With four games of 10 or more points and consistent defensive effort, Nik Stauskas claims this week’s star. The guard was efficient and productive as the Sixers went 2 -2 for the week. Stauskas shot the ball well, going an astonishing 11 for 14 from the inside the three point line. Not to be overlooked was the swingman output from beyond the arc, where the former Michigan Wolverine’s hot hand continued going 11 for 20.
The guard’s effort on the defensive end was there, even if the results were not. While no one will ever confuse No. 11 as a defensive juggernaut, if he gives consistent effort on that end good things will always happen.
The week was highlighted by Sauce’s 21 point effort in a 120 – 105 win against the Phoenix Suns. Stauskas shot a blistering 5 for 6 from three and was credited for only two turnovers.
Consistency is now the goal for Nik.
STAT OF THE WEEK:
33 and a third
The Sixers currently sit in the top ten in team assists per game, and are the only team averaging less than 100 points per doing so. Twice this week Philadelphia eclipsed the 30 assists mark (30 against the Washington Wizards & 33 against the Phoenix Suns) coincidently both games ended in the win column for Philly.
There are few ways to measure success outside of wins and losses, but energy, effort and growth are always evident. The 76ers have shown both energy and effort this season, and are continuing to grow hopefully that growth will transform into wins and losses.
THIS WEEK IN 1982 – 83 (THE CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR):
Back to Perfect
Philadelphia would return to form this week, going 3 – 0. The Sixers best performance came in a 17 point victory over the Detroit Pistons. Maurice Cheeks would pace the club, as he tied for a team high 24 points and registered a game high 11 assists.
The defensive combination of Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney would wear down a young future Hall of Fame guard named Isiah Thomas. The two would hold Thomas to a paltry 6 for 17 shooting night on his way to a pedestrian 15 points.
Just four nights earlier Isiah exploded for a 30 point performance against the New York Knicks. Cheeks gave the guard all he could handle as the 76ers went undefeated for the week after beating the Milwaukee Bucks 121 – 109.
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