GM62: Rapid (Brick City) Reacts

Utah Jazz 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -2 +/-After he posted 7 points in the opening minutes of the 1st Q I thought Luc was headed for a career night. Unfortunately he did not score another point before the half and was 1-4 shooting when the Sixers went ice cold in the 3rd Q.

Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9 +/-Noel is playing out of his mind right now and it is a joy to watch (more on this after the jump). When his footwork improves, he could be a very effective offensive weapon for this team.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -3 +/-Canaan’s shooting stats were fine, but I need more than 4 dimes out of my starting point guard.  He also has a significant amount of work to put in on his defensive fundamentals.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 0-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19 +/-Has father time finally won his battle with JRich or was this a one night thing?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -10 +/-Another poor outing from Sampson. There was a stretch where I thought this kid was going to breakout and make a name for himself (in Philadunkia nation) and that momentum is now gone. Over his last 5 games Sampson is averaging 4.8 ppg. on 35% shooting and a 28% clip from three.

 

 

Furkan Aldemir, PF 11 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3 +/-Keep you chin up Furkan!

Thomas Robinson, PF 15 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0 +/-“I can’t help but think that the more comfortable he gets with our structure, and his fitness base, I think he’s going to force me to play him more minutes.” TNasty had another fierce night on the court, posting a double-double in only 15 minutes of burn.

Jerami Grant, SF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | 0 +/-Back spasms KO’d Grant out of this game, but even before that injury he was not playing all that well.

Robert Covington, SF 18 MIN | 1-8 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | +2 +/-“I thought it was clear that his elbow was hurting him,” Brett Brown said about Covington after the game. “He had a very down night for himself. That’s not normally his standard.”…’Nuff said.

Ish Smith, PG 23 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +3 +/-I can’t say that I am excited for Smith to put up 13 FGAs every night, but he played solidly overall. Ish had a nice 6 point burst to close out the 1st Q.  But was 1-3 from the field in the 3rd Q and 1-3 in the 4th when the Sixers desperately needed buckets.

Hollis Thompson, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5 +/-Moving on…

Henry Sims, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-How deep does Brett Brown’s doghouse go?  Sims, a former starter gets the dreaded DNP-CD last night.

Brett Brown
I can’t blame Brown for his team’s poor shooting (Can I?), but the team looked flat in general and he did little to find fresh legs and energy.  I thought Robinson deserved more than just 15 minutes and Sims receiving a DNP-CD is still a mystery to me.

 

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  While I realize the Jazz are a very sound defensive team (and continuing to improve), the 76ers poor shooting is what cost them this game.  Again, some credit must go to the Jazz defense, but IMO the normally reliable 76er perimeter snipers missed on a host of wide open looks.  The Sixers shot 36% from the field and 50% from the charity stripe.  If you discount the three 3-balls the 76ers drained in garbage time, Brown’s crew shot 7-29 from deep on the night (24%).

2)  This game turned in Utah’s favor early in the 3rd Q and the 7-6 were never able to recover.  With the Sixers leading 47-41 early in the 3rd Q, the Jazz threw up an 11-3 run that gave Quinn Snyder’s team a 52-50 lead.  A mid-range jumper by Covington briefly tied the game at 52, before Utah finished the 3rd Q on a 12-3 spurt and led 64-55, heading into the 4th Q.  Eight different Jazz players scored in the 3rd Q.

3)  The 76ers shot 5 for 18 from the field in the 3rd Q and just 1 for 6 from the foul line.  Through the first six minutes of the 3rd Q, the Sixers shot 3 for 15.  The icing on this brick city cake was that they opened the 4th by shooting 1 for their first 7 on FGAs.

4)  “Defensively we have no regrets.  We really struggled offensively,” commented coach Brown.

5)  Just how good has Nerlens Noel been of late…VERY good.  #4 is posting numbers of 11.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 3 steals per game over his last 5 contests.  Since the ASB, Noel has 3 games in which he has recored 4 or more steals (6 last night).  For a 7-footer to grab as many steals as Noel has of late is simply ridiculous.  He is shooting an amazing 75% from the FT line and 47.8% from the field (up from a pre-All-Star splits of 44.5% and 56.1%).  On the season, he leads all rookies in rebounds, steals, and blocks, while he is second in scoring behind Andrew Wiggins.  IMO because of his recent high level of play, Noel is slowly climbing into thte ROY conversastion.  I still think Wiggins will run away with the award, but NOW Noel at least deserves to be mentioned as a candidate.

6)  Since the trade deadline, the Sixers are 1-8 and are being outscored 103.7 to 95.1 per night…76er legend Allen Iverson was in attendance last night and received a very warm welcome from teh WFC faithful.  Iverson must have cried watching this offensive display by the 76ers.

 

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