GM52: Rapid (Streaking) Reacts

Charlotte Hornets 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +12 +/-Once again, Embiid’s babysitter puts up a solid, but inefficient stat line.  Still, I have to admit his defense is one of the resons the Sixers got this game turned around last night.

Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +4 +/-After a slow start to this game, Cov poured in 11 of his 22 points in a pivotal 3rd Q and 19 overall in the 2nd half.  His ability to splash threes on the secondary fast break is amazing.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +9 +/-A very solid night from #$ who scored several buckets with his left hand and put up 6 points during the Sixers run from the late 2nd Q into the mid 3rd Q.

Tim Frazier, PG 37 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 0 PTS | +15 +/-Obviously Frazier needs some work on his shooting stroke, but I have to give the kid credit, with little to no practcie he has performed very well in his two games with the 76ers.  Last night his ability to push the ball up the floor, get into the defense and then kick the ball out to the 3-point line to an open shooter was a thing of beauty to watch.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3 +/-I felt that thie biggest issue last night for Sampson was that he forced some ill-advised shots and that led to a poor shooting night.

 

 

Jerami Grant, SF 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7 +/-I don’t hvae a single note on Grant from last night.  But I can tell you that he is in a slump of sorts as he is averaging 4 pts and 4 boards per night over his last 3 games.

Henry Sims, C 14 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -1 +/-Sims played another steady game last night. His 4 points at the end of the 3rd Q helped keep the Hornets at arm’s length.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +5 +/-I thought KJ had a an excellent night off the 76ers bench (and with limited minutes) against the Hornets.  And by the way…that volleyball spike he put on a driving lay-in by Lance Stephenson was not goal tending.

Hollis Thompson, SG 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | 0 +/-If Thompson doesn’t knock off this streak of excellent play I may have to change my thoughts on his long range status with the 76ers.  Last night HT was letting fly from all over the court and every time he put one up, I was fairly confident that it was going in.  He is now averaging 19 ppg. over his last 3 contests.

Brett Brown
I have to give Brown a good deal of credit for keeping this team in the fight when they fell behind by 16, for pushing all the right substitution buttons and riding HT’s hot hand.  Hell, the defense looks so much better of late, I can’t believe it’s the same team.  If this keeps up, Hinkie may have to fire his ass.

Six  Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  If you watched this contest, you know that the game got turned on its ear during the late 2nd Q/early 3rd Q because of an epic run by the 76ers.  Trailing by 16 points with about 3 mins. remaining in the 1st half, the Sixers posted a 15-2 to close out the 2nd Q.  HT had 6 points in that push.

2)  Coming out of the locker room at half, the Sixers opened the 3rd Q with a 22-6 burst and with just under 4 mins. left in the Q, the Sixers owned a 10 point lead. Cov drained 3 treys in that push and tallied 11 points overall.

3)  “So it’s 30-46 and we had a timeout and you say, ‘The game is gone. The game is leaving us. We have to find a way to bring this back to some level of respectability before halftime,’” Brown said. “They did it. We went on a 12-2 run and kept our momentum going in maybe our best period of the season. The third quarter was exceptional on both sides. It definitely set the table for us.”

4)  Going back to 2013-14, the 76ers are now 1-21 without MCW when MCW is not in the lineup.

5)  If you follow the NBA closely, you know that the Hornets have been playing very well of late (7-3 in last 10; 2 big W’s over WASH recently) and a big reason for their surge in play has been Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  So I do not think it can be overlooked at just how devastating MKG’s strained hamstring injury was for the Hornets last night.  CHA was up by 11 points when Kidd-Gilchrist went down and simply looked lost for the rest of the game.  He is the heart and soul of that team.

6)  Time for a rant…While I realize this is the season of Tank 2.0 (a.k.a. the double-tank) and I commend Tim Frazier for the job he has done with little or not practice, I have to call out Sam Hinkie and say that it has been simply irresponsible of him not to have added a steady back up PG to this roster over the last two season. That became especially true the moment Wroten went down. I know I have requested that a PG be added many times. Brett Brown has made a few sly comments here and there about his interest in adding another point to the roster as well.  While I find it entertaining to watch the Frazier’s & Drew II’s get their shot in the League with the Sixers, Hinkie has shirked his duties in this area and it needs to change.

 

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