|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +34 +/-
The 1st Q of last night’s game was the Luc show as he scored 8 points in the opening stanza to propel the Sixers fast start and huge early lead. IMO 14 FGAs is too many for Luc, but we’ll over look that for now. This guy has to be worth a 2nd round pick to a contender that needs a big who defends well and score some, right?
|Robert Covington, SF 25 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +22 +/-
In his last 3 games leading up to last night, Covington was shooting 28% from the field (9-32), so it was nice to see him rediscover his shooting stroke vs. the Pistons and score 5 points in the 1st Q. He also drained two three-balls in the 3rd Q.
|Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +34 +/-
After an pathetic effort against the NOP, I was looking for a motivated Noel to come out and play very well last night. He didn’t play badly, but Noel was not nearly as agessive as I expected and his stat line was nothing to write home about. He took only 2 shots and scored only 2 points in the 1st half when the Sixers put this game away.
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +34 +/-
I thought this was one of MCW’s best all-around games of the year (1 board shy of triple-double). He was under controll all night and looked to set up teammates. He did not force shots at any point in the game. #1 got the Sixers out in the open court early on and that led to a good number of easy baskets for the 7-6. The only blemish for MCW last night was the 5 TOs.
|JaKarr Sampson, SG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +26 +/-
JaKarr got the start last night (never thought I would type that line again) and took advantage of the opportunity. He scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career high 8 boards.
|Jerami Grant, SF 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -12 +/-
A poor shooting night was forgotten with one thunderous, SC worthy, slam in traffic.
|Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -14 +/-
Sims came off the bench and scored 6 straight points for the Sixers from the end of the 1st Q into the early 2nd Q and scored 8 total in the 1st half. The guy is just a solid player who gives a head coach a great amount of flexability.
|Larry Drew II, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -14 +/-
|K.J. McDaniels, SG 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -6 +/-
Brown decided to remove KJ from the starting lineup and to his credit, KJ did not sulk. He came off the bench and scored 6 points in the 1st half and overall had a very efficient night that included a fantastic steal and dunk at the other end.
|Hollis Thompson, SG 20 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4 +/-
With the emergence of Cov, McDaniels and Smapson; HT’s days as a Sixer are numbered.
A nice job all-around by Brown, but I especially liked that he had the Sixers ready to run all over the road weary Pistons who were playing their 4th game in 5 days. I was not a big fan of starting JaKarr, but it worked out for Brown. I would like to have seen Furkan get some run as well.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
1. In the Fo’ with the Foes preview post I noted that I was looking for the Sixers to play with a great deal of energy in the 1st Q and jump all over this weary Pistons. Much to my surprise, the 7-6 did just that. The Sixers took control early, going on an 18-0 run to take a 24-4 lead with 5:39 left in the 1st Q. Luc was the pace car in that stanza, scoring 8 points in the first 7 mins of the game.
2. This game was, for the most part, over after the 1st Q. Leading 28-16 after one quarter, the Sixers never let Detroit get closer than 9 points the rest of the night and held the Pistons to 30% shooting from the field and 10% from three (2-20). SVG’s team also scored below 20 points in both the 3rd (18) and 4th Q’s (14).
3. “Sixty-nine points against any NBA team is a fantastic effort,” head coach Brett Brown said. As I mentioned in the game preview post, the Pistons were playing their fourth game in five days and Brown used that fact in his game plan for last night, “We wanted to turn this into a track meet as much as we could,” Brown said.
4. The Sixers 20 point margin of victory was the largest of the year for the team…The 69 points scored by the Pistons was as a season low for a Sixers opponent…the Sixers shot 51.1 percent from the field in the 1st half…For the game, the Sixers’ starters were 7-10 from three.
5. Via ESPN.com…When Carter-Williams returned to the locker room, his teammates told him that he was only one rebound shy of a triple-double. The second-year point guard only wished they had told him sooner — like during the game. “I didn’t even know,” he laughed. “They didn’t tell me. It’s crazy.”
6. Stan Van Gundy, the man who when asked about the rebuilding process here in Philadelphia once said, “What the Sixers are doing is embarrassing.” had the following to say about his team last night, “We weren’t ready to play,” Van Gundy said. “I don’t think I’ve ever coached a game where one team’s effort was that much better than my team’s effort. I mean, it was a joke. They played so much harder. They ran harder. They cut harder. They drove it harder. They defended harder. They were into us more. They went to the boards harder. Everything. It was embarrassing and humiliating, and I told them in there I’m embarrassed as a coach that I did that poor of a job. And if they’re not embarrassed, they don’t belong in the NBA.”
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