While the rest of the league had their eyes glued on the Kevin Durant/LeBron James contest, the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers actually played a very exciting game of basketball! Unfortunately for the C’s (or fortunately, depending where you stand on the tanking debate), the Sixers won the game 95-94 on an Evan Turner six-foot shot that fell just as time expired. Jared Sullinger was the star of the game for the C’s, scoring 24 points and grabbing 17 rebounds in the losing effort. He continues to show that when healthy, he is more than capable of being a productive big in the NBA, and can give opposing big men fits under the basket anytime a shot goes up. Here are some more thoughts about last night’s effort:
- This is a candidate for Jeff Green dunk of the year. Being awards season, it is hard not to get the “Fever,” and hopefully by the end of the season we can vote on which Green dunk made you jump out of your seat the most.
- Admittedly, I hadn’t seen much of this Sixers team, but they play at a fast pace and are fun to watch. Evan Turner hasn’t turned into the guy I thought he would become, but he has developed into a nice complementary piece and should hold some trade value if the Sixers want to rebuild around others. Michael Carter-Williams is much better than advertised and if they can pair him with one or two shooters on the floor. In the future, this team should have some great games against the future Boston Celtics.
- In 34 minutes last night, Gerald Wallace took a grand total of one shot. Did it go in? Nope. Were there times that Wallace and Brandon Bass were sleepwalking through the game? Yup. When is the trade deadline again?
- A solid evening for rookie Kelly Olynyk against a more athletic Sixers front-court. Over the last few weeks he has raised his rebounds per minute by using his size to his advantage. He is quickly learning that he will not out-jump his opponents at the NBA level. It will be curious to see if he gets an increase in minutes if he continues to rebound well.