This week’s star goes to rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who registered two career highs during the seven day period. “T.L.C” has come a long way this season and is still going strong while other rookies have hit the wall.
In a 113 – 105 loss at Toronto, against the Raptors, Luwawu-Cabarrot dropped a career high 23 points and tied a career high seven made field goals. The Frenchman did most of his damage in the first quarter where he scored 11 of his 23. The small forward’s strong play continued throughout the week scoring 19 points in a 141 – 118 loss to the Brooklyn Nets and 18 points in a 102 – 90 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
The first round pick notched his second career high of the week, this time on the defensive end with four steals. The France native is receiving invaluable playing time as the season winds down, and should be much more comfortable next year.
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The season is mercifully coming to an end, but not without fully establishing just how bad this team is. Philadelphia is 0 – 4 in the month of April, 2 – 8 in their last 10 games and a whopping 7 – 18 in their last 25 contests. To think some actually said they would be a playoff team when this tanking-ish started four years ago.
This should be nothing new for NBA fans in this area. April has not been kind to the 76ers. Philly has experienced 10 straight losing Aprils to accompany five straight losing seasons. It is difficult to conceive better days may be ahead, or to even consider anyone on this roster is worthy of being retained. However, different circumstances may just yield better results.
THIS WEEK IN 1982 – 83 (THE CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR):
The playoffs could not come soon enough for the Sixers, who finished up the seven day period 3 – 1. The week began with a 96 – 84 win in Cleveland followed by a 116 – 108 win in Milwaukee. Moses Malone served as the catalyst in both wins tallying 26 and 11 in Cleveland to go with 34 points and 17 rebounds in Milwaukee.
The Sixers returned to the Spectrum and got all they could handle against two former ABA giants in the San Antonio Spurs and Indiana Pacers. A last second three pointer from George “the Iceman” Gervin would give the visiting Spurs a 112 – 109 victory. Oddly enough, that three was the Iceman’s only attempt of the night as the small forward netted a game high 32 points. The loss ruined any chances the 76ers had of securing the best record in league history. Two nights later a 19-win Pacers team would take Philly to overtime, but eventually lose 126 – 118.
Malone again was the star of the show grabbing 24 rebounds, 13 offensive, and showed the home crowd why he was worth every bit of the hype that surrounded his acquisition.
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