- The Sixers had only eight players available for tonight’s game following the trade deadline fallout.
- The starting lineup consisted of Michael Carter Williams at the point, Thaddeus Young at the four, and James Anderson at shooting guard with Elliot Williams and Arnett Moultrie filling the holes left by Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes.
- During the first quarter, the game had the makings of another 30-40 point blowout. The Sixers had allowed over 40 points, and were down as many as 22. However, Brett Brown’s group wasn’t going to go down easily tonight. The picked themselves up and fought hard for the rest of the game, pulling to within four in the third quarter.
- I thought Thad Young was the catalyst for tonight’s comeback. Young picked the Sixers up with three steals in the final minute of the first quarter. Young led the Sixers with 30 points (12-29 shooting), with 13 rebounds, seven steals, and five assists.
- Its finally time for the Sixers to get a good, long look at Arnett Moultrie. Moultrie had six points with five rebounds and two steals.
- Tony Wroten came off of the bench to score 21 points, and got to the free throw line for 13 attempts.
- As a team, the Sixers were dreadful from three-point range, connecting on just 4-25 attempts.
- The Sixers were outrebounded 46-34.
You’ve got to give Thaddeus Young credit.
Young has been sentenced to a lot of bad teams in his career, and if the truth be told, he more than likely wanted to be one of the guys that Sam Hinkie sent packing to playoff bound teams.
But instead, Young was the lone survivor of the deadline purge. But the veteran didn’t complain or hang his head. He put on his Sixer uniform, and continued to come out and play hard for his shorthanded squad.
Sam Hinkie spoke today about Young’s importance to the organization. The general manager said that the franchise is relying on Young more than ever before to take on a leadership role, and set an example for the younger players. And its a role that Young seems to be embracing.