GM56: Rapid (The D Rests) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 108 FinalRecap | Box Score 119 Miami Heat
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-The fact that Hinkie couldn’t turn Luc in to a 2nd round pick at the trade deadline still bugs the crap out of me.

Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -4 +/-Cov recovered from a putrid start to this game (1-7 in 1st Q) to post a solid statistical night. However he was also MIA when the Heat put up their huge run in the 3rd Q and locked this game up.

Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -7 +/-Sims started, but only played 18 minutes.  Maybe his lack of tick was becuase he was weak on the boards last night and that helped the Sixers get out rebounded 45-33 by the Heat.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | 0 +/-I thought this was one of Noel’s best games to date. The fact that it came against Miami’s inside trio of Hassan Whiteside; “Birdman” and Haslem is a bonus (IMO).  I will be interested to see what happens with Noel’s touches/numbers now that MCW is gone.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-Canaan certainly has reaffirmed his reputation as a guard who likes to shoot first.  His 3 dimes vs. 3 TOs effort is nothing to write home about.  Lastly, his defense was terrible last night.

 

 

Furkan Aldemir, PF 2 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3 +/-Ohhh, there you are.  I am amazed that while the 76ers are getting killed on the glass last night, that a rebounding specialist like Furkan cannot get any run.

JaVale McGee, C 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -11 +/-A 6-point outburst near the end of the 1st Q was all that JaVale could muster up last night.  I’m also not sure how an athletic, 7-footer only grabs 2 boards in 12 minutes, but rebounding was an issue for all the 76ers last night.

Tim Frazier, PG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-2 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -1 +/-Frazier had his chance to grab the starting PG spot and that opportunity is now gone.

Ish Smith, PG 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | -11 +/-I’m not sure who gave Smith the green light to shoot whenever he wanted last night, but that policy needs to be revisited

JaKarr Sampson, SG 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -5 +/-After a stretch of 3 solid games, this was a rough one for Sampson who has not only fallen out of the starting lineup, but received less minutes than newcomer Ish Smith last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 28 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | -7 +/-HT’s 8 point burst from the end of the 1st Q through the start of the 2nd Q kept the Sixers in this high scoring-no defense affair last night.  Unfortunately for me, HT is shooting his way on to the 2015-16 roster.

Brett Brown
Brown gets that A from me for sticking around through this mess.  Just when the defense had improved significantly, he has to start from scratch again with a group of guards who are simply trying to “get theirs” in an effort to stay in the League.  I would have quit the day after the trade deadline.

Six Things We Saw Last Night...

1)  A highly entertaining (Unless you like defense a great deal.) and close game got ugly for the 76ers in the mid-3rd Q.  With the Sixers leading 67-61 with 9 minutes in the 3rd, Miami put on 15-4 run and grabbed a 76-71 lead.  The Heat then stretched that run to 30-12 overall in the 3rd Q and led 91-79 after three stanzas.  Dragic and Deng combined for 20 points 3rd Q the 76ers posted 19 points total.

2)  The 76ers defense was still shaking the sand from the Miami beaches out of its hair when this game started.  They gave up 32 points in the 1st Q and 61 points in the 1st half as the Heat went on to set a season high for scoring with 119 points on the night.  Miami shot 55% from the field; 52% from deep and placed 5 players in double figures.  Included in that group was a season high 29 points by Luol Deng on 11-14 shooting.  Hell former K-State star and NBA journeyman Henry (don’t call me Bill) Walker scored 11 points on the Sixers.

3)  “We pride ourselves on playing defense and we’ve been pretty good at playing defense until this last couple of games,” Nerlens Noel said after the game.

4)  “That is not who we are,” Brett Brown said. “That is not even close to who we are.  You have a luxury of shooters coming in, and a punishment that we must regroup and reclaim our identity.  It has to be about defense.”  Fellas…this is going to happen when the GM trades the team’s best on-ball defender who is also a great shot blocker (KJ) and a player who excels at steals (MCW) in exchange for short guards who like to shoot.

5)  ICYMI: Miami’s Dwyane Wade and breakout star Hassan Whiteside sat for the entire 4th quarter of this game…The Sixers have now lost 10 straight on the road…KJ McDaniels played 1 minute for the Rockets last night…

6)  Via ESPN.com Stats:  “Ish Smith made his 76ers debut, the guard appearing in his 222nd NBA game — for now eight different teams, after previous stops in Houston, Memphis, Golden State, Orlando, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Oklahoma City. Smith had seven points and seven assists, becoming the 23rd player to log minutes for the 76ers this season.”

 

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