GM34: Rapid (Arctic Blast) Reacts

Milwaukee Bucks 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 1-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -17A 1- for 7 1st half did not get any better after the intermission. IMO #33 missed on a good deal of clean looks.

Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -11At least Sims had the good sense to basically stop shotting after he too went 1-7 in the 1st half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -17I actually thought Noel played a solid game last night and appeared to be more aggressive on offense. He was the only positive I could find during a dreadful 1st half for the Sixers.  Still there were three bunnies that he missed last night which had me throwing the remote.  Of special not was the follow slam he missed in the 2nd Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 1-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -18His first bucket did not come until the 6:20 mark of the 2nd Q and he probably should have just gone to the showers after that FGM. MCW has shooting nights like this too often and I am starting to question if he is a franchise level PG. My favorite shot of the night was the 3PA he air balled in the late 2nd Q.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -14KJ was 1 of only 3 Sixers who could find the bottom of the net last night and he also did a nice job on the boards. However, he scored 4 points in the 1st Q and then did not post a FG again until the mid-3rd Q.  The game was out of reach by that point.  He also comitted 5 TOs.



Malcolm Thomas, PF 10 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -12Moving on…

Furkan Aldemir, PF 18 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2Furkan’s best night as a 76er included a nice dunk in the 3rd Q. The other note I have from this game on Furkan is that he looks really lost in the half-court sets.

Jerami Grant, SF 25 MIN | 0-3 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -7A nice job at the FT line, but other than that it was brick city for Grant.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +16I would argue last night was also Sampson’s best outing in a Sixers uniform. In the 2nd Q he had a nice put back of a missed 3PA and scored 5 straight points for the 7-6 during that stanza of the game.

Tony Wroten, SG 23 MIN | 4-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -22After averaging 21 ppg. over his last 10 contests and 25 ppg. over his last three games, I figured a heat check was coming for Wroten (I mentioned that idea in our game preview post), but in no way did I expect this type of disaster.

Brett Brown
For a coach who is allegedly a “shooting guru” last night was an unacceptable pathetic shooting performance. Also his team came out falt against the Bucks who played last night in MIL.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The Sixers were as cold as the weather outside last night in the 1st Q (5-20 at one point) and a 17-2 run by the Bucks quickly put this game out of reach.

2.  I am having a hard time blaming the Wroten trade rumors for the pathetic performance by the Sixers last night.  I did not see a lack of energy or effort from the starting five or the key reserves.  What I saw is a team that simply can not shoot the rock and IMO it is not a fixable situation.  This roster simply doesn’t have the personnel to score the ball at an NBA level every night

3.  “We were lost most of the night and that resulted in the poorest game of the year, in my opinion,” Brett Brown said.  You’ll get no argument from me on that quote.

4.  This may be my favorite item to come from last night’s game.  Amid rumors that he could be traded to the Clippers, Wroten told beat reporters before the game that he is “auditioning for everybody.”  TWroe then missed his first seven shots and finished the game 4-for-19 from the field and 0-7 from deep.  Anyone who thinks the Sixers should NOT trade this guy for any decent offer that comes across Hinkie’s desk is a knucklehead.  His outside stroke is completely broken and he refuses to acknowledge that fact.  A career 24% three point shooter, #8 launched 7 threes last night.  That’s ridiculous and shows Wroten has a low basketball IQ.

5.  The Bucks (19-18) shot 53.9 percent from the field in their fifth consecutive road win.  The Sixers shot 30.1 percent from the field.  MCW, Wroten, Sims and Cov shot a combined 7-52 (13%).

6.  “The thing I love about this group is they play hard and they play with spirit. But at times tonight we didn’t do that at all,” Brown said.  “If you don’t play with spirit and shoot 8.0 percent from the three-point line and you have 24 turnovers, it produces a long night.  It’s not one I’m proud of.  That’s not who we are.”


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