The Sixers meet the Wizards again. Last time, Sixers lost. Let’s see if the Sixers can even the score while stopping their 3 game losing streak.
Wizards jump to 5-0 start but since then it’s been quiet. It’s 7:20 left. Oh wait, Nene scores so now it’s 7-0. Thad missed a couple of FT’s during this little run. J-Rich is going to the line now. He makes them both. Wizards no next possession turn the ball over. 6:25 left. Wondering when scoring will pick up. Huh, Wizards now lead 9-2. Then, Wizards go up 11-2 and Sixers call time with 5:45 left. Slowly getting ugly. Beal gets fouled, makes the layup for the and-one opportunity, and then makes the FT. Wizards up 14-2. Help.
Sixers shooting just 1-9 on the floor. Make that 1-10. Sixers now down 18-7 with 3:03 left. The bench has stepped in. Wroten and Morris are leading the charge as they have 7 of the team’s nine points. Morris fast break lay up makes it 18-9. Al Harrington nails a three. Sixers call time down 21-9 with 1:16 left. Ugh. Not in the mood for another blowout.
Quarter ends with Sixers down 23-11.
Darious Morris is here to play. 8 points on 3-5 shooting. Wroten has 4 points on 2-4 shooting as the bench duo continues to keep the Sixers in striking distance. Sixers down 23-16. That’s great that the bench is stepping in where the starters have clearly failed. James Anderson hits a three and the Sixers are down 23-19 with 9:30 left. An 8-0 run to start the quarter for the Sixers. Richardson joins the party with a three of his own. Sixers down 25-22. Wizards made a couple of FT’s but, Sixers’ defense has not allowed a FG with 8:30 left.
Sixers’ starters re-emerge and now I’m wondering if they can keep up the bench’s production. Noel working hard on the offensive glass and will go to the line. He misses both. Sixers are down 26-27 with 6 minutes left. Wall hits a 3. Anderson responds with a three. Sixers have never led. Thad takes on three Wizards and is fouled. Can he give the Sixers their first lead? He makes the first. He misses the second. Tied at 30. So close. Wizards manage to hit a long two. 3:39 left.
Noel with a steal and runs down the court for a big slam! Sixers tie it back up at 32. 2:43 left. Turner hits a long two to give the Sixers their first lead of the game. Wizards call time. 2:01 left. MCW is doing a better job on Wall. Of course, Wall hasn’t been very aggressive so I’m not sure if it’s MCW keeping him in check or Wall just hasn’t decided to take over the game. Probably won’t get to 40 points by halftime. Sixers up 36-32 with 34.5 left. Hawes scores and Sixers now up by six. Thad is fouled with 3.7 seconds left. So, I’m guessing Wizards will get a final look. Meanwhile, Thad makes both FT’s so they make it to 40 after all.
And so, Sixers go into the half up 40-34. Not bad considering. James Anderson is player at the half. Sixers scored 29 points in the second quarter vs 11 for the Wizards.
The Sixers jumped to an amazing start. If you’ve followed me on Twitter, you know I was hype. Even so, I need them to tank.
No, I don’t expect the Sixers to keep up this level of play. But, let’s say they are legit. Now what?
Some have pointed out to me that this team still has plenty of cap space to sign a superstar. So, the Sixers don’t have to tank; they can play well and draw a free agent. I’m not buying it. I am still convinced that the Sixers’ best chance of getting a franchise star is through the 2014 draft. Unless you think somebody on this team will grow into that role, they need to tank. I really don’t think anybody is coming over to Philly.
As great as Michael Carter-Williams has been, I don’t think he’s gonna superstar one day. Same with Nerlens Noel.
Okay, so let’s say they don’t. Are we going Pistons route? Everybody in the starting five plays at a star level; nobody is an all-star or superstar. Just stars. Can they do that? Perhaps. In the end, the Sixers not tanking this season is not bringing in a superstar.
