Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Young bucks stage a huge comeback for the Sixers

I envy the young bucks. They have short term memories and rebound quickly from disappointment. Such was the case last nite in the home game against the Wizards. Just the nite before the Sixers turn out a pathetic performance in Atlanta. After a hot start in the 1st period, which they won 32-14. They Sixers broke down offensively and defensively to drop the game 96-91. Josh Smith simply man handled them. Blocking 9 shots ... dropping 9 dimes ... scoring 19 points and grabbing 6 boards.

Smith pushed Thaddeus Young around the floor and exposed  him in one on one situations. He was quickly saddled with foul trouble. Young, who started the game, eventually fouled out. But he managed 11 points and 6 boards. Priority #1 in the off season for Young is to add some bulk.

The hang over from the nite before continued for 3 quarters. The Sixers just cannot score in the half court. Down 12 entering the fourth with the young bucks on the floor (Williams, Carney, and Young) the Sixers pressed the Wizards. They had some success with the press earlier, but went away from it. The Wizards went into brain lock. The Sixers began picking off passes and converting them into dunks. Rod Carney had some roof rattling dunks. The Wizards' shot went cold and the Sixers began to run the floor off the rebound. The result was a 13 point period for Washington and a Sixers comeback victory (101-96).

You have to be impressed with Thaddeus Young so far. He manages to score without plays being run for him. He rebounds and he defends. Sure he's getting pushed around some, but he forgets about negative plays immediately. As often the case with young bucks he's fearless. He does not know he shouldn't be challenging Josh Smith (So Smith smacks his shot down). 

Just look at the point differential (a new plus/minus statistic that looks at the point differential when players are both in and out of the game) if you need anymore evidence about Young. In the Hawks loss he was +4. Last nite he was +8 and just missed a double double with 17 points and 9 rebounds.

It's great to see the young bucks play!

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