|JaKarr Sampson, PF 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -17Two points on one thunderous dunk is not enough from your starting PF.|
|Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -14A solid game overall, but I would like to see Noel be more aggressive on offense and start looking at the rim immediately after he catches it, That may take some time. He left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury but returned and started the fourth. According to multiple reports, Noel had X-rays taken after the game and appeared to be walking fine when he left.|
|Robert Covington, SF 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-8 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -25It was an interesting night for Covington. #33 was shut out in the 1st Q when the Sixers scored only 12 points. He recovered to put up 5 points in the 2nd Q and then led the Sixers 3rd Q 15-2 push with 8 points. Still, Covington has to be the guy who steps up and gets buckets when the team is struggling on offense and he was MIA in the 1st Q.|
|Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8A near double-double for Sims was tainted by two ill-advised 3PAs and some sluggish defense. Sims also did not attempt a shot in the 1st Q.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 2-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -14Night’s like this (2-20 on FGAs and 6 TOs) are the reason why his critics out there belive MCW is NOT the PG of the future for this franchise.|
|Furkan Aldemir, PF 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -2Mehhh|
|Jerami Grant, SF 20 MIN | 0-1 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +1Grant played well during his extended 3rd Q run last night, but other than that he really wasn’t a factor for the Sixers.|
|K.J. McDaniels, SG 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -8I’m not surw what’s wrong with KJ’s shot, but hopefully shooting guru Brett Brown can help him relocate his stroke. His chase down block of Dante Exum in the 1st Q was a thing of beauty.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 32 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +2TWroe has found his stride again (17.8 ppg. over his last 4 games on 45% shooting) and the 6th man led the sluggish Sixers in the opening half with 11 points. However, last night he jacked up too many 3PAs and in the 4th Q was shut out from a scoring standpoint until the final minutes. (Editor’s Note: Wroten received a grade of B, but a technical glitch gave him an INC.)|
Brown needs to do a better job of having his troops ready to go on the second night of a back-toback, but it’s not his fault this team is horrific at shooting the rock.
Six Things We Saw Late Last Night…
- This game was the 2nd game of a road back-to-back set for the Sixers and they looked sluggish as hell. The 76ers to just 12-of-40 shooting (30%) from the field in the 1st half. That’s poor even by the Sixers standards. MCW led the way, shooting just 1 of 13 in the first two quarters. They had 5 shots blocked in that half and displayed little energy on the defensive end as well.
- The Sixers just scored 12 points in the first quarter and 32 before halftime. Both totals represented a season-low for a Jazz opponent.
- Still, the Sixers did a nice job of regrouping at half and making a push to give the Jazz a competitive game for a time. Down 44-32 at the half, the Sixers opened the 3rd Q with a 15-2 run that was aided by an ice cold shooting from the Jazz who missed 11 straight shots to open the Q. Covington led the way during this stretch for the Sixers by scoring 8 points and the Sixers actually led briefly at 47-46.
- However, the Sixers run did not last long as the Jazz quickly responded with a 6-0 run, retook the lead; never trailed again; outscored the Sixers by 13 in the 4th Q and cruised to the victory.
- “We were down 14 and we found a way to compete and claw our way back on the road,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “We just couldn’t sustain it, and it’s just a really true learning lesson that guys have to understand — especially on this side of the world in the Western Conference.”
- “I didn’t shoot the ball well, obviously, because I was 2 for 20,” Carter Williams said. “But I would rather do that than have an open shot and not shoot the ball and hurt my team that way. If I had to do it again, I wouldn’t pass up any of the shots. I wouldn’t shy away from the game. I would still try to compete and do the best I can.”
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