At least not this off-season. I mean, maybe in 2015, when it becomes apparent that this team is legit like I think they will be. But, I want a young superstar. A superstar in the making at least. Why? Because I wan to see a OKC Thunder approach or a San Antonio Spurs approach: Started as rookies and grow together to win championships. Okay, so the Thunder don’t fit the championship part…yet.
I would like to watch a core of MCW, Noel, and perhaps the one or two lottery picks from 2014. I can get behind that. For some reason, I don’t even like the idea of signing somebody.
So, go ahead and destroy me in the comments. But I bet I’m not the only one that sees this as a possibility: If the Sixers don’t get that superstar, the best they are is Atlanta Hawks of the past 5-6 seasons. Constant 4-6 seed but never really has a chance. Mediocrity? Maybe a little above that. Still, when the Sixers arrive, I want them to be on top for years and years and years. I want what the Spurs have. They’ve been contenders for just about each year that Tim Duncan has been in the league. Can Wiggins or somebody else from the 2014 draft class make that impact? I think and hope so.
Eh, but as long as these Sixers are close enough to win the game, I’ve got to cheer them on. I can’t stand seeing them lose and will not root against them in close games. I just can’t. I was hoping they would be blown out, but even when they were, they had the heart and fire to storm back.
That’s what we fans and media get for calling them trash. For at least a week, they are putting all of us on notice. Even look at the Suns.
Okay, well that’s all I got. This post was a bunch of aimless ramble, huh?
Alright, so the Sixers are 1-2, losing two straight after beating the Heat. One has to wonder if they can turn it around against a tough Warriors team. The Warriors are 2-1. Marreese Speights is injured with a sprained wrist and won’t play. Nerlens Noel, while I’ve said is not active enough on offense, has been effective this season. He actually has the team’s highest PER and second highest in rebound rate. His effective FG is .727.
Alright, so let’s get this game going.
Of course the first shot is a J-Rich three that does fall. Oh snap; he hit another one. Sixers 6-0. Turner make a tough layup and has and-1 opportunity. He hits the FT and Sixers lead 9-4. 9:44 left. I bet Sixers will lose many games because J-Rich completely stalls the offense with his three point shooting. Once he gets it; he’s shooting it. Ugh. Sixers down 11-13 5:46 left. J-Rich at the line though. He makes both to tie the game. Warriors call time.
Richardson actually doing ok. He’s got 10 points on 3-6 shooting. Game tied at 15. Oh boy, Sixers down 18-25. They call time with 1:10 left. Kwame Brown is shooting 100% for the season. I know. He has played in all three games and this one. But, as you would expect, he’s only attempted one shot. He has four points for the season.
Quarter ends with Warriors up 28-20. Sixers shot 37% from the floor. Sixers managed to have less attempts on the floor despite having the ball just over two minutes longer. Plus, they have three turnovers (Warriors only have one). Talk about wasting your time. To give you an idea: Warriors had the ball for 4:52 seconds. 2K says Sixers had it for 7:07. Jesus. Again, the numbers don’t completely add up but consider rounding up or down to nearest minute.
So, let’s see if the Sixers can manage their time better. First points of the quarter go to the Warriors who now lead by 10. Sixers respond with four points and Warriors call time. 9:22 left. 30-24, GS. Sixers had three chances to score as they grabbed two offensive rebounds. Layups are a challenge for this team, I guess. Wroten keeps launching long three’s. Stop it. Would you believe me if I told you Arnett Moultrie has lead some sort of comeback? Welp, his four points and five rebounds, three of them offensive, are helping the Sixers. They are now down only four: 34-30.
Ugh, Sixers may have the offensive rebound advantage, but their many missed layup putbacks are alarming. They have 8 offensive rebounds and only 4 points from second chance. Sixers down 36-34. Iguodala nails a three and the camera zooms on him as he smiles. Wow. Sixers tie things up at 41 with 1:10 left. Klay Thompson hits a jumper and Sixers call time trialing by two. Iguodala’s having a good game. 11 points on 5-8 shooting with four rebounds. The rest of his line is goose egg except for a turnover and two fouls. Sixers go into the half down 45-43.
Can they hang on? Iguodala is the player at the half.
