Postgame: Magic 101 Sixers 90
February 26, 2014 | Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
In a game where neither team could get into a groove offensively, the Sixers fell to the Magic 101-90 Wednesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers were led by forward Thaddeus Young's 19 points (7/18 FG). Guard Tony Wroten added 15 points (4/9 FG), five rebounds, and a pair of blocks, guard Eric Maynor notched 13 points (5/6 FG) off the bench, and center Henry Sims contributed 10 points (4/9 FG) and six rebounds in his first career start.
The Sixers return to action Saturday night against the Washington Wizards, a game that will feature the retirment of Allen Iverson's number three.
Head Coach Brett Brown
Q: Some of the numbers obviously look a little bit better, points given up, 40 points in the first half and turnovers were down a little bit. Did you see improvement in those departments or was it who you were playing against?
A little of that. I did see improvement with our group. You had a few sessions where there was a walk through today or practice session with our three new players, and you could tighten up things a little bit. You felt like you had a chance to coach something structurally, offensively or defensively. I did see improvement.
Q: You took a timeout with like 40 seconds to go, even though it was an 11-point game, and you set something up. Is that part of what you were talking about, what you need from these guys? Like, don’t read the situation, just read what I’m telling you to do?
That’s part of it. It’s interesting, when you say something, can it be transferred onto the court? When they see something, can it be transferred onto the court? You learn when it’s crucial times, can somebody look at it and be able to go do it. I actually respect Michael [Carter-Williams], because he comes back, I’m saying, 80 percent of the time, and says, “Where do you want me? What’s the timing?” And I respect that. All of those things that you’re either talking to them about in a timeout or calling a phantom, random timeout is part of seeing what goes on in these young guys’ heads.
Philadelphia 76ers Guard Michael Carter-Williams
Q: Coach Brown talks about seeing little improvements here and there on defense. What did you see tonight? Did you see you guys taking a step in that direction?
Yeah, I thought our rotations were pretty good for the most part. We tried to stay in front and we did an okay job.
Q: How do you keep all of the losing from beating you down as a team, going on without a win?
It’s tough, but you just have to move on to the next day. As long as we go out and play hard, that’s all that matters. Winning would be nice, but if we go out there and play hard as a team, we have to be happy with that.
Philadelphia 76ers Forward Thaddeus Young
Q: Did you see a little more cohesion out there today, and did you see a little more improvement?
We’re getting better. We’re working guys in, and they’re still trying to find their way a little bit. I think for the most part guys are getting better and guys are getting a feel for the game and getting back in sync.