Sixers Notes: Young a bright spot on road trip

Posted: January 23, 2011

76ers Notes

Anybody looking for a silver lining after the 76ers' recent road losses to Orlando and Charlotte can point toward Thaddeus Young.

In the two losses by a total of four points, the 22-year-old, fourth-year Sixer scored a total of 38 points and shot 17 for 24 from the field, while averaging 5.5 rebounds in an average of 32 minutes a game off the bench.

Young entered Saturday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Utah Jazz averaging 11.8 points and shooting a team-best 54.1 percent from the field.

Still, Young wasn't gloating over his performance.

"It was very difficult losing those games," Young said during Saturday morning's shootaround at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "Each and every game is important for playoff purposes and we have to win a string of games."

Sixers coach Doug Collins said he made a pact with Young when he got the job.

"I said if you work with me I promise I will make you a better player," Collins said. ". . . Thad has answered the bell and he has been great."

Collins said developing a consistent perimeter game will boost Young's game.

"The next step for him is if he can consistently get a 15- to 16-foot jump shot," Collins said. "He would totally be unguardable, because teams are so afraid of him driving to the basket that they give him a cushion."

 

Nocioni available

After missing the previous three games with a right middle finger fracture/dislocation, Andres Nocioni was available for Saturday's game,  but he was the only Sixer not to play.

"I wanted Noch to practice rather than throw him in a game like this and see him move around," Collins said after the game. 

Straight talk

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan doesn't mince words. When asked before Saturday's game what he said to his team following Friday's 110-86 loss in Boston that was Utah's third consecutive defeat, he said: "I thought we needed to play harder. We have to compete against teams that come out and get after us, and we can't sit back and let them beat us to death."

- Marc Narducci

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