Thad Young and Noel in real life sounds like they would be very long and problematic for many bigs. Sixers down 50-46 after an Iguodala three. They can’t seem to grab the lead. Sixers score on the break and GS calls time with 9:04 left and them up 50-48. J-Rich hasn’t been doing his chuck-a-thon and I have to believe that’s part of the reason the Sixers are still in this. Sixers tie it up at 52!
Darn, Thompson hits a long two. Then, Sixers with shot clock violation. 5:33 left and down 52-54. Sixers tie it again. Let’s get a stop and take this lead. Nope. Bogut gets the bucket. Sixers call time with 3:43 left. Sixers shooting 40% vs GS at 46. In all, Sixers winning rebounding battle. Sixers have had the ball for almost five minutes longer and do have more attempts while making one less FG. Ultimately, while Sixers made 3 more FT’s, Warriors made 3 more 3PT’s and there difference can be found there.
Sixers losing their edge. They’re down 56-60. Kwame Brown off to the line after drawing contact on a layup. He makes one. Sixers down 57-60. Jermaine O’Neal heading to the line. Same score. 37.1 left. He makes both. Quarter ends with Sixers down 57-62.
Well, the Sixers are still in it. Couldn’t get the lead though only managing a few ties. Time to get over the hump. 65-60, in GS’ favor with 9:58 left. Mercy. MCW makes a dunk that warranted a replay. So yeah, the one handed slam was nasty. Turner now to the line. Sixers down 62-65. They refuse to quit. Turner makes one of two. Stephen Curry nails an open three. Big defensive blunder there. Curry’s kinda good out there. 68-63. That’s Curry’s second three. 2-5 from out there. Sixers with another offensive rebound and missed opportunity. Yeesh.
Hawes gets a layup. Warriors call time, leading 68-65 with 6:47 remaining. For Hawes, that’s his first points in the game. Noel is scoreless. Sixers need more from their Centers. After Thompson gets fouled, makes both FT’s, Sixers call time. 70-65, GS lead. I’m losing hope that they will ever lead in this game again. Yikes, Warriors up 74-65. 4:50 left. If you’re gonna win, now’s a good time to make the run. Nevermind. The ease that Iguodala had to make a layup just now makes me give up.
76-65 lead for GS with 3:15 left. Yeah, okay, Sixers. MCW makes a jumper. Get a stop. They do and then Turner gets a sexy layup. Sixers back in it kind of down 69-76. Oh but then Curry scores. 78-69. 2:16 left. Thad makes a jumper with 2:04 left. Alley-oop fail by Curry to Iguodala leaves the Sixers with a chance. Down 78-71 with 1:49, a score is needed or it’s over. Thad draws contact and will head to the line. 1:43 left. He makes one of two.
They manage a stop though. Sixers now trail 78-72 with 1:25 left. Don’t need a three yet but you need something. Thad with a tough fadeaway! Sixers down four as GS calls time. 1:13 left. Sixers, once again, must get a stop. They really can’t let the Warriors score again. Oh no. Turner lost Iguodala on a screen by Bogut. Iguodala ran up and Curry hit him with a pass. Iguodala, being open, hits the j. Ouch. 1:04 left. Sixers call time. Not over yet but close.
Okay, I think it’s about over. J-Rich misses an open three. Warriors have it and Sixers not fouling. But, GS turns the ball over. Sixers have it with 39 seconds left. Need a three, here. They turn to J-Rich who misses yet another one. Terrific. Now Sixers start the fouling. Down 74-80, with only 29.8 seconds left, Steph Curry to the line. Of course he makes both, right? Nah, he missed the second. Noel with the board and they get it to J-Rich for a long three that goes. Sixers down 81-77 with 19.9 seconds left as they foul Curry. Wonder if he misses again. Nope, he makes both. Sixers call time. I guess another J-Rich three is in order.
