GM72: Rapid (Mile High W) Reacts

Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant, SF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +24 +/-Grant got the start last night and delivered a so-so offensive performance.  That end result was especially odd to me given that he came out of the gates red hot and scored all 6 of his points in the opening minutes of the 1st Q. Howver his effort at the other end of the court was outstanding.

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-7 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +22 +/-A jaw dropping double-double performance last night by Noel in which he was extremely aggressive on offense and displayed a nice ability to score with his left hand.  “I’m just playing basketball,” he said.  “My goal is to affect the game any way possible.  I just keep it going and come in with that mindset.”

Ish Smith, PG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +21 +/-Obvioulsy only 2 assists is not a great stat from your starting PG.  However, only 2 TOs is something to brag about. But this is really all the Sixers need from Smith down the stretch of Tank 2.0.  Push the pace and play solid basketball.  His defense needs serious work.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 3-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +15 +/-Is Father Time back for round #2? Or was this just a single cold shooting night for JRich?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -16 +/-I thought Sampson played an overall solid game last night.  He was active defensively and his 3PM came a key moments.  I was a little surprised he ddin’t see more burn last night.

 

 

Furkan Aldemir, PF 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -10 +/-A key basket by Furkan in the opening minutes of the 4th Q helped Furkan have one of his best nights as a Sixer.

Thomas Robinson, PF 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -10 +/-It’s tough to get extra fired up for back-to-back games against teams that gave up on you.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 8-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +17 +/-I don’t know why Brown didn’t start him, but Cov came out and showed folks he is the best shooter on thsi team as he tied a career high with 25 points and a career high with six 3-pointers.  For the second night in a row Cov put on a tremendous scoring burst where he simply took over the game.  Last night it was 15 points in a 6:16 stretch of the 3rd Q.  My only knock is that he did hoist up some ill advised 3PAs.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 22 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +1 +/-11 FGAs and 1 dime is not the ratio I am looking for out of my backup PG.  Still I have to admit that Canaan played decently last night and his 8 points in the late 4th Q helped close this game out for the Sixers.

Glenn Robinson III, SG 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -2 +/-Welcome to the team GRIII.

Hollis Thompson, SG 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +8 +/-HT shot 30% from the field, but 50% from three.  He missed a driving lay-up in the 1st half that had me throwing the remote.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF DNP LEFT SHOULDER MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-10 more of these and the Luc era in Phiully we be a wrap. AMEN!

Brett Brown
For Brown to guide this team to a win on the second night of a West Coast back-toback set is a fetaher in his cap. I still don’t like that Cov is not starting and a few other roational decisions he made last night, but that’s been a issue for me all year.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  This game’s turning point came in the late 4th Q. With the teams on the “see-saw” as Zumoff would say and tied at 81-81; Cov, Canaan and Thompson drained back-to-back-to-back 3-balls that helped produce a 14-2 run for the 76ers over the last 5+ minutes of the quarter and gave the team a 95-83 lead and eventually the win.

2)  While he’s still far from a finished product, I have no words left to type about how impressed I am with Noel’s development / play since the MCW trade.  In his last four games the center is averaging 15 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.

3)  “People have to start talking about him for Rookie of the Year,” Brown said.  “You don’t repetitively bang out these types of performances and produce the numbers he’s producing.  He’s a complete game changer.  He’s a complete defensive presence when he’s lurking to block shots.  He continues to improve.”

4)  However, Noel was quick to compliment his teammates…”I think Jerami Grant did a great job with the weak-side help,” Noel said. “He had five blocks. He is active and it helps the team so much. It gets us out on the break because guys are just coming in and rebounding. It helps us go.”

5)  “You have to take care of the ball. You can’t go whacking people and sending them to the free throw line as many times at that stage that we were moving towards doing,” Brown said.  “To their credit, to hold them to nine points to close out a road game, for that young team that is a good effort.”

6)  Via ESPN Stats & Info: Noel finished with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks against the Nuggets.  Charles Barkley is the only other 76ers player over the last 30 seasons with those numbers in a game (he had two such games during the 1985-86 season).

 

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