|Furkan Aldemir, PF 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +6 +/-Hinkie didn’t acquire Furkan for his scoring abilities and that showed last night. Right now I would say its an even money bet on Furkan making the team next year.|
|Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | 0 +/-Whether or not you realize it (or care anymore), Cov is in a bit of a slump. With his poor shooting performance again last night he is now 14 for 46 from the field over his last 4 games — 30.4%.|
|Jerami Grant, SF 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -7 +/-Grant brought a ton of energy last night and was flying all over the place, unfortunately his efforts produced mediocre numbers in the stat book. I did think he was fouled on two separate drives to the rim and did not get a whistle.|
|Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -10 +/-One board shy of a double-double and 50% shooting from the field are nice numbers, but it felt like Noel disappeared for long stretches in this game.|
|Ish Smith, PG 32 MIN | 8-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -22 +/-Shane Larkin is quick as hell and on several trips last night Smith made the NYK point man look Ryan Howard slow. But to be honest, after his 7 point outburst in the 1st Q (and 11 overall in 1st half), I thought Smith was headed for a huge night, not just a very good one.|
|Henry Sims, C 16 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -13 +/-In the 3rd Q Bargnani blocked a Sims layup and in the same quarter Sims threw up an ill-advised jumper, but he still scored 6 points at the end of the 3rd and other than those two items, I thought he had a solid game.|
|JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +12 +/-Is is it me or is the possibility of Sampson not returning in 2015-16 quickly becoming a thing?|
|Glenn Robinson III, SG 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +5 +/-It’s difficult to grade a player who is receiving as little burn as GRIII, so I gave him a passing mark.|
|Jason Richardson, SG 23 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -11 +/-Father time is winning this race heading into the bell lap.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -10 +/-Yes, I know that HT played very well and that he kept the Sixers in this game all night, but when your dunk attempt gets rejected by Jason “Cement Shoes” Smith and that play makes SC’s top 10, that’s all anyone is going to remember.|
Yes the Sixers were competitive for most of the night, but the NYK really suck and the coach has to take some of the blame for this ugly loss.
Six Things We Saw Last night
1) Soon to be free agent Andrea Bargnani used the 76ers defense last night to pad the highlight tape his reps will send out to all interested NBA teams. Bargnani splashed home jumper after jumper and blocked shots like he was Dikembe. He simply abused the Sixer bigs last night and the result was 25 points, 8 rebounds and four blocks.
2) The Sixers were 5 of 8 at the foul line (62.5%), compared to the Knicks’ 24 of 29 (82.7%).
3) “I am confused. We had 55 paint attempts,” Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. “I am confused why we shot that few number of free throws. People like Jerami Grant did a really good job of driving. Evidently, [the referees] didn’t believe there were a high number of fouls being committed.
4) If you are keeping track at home, this was the Sixers’ 6th straight loss and 60th on the season.
5) The 76ers hoisted up 32 threes and as Brown mentioned the team had 55 field goal attempts in the paint. That’s solid floor balance. The issue was that the Sixers only connected on 10 of those 3-point attempts (31%) and scored just 48 PIP off of those 55 FGAs. Personally I thought the Sixers blew a number of easy bunnies and did not get any calls last night.
6) Former St. Joe’s standout Langston Galloway struggled for the second straight game vs. the 76ers. Galloway started for the NYK last night, but was 4-12 from the field and 0-3 from the charity stripe (8 points total).
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