He misses but Noel with the offensive board. 10.3 seconds left. Noel passes it to J-Rich who nails the three! 5.4 seconds left and Sixers down 83-80. They’re gonna have to foul obviously but I hope Curry doesn’t get the ball. Warriors call time. Curry gets fouled with 4.4 left. All he needs is one. And…he makes the first. Game. He makes the second. Sixers dribble the clock out and lose 85-80.
They fall to 1-3 and Warriors go to 3-1. J-Rich led the way (I you can say that) with 18 points. Going into the game, he was averaging 20. Thad and Turner both had 17.
Next up is the Wizards.
So, in this reality, the Sixers lost to the Wizards last night. Now, it’s time to face the Bulls. The Bulls are winless so far being 0-2. Joakim Noah is dealing with a sore knee. Other than that, everybody else is fine. Noah will be able to play. Oh joy.
J-Rich scores a layup and has an and-1 opportunity that he takes advantage of. Sixers up 3-0. Bulls respond and lead 4-3 with 9:28 left. I’m just going to get used to seeing Richardson chuck 3′s. Bulls up 6-3 with 7:27 left. Derrick Rose is 1-6. He just got fouled so let’s see if a trip to the line can get him in a rhythm. He makes one FT and the Bulls lead 7-3. Richardson already 0-4 from beyond. It’s six minutes left and it’s 9-3. Sixers call time. Derrick Rose hits a three and the Bulls are up 14-3. In fact, Rose is starting to heat up. Makes a layup and Sixers down 3-16. They call time with 4:02 left. Sixers led 3-0, remember? That was at the 11:36 mark.
Lavoy Allen gets fouled and heads to the line to make both free throw’s. Sixers down 5-16. The Sixers’ biggest reason they are trialing is they are just missing shots. They have only one turnover and have the same amount of FT’s as the Bulls. The Bulls have 3 offensive rebounds on Sixers’ one. And remember about Rose’s slow start? Welp, now he’s got 12 out of the Bulls’ 18 points, shooting 5-10. There are no assists for either team so far.
Out of the Sixers’ 14 FG attempts, Richardson has six of them and only made that layup. He’s 0-5 outside. Sixers still with that single FG for the quarter, which is at the 2:05 mark. Bulls shooting 50%. James Anderson hits a 3. 18-8. Boom, Kirk Hinrich hits two jumpers and Bulls up 22-8. Sixers’ to the line. Tony Wroten makes one of two. Kwame goaltends a Hinrich layup and so Hinrich has three straight FG’s. Anderson hits a shot for the Sixers’ third FG with 6.6 left. Quarter ends and Sixers trail 11-24.
Mike James with the first FG of the quarter. Nails a LONG 3 as shot clock expires at 10:58 mark. Sixers quickly respond. Carlos Boozer then slams and 2K decides to replay it. Sixers call time. Bulls lead 29-13 with 10:36 left. Wow, Richardson takes a shot in the paint. He’s blocked but gets the rebound and attempts again. Fouled. Makes both FT’s.
Sixers are taking shots in the paint, but can’t score. Only 4 points in there. Richardson finally hits a 3. He’s 1-7. Sixers are down 31-18. 6:45 left in the quarter. I guess this might be a low scoring affair. Sixers trying to get back in it. Down 22-34 with 4:04 left. After having 12 points in the first quarter, Rose just now scored in the second quarter with 2:19 left. He then scores again on a tough layup with the shot clock expiring. 16 points but has 15 shots.
At the half, Sixers trail 28-42. Halftime player is Derrick Rose.
I’m still reeling after the real life win over the Heat. Heck, the this alternate version of the win was fun too. Wizards are 0-1 and have no injuries. This should be interesting. Sixers are ranked 27th while the Wizards are ranked 14th. Can the Sixers keep the fire from that win over the Heat? Let’s find out.
Wizards strike first with Marcin Gortat going 1-2 at the line. Sixers then hit a three and now Sixers up 3-1. Wizards are up 11-3 with 7:17 left. Sixers call time. John Wall fast break slam makes it a 15-5 lead for Wizards. However, Sixers take the ball down and Evan Turner makes a beautiful layup and gets fouled. He makes the FT. Wizards then score and we have a 17-8 Wizards lead. Those three plays happened in 10 seconds of playing time. Whew. Wizards already in the bonus and it’s 5:28 left in the quarter.
