Monday, April 27, 2015

The Same New Sixers

The Sixers open with a pair of similar offensive games.

The Same New Sixers

Thad Young shoots in Monday´s opener (AP)<br />
Thad Young shoots in Monday's opener (AP) AP

It is pretty amazing how similar the Sixers' offensive statistics from the first two games of the season have been ... except, of course, for the turnovers:

  Game 1
   at Portland   
Game 2
at Phoenix
 Points 103  103 
 Total Field Goals    40-83  41-86 
    Pct. 48.2%  47.7% 
 2-Pt. FG 32-64  34-69 
    Pct. 50.0%  49.3% 
 3-Pt. FG 8-19  7-17 
    Pct. 42.1%  41.2% 
 Free Throws 15-19  14-18 
    Pct. 78.9%  77.8% 
 Rebounds 47  48 
 Assists 21  22 
 Turnovers 20  12 
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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