Young named NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Week
WHEN YOU HAVE a week when your team wins all three of its games - on the road, nonetheless - and you throw up some ridiculous numbers, people will take notice. The NBA did just that to Thaddeus Young yesterday, naming him the Eastern Conference Player of the Week. In the three wins, the 6-9 forward averaged 25 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 2.6 assists, and shot 56.6 percent from the floor.
For the season, Young is averaging a career-high 18.3 points. So is this team better when he scores a boatload of points?
"It seems to look that way, right?" Young said, laughing. "I think it's just that we're all playing together on one end and giving it on each and every play on defense trying to help my team get possession. They're feeding off the energy and getting into the game, so it's one thing for me to just keep going out there and playing, playing with a lot of energy and a lot of focus and a lot of drive and motivating, and trying to get my teammates to follow along."
The NBA noticed his efforts from the past three games, but his coach sees them every day.
"I'm thrilled for Thaddeus," Brett Brown said. "With Michael [Carter-Williams, a first-week recipient] and him, it's the first time we've had two players of the week since 2001, so it's a long time coming for the organization. It's a statement for Thaddeus. He is a gentleman first and he puts in time and he's compliant, and he's gone through many, many different coaches and voices and roles. The role that I have put him in, he's embraced in how to make it work for him. He's found a way to take the system and make it work. It starts with him being aggressive and in attack mode."
Heavy legs and eyes
During their recent trip out west, the Sixers traveled from Philly to Phoenix to Los Angeles to Denver to Sacramento to Portland and then home to Philadelphia during a span of 11 days. They flew home immediately after the game against the Trail Blazers on Saturday and arrived home around 7:30 a.m. Sunday. So that day was a day of rest and relaxation before getting back on the court last night - no easy task. To make matters worse, they had to fly out after last night's game against Minnesota and head to Cleveland for tonight's contest.
Brett Brown has not been caught off guard by the schedule. As part of his attention to detail regarding players' health and proper sleep habits, he has studied the best way they handle going from coast to coast.
"We've gotten involved with these sleep doctors and trying to figure out the best routine," Brown said. "We explored it a lot with the Spurs last year. It's always a challenge to try and get it right. We actually explored opportunities and options in conjuction with the Eagles in trying to compare notes and get the best idea on how to handle it. Really, we could have stayed [in Portland] overnight and could have had a recovery session in the morning, had a breakfast. Or you get back to the time zone you're playing in right away, where they can get some sleep and jump back into [yesterday]. Who knows what's right? "
Sunday, the team sent guard Elliot Williams to the NBA Development League affiliate Delaware 87ers. Yesterday, he was recalled, along with fellow guard Lorenzo Brown. The team needed some extra bodies, as guard Tony Wroten was out with flulike symptoms and a bit of a migraine. With them getting on a plane following the game to face the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight and not knowing the extent of Wroten's availability, the moves were necessary.
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