This week’s star goes to Dario Saric! The Croatian once again proved his worth and continues to get better with each game. For the week the forward averaged 19 points on only 13 shots per and finished up with a +9 in the Philly’s four games this week.
Through all the hub bub regarding who is staying and who is going, or who is playing and who is sitting the legend of Saric continues to grow. The week began with a 17 point loss to the Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia would trail by as many as 20 points after three quarters, however Dario would lead the team in assists with four in the loss.
The remaining three games of the week would see the forward lead or tie for a team high in scoring. The highlight of the week was a 112 – 111 rare road win in Orlando. The 76ers needed every bit of the forwards game high nine fourth quarter points to secure the victory.
Each week Saric’s confidence seems to grow stronger and stronger. It is hard to imagine just where the club would be without him.
STAT OF THE WEEK:
24 to life
Despite popular belief, there have been few bright spots when it comes to players who were expected to be cornerstones of the franchise. The inconsistency has been overwhelming at times, except when it comes to rookie Dario Saric.
The forward scored a career high 24 points in a much needed win against the Orlando Magic. The forward then followed up that performance with a 19 point six rebound output in a 117 – 109 win against the Miami Heat.
In total Saric has four games of 20 or more points, two of those four came this week. As the season unfolds one constant has been the effort and growth of the Croatian.
THIS WEEK IN 1982 – 83 (THE CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR):
The week began with a scrappy 97 – 96 win in Seattle against the “Downtown” Freddie Brown (20 points) led SuperSonics. Playing without an injured Bobby Jones Philadelphia would need all hands on deck. Seattle would place six players in double figures, cause eight first quarter turnovers and hold the duo of Moses Malone and Julius Erving to a combined 12 for 34. However, that would not be enough as the 76ers would receive a Herculean rebounding effort from Malone (20 rebounds) and timely buckets from rookies Marc Iavaroni and Russ Schoene on their way to victory.
After cruising at home against the Atlanta Hawks (106 – 93), Philly would get tested in the Chi. It would take 24 second half points from Dr. J on his way to a game high 34. The Hall-of-Famer would shoot 12 for 14 from the field and Philly would defeat the Bulls 116 – 110 to finish the week undefeated.
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