ATLANTA – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the Atlanta Hawks’ 113-103 victory over the Sixers on Friday at Philips Arena:
Best performance: I had to go with Jeff Teague. The Hawks would not have won the game without his second-half heroics. The point guard scored 23 of his game-high 33 points after intermission. His best sequence came after the Sixers pulled within four points early in the fourth quarter. The Hawks responded with a 12-2 run. Teague scored eight of those points. He also finished the game with 10 assists, one steal and four turnovers in 34 minutes, 52 seconds.
Worst performance: I had to give this award to James Anderson. The Sixers guard finished with two points one game after scoring a career-high 36. On Friday, Anderson shot 1-for-6 from the field and was 0-for-4 on three-pointers. He only attempted two shots in the fourth quarter. Some might argue his lack of production had to do with teammates freezing him out. They have a legitimate point. However, Anderson should have been more aggressive and demanding of the ball.
ATLANTA – Michael Carter-Williams will miss his second consecutive game when the 76ers face the Atlanta Hawks Friday night at Philips Arena.
The rookie point guard suffered a left foot arch bruise on Monday against the San Antonio Spurs. Tony Wroten will start in his place for the second straight contest.
Carter-Williams said he’s feeling better at Friday’s shootaround.
ATLANTA -- Lou Williams was activated play against the 76ers Friday night at Philips Arena after being sidelined with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee since January.
The guard spent his first seven seasons with the Sixers before signing with his hometown Hawks on July 12, 2012.
“It’s been difficult for me to sleep this past week once I got [medically] cleared,” said Williams, who was averaging 14.1 points before the injury. “I’m excited to resume my career at the level that I am used to. Ten months off is an extremely long time to be off for someone who has played since he was five years old. It’s the biggest break I’ve ever taken. I’m definitely anxious and excited just to get back to it.”
My look at some of the best and worst performances from the 76ers 123-117 victory over the Houston Rockets Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center:
Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows James Anderson wins this by a landslide. The Sixers 6-foot-6 shooting guard flat out dominated the team that waived him back in July. Anderson made 6 of 8 three-pointers while scoring a career-high 36 points. His biggest basket was the three-pointer he made with 6.9 seconds left to force overall.
Worst performance: Averaging 10.8 points, Rockets reserve Francisco Garcia was supposed to create matchup problems. But the guard was held scoreless on 0-for-4 shooting in 20 minutes, 10 seconds.
Aaron McKie, a former 76ers fan favorite, has joined Comcast SportsNet’s Sixers pre- and post-game lineup.
He’ll work alongside former Sixers coach and general manager Jim Lynam and John Celestand in providing analysis.
McKie was not retained as a Sixers assistant coach when Brett Brown was named head coach in August. He had been a holdover from former coach Doug Collins’ staff and had another year left on his contract.
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The 76ers realize they have a tough challenge.
Power forward Dwight Howard (6-foot-11), center Omer Asik (7-0), and Chandler Parsons (6-9) make up the NBA's biggest front line.
“We really are going to have to focus on what we have been trying all year, rebounding and getting out and making them pay in transition," Sixers center Spencer Hawes said of Wednesday's contest at the Wells Fargo Center.
My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from San Antonio Spurs’ 109-85 victory over the 76ers Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center
Best performance: I had to give this award to Danny Green. The Spurs shooting guard had a team-high 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot. He made 5 of 7 three-pointers.
Worst performance: I strongly considered Michael Carter-Wiliams for this award, but decided on Darius Morris. The reserve point guard shot 2-for-6 from the field to finish with five points. Morris didn’t have the worst shooting night, though. Carter-Williams went 2-for- 11. But the rookie point guard did other positive things that I couldn’t give him the worst performance.