Saturday, December 20, 2014

'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 101-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at the Moda Center:

'Best' & 'Worst' awards: Sixers vs. Blazers

Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, drives on 76ers forward Thaddeus Young during the first half. (Don Ryan/AP)
Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, drives on 76ers forward Thaddeus Young during the first half. (Don Ryan/AP)

PORTLAND, Ore.  – My look at some of the best and worst performances and happenings from the 76ers’ 101-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers Saturday night at the Moda Center: 

Best performance: Any person in his right mind knows Thaddeus Young wins this award for the second consecutive game. The Sixers power forward 20 of his game-high 30 points after intermission. He made all four of his shot attempts in the fourth quarter.  His biggest basket was a tip-in that gave the Sixers a 96-94 advantage and the lead for good with 36.2 seconds left.  Young also had six rebounds, three steals, two assists and a turnover.

Worst performance:  This goes to Dorell Wright. The Blazer sharpshooter didn’t come close to duplicating his Dec. 14 performance against his former team.  Back then, Wright hit all five of his three-point attempts en route to finishing with 15 points. On Saturday, he was a bystander.  He missed his lone shot attempt – a three-pointer – and finished with zero points in 12 minutes.

Best performance in a losing effort: This is an easy one, because LaMarcus Aldridge was a beast.  The Blazers power forward had 29 points to go 14 rebounds, a game-high five blocked shots and three assists.  Dominating from the start, Aldridge scored 11 of Portland’s 19 first-quarter points.

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Best defensive performance:  Aldridge has to take this award, too. In addition to blocking five shots, all of his rebounds came on the defensive end.

 Worst statistic: How can you not give this to the Blazers’ three-point shooting? They made just 3 of 22 three-pointers (13.6 percent).

Best statistic: This award goes to the Sixers’ points in the paint.  They outscored Portland, 64-40, in the paint.

Worst of the Worst:  This goes to Michael Carter-Williams’ injury. The Sixers rookie lay in pain on the court at the finish after accidently absorbing an elbow to the head from Young. He was undergoing concussion tests after the game.

-          Keith Pompey

 

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About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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