MVP, DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, ROOKIE OF THE YEAR! But really, he had a solid game. He played some very solid defense on Al Jefferson tonight (which is not an easy task) and grabbed 7 boards in 14 minutes of play. I’m sure we will see more of him over the next couple games.
- And lastly, MCW went for 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. It’s almost like these kinds of nights are coming routine for him (which is scary). Another thing I noticed from him is that they tried posting MCW up a couple of times. I’m not sure if that was part of the game plan and they have been practicing that or if it was just because Kemba Walker was the one guarding him; whatever the case, I would like to see him do it more often.
Sixers out rebounded the Bobcats 50-42 and also shot an insane 50 percent from the field against the 8th best defense (according to defensive ratings). Once again, Lorenzo Brown was called up before the game but did not see any playing time (LeSigh…)
The Sixers take on the Miami Heat this Friday in Philly at 7:00 pm ET. Look for them to down the reigning champions once again because the Sixers hate nice things (those nice things being top draft picks).