GM45: Rapid (Learning Tree) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 New Orleans Pelicans
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -16 +/-Luc is a solid player, but I have come to realize that he is also a better than average defender.  He should be delay for an asset as soon as possible.  Maybe Embiid would go on a hunger strike after the trade and drop the 50+ lbs. he’s allegedly packed on.

Robert Covington, SF 30 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1 +/-I realize that NOP’s entire defensive scheme was built around stopping Cov and that may have impacted his shooting last night. Still, I felt he got a number of decent looks last night and simply didn’t convert.  Nights like these happen too often for Cov and thus I’m not sold that he is a keeper yet.

Henry Sims, C 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -14 +/-Sims just punches the clock and most night delivers a more than respectable performance for Brown.  His 8 points in the 3rd Q is the only reason the Sixers weren’t trailing by 3o after that stanza. However, he too was helpless vs. Davis.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-See comments after the jump.

Larry Drew II, PG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -17 +/-Obviously he can’t shoot 2-9 every night and stay in this League, but I thought Drew did some nice things last night.  I especialy like the way he pushes the pace and his crossover on Eric Gordon and lay-in was a thing of beauty to watch.



Furkan Aldemir, PF 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4 +/-Perosnally, I would have played him the entire 4th Q.

Jerami Grant, SF 26 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -15 +/-IMO Grant is the Sixers’ player who has developed the most over the last two months.  Upon entering the game in the late 1st Q he scored a quick 3 points and helped the Sixers stay competitive in this game early on.  His 3-ball in the early 2nd was aslo key to a Sixer 14-2 run.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 28 MIN | 5-8 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -10 +/-I thought this was KJ’s best game in weeks.  I’m not just syaing that because his shot went in last night.  For me it was that he moved without the ball nicely and got easy looks that he then converted.  Along with Grant efforts, KJ’s 7 points from the end of the 1st Q to the mid-2nd kept this game from getting away before halftime.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -13 +/-Another brick city night for Sampson who is now shooting 30% on FGAs over his last 5 games.  But I did like his aggressiveness and energy last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -21 +/-A basebline, driving dunk was the only FG of the game for HT.

Brett Brown
Brown isn’t the only opposing head coach who could not find / does not have an answer for Davis.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  I hope everyone enjoyed the Anthony Davis show last night.  For me it was a pleasant distraction from the lack of snow falling outside.  Davis dropped 32 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had four blocked shots last night as he absolutely took Nerlens Noel to the learning tree.  He was 12-of-19 shooting, including five layups and five SC worthy flushes.  “The Brow” also made all eight of his free throws.  Davis scored 13 points in the 1st Q and again in the 3rd Q. For the MVP candidate it was his 12th 30-point game of season.

2.  “I probably should have slowed my mind down. I was thinking about the game too much,” Noel said.  “I need to have the mindset of playing within myself. … I should have found better ways to get myself going during the game.”…Yeah, that was the problem.  It certainly wasn’t that Noel was completely and utterly over-matched (as expected).

3.  “I remind myself more than anybody else of the patience that we have to have when we are constantly throwing him into the deep end,” Brown said.  “You get stories that give me relief of the patience it does take for somebody like Anthony Davis, who was 214 pounds his rookie year and is now 240 and looks like a million bucks.  It gives us hope for Nerlens.”

4.  In case you were wondering…in his rookie season (2012-13), Davis, who the Pelicans have admitted to holding back from a minutes perspective that year (28 mpg.) averaged 13.5 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks a night.  Currently #4 is averaging 8.2 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game and is playing 30 mpg.

5.  I know it reads like I am picking on Noel who is just halfway through his rookie season after missing all of last season and playing only 1 year of college ball.  I swear, I am not.  In fact, I don’t expect Noel to ever put up 2014-15 Davis like numbers.  Davis is an extremely special player and I do not believe Noel will ever get to that level and I’m okay with that fact.

6.  After another 13 point assault by Davis coming out of the locker room after half, New Orleans held its largest lead at 85-60 at the end of the 3rd Q and thus not a single Pels starter played in the 4th Q of this game.


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