GM5: Rapid (Buzzer Beater) Reacts

Orlando Magic 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Brandon Davies, PF 29 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -1It’s BD’s world and we’re just living in it.  In the 3rd Q BD had a stretch where he scored on a nice up & under from the low block and then on the next trip he drained a 3-ball.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9I get that Luc is here to help Joel Embiid adjust to life in the NBA, but does that role require 20+ minutes of run a night?

Nerlens Noel, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +8Given the cautionary approach of the 76ers’ medical staff and front office, I’ll be very interested to see how long a sprained ankle keeps Noel out of the lineup.  Before the injury, #4 did drop a smooth behind the back pass to Shved for a lay-in in the 2nd Q.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 5 STL | 2 BLK | 9 TO | 27 PTS | +5Of course on a night where TWroe buries 4 out of 6 threes, he also turns the ball over 9 times (6 in the 1st half). The no look alley-oop he threw to KJ was fantastic. The two dribble-drive buckets he scored and the 8 points he put up in the late 4th Q kept the Sixers in this game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 34 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1This guy is allegedly a good shooter, right? Wait, didn’t I ask that question all of last year as well?

 

Malcolm Thomas, PF 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3Another night without a single note on Thomas.

JaKarr Sampson, PF 4 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +2Congrats on your 1st NBA basket, now it’s off to the the 87ers.

Chris Johnson, SF 13 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +2I know this is the season of the double tank, but playing CJ for more than 5 minutes a game makes it too obvious waht the plan is this year.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 3 PTS | -2Sims struggled again last night and has yet to finding his shooting stroke this season, but he buried the game tying 17 foot jumper with 4.6 ticks remaining and grabbed 8 boards so he gets a passing grade from us.

Alexey Shved, PG 19 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -13Obviously #88 shot the ball poorly last night, but I like a lot of what I see in this kid.  He excels in the pick & roll; is fearless when driving to the rim; and has the ability to get to the FT line.  IMO his shot selection is the primary reason for his missess and that can be fixed with film study.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | 0WOW. Just WOW.  Pretty soon this athletic, highlight machine is going to need a solid nickname and spot in the first-five.  He will go down as the steal of the 2014 Draft and I pray the Sixers can resign him.

Brett Brown
I didn’t like a number of decisions Brown made last night.  McDaniels should be the starting line-up and Hollis comes off the bench.  Same goes for the Sims and Luc scenario at PF. Why was KJ on the bench for the last 4+ minutes of the 4th Q?  More on his awful defensive system later…

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. Brett Brown employs a “protect the paint at all costs” defense.  How well did that work last night?  Not very well at all .  It was obvious from the opening tip that the Sixers bigs could not handle Vucevic as he quickly scored 8 points and ORL pumped in 32 points in the paint during the 1st half and 62 for the game.  During the lane dominating performance by ORL, Brown rarely sent a perimeter defender to dig or double on the ball when in went into Vuc or another ORL post player.  The perimeter defense continued to be suspect and the only reason the Sixers didn’t get blown out in this one was that ORL missed a good deal of wide open looks from outside (3-20 from deep).
  2. An exciting and entertaining game turned ugly in the 4th.  The two teams combined for 30 points total in the quarter and each team had long scoring dry spells.  The Sixers had a 3-12 stretch and turned the ball over 4 times in the last 4 minutes of the contest.  Before Sims’ game tying basket with 4.6 remaining, only Wroten had made a FG for the Sixers over the last 6:43 of the game.
  3. Former 76er “Big” Nik Vucevic had a very nice game with 17 & 5.  And former Sixer draft pick Mo Harkless contributed 6 & 4 in limited run.  Still it was 2014 Sixer draftee Elfrid Payton that really caught my eye.  Payton (8 pts; 5 assists; 6 rebs.) displayed a high basketball IQ and his tenacious on-ball defense was a joy to watch.
  4. Wroten had the following to say on MCW’s nearing return, “We’re both big guards that can rebound and kick out fast. We’re looking forward to it and we’re excited to see Mike come back.”
  5. The Magic have lost 28 of their last 30 road games.  Both of those wins have come in Philly.
  6. Via ESPN.com Stats & Info…The Sixers have yet to score more than 96 points in a game after they finished last in the NBA in scoring (93.2) last season for the first time in franchise history.

 

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