GM33: Rapid (Game Winner) Reacts

Cleveland Cavaliers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7At times last night Noel looked like a baby deer playing in traffic. That’s the best I can muster here.

Robert Covington, SF 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +3“Cov” hit several key threes during the 76ers big push in the 3rd Q and was a steady influence on offense througout the 2nd half (11 points after halftime).  At $1million per year, this guy is an absolute steal by Hinkie.  Until of course he trades Covington for a future asset.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +4A slow start by Sims (2 pts in 1st half) had me worried, but he played steady ball after halftime and posted 6 pts in 4th Q. Included in that 4th Q stretch was a huge jumper that tied the game again at 90 and a big DReb on Matthew Dellavedova’s second missed FTA.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 42 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +1Carter-Williams scored 9 of his 18 points and recorded 5 of his 13 assists in the 4th Q.  Additionally, he only turned the ball over 1 time all night and had the same number of boards as Noel (6). This is the type of play we need from our starting PG.  But I hate that he deferred to Wroten on the final posession of the night (more on that later).

K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +11According to my notes, KJ scored 2 points in the 1st Q and 8 in the 2nd Q (2 threes) and looked to be headed for a big night. However he then simply went MIA in the 2nd half.

 

 

JaKarr Sampson, PF 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2A very efficient use of limited minutes last night by Sampson.

Malcolm Thomas, PF 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -12Mehh

Furkan Aldemir, PF 19 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9Know your role and execute on those orders.

Jerami Grant, SF 19 MIN | 3-3 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -3What else do you wnat from a kid that is this raw offensively?  BTW, all of grant’s burn and points came at the end of the 3rd Q and into the early 4th.

Tony Wroten, SG 28 MIN | 8-18 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | +11Wroten scored nine of his team-high 20 points (8 dimes as well) in the 4th Q and banked home the GWing lay-in in the final seconds.  However Wroten (a career 24% shooter from deep) missed all six 3PAs he fired up last night and posted 5 TOs.  He did NOT make a FGA he took from outside the paint last night.  When will he learn?

Brett Brown
Brown had his team ready to take advantage of a wounded, tired and trade torn up Cavs team and that coaoching effort showed on the court. Enjoy this win, because another one may not come along for a long time.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

  1. The Sixers overcame a 17-point, 2nd-half deficit (62-45) last night, starting with a 10-0 run that began at the 5:18 mark of the 3rd Q.  That push by the Sixers extended out to a 15-5 run and the 7-6 suddenly trailed by only 7 with just a few ticks remaining in the 3rd Q.  At one point during that stretch the Cavs missed 11 straight FGAs.   Covington drained two 3PAs and Sims had 4 points during the run.
  2. The Sixers final push came with 7 minutes remaining in the game and the team down by 8 points.  A 14-4 run was led by TWroe (6 points), MCW (4 points) and Sims (4 points) as the Sixers tied the game at 88 all and on an 8-footer by #8.
  3. Wroten was so clutch in the late 4th Q.  He scored a driving layup made it 88-86, and he tied the game on the next trip down the floor.  #8 hit 1 of 2 FTAs to keep the Sixers in the game at 92-91 and of course he got through traffic and to the rack for the game winner with 9 ticks remaining in the game.
  4. In the Fo’ with Foes preview of this game I begged for the Brett Brown and the Sixers to find a way to contain Kevin Love and force the second tier members of the Cavs to win this game.  It did not happen, as Love posted had 28 points (11-13 from the FT line) and 19 rebounds for the CLE.  Brown had the following to say on the Sixers’ efforts to guard Love, “We had schemes where we tried to double him from behind. He got separation when we went big and we wanted to avoid that. We wanted to stay connected and that forced us to go into some small ball and we guarded the post with our smalls.”
  5. The Sixers had 31 assists on 38 baskets; won the battle of the fast break points (15-6) and scored more points in the paint than the Cavs (42-36).
  6. According to multiple reports, Carter-Williams set up Wroten for the game-winning basket by spreading out the offense and telling #8 to, “Bring us home.”  To be honest, I do not like that move by MCW.  If you are the face of the franchise and having a good night on the court, would you ever defer the GWing possession to the team’s 6th man who is prone to being out of control and may not be part of the franchise’s long term plans?  No way, I would…Just saying.

 

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