So, another game, another disappointment, and another likelihood that both come to pass. (Or at least one of those anyway.)
Philly is 6-2 on the season, and, our old friend Spencer Hawes is having a career year. But don't let the Hawes fool you: He's not doing it on a bad team. Hawes has a ridiculous 120 ORtg and 88 DRtg as I type this. (I have a feeling this will change. Call it, say, a hunch.) Hawes TS% is at 63%, and well, that's ridiculous too. A ridiculous season is what Hawes is having. But, again, don't let this fool you.
Lou Williams is surprisingly efficient this year with a 56.5 TS%. Andre Igoudala, Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young are all over 54% in the TS% scale.
Philly has talent. Real talent. Not great talent necessarily beyond Holiday, or potentially Hawes, but talent. The real question remains what will happen with Evan Turner (I don't think Turner is a bust but I don't think he is a star either) and Andre Igoudala.
The other important note is that nobody on Philly is averaging more than 34 minutes (Jrue Holiday).
Philly's ORtg on the season is 108.2 (4th of 30) and their DRtg is 92.4 (1st of 30). The Pace is 92.6 (13th of 30).
Sac's ORtg is 100.1 (19th of 30) and the DRtg is 109.3 (27th of 30). The Pace is 93.7 (4th of 30).
It's not that Philly will be slow, but the ability to get into the open court while limiting Philly's baskets in transition will be the key to winning the game. There is nothing new in this analysis, but maybe one day Tyreke Evans smells the coffee. I doubt it will happen tonight though.