AUBURN HILLS – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Detroit Pistons’ 115-100 victory over the 76ers on Sunday afternoon at the Palace of Auburn Hills:
Best performance: It goes to Andre Drummond. Aside from free-throw shooting, the Pistons center did what he wanted against the Sixers. He had career highs of 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals to go with two blocks. Drummond became the first person to record 31 points, 19 rebounds and six steals since the Houston Rockets Akeem Olujawon in 1990. The 20-year-old made just 7 of 18 free throws. But, I’ll give him a pass, considering he was beast on the block.
Worst performance: This has to go to Kyle Singler. The Pistons reserve forward missed six of his seven field-goal attempts en route to finishing with five points. Let’s just say Singler looked nothing like he did when I watched him destroy Temple as a Duke Blue Devil back in 2011. Not even close.
Friday morning’s shoot around was the first time, Spencer Hawes said, that his left knee felt fine since he was sidelined last Saturday.
The Sixers center hopes to be available on Friday night when the team hosts Jrue Holiday and the New Orleans Pelicans.
“Hopefully, I’ll go through the stuff before the game, get the OK and be ready to go,” Hawes said after the team’s practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
ORLANDO – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Orlando Magic’s 105-94 victory over the Sixers on Wednesday at Amway Center:
Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows Nik Vucevic is the runaway winner of this award. The Magic center gave his former team the business. Vucevic shot 10-for-13 to finish with 21 points to go with 16 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. He also had three turnovers. But hey, no one is perfect. Dominating from the start, he made his first eight shots and tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds in the first half. Something tells me the Sixers wish they never shipped him to Orlando in part of their disastrous four-team trade.
Worst performance: This has to go to the Sixers’ Lorenzo Brown. The reserve point guard struggled from the field, shooting 0 for 4. He finished with zero points. The recently signed rookie out of North Carolina State did have one steal in his eight minutes of action.
ORLANDO - The 76ers will officially retire Allen Iverson’s number 3 jersey in a halftime ceremony against the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center on March 1.
The undersized guard officially retired on Oct. 30, the day of the Sixers’ season-opener against the Miami Heat.
“Allen Iverson is, without question, one of the most iconic players to ever wear the Sixers uniform,” chief executive officer Scott O’Neil said in a press release. “Allen left everything out on the court and no one could ever question his heart – he was relentless, fearless and pound-for-pound, was one of the greatest to ever play the game.”
ORLANDO – Thaddeus Young is back.
The 76ers power forward rejoined the team Wednesday after a week-long absence to deal with the death of a family member. Young arrived five minutes into the Sixers’ film session at the Amway Center. He participated in the morning shootaround for Wednesday night’s game against the Orlando Magic.
Young did not speak to the media after the shootaround. He’s scheduled to talk during the pregame media availability.
ORLANDO -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are targeting Evan Turner, according to ESPN.
According to the report, the Cavs are shopping South Philadelphia native Dion Waiters around to the Sixers, New York Knicks and the Chicago Bulls.
The team is interested in the Bulls’ Loul Deng and the Knicks’ Ian Shumpert in addition to Turner.
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Michael Carter-Williams has received heavy minutes but what the 76ers rookie point guard has certainly made the most of the extended playing time.
Carter-Williams is 18th in the NBA in minutes played, averaging 36.2 per game. That leads all rookies by a wide margin. Orlando’s Victor Oladipo is second averaging 27.5 minutes.
The key is that Carter-Williams has certainly justified the extended playing time.