GM71: Rapid (2nd Cousins) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Sacramento Kings
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 28 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +6 +/-ICYMI: 3 of Luc’s 5 total points came mid-way through the 1st Q when he splashed home a 3-ball. The rest of the night he was MIA.

Robert Covington, SF 27 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +11 +/-The elbow mus be feeling much better because Cov got the start last night and despite not scoring in the 1st Q, he responded with a big performance.  His 12-point scoring barrage in the span of 1:11 during the 4th Q was simply amazing to watch.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +7 +/-Another double-double and 50% shooting from the field. With 6 swats last night, Noel now has 15 blocks over his last 5 games.  Noel also is averaging 15 points on 51.7% shooting over that same stretch of games.  He has to be entering the ROY discussion, correct?

Ish Smith, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 13 PTS | +3 +/-Other than the 7 TOs and a 1:1 assist/TO ratio, I thought Smith played the solid game I asked for in my Fo’ with the Foes preview.  If he can play like this every night, the Sixers will at least be tolerable to watch down the home stretch of this season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1 +/-In the early 3rd Q I thought Sampson found a nice groove (5 quick points), so I was a little shocked that Brown did not play him more in the 2nd half.

 

 

Furkan Aldemir, PF 10 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +1 +/-Last night Furkan was simply helpless against Boogie and it was comical to watch.

Thomas Robinson, PF 21 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -9 +/-I mentioned in my Fo’ with the Foes preview of this game that I was interested to see if Robinson took it to the next level against his former team and to me it seemed like he was extra motivated last night.  A 7-point 2nd quarter spurt by TNasty got his night off to a nice start and things continued to go well for him all game as he scored a career-high 16 points.

Jerami Grant, SF 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -6 +/-A very quiet night from Grant. I actually don’t have a single note written down on him from this game.

Henry Sims, C 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -9 +/-Hang in there Henry, 11 games left in the season. (More on his lack of minutes later.)

Isaiah Canaan, PG 19 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -7 +/-Canaan managed to get up 10 FGAs in just 19 minutes of burn, so IMO he’s still shooting too much, but last night was a much better effort than his game vs. the Lakers.

Hollis Thompson, SG 27 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -3 +/-Obviously 1-5 from deep is not the stat line I am looking from an alleged 3-ball threat.  Getting stripped of the rock on the final possession of the game with your team down 107-106 isn’t ideal either.  Still, HT played decently again last night and I think Brown’s favorite pupil is slowly earning a spot on this roster for next year.

Brett Brown
Last week, Sims was the only 76er big who had the slightest bit of success in slowing down Cousins and Brown reacts to that fact by playing Henry only 8 minutes last night.  He also did little to help this team get an easy bucket or a trip to FT line during the two LONG scoreless stretches in the 2nd half.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  After giving up 71 points before the halftime break, the Kings put the clamps on the Sixers in the 2nd half and the improved defense helped force to big scoreless stretches for the 7-6.  Leading 78-68 in the 3rd Q, a 5:41 long scoring drought by the Sixers simply killed this team last night.  The Kings posted a 14-0 run during that stretch and grabbed the lead at 82-78.

2)  The 2nd scoring drought came in clutch time:  After a 3-ball by Cov gave the 76ers a 103-100 4th Q lead, the Kings limited Brown’s squad to no field goals and 3 total points over the final 6:12 of the contest. of course it did not help the during the stretch the Sixers shot 0-5 from the field and committed 5 TOs.

3)  On that note…Sacto forced 16 of the Sixers 20 turnovers in the 2nd half!

4)  “To have 20 turnovers on the road and to think you are going to win many games would not be correct,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said.

5)  “They heated up defensively in the second half.  We had 70 points at halftime and I’m sure that inspired them,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “They did a good job of pushing us out of stuff.”

6)  From ESPN.com stats: Cousins has recorded at least 30 points and 15 boards for an NBA-best 6th time this season (nobody else has more than three)…Ohh yeah and two of those games have come against the 76ers.

 

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