Orton and Leonard ejected after scuffle
The Blazers dropped a franchise-record 21 three-pointers, including three from Mo Williams. (USA Today Images)
Here are a few observations from the Sixers’ 139-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center (see Instant Replay):
1. Tony Wroten has just one speed on offense … it’s fast. As coach Brett Brown says, there are times when Wroten scares the coach when he goes to the basket. Sometimes Wroten has a finesse side when he goes to the hoop, like when he broke out the Euro step on a drive for a bucket in the first quarter. The Euro step? Take a look here. Wroten missed 10 shots, two from three-point range and eight in the paint. Wisely, Wroten did not take a long two-pointer.
2. Lavoy Allen took a few long two-pointers though. The Sixers' big man has developed a pretty nice 20-footer à la Elton Brand, though without the pick-and-pop. Against Portland, Allen took it a little deeper than 20 feet when he drilled his first career three-pointer. Previously, Allen’s longest shot in the NBA came during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals when he hit a 23-footer with the shot clock winding down at the Boston Garden.
3. Yes, three-pointers were the prevailing theme on Saturday night. The Sixers shot a stellar 6 for 7 during the first half to keep them within spitting distance of the Blazers. However, Portland hit a franchise record 21, just two shy of the NBA record of 23.
4. Ex-Sixer Dorell Wright hit five three-pointers in his first game against his former team. Wright hit a three-pointer to tie the franchise record for threes in a game during the third quarter before banking one in at the buzzer at the end of the third to break the record. Wright seems happy about playing for Portland. Sitting atop of the Northwest Division, Wright is excited about a chance to get back to the playoffs: “I don’t care how many minutes I play as long as we’re winning,” he said before the game.
5. Strange stat … Four Sixers scored in double-figures during the first half of the game. However, leading scorer Evan Turner was not one of them. In fact, Turner had a big fat goose egg in the first half on 0 for 3 shooting. Turner finished the game with a three-pointer on seven shots in 23 minutes.
6. Daniel Orton has a bit of a reputation as a tough guy. So could that have been the reason why second-year big man Meyers Leonard tackled Orton and was hit with a Flagrant 2 foul and the automatic ejection in the fourth quarter? Orton drew a technical for what appeared to be an elbow on Leonard when attempting to get off the floor. He also was ejected. One has to suspect that there will be suspensions for the minor fracas.