|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -16 +/-3 points and 1 board in 30 minutes of run. C’mon. His minutes should be flipped-flopped with Furkan’s so we can see what this kid is capable of doing with steady burn.|
|Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -6 +/-Sims was back in the 1st-five last night and got off to a slow start (0 pts. in 1st Q). He rallied from that thanks to 6 poinst in the 3rd Q, but we know he’s capable of more.|
|Nerlens Noel, C 39 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -19 +/-I thought this was one of #4’s best all-around games of the season. Noel played with a great deal of energy and was aggressive on offense. Noel’s follow slam of a KJ miss in the 2nd Q ignited a Sixers push in that quarter. His skills are just so raw on the offensive end of the court, it becomes frustrating to watch.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 41 MIN | 12-25 FG | 4-8 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -15 +/-MCW posted a season 29 points thanks to a blazing hot 1st half — 18 points (11 in 1st Q) on 8 of 14 shooting from the field. Without Cov and TWroe in the lineup, #1 was extremely agressive in getting the ball to the cup all night. In fact, he was a man on a mission. The drive and flush in 2nd Q was simply beautiful. If MCW doesn’t run into foul trouble during the 3rd Q there is no telling how many points he could have put up.|
|K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 2-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -14 +/-Yes, he had another block that will make the SC highlight package and posted a near double-double, but his shooting was awful and he looked tentative when he got the rock. On a positive note, KJ hasnow scored in double digits in five of his last six games.|
|Furkan Aldemir, PF 15 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3 +/-Why are we limiting this kid’s minutes. I don’t care if he is not ready for prime time NBA action. This season is over, so play him 20+ minutes a night and let the kid learn on the job. We know what Luc is capable / not capable of doing.|
|Jerami Grant, SF 22 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -3 +/-Grant is proving to be a very interesting prospect and I am eager to watch his development over the rest of the season. I’ll ignore the missed fast-break dunk in the 4th.|
|JaKarr Sampson, SG 13 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | 0 +/-A horrible shooting night fro JaKarr, but all anyone will recall about his game last night was his volleyball spike of a Kyle Lowry lay-in attempt. My favorite part about that play is that he didn’t give up on it. After Lowry picked his pocket and took off, he chased the Raptor guard down and put him on SC.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 24 MIN | 2-10 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -4 +/-The Sixers are now 0-2 since HT’s return to active duty. Just sayin’…|
I give coach Brown credit, his motivation and X&Os allowed the depleted Sixers sqaud to hang tough for 3 1/2 quarters against one of the best teams in the East.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
- The opening quarter for the 76ers was ugly. They fell behind 13-0 in the early going of this road game thanks to 0-6 shooting on FGAs; 0-2 on FTAs and 2 TOs. MCW finally scored the team’s first points at the 8:04 mark of the 1st Q. The Sixers trailed by 15 after the 1st stanza.
- However, the Sixers battled back on the strength of a mid-2nd Q push. Trailing 41-27, the Sixers made an 11-2 run that cut the lead to 42-37 with about 4 mins left in the 1st half. It was a balanced effort during that stretch as Grant, Noel, McDaniels, Sims and MCW all contributed points in that run. The Sixers hung tough for the rest of the 2nd Q and only trailed by four, 50-46, at the half.
- To be honest, I was very impressed that the short-handed Sixers kept this game within striking distance until the mid-4th Q. That’s where TOR’s big guns (DeRozen & Lowry) took over and sent the 76ers packing by keying a 12-1 burst. The Sixers were 0-5 on FGAs and 1-4 from the FT line during that stretch.
- “When you look at 3 for 19 from the three-point line or 19 for 31 from the free throw line, there isn’t much margin for error,” Brown said. “We miss Robert Covington, he’s probably our best shooter, but our guys still found a way to fight, scratch and claw and I thought they did that until the horn went off.” You ain’t lyin’ Brett….This team is simply awful at scoring the ball from teh perimeter. I’ve seen CYO teams that can fill it up at a better clip with jumpers than the Sixers.
- Carter-Williams: “I know Robert’s out, Tony’s out — we were going to need some scoring, we were going to need me to be aggressive and that’s what I just try to do. I try to attack the hoop, shoot when I’m open. A couple of tough shots, but for the most part, I think I did an OK job with just getting to the rim and trying to get to the line and taking what’s open.”
- Former Sixer Lou Williams had 19 points off the bench (scored 7 points in the 3rd Q) and Philly native Kyle Lowry (Cardinal Dougherty/Villanova) finished with 18 points and 12 assists.
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