|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -13 +/-Overall a decent night by Embiid’s babysitter. I don’t like that he jacks up threes at the worst times, but that’s an issue for another post. It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of the fact that Luc is receiving 30+ mins a game and stunting the development of the kids on this roster.|
|Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 7 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -16 +/-Welcome back…After some serious struggles with his jump shot of late, including 1-9 on threes vs. ATL, “The Cov” was on fire last night. In fact in the 4th Q where Cov scored 8 points early (12 total) you could see that LeBron switched onto #33 defensively in hopes of slowing Cov’s roll. The 7 steals is simply ridiculous as well.|
|Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -9 +/-I can accept that Noel is raw offensively and has trouble defending the pick-n-roll, but it is ridiculous to me that an athletic 7-footer only grabs 4 boards in 33 mins of play. Mozgov pushed him around all night. Hit the weight room, please.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 20 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-Is it too much if we refer to this game a “Shin-gate”?|
|JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +2 +/-JaKarr has found a nice role in teh starting lineup for this team and after slow start last night (2 pts. in 1st half) he found his stride in this one by draining two 3-balls in the 3rd Q. It had to be weird for Sampson to be matched up against LeBron — his idol and a fellow Akron, OH native last night.|
|Jerami Grant, SF 26 MIN | 5-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -4 +/-Grant’s stroke has come a long way this season and whatver drills he is doing or shooting videos he is watching, MCW should borrow those training items.|
|Henry Sims, C 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3 +/-I fail to understand Brown’s see-saw use of Sims. When he plays, he produces. Unfortunately of late Brown is messing with his tick.|
|Larry Drew II, PG 24 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | 0 +/-Drew was a little too aggressive with his shot last night, but he was on teh floor when the Sixers made their bug push in the 3rd Q. He dropped a beauty of a tear drop over MOzgov during that run by the 7-6.|
|K.J. McDaniels, SG 24 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -5 +/-After a brief stretch where KJ found his shooting stroke again, it went MIA on him last night. A number of the shots he missed were, IMO, wide open looks.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9 +/-Everyone knows that I am not a big fan of Thompson’s, but I have to admit that he played solid basketball off of the bench last night. He contributed 8 points in the 2nd Q when the Sixers needed a spark and HT was part of the 2nd unit that was on the floor for the big 3rd Q push as well.|
I like that the Sixers continue to play improved defense and that they competed hard again last night against a much better team. I also thought it was smart to give Grant (a hot hand) extened minutes. I didn’t like the limited run for Sims and I am not sold on the MCW injured shin item. Lastly, he needs to reign in Larry Drew III.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
1) If you just caught the highlights on SC last night or this morning, you are probably under the impression that the 76ers got rolled in Cleveland on Monday night and that’s simply not true. After trailing by as many as 20 in the 3rd Q, the Sixers 2nd unit put on a huge run to cut the lead to 68-64. They got within 3 points twice during the 3rd Q and 2 points during the 4th (69-67), but could not get over the hump. In short it was a very good game by the 76ers.
2) The Sixers could not get over the hump in the 4th Q because with the score 69-67, Irving hit a pair of 3-pointers and totaled 12 points in the final stanza; Dellavedova drained 3 threes and scored 10 of his 12 points in that quarter and LeBron dropped six dimes. In the end, the Cavs just had too much fire power.
3) As I mentioned in the game preview post, Carter-Williams has been playing great basketball over his last 3 games. So his horrific 1-9 start and a career low 2 points in 20 minutes of play came as a shock last night. MCW did not return to action after half time. Brown’s reasoning in the post game was a shin injury he sustained in Saturday’s loss to the Hawks. Brown commented, “I wasn’t sure I was even going to play him. It’s part of the NBA. There’s not anybody who’s healthy who plays in the NBA. To his credit, he said, ‘OK, let’s do it.’ You could tell he was struggling and I decided enough was enough. It was affecting his game and his team.”
4) I talked about the Sixers improved defense in our game preview post and wondered if it would hold up against the fire power of the Cavs. Well it did, as for a fifth consecutive game, the Sixers held their opponent under 100 points.
5) “If we are anything in our city we have to guard. We had better come with our hardhats. I am proud of the defensive improvement our team has made. It is what has enabled us to stay in most games,” Brown commented on the Sixers recent efforts at that end of the floor.
6) The worst three-point shooting team in the Association (statistical season averages) has suddenly become the Golden State Warriors. The Sixers have found their touch from deep over the past two games. The Sixers knocked home a season-high 14 treys in Atlanta on Saturday and splashed in another 12 in the loss to LeBron & Co. last night. After struggling from deep of late and hitting rock bottom against ATL on Saturday (1-9) Cov rediscovered his stroke last night (4-8). Jerami Grant has also been contributing from behind the arc of late as well — 8-14 in his last 3 games (57%). Sampson was 2-2 last night and is now 4 for his last 7 from deep.
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