The Sixers started the 2013-2014 home season with a victory and it will end that way too. The Sixers won and this was actually an enjoyable game. If for nothing, it should shut Bill Simmons up, because the Sixers have defeated the Celtics three times this season.
If I took anything away from this game, it would be that I commend Thaddeus Young more than anyone for getting through this season. About mid-way through the second quarter, in a completely meaningless game, Thaddeus Young dove on a loose ball, saved it and tossed it to Tony Wroten for a fast break slam. The fact that the veteran of this squad is diving on the floor for loose balls in the second-to-last game of an 18-win season is phenomenal. He’s been brought up in a lot of trade discussions, but I think we all hope that Thaddeus Young stays here.
Perhaps, this quote from Michael Carter-Williams says what this team is playing for. It also speaks to how much our young star has grown this season (via NBA.com):
“I just want to end strong, end on a positive note — especially here at home. Coach [Brett Brown] always tells us to keep playing. We’re not really playing for that much. We’re just playing for each other, really. That actually is playing for something.”
– Michael Carter-Williams
- Michael Carter-Williams had a fantastic game, scoring 21 points, grabbing a career-high 14 boards, dishing six assists and collecting four steals. This was all done on 9-of-13 shooting.
- Tony Wroten looked more like a must keep player, scoring 20 points and dishing four assists. His passes were on point and amazing. Wroten shot 7-of-12 from the field.
- Casper Ware had nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. Ware’s 10-day contract expired last night.
- BRANDON DAVIES HAD 11(!) POINTS IN 13 MINUTES ON 5-OF-6 SHOOTING. THE WORLD IS ENDING.
- Rajon Rondo missed a triple-double by two points, totaling eight points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists.
- Kelly Olynyk had a career-high 28 points on 10-of-19 from the field, including two-of-three from deep.
- Philadelphia shot 54 percent from the field, while only making 3-of-12 from deep.
The Sixers last game of the season is Wednesday against the Miami Heat.