Though the Sixers have won three games in a row, things are looking mighty ugly for them right now. They've only beaten two teams that could be classified as "good" since 2012 (Knicks and Rockets, both at home after 2+ days of rest), Andrew Bynum is still out, and now their most consistent player in Thaddeus Young will miss at least three weeks with a strained hamstring.
As Brandon said last night, this is awful news. You cannot exaggerate how important Thad has been to this team this season. The team is wildly better with him on the court (over 12 points per 100 possessions), most obviously in their Effective Field Goal Percentage, which drops from 49.7% with him on the court to 43.9% when he sits. That's rough.
The most hilarious part of all this is that Doug Collins may be forced (FORCED!) to play "prized" rookie Arnett Moultrie. He logged a career high in minutes last night with...gasp.... 12. He didn't look horrendous, which is an improvement on all his other appearances. If he doesn't play 20 minutes a game, then I honestly don't think I can justify anything Collins does anymore.
Sinking Feeling: Thad Young Injury Keeping Him Out Three Weeks
Liberty Ballers | Feb 5