GM37: Rapid (Reality Check) Reacts

Atlanta Hawks 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +1It’s time to start answering phone calls (if there are any) on Embiid’s babysitter.

Robert Covington, SF 32 MIN | 2-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -20For the 2nd time in his last 5 games Cov registered single digit points and shot less than 16% from the field.  In his last 4 games #33 has hit on 8 of 30 3PAs (26%).

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -19Do you know how painful it is to watch an athletic 7-footer grab only 6 boards and score just 2 points in 31 minutes of run against basically Atlanta’s second unit?  I can tell you it is VERY painful.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | -16MCW did not score his first points until there was 4:30 remaining in the 1st Q, but he still posted a near double-double night by getting to the rim for easy buckets. Still, his 4 assits vs. 5 TOs is a stat I DO NOT enjoy reading from my starting PG.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -20After he drained a 3-ball and scored 5 points early in the 1st Q, and then put up another 5 points in the 2nd Q, I thought KJ was one his way to a huge night.  Unfortunately the jaw-dropping, baseline, two hand slam he executed in the 3rd Q was his only note worthy play in the 2nd half.

 

 

Malcolm Thomas, PF 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4Moving on…

Furkan Aldemir, PF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | 0Furkan is still struggling in the half court, but I am curious to watch what he could do on the boards with say 20+ minutes of run for a couple games in a row. Luc is not going to be here next season so why not give some of his tick to Furkan?

Jerami Grant, SF 21 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -13Yes, Grant posted a very nice stat sheet and he delivered a nice finish in transition during 2nd Q, but if you watched the game, you know that most of his scoring was done after halftime when this game was out of reach.

Henry Sims, C 8 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +1Sims posted a near double-double (11 & 9) in just 19 minutes of PT the win over Indiana, so I am shocked that there are no quotes online from Brown about the lack of playing time Sims received last night.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +2Here’s is your backup PG for the near future.

Tony Wroten, SG 21 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -8Still too many 3PAs and he was awful from the FT line. But the real question coming out of the loss to the Hawks is how will Wroten’s recurring sprained knee impact his trade value?

Hollis Thompson, SG 17 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -2A very solid return from the illness that kept him out of the lineup for an extended period of time.  FYI…the Sixers won 3 of 4 while HT was gone.  Just saying.

Brett Brown
I know the Hawks are a really good team that “plays the right way” as LB would say, but they rested a good number of key players last night and your squad still got waxed.  Additionally, when you are at home and riding a 2 game winning streak you can’t allow your team to come out of the halftime locker room and just lay down and die.  Still, it’s not BB’s fault that no one covred Korver.  I am sure Kyle’s shooting skills were detailed in the scouting report.

Six Things We Saw Last Night… 

 

  1. The Sixers were in this game until a barrage of threes by the Hawks at the end of 2nd Q.  With ATL eading 40-35, former 76er Kyle Korver drained a 3-ball.  On the next Hawks’ possession he tickled the twine with another three.  Then reserve Mike Scott joined the party and drained a tri-fecta to send the Hawks into the locker room at half leading 49-37.
  2. The end of the 2nd Q killed the Sixers in this game, but it was the start of 3rd Q that threw the dirt on their coffin.  In that Q, the Hawks splashed home 4 threes and got 6 points from Al Horford to out score the Sixers 25-18 and lead by 19 after three quarters.
  3. The 76ers scored 17 points in the 2nd Q and 18 in the 3rd…They were -12 in the rebounding category; shot 64% from the FT line and gave up 46 PITP.  In addition, they posted 18 turnovers vs. just 20 assists.  Now that’s how you bring a winning streak to a crashing hault.
  4. “It still haunts us,” Brown said of the Sixers’ lack of teamwork on offense. “We talk about our inability to score and the pass is still something that drives me to get not much sleep. It haunts me because I know the ripple effects of team stuff and sharing the ball is everything. We need to get better at that.”
  5. ICYMI on TV last night, the Hawks rested leading scorer Jeff Teague as well as Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll in a stretch of four games in five nights for the Hawks.
  6. Via ESPN.com…Brand played four seasons with the Sixers and helped lead them to Game 7 of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals. Brand said it’s been hard watching the Sixers struggle and wondered how much better off the franchise would be today had it stuck with a promising group of young players. “I see the pieces around the league,” Brand said. “Lou Williams getting 30. Andre Iguodala having a great glue-guy personality. Even (Mo) Speights is getting 20 off the bench. (Nik) Vucevic (in Orlando) is 30 and 15 some nights.”

 

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