GM17: Rapid (1 L To Go) Reacts

San Antonio Spurs 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 22 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6Other than the fact that Luc shot the ball entirely too much last night — including a 2-8 1st half — I only have one note on Embiid’s mentor and that was a nice assist he had in the 3rd Q.

Brandon Davies, PF 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +3Outside of one ill-advised 3PA from the top of the arc, I thought Davies played solid basketball last night.  I still don’t want him on the roster next season, but last night he was tolerable.

Henry Sims, C 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -10Sims played very good basketball last night, including a 3-ball in the early 3rd Q and another in the late 4th. The baseline, reverse lay-in he executed in the 4th Q was smooth and led to 7 points in the 4th Q.  However, when you get posterized by Marco Belinelli (who is 4 inches shoter than Sims) and end up in the #1 spot on SC’s Top 10 plays, I have to knock you down at least one grade

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 9-19 FG | 4-5 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -11MCW started out the game by shooting 2-5 in the 1st Q, but a strong 2nd Q in which he scored 8 straight for the Sixers at one point helped produce a near triple double.

Hollis Thompson, SG 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +5Obviously I am not a fan of #31, who started again last night, did absolutely zip in the 1st Q and scored his only bucket of the 1st half right before the intermission.  Still, he did score 5 points in the 4th Q to help make this game interesting and overall he shot the ball decent;y, so I’ll give him a passing grade.



JaKarr Sampson, PF 12 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +14Let’s not get too excited about Sampson’s stat line from last night.  He banged home a 3PA in the last minute of the 2nd Q, but other than that he was a non-factor.

Robert Covington, SF 17 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -3A 3ball in the 2nd Q led to his 76ers “breakout” performance for this journeyman forward.

Jerami Grant, SF 13 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -3As the scouting report reads, Grant is athletic as hell but he struggles to score the ball.

Drew Gordon, C 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3Moving on…

Alexey Shved, PG 28 MIN | 7-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +1I have mentioned before that when the Sixers acquired Shved an NBA scout told me that he was a solid all-around player and I think he’s proven that to be true. His 10 point outburst in the 1st half was highlighted by a crossover to a lefty-layin in the opening quarter that produced and AND1; as well as a jumper that he splashed home off a beautifully executed pick-n-roll in the 2nd Q.  His 5 points in the 4th Q helped bring the Sixers back to a competitive / respectable result level in this game.  Lastly, Shved handled the ball a great deal last night and had ZERO turnovers.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 30 MIN | 2-8 FG | 5-8 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -17Not the best shooting night for KJ, but man does he bring excitement to the WFC on a nightly basis.  He had several nice defensive plays last night including a chase down block in the 3rd Q.  In the 1st Q he scored off a nice dribble-drive move, but other than that it was quiet scoring night for KJ

Nerlens Noel, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | As I Tweeted last night…Do you remember Samuel L. Jackson’s character from the movie “Unreakable”? Well, #4 is quickly gaining a rep as the Elijah of this roster.

Brett Brown
I’d liked that he gave KJ 30 minutes of run last night.  I did not like that he played 10 guys in the 1st Q as he searched for a way to get the Sixers going after a sluggish start.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. Both teams started out slowly last night.  The short-handed Spurs began the game shooting 7-21 in the 1st Q and threw the ball away a number of times.  The 7-6 started off this one at a 5-15 clip and that extended out to an 8-25 streak.
  2. The Spurs got things going in the 2nd Q thanks to a 9-0 run to start the stanza and 10 points in the 2nd from Aron Baynes.  Of course it helped that the Sixers went 4+ minutes without a basket in the mid-2nd Q.  The result was that the Spurs led 61-46 at half and if the Sixers had not scored the last 6 points of the 2nd Q it would have been even uglier.
  3. The Sixers defense is horrific.  I know, I know…tell you something that you don’t already know.  The SAS were so wide open in the perimeter it was scary.  Despite the above mentioned terrible start in the 1st Q, the Spurs managed to end the 1st half with 61 points (season high for Spurs) on 49% shooting from the field and 54.5% on threes.  They also scored 22 points in the paint and out rebounded the Sixers by +14.
  4. Appparently Brett Brown was surprised that Noel, who is now listed as day to day, pulled himself out of the line up after warm ups. “It kind of surprised me he didn’t play,” Brown said. “I think the lesson is everybody in the NBA is injured.” Was that a shot? I think that was a shot, right?!?!
  5. At least the 76ers were “competitive” in all four of their losses on this homestand, losing by an average of 7.15 points per game to Portland, Brooklyn, Dallas and SAS.  The 3 teams from the Western Conf. will certainly be in the playofs.  The Nets…well, there is no silver lining in losing to those scrubs.
  6. In case you have been off-line for the last 24 hours…First-round pick Dario Saric, who is playing in Turkey, was named Euroleague MVP for November after averaging 15.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. So we got that going for us which is nice…Also t he 76ers can tie the 2009-10 Nets (0-18) for the worst start in NBA history Wednesday at Minnesota, with a potential chance to break the record at home Friday against OKC who allegedly will have Durant and Westbrook in the lineup.


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