Uh-oh. Wizards up 22-8. NBA 2K10 was notorious for, if you watched games play out, the home team would always win, most of the time by a blowout. Well, it was like that for my copy. I wonder if it’s the same for this game. As the season progresses, we’ll see. Sixers do answer with five points. Wizards call time, leading 22-13 with 2:30 left in the quarter. I’ve noticed that, at least it seems like, there’s a lot more kicked ball violations.
At the end of one, Wizards lead 28-15. Sixers shooting only 35% while Wizards at 56%. In the game vs the Heat, the Sixers were taking and making 3′s. Tonight? So far, 2-9, and the Wizards have miss their only attempt. As I said, Wizards were getting fouled early and often. They ended up 10-12 at the free throw line. Sixers also have four turnovers. But, get this, they have had the ball longer than the Wizards (6:14 vs 5:45; the numbers don’t add up but this is what 2K game me.
Sixrers start quarter with James Anderson long two. Thad pulls down two offensive rebounds before a layup. Classic Thad. Sixers down 20-30 with 9:31 left. Sixers are relying too much on that 3. Ugh. They have 12 attempts and have still only made two. J-Rich takes a lot of them though (in this game he has half the attempts). So much catch and shoot disasters. Sixers call time with 8:02 left. Same score; 30-20. Darius Morris nails a 3 on the play after that timeout.
While the Sixers miss the 3′s, the Wizards have been marching to the line by attacking the rim. John Wall just knocked down a pair and the Wizards are 13-16 from the stripe while the Sixers are 2-5. Sixers FG is 9-27. Good grief. Wizards still have that one lone attempt from the arc. Ultimately, I think the free throws are the difference. For all of the attempts the Sixers have from outside, Sixers do have ten points in the paint while Wizards have 16. But, again, Wizards are attacking and getting to the line. It’s up to the defense to keep them out.
John Wall is playing well. He’s got 15 points on 5-6 shooting. Sixers call time with 5:16 left. Down 25-35. Noel just had a shot attempt stripped ad thus a turnover. I wish he was more involved with the offense. Now Wizards call time as they lead 35-27. Wall misses a layup but Gortat is there for the offensive rebound and put back. Noel gets fouled and goes 1-2 at the line. Sheesh, it’s two possessions in a row that Gortat grabs the miss and puts it back. Noel having trouble out there with him. Wizards up 46-32 with 1:05 left. Largest lead is 14.
It’s halftime as the Wizards lead 46-34. Wall has 17 points and 4 assists as 2K names him player of the half.
Here we go! The Sixers’ season starts tonight vs the Miami Heat. In this alternate universe, the Heat beat the Bulls. I will hit the game quarter by quarter. Most of these simulations come the night before a Sixers game so I just hope I’m not too tired to cover this stuff.
LeBron James picked up two early fouls in just under 90 seconds of play. I wonder if the Sixers can take advantage of this. Sixers might be leaning on Jason Richardson for their points. He’s already knocked down two three pointers and the Sixers lead 10-3. It’s 8 minutes left and James still sits. I would keep him there. 5 minutes left and nobody shooting well. Sixers 4/12 and Heat 2/8. Sixers lead 12-5. Sixers hit three 3-balls though so that accounts for some points. Heat have 4 points in the paint. Clearly, Sixers looking for outside shot while Heat pounding inside. Evan Turner hits a three and the Sixers are up by 10, 15-5. Heat clearly missing James. Heat timeout with 4:54 remaining. The Heat might want to think about getting players involved offensively. Wade has 8 of the 10 Heat FG attempts. But, he’s only made three of them for 7 of the Heat’s…7 points…Evan Turner is shooting 3/4 and has eight points. Wow.
So, Heat had four points in the paint. They still have four points. The Sixers, they had none. Now, they have six. They lead by 15 with 3:01 in the first quarter. As I pause the game, 2K says Jason Richardson is the top player. He’s got 9 points. Norris Cole scores for the Heat becoming thos only player other than Wade to score for the team. Sixers up 24-9. Michael Beasley also joins the party with a converted and-one.
