GM42: Rapid (Happy & Sad) Reacts

New York Knicks 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Furkan Aldemir, PF 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8 +/-

Personally, I thought there were a number of opportunities to get Furkan the ball on the blocks that the Sixers did not take advantage of last night.

Robert Covington, SF 39 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5 +/-

Cov only scored 5 points in the 1st half, but looked much better after half-time and ended up producing a solid night. Still, I thought he would light up the NYK’s woeful defense, so I am a little disappointed in his production last night.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0 +/-

Sims gets the start and despite a terrible shooting night produces a double-double.  Outside of MCW, Sims was one of the only Sixers who could score the ball in the 1st half (6 pts.)

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 10-26 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | 0 +/-

Yes, MCW stuffed the stat sheet last night and only turned the ball over 3 times, but I thought he was really forcing it all night.  Don’t get me wrong, I realize he was missing a number of scoring options and that he is the only reason this game was competitive, but IMO he missed a number of open teammates because he had a one track mind last night.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -18 +/-

Last night was a better overall outing for KJ, who added another dunk to his highlight reel and splashed home a couple threes, but his shot is still off and it’s been an issue for some time now.  In his last 5 games he is shooting 24.5% from the field and 21% from three.

 

 

Malcolm Thomas, PF 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -10 +/-

Thomas did a nice job getting to the FT line…

Jerami Grant, SF 25 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 8 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +14 +/-

Via ESPN.com…Grant had eight blocks, the most for a Sixer since Samuel Dalembert had nine on Dec. 12, 2007 vs. Minnesota and the most by a Sixers rookie since Shawn Bradley had nine on Jan. 17, 1994 at Dallas.  He had the most blocks by any rookie since Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders had eight on Dec. 1, 2010 at Denver.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -9 +/-

Moving on…

Hollis Thompson, SG 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +6 +/-

This is THE role HT is capable of handling.  Come in off the bench and drain a couple of three against the opponent’s 2nd unit. He could be a solid piece for the Sixers in this capacity.  But that is it!!!!

Brett Brown
Your team lost to the lowly Knicks who are coached by the inept Derek Fisher.  Still, in the season of Tank 2.0, I’m not sure whether I am pissed off or delighted.

 

Six Things We Saw Last Night..

1.  After a hard to watch 1st half in which both teams struggled offensively (18 pts. each in 1st Q) and Carmelo Anthony could not get a bucket or a call from the refs, Anthony opened the 2nd half on fire.  ‘Melo drained consecutive 3s that pushed the Knicks small halftime lead out to 61-47.  The Sixers called timeout, but the NYK run still extended out to a 10-3 stretch.

2.  Thanks to Melo’s fast 2nd half start, the Knicks led by 9 or more points through out the entire 3rd Q and into the early 4th. However at the mid-4th the Sixers made a run.  The Sixers cut into a NYK 14-point lead with a 13-4 run.  MCW scored 8 points during this stretch and his fast-break layup with 7 minutes remaining cut the NYK lead to 3 points at 78-75.

3.  But the Sixers never got any closer than that and IMO never really threatened to win this game.  Yes, Cove drained a trey that pulled the Sixers to 91-87 with 1:30 left, but even then I did not feel like the Sixers had a comeback in them.  The Knicks final 5-2 run put this one out of its misery.

4.  Former St. Joe’s standout and D-Leaguer call up Langston Galloway had a solid night — 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.  His 3PM with 15.3 seconds remaining put the game away.  The Hawk Hill faithful turned out at the WFC in force and Galloway was aware of their presence, “The girl’s basketball team came out. A lot of my friends from St. Joe’s came out,” said Galloway.

5.  It was genius tanking move by the Sixers brass to declare Noel and Luc out for last night’s game.  With 6th man TWroe already on the shelf, this move almost guaranteed the Sixers would lose this game.  Well played Sam, well played.

6.  “To the guys’ credit, I thought that we played hard down to the end,” Brett Brown said.  “We got it to three points, and Galloway’s three in the corner pretty much sealed the game.”

 

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