DENVER – In the thin air of
the Mile High City, 76ers coach Brett Brown ran Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young
ragged. Both played 40 minutes Wednesday, in the Sixers’ 114-102 win
over the Nuggets, the first game of a back-to-back nights scenario.
Brown likely will have to get
creative tonight in Sacramento and Saturday in Portland, with how he doles out
minutes as his team concludes its West Coast road trip. The coach got a
sampling of that against the Nuggets, when he had to juggle rotations with Michael
Carter-Williams and Spencer Hawes in foul trouble throughout the night.
The result: some good stuff.
Lavoy Allen, pictured, with 12 points,
turned in a season-best scoring effort. James Anderson, who had 12 points and
four boards, was big in the fastbreak game and on the defensive end. Even
Elliot Williams, who only flashed onto the court for seven-plus minutes,
provided pleasant play.
“We have some depth,” Brown
said. “I was nervous. I was going too long with Spencer, even with two fouls,
and that’s a dangerous decision. We persevered with that. I couldn’t get him
out sooner, and Lavoy came in. Then you start looking around at who was tired.
I ran Thaddeus and Evan into the ground in the first period. … Elliot came in and gave us a burst. James came in and continued to play
really well. I feel, what I learned is, we have depth. We’re cultivating depth.
We’re growing young players who are able to come in and play NBA games and do
Two editorial notes here: 1. I
won’t be following the Sixers on their final two stops on the road trip.
Instead, I’ll be in Denver tonight and Phoenix Saturday, for the Flyers’ games
out this way. 2. My apologies for the look of the blog. The smart, computer
people tell me the site is getting a redesign of sorts, and it’ll be back to
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