I would imagine when James comes back in, the Heat should start a run. But, Heat are on a run currently. It’s a 7-2 run to make it a 10 point game to end the first quarter. So, Sixers lead 24-14 at the end of one.
Even so, the Sixers shot 39% while the Heat shot 38%. So, why the big lead? Sixers’ three point shooting. They went 4/10 from long range while the Heat are 0/2. Sixers also made more shots as they took more shots because of the Heat’s two turnovers as well as the Sixers’ 5 offensive rebounds.
LeBron James returns to start the quarter. The quarter starts off with a Sixers three and then the Heat make a three. Sixers, still with a 10 point lead, call timeout with 10:56 remaining. Heat finally down by single digits with a Christ Bosh put back. Sixers lead 30-21 with 9:04 remaining. Sixers’ attack has been fairly balanced. They are 5/11 from the arc but are 5/8 at the free throw line. They also have 8 points in the paint although the Heat have 12 there. Tony Wroten is not having a good game offensively. 1/5 for 2 points. Sixers up only 32-25. Can they keep the Heat away?
Oh and then Wroten monster slams on Bosh. Nerlens Noel makes his first NBA basket. Bout time. Michael Carter-Williams has four points himself. Sixers up 41-31 with 4:07 remaining. Noel’s basket came with an and-one opportunity that he successfully converted. Yay. Heat call time. Sixers end up leading 48-40 at the half.
The shooting for both teams has gotten better. I would think that’s good for the Heat and bad for the Sixers since I don’t think they can outshoot the Heat. Their defense was really making its mark. Heat are still in trouble from beyond the arc, shooting 1/8. But, they have made more free throws than the Sixers so it shows they are not really taking the three’s so much as going to the rim.
Let’s make sure we understand how I’ll be simulating the season. This is not an exact science and will not completely follow real life scenarios.
I just changed this at the last minute for how I would handle this simulation. In my season simulation, I will keep things on default. No, the rosters will not update by way of injury. Yes, I will keep then updated by what team players are on.
This simulation will be know as the “Alternate Sixers Universe” where I will simulate games before the real life matchup and take notes. With the fact that real life injuries don’t play a role, one could say this is useless. However, you and I both know that we sometimes live in the land of what-if. The biggest one here is “what-if Nerlens Noel played this year” since we recently heard he wasn’t going to play this season.
This simulation will cover that.
Again, this is an alternate universe. What happens here isn’t suppose to let us know exactly how things will play out that evening.
Injuries will be on. So, if a player gets injured, he’s injured. All part of the alternate universe.
Why am I doing this? Welp, the Sixers are going to be so bad, that I figured we could use a place for escape. Of course, there’s not much escaping if we’re using the same players as real life. I considered making a new team with a combination of players from all of the Sixers teams and thought against it. I didn’t want to make a team too good or not good enough. We’ll stick with what we have.
I don’t know how this will work out. This could be a hot with the fans or a waste of time. But, this interests me and, I just don’t care if you think this is corny.
I wanted to use season mode. I have feelings about this though. Bad feelings. During the lockout, I did a similar simulation using season mode. I watched each game and did a recap and everything. Next thing I know, the stats were all jacked. If you have NBA 2K, you know what I mean. Simulated stats are not the same as live game stats. If you watch or play a game in 2K, the stats tend to be exaggerated on both ends. For instance, fouls and free throw attempts go way down while shooting and rebounding go up (somehow). When it lines up with the rest of the league, it’s a mess. Also, when I did the simulation, there was something odd about it. I think there was a glitch that made me quit keeping track of the stats altogether.
But, this time, I’m going for it. Hopefully, things are better in terms of realism.
I hope you stick around National Sixers. This isn’t the only thing happening at this blog. I’ll be talking real life Sixers too and even looking at the 87ers.
- A Season of Simulation (nationalsixers.wordpress.com)