Wednesday, September 2, 2015

"Best" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Spurs

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" and "Worst" awards: Sixers vs. Spurs

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San Antonio´s Danny Green had a team-high 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot against the 76ers. (Matt Slocum/AP)
San Antonio's Danny Green had a team-high 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, a steal and a blocked shot against the 76ers. (Matt Slocum/AP)

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.

Best defensive performance: Carter-Williams gets this award, even in a lopsided loss.  His defensive effort made up for his horrid shooting night. The Syracuse product had a game-high three blocked shots and a team-high three steals.

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Best performance by a Sixer: Something tells me that Evan Turner will win this award a lot.  The 6-foot-7 swingman finished with a game-high 20 points. Fifteen of his points came before intermission.

Worst statistic: Sixers power Thaddeus Young attempted just seven shot attempts.  He only attempted one field goal in the first quarter. The Sixers need to get Young more involved if they expect to beat teams. He is the Sixers’ best option next to Turner. However, they did not do a good job of feeding him the ball.

 Best statistic: This award goes to the Spurs’ first-half shooting. San Antonio made 23 of 43 shots to shoot 53.5 percent before intermission.

Worst of the Worst: The Sixers played one-on-one basketball.  They looked nothing like the team that opened the season 3-0 by sharing the ball. Against the Spurs, the Sixers held onto the ball too much, denying teammates like Young of touches.

- Keith Pompey

Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers

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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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