- Rough night for Michael Carter-Williams, who shot just 4-17. MCW turned the ball over six times, and took some pretty bad shots. On the positive side, the rookie took 12 trips to the free-throw line.
- Spencer Hawes also had a quiet night, scoring just five points. This is what we’ve been used to seeing from Hawes during his time with the Sixers. He can be a double-double threat on a good night, and a soft, frustrating, non-factor on others.
- Evan Turner was probably the Sixers’ best player, scoring 18 points on 12 shots. Turner also grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals.
- It was another 10-point game off of the bench for Tony Wroten, who scored 14.
- Thaddeus Young was held to just six points and two rebounds.
- Andre Iguodala played one of the best games of his career tonight, dropping 32 points on 11-18 shooting against his old team. Iggy even hit seven three-pointers.
- The Sixers gave up 30 or more points in each of the first three quarters.
- The Sixers turned the ball over 24 times.
Well, so much for 82-0…the Sixers will not in fact, go undefeated.
Tonight’s performance was more of what we expected this team to be.
Rough around the edges. Unpolished. Youthful mistakes.
All for the best.
Seeing the Sixers rip off three straight to start the year was fun. It was a treat to watch Michael Carter-Williams shine against the Heat and outduel Derrick Rose. But the reality is that wins are not a good thing for this franchise right now.
This team was constructed with a purpose in mind. That purpose was to rack up as many losses as possible in order to get into a position for a top draft pick next season, in order to truly build for the future. Every move from trading Jrue Holiday, to holding Nerlens Noel out for the season, to keeping Kwame Brown on the roster was done with the idea of putting together one of the league’s worst rosters this year.
Any other year, it would have been maddening to see Andre Iguodala walk into Philadelphia, and hit seven three’s on his way to 32 points in a rout of the Sixers. But this year, if it means that the Sixers get that much closer to a true franchise player, than Iggy can come in and drop 80 and I’d still be overjoyed.