GM58: Rapid (Everybody Beats the Wiz) Reacts

Washington Wizards 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-A near double-double for Embiid’s babysitter, but he is still launching way to many threes for my tastes and I love the the three ball.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7 +/-After 4 points in the opening Q, I thought Cov was headed for a big night.  But his cold shooting prevented that from happening.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +6 +/-In the wake of MCW’s departure, Noel has really stepped up to be a leader on this team.  Noel’s 9 points in the 4th quarter kept the Wizards at arm’s length and pushed the Sixers to this win.  His block on Gortat in the late 3rd Q was awesome.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 22 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2 +/-The scouting report on Canaan is that he is a very good shooter.  I’m still waiting to see what all the scouts are talking about.

Jason Richardson, SG 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14 +/-The fact that he is on the court and contributing to this squad is amazing to me.  His stroke was on last night and that opened up the floor for Noel.  JRich dropped a beautiful dime to Noel in the late 4th Q that led to a big flush.

 

 

Thomas Robinson, PF 13 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | 0 +/-TRob (from now on a.k.a. TNasty) played another fierce game and I love his aggressive play that has an edge to it. His 5-5 shooting from the FT line in the early 4th Q is what propelled the Sixers to this win.

Jerami Grant, SF 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 9 PTS | +2 +/-Forget his offensive stats from last night…Grant had one job last night — slow down John Wall — and he executed that plan very well.

JaVale McGee, C 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 1 PTS | +3 +/-Is it too late for a buyout?

Henry Sims, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | 0 +/-I am starting to question whether there is an issue between Sims and coach Brown as his lack of tick would indicate he is in the dog-house.

Ish Smith, PG 26 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +10 +/-With Canaan struggling with his shot, Ish got the bulk of the clutch time minutes last night.  Ish didn’t shoot the ball well either, but in the end he produced for coach Brown.  His running bank shot late in the 4th Q helped seal this win for the Sixers.

Hollis Thompson, SG 22 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -8 +/-This is the HT that we have seen play all year.

Brett Brown
After getting embarrassed by Milwaukee on Wednesday night and with only 1 practice under their belts, Brown had his new troops ready to play last night.  I tip my cap to you sir.  Putting the long armed Grant on Wall was a great move as well.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  A back and forth game turned in the Sixers favor early on in the 4th Q with a 6-0 run that was comprised of 5 made FTs from TRob and 1 from JaVale. The Sixers suddenly had a 69-61 lead and never trailed again.  Washington got within two points on Sessions’ 3-pointer with 7:16 left,  However the Sixers got the lead back up to six, 79-73, on Richardson’s 3 with 3:10 left.  Washington never would get closer than four the rest of the way.

2)  The Wiz set a season low for points Wednesday night in a 97-77 loss to Minny and vs. the 7-6 they weren’t much better posting only 81 points.  John Wall scored only 5 against the TWolves and last night scored 21 points but on 7-of-26 shooting.  As a team the Wizards shot 35.3% last and they have now lost six in a row and 11 of 13.

3)  Brett Brown on Noel’s improved play since MCW’s departure…”I think it’s the added responsibility after trades were made, that he’s embraced maybe more of, if you will, an important role,” Brown said. “You’re looking around, it’s you. We need you.”

4)  After recording 28 turnovers against the Bucks on Wednesday night, the Sixers only gave it away 15 times last night…However, they shot just 35% from the field.

5)  “Since we’ve come back we’ve tried to refocus our defensive identity,” Brown said. “The new guys are starting to understand some of our concepts and rules and to the group’s credit, they guarded tonight.”

6)  Thanks to the always popular promotion Dollar Dog Night and a postgame gospel concert, the Sixers packed the WFC — 18,089 fans.

 

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