|Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -18 +/-Luc led the Sixers with a -18 +/- rating last night.|
|Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -15 +/-A much better effort this time from Noel in hometown of Boston. I like that he was extremely aggressive last night and took the ball to the tin, but his left hand finish still needs some work. His 6 points in the 1st Q was one of the few highlights for the Sixers. However he did NOT score another point in the 1st half.|
|Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-This PG experiment should officially come to a close when this season is over. While his stat line was respectable last night, Canaan owns a shoot first mentality, does not see the floor well and plays ole’ defense.|
|Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -15 +/-As Charles Barkley once said, “Father time is undefeated.” J-Rich is now 6-27 (22%) from the field and 0-12 from deep in his last 3 games.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -7 +/-Thompson took advantage of his first start since December and posted a solid overall stat line. Along with Noel, HT was one of the few Sixers who could find the basket in the 1st Q (4 points).|
|Thomas Robinson, PF 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -5 +/-The slow start even had an effect on the usually high energy TNasty. There was a stretch in the 1st Q where Robinson missed an 18-footer, but the Sixers grabbed the O-board, only to have Robinson immediately turn the ball over on an offensive foul.|
|Robert Covington, SF 23 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7 +/-Either Cov is still hurt or there was a lid on the rim last night. Also has he done something to end up in Brown’s doghouse that he isn’t starting?|
|Jerami Grant, SF 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -8 +/-Grant drained a 3-ball in the 1st Q and then went MIA for the night.|
|Henry Sims, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -4 +/-The season is almost over Henry, keep your chin up.|
|Ish Smith, PG 27 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -8 +/-Smith’s game is starting to grow on me. I still think on a legit NBA roster, he’s nothing more than a thrid PG, but I tip my cap to hime for competing hard last night even when the 76ers where down by 25.|
I put most of the blame for last night’s horrific start of teh players, but ome of the blame has to go on the coach.
Six Things We Saw Last Night…
1) The Celtics threw the KO punch early in this one…The Sixers went down 7-0 in the opening minutes of the first quarter and that turned into 21-9 margin. The C’s were 4 of 5 on 3-pointers and shot 66.7% in the1st Q to build a 38-18 lead. The Sixers trailed by 20 after one quarter and never made a serious run in this game.
2) “The 20-point difference in the first period put us in a hole that was hard to dig out of,” Noel said. “The last three quarters we had a more balanced effort — it was about even. We have to do a better job defensively starting out games like that.”
3) Coach Brown after the loss said, “The game was determined after the first period and it almost stops and starts there. I didn’t feel like we competed in the first period. I feel like they got whatever they wanted offensively and we give them a lot of credit defensively; I think they’ve improved a lot defensively since the last time we played them. They’ve always had that firepower, the ability to score, but you can see a team that’s right there to slide into the playoffs. We give them credit.”
4) It’s no secret that this Sixers’ roster struggles to open games in a positive manner — The Sixers came into Monday’s contest ranked last in the NBA in 1st Q scoring (22.3) and last in opponent 1st Q scoring (26.8) — and that Brown has yet to push the right buttons to address the issue, but last night’s game was, IMO, the worst opening stanza of the season. The fact that ball did not go in the hoop is one thing, but the lack of energy and effort from a very young roster (some of whom are fighting for their NBA careers) was disturbing.
5) The 76ers’ point guard posted a combined 6 dimes and 7 turnovers last night…The Sixers shot 6-23 in the 1st Q and scored just 34 points in the first half.
6) Boston went 4-0 against the 76ers this season.
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