Why Boo MCW?
"Like Ben Simmons With A Jump Shot"
There are a lot of reasons why we wanted Andrew Unterberger to write for the website. Of course, he's responsible for Nick Stauskas' nickname, he's got the worst Twitter name of anyone we know, but what he wrote for us today is the real reason. Anyone who would be choosing between the TJ Game, the Lou Williams Game, or the MCW Game as his favorite Sixers game ever is the sort of guy we need writing for The Ricky.
Here's an excerpt of what he's got for us today, celebrating the five-year anniversary of that 19-0 run to start the season against the Heat.
"[The Heat] were on the second night of a back to back when they came to Philly for their second game of the season -- our season opener -- and missing Dwyane Wade, but they were still double-digit favorites against the Sixers, whose only victory against Miami in the LeBron era had come on that Lou Williams shot in the '11 post-season. I went to the Wells Fargo Center mostly just hoping to get a chance for a sarcastic MVP chant at some point.
The Sixers started the game on a 19-0 run.
I'm still not sure entirely how that happened. It was just this swelling burst of energy that the Heat, not the youngest or most motivated team in their fourth trip around the NBA sun, couldn't quite figure out how to contain, as the WFC flipped from "James Anderson is our starting two-guard, really?" to "SWEET MERCY HAWES GONNA START THE ALL-STAR GAME" in about three buckets' time. It felt like as soon the Heat scored once, it was gonna be all over, but for nearly half the first quarter, a shutout seemed increasingly possible. But even after Miami finally eked out a hoop, the Sixers continued to keep pace, leading the first quarter 33-14. And at the center of it all was our whirling dervish point guard, racking up five points, four assists and four steals (!) by the first-quarter buzzer. He got Tony Wroten a three! He got Evan Turner a dunk! He looked like Ben Simmons with a jump shot!"
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