GM68: Rapid (Frickin’ Winning) Reacts

Detroit Pistons 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7 +/-Luc did his best to shoot the Sixers into the loss column, but the weary Pistons were unbable to take advantage of the poor effort from Embiid’s babysitter.

Nerlens Noel, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 +/-With the hops and energy Noel diplayed early on, it’s a good thing for the Pistons that he got hurt and missed most of the 2nd half.  Otherwise the Sixers may have won this game by 20.  I felt like very time he came on the TV Noel was flushing a dunk or swatting a Detroit shot.

Ish Smith, PG 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +10 +/-A near double-double from the journeyman was has supplanted Canaan (who the Sixers traded for by the way) as the starting PG.  He pushed the pace last night on the tired Pistons and unleashed a couple of floaters that were amazing. 50% shooting from the field; 8 dimes; only 3 TOs and +10 rating!  Too bad he isn’t 6’3 or taller.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +1 +/-JRich struck back at Father Time last night with a much needed solid shooting effort.  Previous to last night’s game, #23 was 6 for 37 from the field in his last 4 games and I had pretty much written him off for the season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -6 +/-After 4 points in the the 1st half, I don’t have a single note on JaKarr for the rest of the game.  I like Sampson’s long range potential, but his is not a starting NBA guard and why Brown insists on trotting him out with the first-five is beyond me.

 

 

Furkan Aldemir, PF 9 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1 +/-Furkan showed again last night that he owns limited skills on offense, but he was suddenly called into action when Noel went down and did a great job holding the fort on the boards for the Sixers.

Thomas Robinson, PF 16 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +6 +/-A missed layup in the 1st Q and a wild 16-footer later in the game are all that stood between TNasty and the A+ grade.  I just don’t understand how Brown can justify gving him only 16 minutes of burn.  Of note is that 10 of Robinson’s points came in the 1st half.

Jerami Grant, SF 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +7 +/-An aggressive drive to the tin that ended in a thunderous one-handed slam highlighted an impressive night for this rising rookie.  The FTs he missed in the late 4th Q were simply brutal.

Robert Covington, SF 22 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +9 +/-Cov’s elbow injury must be something serious because his jumper has gone MIA.  However, IMO Brown is not giving him much of a chance to shoot his way out of this recent slump.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 22 MIN | 2-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | +5 +/-Some of the ill-advised shots he hoisted up in the 2nd half had me throwing the remote control.  After another of his crazy FGAs in the 4th Q clanked off the rim, you could actually see Brown in the background grab Smith and send him to the scorer’s table to sub Canaan out.

Hollis Thompson, SG 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +13 +/-HT had 5 huge points in the opening minutes of the 4th Q last night that sealed this W for the Sixers.  I get that Brown loves the 3-ball and that HT typically can bury two or three a game (as he did last night), but the rest of his game is filled with holes and I just don’t see how he deserves 24 minutes a night while guys like Sims (DNP-CD) and Robinson (16 mins) ride the bench.

Henry Sims, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-We still love ya Henry!!!!

Brett Brown
I’ll give Brown credit for helping his team recover from that putrid effort in Boston to beat a simply awful and weary Detroit squad. However I don’t understand the lack of minutes for Robinson and Sims.  I also don’t understand why his hook with Canaan last night took so long.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  In my Fo’ with the Foes preview I noted that I wanted to see the Sixers recover from their season-worst overall effort up in Boston the other night by playing with energy and going right at the Pistons from the opening tip. The Sixers responded with spirited play in the 1st Q, looked good early on in this contest and held a 10-point lead at halftime. Thanks for listening fellas!

2)  However the 76ers nearly gave this one away at the end of the 3rd Q. Trailing 67-54, the Pistons posted an 11-1 run and cut the Sixers lead to 68-65 entering the 4th Q. Former 76er Jodie Meeks drained a big 3-ball for DET during that stretch.

3)  During this run by Detroit, the Sixers were 0-4 from the field; turned the ball over a number of times; missed a couple FTs and thanks to the horrid play of Canaan at the point, looked completely lost in general.

4)  The 76ers responded by opening the 4th Q with and 8-2 run that featured 5 points by Thompson and three by Canaan. That run pretty much ended all hope that the Pistons had for a comeback as SVG’s crew never got closer than 6 points the rest of the way and in fact they trailed by double-digits for most of the 4th Q.

5)  Great quote from JRich on breaking out of his recent shooting slump…”I hear it all day from my two sons — I’m my worst critic — they’d be second in line, telling me, `Dad, relax. You’re bricking a lot. Just shoot the ball,” he said. “To finally see the ball go in, it’s great (to) get back into that form.”

6)  ICYMI: Allen Iverson was in the house last night…The 76ers now won for the third time in six games. They now trail the NYK and Minny in the race for the most ping pong balls…Fomer Sixers  Elfrid Payton (drafted by Sixers); Mo Harkless and  Nik Vucevic all had big games  for Orlando last night.  Payton posted a triple double — 15/12/10.  Harkless put up 18 points, 6 boards and 4 steals.  “Big Nik” was a little off his game last night only going for 12 points & 9 boards.

 

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